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



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



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



No More Adrants. No, More Adrants

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Illustrating the unique power of the comma to drastically change the meaning of a given phrase and to call attention to the Brazilian Press Association and its mission to insure freedom of speech, this video offers several examples of what happens when a comma is removed.

The ad was created by Africa in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Because Politics Can Get Dirty, So Can Las Vegas

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OK. Having recently been in Las Vegas, this new VEGAS.com campaign caught my eye and made me laugh knowingly at its wit and complete lack of attempting to make the city appear to be anything other than what it truly is: Disney for grownups.

Latching on to the Presidential election, the press release asks, "Tired of all the 2008 presidential election hype? The nastiness and innuendo? The half-truths and naked lies?" And answers, "We're not either. We're good with naked. And in Las Vegas, our 'polls' tend to have half-dressed women hanging from them." Not sugar coated at all and that's to be appreciated.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Political



Pop Culture Plugs Macy's in Nostalgia Montage

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Part of doing Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years "properly" is reflecting on how they've been done before, a cultural habit that primes everybody for Memory Lane. That's why the holidays are a perfect time to bang out some pop culture nostalgia, wrap a tagline around it and call it an ad.

Under year-old slogan "The Magic of Macy's" (JWT/NY), Macy's cashes in on these sentiments by leveraging its long brand history. Check out this patchwork quilt of "Macy's" mentions in movies and shows like Charlie Brown, Family Guy, Seinfeld, I Love Lucy and Miracle on 34th Street (which I watched every Christmas as a kid!), among others.

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Animation Site Plugged with Kitten-Killing Game

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Got a minute to kill and a lust for destruction? Take time out for Suicide Kittens, a strategy game where you play a kitten and the objective is to get shot, preferably by your own laser beam.

It gets surprisingly complicated.

I stayed alive too long in level 4, which landed me a big fat GAME OVER, after which I was invited to check out 4mations.tv, a just-launched site for deliciously sophomoric animators.

The funniest thing about this effort, though, were the game tags: suicide, kittens, lasers, and trigonometry...?

By Rubber Republic/London.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-08    
Topic: Games, Good, Online, Promotions



Wii and YouTube Rock the Video World

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Apparently just placing a video on YouTube is no longer enough for advertisers wishing to seed their message to as many people as possible. OK, it was never enough for the smart marketers but go with me on this one. Anyway, Wii has placed some Wario Land Shake It game play footage on YouTube that delivers a decidedly different online video experience.

It's only fitting that video pages get the same takeover love "regular" web pages have for so long from the likes of Pointroll, Eyeblaster and other expand-o-banner techniques. Have a look.

by Steve Hall    Sep-25-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



'Watch This Video - And Learn from It': RA3 RMX Gives Cult Beat a Fresh Spin

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"Red Alert 3 Remix," a promotional video for EA's Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, is the fruit of a partnership between DraftFCB and remix artist CB Shaw. The latter interspersed offbeat Hollywood icons with references to 'net memes and gaming footage -- all to the tune of Hell March, the track used in the opening sequence to the first Red Alert. Good way to draw legacy gamers back into the hype, though many will probably feel alienated by the invasion of Planet Hollywood.

But the line-up is pop culture genius. Jenny McCarthy, Gemma Atkinson, George Takei, Jonathan Pryce, Andrew Divoff, Peter Stormare, Tim Curry, JK Simmons, Kelly Hu, Autumn Reeser, and Ivana Milicevic have all been enlisted as characters in the game.

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