Mullen Creative Director Tricked by Doorway

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At one time or another, we've all been in a hurry to make a flight to an important new business presentation. We've fought traffic. We've nerve-rackingly stood over the printer waiting for the last copy of the proposal to print out. We've berated colleagues for not grabbing the right equipment. We've grabbed the wrong brief case. We've insulted the interns.

But not many of us have done what Mullen Creative Director Tim Vaccarino did this morning on his way into the office before heading to Logan to catch his flight.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-10    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Video



Greenpeace Asks Us to Wonder Why Aliens Always Leave

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This one's been out for a while. Say what you will about Greenpeace but this video explains a lot. On why it appears UFOs never stick around very long, this video asks, "Have you ever wandered why they always go away?" The message is simple. Humans just aren't ready to join the the galactic community.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-10    
Topic: Video



Toyota Digs Itself A Deeper Hole With Avalon Singers

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We've sat through our fair share of meetings, helplessly observing the birth of what would, sadly, become...A REALLY BAD IDEA. Oh, we'd do what we could to get things back on track but, as everyone in this business knows, the client, no matter how smart or how stupid they are, almost always gets their way. And if they don't, some pompous creative director does.

We'd really love to have been in the concepting meeting for what resulted in the disaster known as the Toyota Avalon Singers. If only to witness the absurd platitudes which must have been uttered during the creation of this embarrassment.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-13-10    
Topic: Brands, Video, Worst



Vitamin Water's Steve Nash is 'The Most Ridiculous Man in the World'

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We love the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World campaign. Many people do. Because it's funny. And Weird. And, well, ridiculous. And Vitaminwater knows this. And so does Nike Trash Talk sneaker creator, philanthropist and Phoenix Suns' guard Steve Nash.

Nash appears in a series of Vitamin Water videos which spoof the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World campaign. Nash's version is entitled The Most Ridiculous Man in the World. And it is ridiculous. And brilliant. Ridiculous and brilliant. When do you get to use those two words in the same sentence?

We love that.

by Steve Hall    Feb-12-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Spoofs, Video



Winter Olympics Bore You? Samsung Can Help

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Skiing? Skating? Bobsledding? Basketball? Snowboarding? The Winter Olympics? Boring, right? Not if you're Cheil Worldwide and you're creating a campaign for Samsung Electronics. Nope. When you're an ad agency, you don't have to live within the confines of Olympic Rule.

Nope. You can create sports like Snowboard Basketball and Beat Box Ice Skating. Snowboard Basketbal we can see. Beat Box Ice Skating not so much.

by Steve Hall    Feb-11-10    
Topic: Video



No Slogans. No Sequins. This is The Man

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Love this new French Connection video called "The Man." It casts aside all the over the top blather we see in far too many fashion ads. In this one, we have a man. And he has clothes. And he is a regular man. Well, a regular man with a (fake?) beard who can't seem to get the elevator to work. But a man with a fashion sense none the less. Just, thankfully, not for sequins. Which is really code for over the top fashions brands try to sell me but only end up selling to the three people who actually respond to their ads in GQ.

by Steve Hall    Feb-11-10    
Topic: Brands, Good, Strange, Video



CBS Stands For Corporate Bull Shit

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Really. It does. According to Raging Grannies who whipped together a little anti-CBS sentiment for the networks decision to accept the Tim Tebow ad but not ads for other causes such as MoveOn or The Light.

The women sing, "CBS - Corporate Bulls Shit , they won't take ads from Moveon or The light , but take three million from right-to-life, they're hypocrites that won't give a voice to womens choice"

Good stuff.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-10    
Topic: Super Bowl 2010, Video



Burger King's The King Spotted With Naked Chicks in Russian Sauna

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Wanna see weird? Wanna see near naked men slapping themselves on the back in the shower? Wanna see hot, near naked women hanging with The King? The you'll want to check out this Russian video from Moscow-based The Creative Group.

That King does get around.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-10    
Topic: Racy, Video



All Women Do Housework in Lingerie, Right?

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Can you say objectification? No, neither can we. Which is why we love this new long form ad from lingerie brand Damaris which revels in the voyeuristic pleasures of watching women clean house clad in nothing but see through lingerie. And yes, this is not exactly the sort of thing you want to watch at work.

Does it objectify woman? You could say so. Do we have to go all up in that grill and ruin the superficial fun of it? No we don't. And please don't OK?

by Steve Hall    Jan-27-10    
Topic: Racy, Video



Cyberbullying PSA Yanks Mean YouTube Comments

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This is a very, very cool use of YouTube and Flash technology. In the middle of a "PSA" for the plight of dolphins caught in fishing nets, the reaches out of the video window and grabs one of the mean comments. It turns out the video is for cyberbullying. Very cool.

Of course, you can tel the whole page is "flashed" but if you aren't initially looking for it, the technique works quite well.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-10    
Topic: Cause, Good, Video








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