Having worked in the segment for quite some time, I can attest to the boredom of working on business to business ad campaigns. There's only so much speed and feed bullshit you can take before your head explodes...or you go out and hire a big breasted floozy, a dude in a tuxedo and layer on an endless supply of metaphors and double entendres.
Like a Calvin & Hobbes decal come to life, "Slash" for MTV Switch depicts people pissing in public places. The moral of the story is to "Save water, flush less." (Niiiiice.)
By Ogilvy/London, which has an odd take on persuasion. Wizzing in a fountain is funny -- hell, incendiary -- while you're stoned and around age 15, but unless things have changed abroad, doing it in the Queen's England remains both unsavory and illegal.
There's no accounting for logic in advertising, however. Along with other "green" MTV Switch ads, "Slash" will likely run across 55 TV channels in 162 countries. The track in the ad is Miserere Mei, by Bouwe Dykstra.
The United Kingdom recently considered passing laws that would enable the gov to detain terrorism suspects for 42 days without a trial.
To give ordinary people an emotional education on what the law would mean, Amnesty International launched "Sleepwalking," an eerie spot that depicts citizens crawling out of their beds late at night and in a kind of stupor. Together they walk into a holding facility and file themselves in separate cells, still more asleep than awake.
The ad admonishes people not to "sleepwalk into" this anti-terrorism bill, which in freedom's name would infringe on citizens' rights.
Slow-moving and unpleasant, but it's powerful that way. By production company DarkFibre. Voiceover by Christopher Eccleston. Learn more at Protect the Human.
MCM Net and Aardman partnered to produce Creature Discomforts, a campaign for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Its purpose, I think, is to encourage outsiders to change the way they perceive disabilities.
I'm just confused about how. The campaign launched a game called Peanut Pickup, where you, a mouse, shoot peanuts into an elephant's trunk. That's it.
It isn't clear what lesson I was meant to glean (could it be a hand-eye coordination game for disabled children...?), but all I could gather was it isn't nearly as fun as Suicide Kittens -- which, for a minute or two, I mistook for another component of the Creature Discomforts campaign.
This online ad for Cleatskins starts out like a typical sportsgear spot: adrenaline-pumping music, bad-ass sports star, epic narrative. It all seemed very made-for-TV.
And then the end happened, and then I laughed, because this is the kinda stuff you can do on the 'net that you can't risk doing on television. Unless you're Budweiser.
Produced by Kamp Grizzly for agency UXB.
- Make magazine offers Twitter support. Hey, neato.
- Wayne Wang's The Princess of Nebraska premiered on YouTube last Friday. Which brings up the usual "dawn of a new era?" questions.
- Ecast MixMaster helps decide how best to get you trashed.
- O noes, kids and search and porn.
- Little Big Planet alienates Muslims. I would never have guessed.
- The essence of blogging.
- Do you dare mess with someone else's Hummer -- even for love of advertising? Good luck and godspeed.
At left is the baby I made with Johnny Depp, courtesy of the Routan Babymaker3000.
The babymaker's part of a broader Volkswagen Routan campaign featuring Brooke Shields. You've probably seen the ads where she barrages expecting couples with questions about why they're having babies "simply for the love of German engineering." (I didn't really get this at first, but after sitting through the mocumentary, I completely understand: people are having babies so they can buy minivans! Of course!)
It's almost Halloween and that means it's time for another Saw movie. The franchise is up to number five now and there's no indication a sixth won't arrive next Halloween. This year, the movie's promoters took the prank call route and, with help from Varitalk, brought the voice of Jigsaw to unsuspecting recipients, some of whom in Toronto where genuinely scared enough to call the police. Reacting to complaints, the site took down the device.
- In this new Venables, Bell & Partners-created commercial for Audi, a house gets a time-based makeover and so does the dog.
-Apparently, Grey SF is inexplicably no longer blogging.
- But Hill Holiday's blog, one of the earliest agency blogs, is active again after a few layers of dust settled.
- Google has launched do it yourself display advertising.
- Today's Jeopardy will feature a category dedicated solely to the AMC show Mad Men.
"Little is the new big," proclaim one of the miniaturized billboards for LittleBigPLanet, a video game that goes live on October 21st. Other billboards sport a similar little/big message.* Find them on eBay -- where people are actually bidding on a few.
Also, somebody posted flickr pics of the billboards in his garden. (Can you imagine using billboards as garden ornaments? Wait, don't answer that.) One's apparently been tagged by lightning-obsessed gangster elves that rock pastel.