Dove Evolution in Campaign For Real Beauty

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty has gone viral this month with the launch of “Evolution”, a 60 second journey from real beauty to retouched glamour. The Evolution TV ad is appearing on YouTube, MySpace and Google Video, topping viral popularity on lists such as The Viral Chart. The Dove Evolution spot opens with a woman and make up artist entering the screen. Without makeup the woman’s face reveals slight “imperfections”. Over fifteen seconds we see the model’s face softened, her hair ‘beautified’. The clip moves to a digital enhancement software window in which the woman’s skin is smoothed out, lips are filled out, neck is lengthened, hair is thickened, eyes evened and enlarged, and face narrowed.

Untouched face in Dove Evolution

Retouching screen shot from Dove Evolution ad

All ready for posting on a billboard advertising Fasel Foundation Makeup (a fictional product).
The super: “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted. Take part in the Dove Real Beauty Workshops for Girls”. There’s a reference to the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube


Dove Evolution was developed at Ogilvy & Mather, Toronto, by creative directors Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin, art director/copywriter Tim Piper, art director Mike Kirkland, and agency producer Brenda Surminski.

Filming was directed by Yael Staav via Reginald Pike, Toronto, (now with Soft Citizen) and Tim Piper, with director of photography Tico Poulakakis and producer Jennifer Walker.

Editing was done by Paul Gowan at Rogue Post, Toronto.

Animation was done by Kevin Gibson at Soho Post, Toronto, with producer Stephanie Kouverianos. Graphics were developed by Eric Makila, Bob Zagorskis.

Photographer was Gabor Jurina. Retoucher was Edward Cha. Makeup artist was Diana Carreiro.

Music was composed by David Hayman and Andrew Harris at Vapor Music Group, Toronto.

Billboard for Fasel Foundation Makeup from Dove Evolution ad

Rogue Editorial’s Paul Gowan, the editor who oversaw the cutting of the spot says, “The advertising community and general public are fascinated about how we did the execution, which prompted the ‘Making of Dove’ video.” He goes on to explain the post production process that brought about the stunning visuals of the digitally altered face within a quick sequence of images that appear to be a single shot.

Behind the Scenes Video

The behind-the-scenes video shows the collaboration between Paul Gowan at Rogue Editorial and Toronto’s well-respected post production house Soho with Ogilvy’s art director Tim Piper, along with commentary from the photographer Gabor Jurina and Vapor Music – who were responsible for the haunting and memorable melody. In less than five minutes, the “Making Of” explains to the viewer the process of taking the video footage from the shoot with hundreds of photographer’s stills from the off-line editing stage to the creation of the Photoshop-like software design used to ‘manipulate’ the model’s images through the crafty animation work by Soho’s Kevin Gibson. Soho’s FX team also include Flame artist Terry Rose, Inferno artist Andy Hunter and post producer, Stefani Kouverianos. Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

Awards Postscript

The Dove Evolution viral campaign won a Cyber Grand Prix Lion award at Cannes International Advertising Festival 2007.

  • kath

    thanks for the decriptions and references. great article.

  • ff

    great video
    it has really opened my eyes.
    p.s i like cows

  • Antoinette

    wow thats really oppened my eyes is there anymore i know there isone with a man getting fat but is there anymore

  • eill

    what programm is used to edit the picture?

  • Really amazing,very nice,with in a fraction of seconds how it is possible,
    1)Which image editing tool was used for editing this woman image?
    2)Which video editing tool was used for editing this woman image?
    is there any further information,plz provide me, i want to try on this


    This Is really quick session u will shown good output.Please tell me which software used for Image editing purpose.

  • Mia

    That not the same girl. They changed girls. They made a pretty girl into the ugly girl to think its the same girl. IT”S NOT.

  • Jessica

    This is really very interesting. I never knew that there was so much involved in just one model picture. There really was a big difference in the before and after shots. This really does change my perspective on beauty, just be yourself and that’s beautiful enough.

  • Fred

    she looks goooooood. =P

  • Milan Du Bruyn

    As so many other posts placed, I desperately wanna know what software was used in the making of this clip!! As a professional user of Photoshop for the last eight years, I'm really interested in this.
    If anybody could give me useful info, please feel free to contact me.

    • macmark

      Milan if you watch the behind the scenes video it tells you that they used Photoshop for all of the stills retouching. They made their own interface images to place over the images shown in the video though. This is why it looks like they are using different software. Like you and many others I had been trying to work out what software they used. Turns out it is good old photoshop after all.

  • jkc

    I’m glad that in the ‘making of…’ video, they mention the model’s name. Behind the face that is used to sell any product (including Dove products), there’s a real person.

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  • laura

    Would love to share with youth group (jr high girls) but video is no longer available. Where can I find a copy?

  • i think its great. just want to know how to photoshop myself. can you give me any advice please. much appteciated. shell.