Actor Lucien Laviscount celebrates the 35th anniversary of the GIF


British actor and rising star Lucien Laviscount is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the GIF in a new campaign documenting human emotion in the digital era.

In a film released today, Lucien portrays a range of emotions, from anguish to elation, in an incredible feat of facial gymnastics and acting prowess.

The actor who plays Alfie in the hit Netflix show Emily in Paris, and previously starred in Waterloo Road and Coronation Street, managed to convey 31 different emotions and expressions in just 60 seconds.

The film, captured on the new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, was shot in one single-take with Lucien displaying emotions ranging from anger to joy, and love to lust.

The TV hunk who has over 1 million followers on Instagram has teamed up with Samsung to launch an ambitious cultural project, which aims to curate the new lexicon of human expression.

‘The Samsung Galaxy GIF Project’ spearheaded by Professor Vyvyan Evans, PHD of Linguistics has been commissioned to mark the launch of the new flagship Galaxy S22 series and aims to prove that humans can now convey more emotions than any other time in history.

With over 10 billion GIFs in circulation and over 2 million sent each day, the humble GIF has become a pivotal format in the way we now communicate and express ourselves. 35 years since the very first GIF was created, the tech giant is aiming to chart the full spectrum of human expression and is set to the record the number of distinct emotions we can now instantly express and identify.

The campaign follows new research by Samsung, which reveals eight in 10 (87%) Brits find it easier to express their emotions using technology than in person, rising to 94% for those aged 18-35.

The research identified occasions where people find it easier to let the tech do the talking, including a third (35%) of respondents opting to use GIFs, memes or emojis to celebrate their football team winning, one in 10 (10%) would dump a partner by GIF, 29% would use one to convey they were hungover, and 23% would use a GIF when they are having an argument.

According to a study of 3,000 British adults aged 18-65, on average, Brits say they display up to seven different emotions a day.

The research revealed we get angry four times a day, laugh seven times a day and cry at least three times a week. In fact, every year, Brits spend three days feeling vexed, as research reveals we get angry for at least 11.5 minutes every day. On average, we feel joy and happiness seven times a week.

The British public is being invited to contribute to the national project and visit Samsung KX in London, King’s Cross to record and submit their own GIFs, which will form part of Professor Evans’ research.

A special ‘Galaxy GIF Project’ experience has been created inside Samsung KX, featuring both ‘light’ and ‘night’ stations, enabling people to shoot GIFs that capture a full range of emotions.

The content will be captured on the Galaxy S22 Ultra that comes with new Nightography features, which make photo a video content pop even in the dark.

Once the GIF is captured customers are then able to personalise the content using the device’s embedded S Pen to add colour, animations, and sound.

GIFs were first introduced on June 15th, 1987, created by a team of developers seeking a way to compress images. Since its inception the GIF has become ubiquitous as a piece of internet culture.

Whilst millions of GIFs are sent each day 80% of Brits said they are now using GIFs to communicate how they are feeling on a regular basis, and 82% of smartphone users report that their usage of GIFS has increased from a year ago, with 63% stating their GIF usage has doubled.

According to research by Samsung UK, on average, Brits said they send four GIFs a day, and 82% of the nation have used GIFs and memes to communicate or express their emotions on social media or via instant messaging services such as WhatsApp.

The 18–35-year-old age group are the biggest users, with 92% of younger people agreeing that they find it easier to express their emotions using tools likes GIFs, memes and emojis, than using written words.

According to the study, 62% of us often send messages made up entirely of just GIFs, rising to 78% of those aged 18 -35.