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The Moon Falls to Earth in this Dreamy OnePlus Ad from Mother Shanghai

The Greatest Showman director, Michael Gracey, shoots a whimsical reverse lunar landing to introduce OnePlus and Hasselblad partnership

The Moon Falls to Earth in this Dreamy OnePlus Ad from Mother Shanghai

Mother Shanghai launches its first campaign for OnePlus since being appointed by the smartphone giant. The film introduces a partnership between OnePlus and Hasselblad, marking the start of a new joint legacy ahead of the launch of their newest flagship phone. Shot by filmmaker Michael Gracey, with production companies Unlisted and FINCH.

Hasselblad has a storied history of photography excellence, and in providing the camera know-how to the newest OnePlus smartphone, the brand is opened up to a new audience of millions. Hasselblad first gained traction amongst photography enthusiasts as the first camera on the moon during NASA’s moon landing.

The film, created by Mother Shanghai, is shot by renowned cinema director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman), and uses a cinematic approach to tell the story of the moon playfully sweeping through a quiet cityscape, in a cheeky nod to Hasselblad’s history. A wise owl, a girl with a dog and its dog, a moment between two construction workers where sparks fly… all are made that much more beautiful as we land on one thought-provoking message: it all begins with a simple thought.

The playful moon brings a little light and a lot of magic to unsuspecting scenes; a small notion that makes a big difference in photography, and the answer to a simple message: what if we just let more light in?

This feel-good film launches the partnership between OnePlus and Hasselblad. The completely revamped smartphone camera marries the beauty of Hasselblad photography with the convenience and accessibility of a handheld phone and marks the start of a new legacy.

Director Michael Gracey commented: “I took this simple thought and got to bring it to life in such a whimsical way. We were limited by the circumstances at the time (lockdown, remote shooting, etc.), so it took a little bit of practical effects and a lot of imagination, but it was a brilliant collaboration that I feel is a direct reflection of the OnePlus x Hasselblad partnership.”

Gracey is known for elevating his films with visual effects and a touch of whimsy, and in this particular commercial, lighting breathes life into the moon, truly allowing it to shine as the star of this film.

Mother Shanghai says: “The idea behind this campaign – every legacy begins with a simple thought – is so simple but backed by such a strong truth, and that’s when we knew we could take this far and really have fun with it.”

The film runs from mid-March in China and international markets.

Featured Companies: Unlisted , ARC EDIT , FINCH

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Client: OnePlus

Campaign: Lunarland

Creative Agency

Agency: Mother Shanghai

Creative: Mother Shanghai

Strategy: Mother Shanghai


Director: Michael Gracey

Production Company: UNLISTED & FINCH

Producer: Vivienne Jaspers

Executive Producer: Katie Mackin and Corey Esse

Director of Photography: Jeremy Rouse

Production Manager: Juliet Smith

Production Designer: Patrick Bennett

Head of SFX: Clint Dodd

Gaffer: Crispian Hayler

Grip: Glenn Arrowsmith

Location Manager: Michael Gaffney

1st AD: Jason Faulkner

Editor: Drew Thompson at Arc Edit

Colourist: Seamus O'Kane at Youngster

VFX: Electric Theatre Collective

Music Composer: Chris Read and Otis Studios

Audio Production: Otis Studios