Savoy Cinemas | Work
The experience starts here
In the competitive world of cinema, Savoy wanted to refresh their brand to position themselves alongside other big names within the industry, whilst maintaining what Savoy meant to them and their community.
An affordable, welcoming experience inclusive to everyone, with personable local staff and a place to connect. All whilst ensuring consistency was maintained in the several different Savoy Cinemas within their portfolio across the UK.
Branding, Design & Video
Keeping it in the community
Savoy Cinemas have multiple audience groups and they're focussed on their community of people, all with a shared interest in film. Together we explored the brands greater purpose; what it does, what it offers and what customers think / feel (and what Savoy want them to think / feel) when they visit the cinemas. From this we identified the core values that the cinemas stood for and wanted to outwardly reflect.
Their values then led us to the key themes of the brand’s personality as we moved into both brand and visual identity. The logo we developed is a simple wordmark that is clean, modern and assured.
A layering effect has been used on the letters to create a feeling of depth and to convey the immersive experience of visiting the cinema.
CMYK: 8 | 92 | 82 | 8
RGB: 205 | 46 | 44
CMYK: 153 | 22 | 36
RGB: 153 | 22 | 36
CMYK: 0 | 0 | 0 | 10
RGB: 237 | 237 | 237
CMYK: 0 | 0 | 0 | 40
RGB: 178 | 178 | 178
Layers of depth and balance
Keeping inline with the progressive nature of the brand, we moved their colour palette with the times and created a richer fusion of reds and greys that didn’t steer too far away from their heritage. The more indulgent hues build upon the excitement and energy expected from the comfort and experience of watching films at Savoy.
The experience starts here
As well as the core brand strapline, a suite of secondary campaign straplines were created for individual film launches to build excitement and anticipation. This ‘living’ strapline adds personality and an element of fun to the brand, providing the flexibility to build a story around each film, whilst remaining within the brand style and being definitively Savoy.
We tool a similar approach to Savoy's premium screen's identity, naming the screen 'VERTEX' with the accompanying strapline 'Suspend Reality.' Vertex stands for the pinnacle of involvement and the ultimate viewing experience available to Savoy visitors, whilst immersing them in a fantasy world for the duration of a film.
A word from Savoy
"It’s been great to work with Abstrakt on the development of our new logo at Savoy Cinemas. They considered our company as a whole from the start – reaching out to our staff at different sites; they sought to find our defining characteristics; shared their findings and worked with us to find a logo that worked – the process was interactive and great fun!
We’re very proud of what they’ve produced for us and how its led on to the creation of our ident, all of which we hope use for a long time into the future. Thank you Abstrakt."
Helen Vesey - Executive Assistant - Savoy Cinemas
Behind the scenes
Taking letterforms from the brand wordmark, we created independent assets to be used alongside print collateral and an ident. This created depth and buildt upon the 'immersive experience' when attending the cinema. These visually strong forms create fluid and dynamic letters that can be positioned flexibly across applications.
Anticipation in an ident
Working with Reel Media, it was possible to create an ident that brought the brand assets to life when combined with Reel's expertise in motion graphics. Each transition builds upon the anticipation of watching a new film, alongside the subtle injections of sound as the living strapline changes between snippets of popular video footage. Excitement is drummed to the pinnacle of Savoy where we're reminded, as viewers, that the joy of film goes hand-in-hand with the community and connection with Savoy Cinemas.
What the client says
Abstrakt considered our company as a whole from the start – reaching out to our staff at different sites; they sought to find our defining characteristics; shared their findings and worked with us to find a logo that worked – the process was interactive and great fun!