So here it is. The winner of the Vanilla Ice-hosted TurboTax TaxRap. Yes, if you've been hiding under a rock, TurboTax-maker Intuit put together a video contest offering $25,000 to the person who created the best video about TurboTax. And, yes, it was hosted by Vanilla Ice. Come on. Don't laugh. A guy's gotta do something after a career in white-boy rap, right?
Well, the judging's over and the winner's in. It's 28-year old Brooklyn, NY real estate investor Christian Pulfer who will take home the $25,000 in cash...well, after TurboTax determines how much Uncle Sam gets, that is. Pulfer's video can be seen on YouTube here along with the call made to him by Vanilla Ice informing him he won the contest.
While it's quite common to see people disappearing into their own world while attached to their mp3 player and busting dance moves they'd never do if they knew people were watching, we're pretty sure most don't strip while doing so. Unless. of course, they're the Sixteen Candles Geekish type like the guy in this video touting the beauty of Philips Bluetooth headphones which simultaneously connect to your mp3 play and your phone. Created by Isobar and Lukien, the video illustrates why it's best to pay at least a tiny bit of attention to your surroundings. It's also a brilliant demonstration of the product's feature.
With the advent of consumer-generated media and YouTube, Spring Break just isn't what it used to be. Or maybe this guy just didn't get any action. Either way, he did accomplish something during his break in the form of a video that spoofs a parody of the Dove Evolution video. Entitled "Campaign for the perfect facebook pic," Courtney Podvin undergoes the usual evolutionary transition with the end product ending up on his facebook profile. Insightfully, the video ends with the statement, "No wonder our perception of people on facebook is distorted."
Dan Meth, who's clearly got a firm grip on what gets 15-year-old girls' pulses racing, launches this Natty Girls animated video for pricey boutique Live Natty. (Not to be confused with "nappy," which can get you in trouble.)
We sometimes winced and had to cover our eyes. Overall it is, as he so eloquently puts it, "top 40 bubblegum bliss." Unless we find an antidote not crooned by Britney Spears pre-breakdown, the song will be stuck in our heads for the rest of the night.
If Youtube is the ultimate archive of self-exploitative human behaviour and ads are major persuaders in societal instruction, then it's only natural that at the crossroads we find Life Lessons I Learned the Hard Way.
This is TLC's feeble dip into the somehow unexhausted world of CGM. And guess what you win if your life lesson is the best? A chance for your ad to air on TLC, and ... wait for it ... $10,000. Yeah, that's the going rate for anybody whose exhibitionist camp gets an accolade from a big brand. (Observe examples 1, 2, 3.)
At this point we have little hope that video-whoring will go away anytime soon. That reality TV fad? Still going strong. Who'd have guessed there'd be a market for seeing anybody, not just celebrities, get gritty on camera?
Okay, aside from MTV.
Last month we featured a very weird and very whacked video from Cleveland agency Brokaw which was celebrating its 15th anniversary. Now, the agency has sent us some of its real work for its client the Cleveland Institute of Art which we really like. It's five minute, stop motion-ish video created with a sketch pad and some minimal effects. After all, educational institutions aren't famous for spending big in recruitment advertising. The video is nicely done and the voice over does just the right job of smack talking the educational recruitment process without overdoing it. It even highlights many reasons why a college student would want to go to Cleveland in the first place. Top on our list? The Barking Spider.
There's something very odd about the word "mastication." Say it ten times and you'll see what we mean. It's like saying "both" ten times in a row. See? Anyway. Enough about the oddities of the English language. On to Trident gum which, with help from AKQA London, has created an interesting movie about, yes, mastication. And brain lobes. And mastication quivering. And pleasure, And lobal deflation. And Softeriationificationflavorization...uh...something about making the gum soft. And fruit recognition software. And...oh just watch the video.
Let's forget for a minute that the CGM wave is so last February. If Mr. Clean wanted to personify cleaning house, we'd think they'd use that big bald burly dude already featured on all their creative instead of haphazardly throwing an Oompa-Loompa at us from left field.
While we mentally rejected the idea of an Oompa-Loompa creeping around cleaning shit (they are very naughty, after all), we liked the screaming ADD-ridden kid. And if you can somehow top Mr. Clean on the weird video scale, you could win $10,000. Lookie, they even made the contest name rhyme: Make a Scene with Mr. Clean. How whimsical.
Complete with full blown faux rock band returning after a 25 year absence, behind the scenes-style video and a "hit single," the folks over at ihaveanidea are promoting their upcoming Portfolio Night in style. The band, Burn Back, was popular back in the day but disappeared because they "weren't getting enough respect." Now, they're back to help push the organization's annual world-wide portfolio review during which top creative directors the word over will review the portfolios of aspiring creatives eager to get into advertising. It all happens May 3rd in 28 cities across the globe. Get your portfolios ready people!
- Here we go again with yet another million dollar homepage thingy. This time, companies can buy one frame, yes, one frame of a video for $39. It might be cheap but no one's gonna see it.
- All animal rights efforts don't have to be as in your face or as off-putting as PETA. Animal Rights Stand takes a very different approach.
- Adobe's got a cool new site promoting its Creative Suite 3. On the site you can use the tools and build an actual website. EVB created.
- Weird. Just weird. Gremlins in Progressive Direct commercials.
- Former FCB CEO Steve Blamer is now CEO of Creston, a UK marketing holding company.