Yeap, the first video that got me started on this journey. The safety video included cameos from a cast of familiar faces, some of which (if not all) you might know. Very simple with very little visual clutter, it gets the point across all the while including subtle humour very akin to how Brits like their comedy. The language and presentation used is both hilarious, concise and endearing to listen to, so definitely give this one a watch!
And next we have, in very stark contrast, Virgin America's Airline Safety Video. Nothing subtle about this video with the very in your face presentation with the music and visuals. I don't think anyone can sleep while this video is playing. I love how they incorporated different music styles for different scenes and you seriously won't get bored watching this safety video.
Some airlines call upon online sensations or YouTube stars to make their videos more interesting. That's definitely something Turkish Airlines did. Nice forced perspective shots and CGI tricks really make this interesting but not too much to the point of distracting from the purpose of the video. I could say they could have done a few things more creatively but we must remember that the initial point of a safety video is to inform, anything else is just icing on the cake.
This is one of those videos that really impress. One, because it's obvious they didn't spend a lot to make it, the whole video is shot in the same set but it's still very visually appealing. And two, it's very minimal yet with a whimsical charm of elegance and simplicity. The message is very clearly presented, but they still managed to include a few hints of France culture, and the video is interesting enough to keep you watching till the end.
I love how the Philippine Airlines attempted to kill two birds with one stone and how they actually nailed it! (Trust me there are a few that try this and then end up too visually cluttered) It shows off what you can expect from the Philippines (I had trouble spelling Philippines, after this post, not anymore) bringing you to different parts of the country, and at the same time, giving you safety instructions. A few nods here and there to their language and culture, very well placed and delightful and it never gets too distracting or cluttered. Elegant and breathtaking, well done Philippine Airlines, thumbs up to you!
This has got to be the most visually interesting safety video without becoming too cluttered or confusing. They make great use of colour and textures, as well as showing off what they have to offer for tourists. There's an apparent tropical theme going on there which is refreshing just like the Philippines' safety video.
Air New Zealand:
If you're a Lord of the Ring's fan, this video's for you. From the scenery to the references to the characters and presentation, there's an obvious Lord of the Ring's theme going on. And I'm not complaining. So elaborate and playful, they weren't pulling any punches with this video and you can really see it. Though I try to include the latest safety videos the airline has published, this one is still better than their current ones.
Alas, we are at the end. Let me just get a few questions out of the way, yes, I did binge watch airline safety videos to come up with this list. (Probably never have to watch another airline safety video in my life thanks to this) And yes, only when I binge-watched these videos, the simple occurrence of ohhh what's this one like and what's this one like, did I get the idea of writing this post. There were a few airlines that disappointed me as well, I expected some anime-ish type of presentation from Japan but they opted for a more straight-forward style, the same was true for Korea. Australia's was similar to Philippines but it became too confusing and cluttered. Most airlines kept it professional and straight-forward but I loved these ones because the culture of the country shows through. Like the humour in the British Airways and the very loud and noisy Virgin America ones, it gives you an idea of the country their coming from. Since you already have to put in the effort of making the video, a little extra effort goes a long way and for those videos up there, it clearly shows~
Have fun watching these videos! And then you can proudly say to others that you have just binge-watched airline safety videos. Remember, whenever you're flying, just watch the video, most are around 5-6 minutes long so you can afford to spend a few minutes watching, as they say, the safety procedures may differ from other aircrafts ;)