Scorsese Makes Us Throw Up...And Heap Praise


Even when a man as important and legendary as Martin Scorsese is involved, ads which spend half their time on the "making of" aspects and credits of those involved always seem egocentrically forced. That is not to say this creation from JWT Spain for Freixenet Cava isn't good. It is. It's very good. In fact, it's amazing if you cut off the "making of" puffery and credits at the end. Because when you layer on commentary from JWT Executive Creative Director Alex Martinez like, "never before has art been so close to and tied in with advertising," if sort of makes you want to throw up...a your mouth.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-07    
Topic: Best, Creative Commentary, Video

YouTube Celeb Tay Zonday Goes Commercial With Dr. Pepper


Dr. Pepper hooked up with YouTube celeb Tay Zonday to recreate his famed Chocolate Rain video to promote its new Cherry Chocolate drink. The new video is as goofy as the original but it's climbing the video charts fast. Currently, is resting in the number one slot over at Viral Video Chart. Whether or not it reaches the original's 12 million views is unclear at this point but we're guessing he's happy with the paycheck he got from Dr. Pepper.

The new video also features Mista Johnson aka Felonious Monk and an army of dancing booty babes. Since its debut November 28, the video has 566,000 views on YouTube. Thankfully, it's half the length of the maddeningly repetitive original.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Good, Video

Sit Still for Four Minutes; You May Just Learn Something


Here's a handy video on Intimis PURLs -- personalized URLs that tell you more about your individual site visitors than analytics that normally just show you traffic and conversion number per landing page.

Put together by Proctor & Stevenson, it's damn informative -- but after the :30 mark we wanted to tear out our hair. It's to our credit that we watched the whole thing and learned Intimis can increase your hypothetical conversion rate from one in three, to two in three, without much increasing follow-up time.

Where's our spoonful of sugar, Intimis?

PS. We're also a little pissy about the comment spam you passed us in one of our company surveys. Not cool, Intimis. Not cool.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-30-07    
Topic: Specialty, Tools, Video

World AIDS Day's A-Comin'. Please Get Appropriately Somber


We do love a broken record.

Seriously though, this spot is for World AIDS Day '07, which happens tomorrow. It reminded us of candles being lit in a church -- nice mental contrast.

The VP at Blattner Brunner assures us thus, and we thought we'd use it to assure you too:

"33,200,000 cases. Represented by one shot/one second. 86400 seconds in a day. Don't worry, though, the thing is only a minute long."

Far cry from the King of Condoms approach.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-30-07    
Topic: Cause, Online, Promotions, Video

Maggie Gyllenhaal Soothingly Urges Support For TrickleUp

seed_a_dream.jpg Subway what? Fist bump? Viral video? Uh uh. No more. On Tuesday this week, placed a video on YouTube narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal for Trickle Up, an organization that raises money for "people living on less than a dollar a day" and to provide "them with resources to build microenterprises for a better quality of life."

It's subtle, informative, beautifully illustrated. The music is soothing. And it gets it's message across effectively in just over a minute. We like.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Video

42Below Vodka Gets Wicked with Would-Be Virals We Want to Watch


We're crazy about these new spots for 42Below vodka. Mainly because they feel the same way we do about slavery. ("And MACHINES!")

See Good Thought, Canada, Bestest, Wallaby (flippin' awesome), Feijoa (New Zealand's claim to fame?), and Cows (a message about drinking responsibly).

If we didn't already have a vodka to snuggle close to us at night, we'd pick you, 42.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-29-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Video

Snow, Piss and Marriage Proposal Make For Stupid Fun


Of course you know exactly what's going to happen in this Keta Keta-created video for James Allen Jeweler five seconds into it but there's nothing like a mixture of snow, piss and a marriage proposal to bring at least half a chuckle to your morning. And there's nothing really new about a contest that asks people to submit videos of marriage proposal ideas because, after all, absolutely everything that has to do with getting married is fodder for endless idiocy, wackiness and humor. So if you plan to make a marriage proposal soon why not at least enter the contest for a chance to win a $3,000 diamond engagement ring. After all, you're cheap and you know it.

by Steve Hall    Nov-29-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Video

Fully Clothed Obama Girl Touts Candidate Who Can Dance


Noting the apparent inability of most politicians who simply can't dance, Amber Lee aka Obama Girl, wearing far more than her usual garb, urges us to note Barack Obama is seemingly one of the few politicians who actually can dance...which is why she is voting for him in the 2008 presidential election. We're not sure the ability to dance is an important criteria for becoming the President of the United States but we're not complaining. If Amber Lee wants to keep making videos, we're happy to keep watching.

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-07    
Topic: Cause, Video

Wry Humor Eradicates Dull Pre-Flight AIrline Video


Somewhere there's an unwritten rule that pre-flight airline safety videos have to be dull, dry and utterly boring. Anomoly, working for Virgin America, thought otherwise when it created this witty, animated film that lobs subtle jabs at both th officiousness of airlines and the stupidity of some passengers without going over the fairly wel established line drawn in the sand regarding airline videos. Very nice work. We hope other airlines inject some wit into their boring pre-flight videos as well.

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-07    
Topic: Good, Video

UbiSoft Bunny Burps, and ... Yeah, that's About It


This ad is for UbiSoft's RayMan. For reasons we don't understand, a burping bunny invades the real world and gets lazy couch-welded human beings to get off their asses and pour shaken carbonated drinks into their mouths.

It was on the front page of YouTube and we've watched it at least eight times already. This does not bode well for the future of the world.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-28-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Video

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