Ingenious Billboard Uses Shadows to Turn Into Dracula as the Sun Goes Down

Dracula Billboard by BBC Creative

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a well-known tale, which is why ad executives in the UK needed to get creative when coming up with a campaign for the BBC's new series. Dracula premiered on New Year's Day and in the lead-up to the event, BBC Creative dreamed up an eye-catching billboard that gets spookier as the sun goes down.

Just as vampires only appear at night, there's no trace of Dracula as the sun shines. Instead, once night falls, his sinister shadow emerges across the billboard. Mouth open wide and fangs out, there's no mistaking the silhouette of the show's lead character. And just to help fight him off, there's even a glass case in front of the sign that states “In Case of Vampires, Break.” What's inside? A stake, of course.

The executives at BBC Creative were looking for a fresh take on the classic tale as a way to get viewers engaged in the new series. Located in Birmingham and London, the two billboards are an exciting, out-of-the-box vision that pairs well with the series' dark humor.

“Our campaign for Dracula leaves the audience in no doubt they can expect something fresh and unexpected from this extraordinary adaptation of the vampire classic,” shares Olly Harnett, creative head at BBC Creative.

Dracula was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. The duo is best known for their work on Doctor Who and Sherlock, making this the third time they're taking a classic and giving it a twist. In order to pair with the show's innovations, BBC Creative want to play on its “rock star swagger.”

“We wanted our campaign to reflect Steven and Mark’s fresh take on a classic character, so each element has been designed to surprise,” explains Chris Hooper, head of marketing at BBC One, “from the cheeky campaign line, ‘Bloody Legend,' to the use of Lust For Life on the trailers, and this special build, which takes a playful, tongue-in-cheek approach to the legend.”

BBC's new Dracula series got an innovative billboard that only reveals its scary self when…

Dracula Billboard for New BBC Series

The sun goes down and Dracula's shadow emerges.

Dracula Billboard for New BBC Series

h/t: [The Drum]

All images via BBC Creative.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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