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You Wouldn't Believe It, But This is An Ad for Rolling Paper

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"The Fly in the Eye" follows in the tradition of old-school psychological horror cinema. Created by Cisma/Sao Paulo, it's the story of a man who, in his efforts to get rid of a fly, bends the constraints of reality and for some reason ends up with two irises in one socket.

Weird shit. The video concludes with "Always expect the unexpected!", followed by a link to BlackThinking.com.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Packaging, Specialty, Video



Customizable M&Ms Come Off Kinda Creepy

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imc2 made a site where you can put your likeness on M&Ms. I've always wanted to eat my own face off, so I clicked through to The Candy Lab with premature glee.

What I saw were my old buddies, the Red and Yellow M&Ms, wearing zoned-out, slightly stoned expressions. Between them sat a giant M&M into which they trapped the head of a jovial black dude.

Use the buttons on the right to get The Head to sing you I Want Candy or She Blinded Me with Science.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online



There Will Always Be Ass in Commercials

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Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Oh, there it is! This two minute video for Vizelia, a software company that prides itself on helping save energy, takes :90 seconds longer than it needs to deliver its punchline and make it's point; that money saved by using Vizelia can be allocated to less mundane aspects of office life.

While the future of advertising may look bleak and frustrating to some given the economy and the ever changing media landscape, one thing can be guaranteed. There will always be ass in commercials.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Racy, Video



Got 48 Seconds? Enter Embarq's Video Contest, Win $5,000

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Calling all out of work, starving creatives! Wait, that would be discrimination or something and we don't do that in this industry, right? So I guess even working creatives are welcome too. iCrossing has created 48 Seconds, a video contest for its client Embarq, an internet, satellite, wireless and phone provider. As expected, some of the videos are crap. Others surprise. Here's a nice one of a guy painting a mural of the Joker.

Why is the contest called 48 seconds? Because, with Embarq internet service, web pages will load 48 seconds faster than dial up, not that anyone's actually on dial up anymore but still.

so if you need a little extra cash and you think youu can do better than all those consumer generated idiots out there, enter the contest and show the world how "real" creative is done.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Video



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Hot Cheerleaders Prove Proper Marketing (Sex) Can Sell Anything

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Wait, what? How was this missed? We might have some slapping around to do here at the Adrants offices for staff missing this one. I mean we are talking cheerleaders here.Cheerleaders, people! That's bread and butter around here.

OK, so Undercover Cheerleaders, a creation of production company Hungryman TV, has a squad of cheerleaders, Steph Pearson, Nikki Williams (who, hmm...lives quite close to the Adrants mansion), Ash Simms, and Jess Powers who apparently didn't make the Cowboy squad so they go on adventures instead.

There are several adventures so far. One is called Selling Shit in which the cheerleaders create crap and sell it to prove anything can be sold with proper marketing, i.e. hot girls in, like, cheerleader uniforms. Um, like, yea.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Good, Racy, Strange, Video



Kid-Shaped Trash Bags Aim to Help Street Kids

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Here's a powerful campaign which calls attention to the plight of street kids who, for lack of other options, sustain themselves by eating out of the garbage. Created by Leo Burnett Hong Kong for the Christina Nobel Children's Foundation, the campaign consists of trash bags shaped to look like kids. The bags were then placed near trash barrels in Vietnam and Mongolia.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor



Sony Gets Its James Bond On with Mission for a Million

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Bond. James Bond. Yes, he's back for another adrenalin-fueled adventure this November and, yes, brands are lining up to get a piece of the action. Sony, with a promotion called Mission for Millions, offers people the chance to win $1 million by playing in which they are tasked with recovering stolen HDNA molecules.

Supporting the contest will be all the usual suspects, a Facebook page, a mainstream media ad campaign, storefront displays and an online campaign.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Games, Promotions



Agency Seeks Business With Outdoor Video

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Most agencies pick up the phone and dial for dollars when it comes to pitching new business. You know, to get that all important meeting with the peon who has no decision making authority only to be tossed off when the CEO of the potential client gives the business to his golf buddy. So why bother?

Netherlands-based ph/law knows it's all pointless so they didn't bother calling the CEO of TomTom when they decided to go after the business. No. They affixed snipes to street signs and made a video which they play on a video board 50 meters from the TomTom offices.

And yea, stuff like this has been done before but it always nice to see different iterations of the alternative pitch.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Outdoor



'I Know a Lotta Ex-Homosexuals.'

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"I know a lotta ex-straight guys too!"

At left is a promotional poster for Regent Releasing's Saving Marriage, a documentary that chronicles the two-year political odyssey leading to gay couples' right to wed in Massachusetts.

See trailer.

Set against a Pepto Bismol-pink background, a white car sports a "Just Married" wreath and cans on string. Clearly some couple had a happy day.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Outdoor, Poster, Promotions, Trends and Culture



Because I Get Off Seeing My Likeness on Coffee Mugs

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Hoping to reproduce the viral success (eh?) that Elf Yourself garnered for OfficeMax, EVB/San Francisco launched MakeMeSuper.com for Kodak.

Look look! It's me! Except blonde and trapped in the '70s!

Use the Kodak gallery to prop your face -- or that of an unwitting victim -- on a spandex-clad body. Your name is incorporated in a theme song (choose from one in five HUNDRED!), and -- that's not all! -- your own logo and swag. It's almost too super to stand.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



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