Cinemagraph Advertising: Pizza Hut Times Square NYC Disruptive Ad Campaign

May 4, 2019

For Immediate Release

New York City, NY / Major commercial brands like Pizza Hut, Netflix, Walmart, Apple, Canon, Mercedes, Mc Donald’s and Dunkin Donuts all have one disruptive thing in common. Using cinemagraphs to increase the effectiveness of their advertising, email, digital marketing and social media ad campaigns with off-the-chart successful results.

Cinemagraphs have movement versus still images. They evoke emotions, are eye-catching, even hypnotic. It is impossible not to look at one. The technical part of how cinemagraphs are made is by taking a series of photographs or a video recording. Then, using an image editing software like Adobe After Effects or Flixel, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames that creates motion in the image.

“A cinemagraph is worth 1,000 words. By drawing the eye to small details, cinemagraphs are extremely effective at capturing emotion, allowing viewers to feel as if they are part of the experience,” said author MichaelAaron Flicker, in an article that appeared in Ad Age Magazine titled ‘Why Brands Should Embrace Cinemagraphs For Storytelling: Four Ways Marketers Can Use Cinemagraphs to Bring Their Brands to Life.’

Pizza Hut ad campaign shot in Times Square in New York City, including truTV's Billy on the Street, featuring comedian Billy Eichner. Source: Michael Grecco.

“The idea behind cinemagraphs is they are arresting to look at. You can’t take your eyes off them,” shared Michael Grecco, Advertising Photographer who directed and shot the pioneering Pizza Hut Times Square production, which according to Adweek Magazine was the first of its kind in the world.

Pizza Hut created the first ever cinemagraph television commercial. This was an advertising collaboration with truTV, Flixel Studios and Commercial Photographer Michael Grecco. The photography and filming production permitted Times Square at rush hour, a logistical nightmare Grecco’s Creative Team had to solve.

“This shoot was one of the most challenging my team and I have ever done. Definitely a labor of love before, during and after the shoot. Anything disruptive and pioneering always is. The end result was spectacular,” said Grecco.

Grecco has done other commercial photography cinemagraph advertising productions with other national brands for their advertising and marketing campaigns, including the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards that aired on FOX. The Emmy Awards are put on annually by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, honoring the best in prime time television shows, actors and actresses.

When developing new campaigns for advertising, marketing or social media, companies are embracing cinemagraphs due to the lower production costs of this engaging format, at a fraction of the cost of video. The big factor to the bottom line is increased visibility and results. According to, cinemagraphs are seeing 5X to 9X higher click-through-rates (CTR) in digital advertising and social media campaigns vs. still images alone.

About Pizza Hut Inc. and Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc. is one of the world's largest restaurant companies. An American fast food company and Fortune 500 company, Yum! owns and operates popular brands such as Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and WingStreet worldwide. Yum! previously owned Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants, and was formerly under the company name Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc.

Pizza Hut Inc., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is an American restaurant chain and international franchise founded in 1958 by Dan and Frank Carney. The company is known for its Italian-American cuisine menu, including pizza and pasta, as well as side dishes and desserts.

About Michael Grecco

Michael Grecco is an extensive award-winning Celebrity Photographer and Commercial Photographer with a photography career spanning 41 years, with studios in both Los Angeles, CA and New York City, NY.

Grecco’s cover shoots of other business and entertainment industry heavyweights are numerous. Other notable publications and magazine covers Grecco’s photography work has graced, include: Forbes, Business Week, TIME, Newsweek, People, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Maxim, Esquire, Playboy, New York Magazine, LA Times, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN Magazine, Men’s Health and Sports Illustrated, just to name a few.

Grecco can be found traveling the globe over 200+ days each year on high-end commercial, advertising, editorial and entertainment photoshoots and cover shoots for many recognizable celebrities, iconic business greats and global brands. For more information on retaining Michael Grecco and his creative team, call +1-310-452-4461 or visit

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