So this video, Naked Girls Interrupted, had everyone abuzz yesterday. Sexy, Sexy. Sexy. Yes, sexy. That is until the guy shows up. In the video, we see four naked women...and the guy...strut their way down the street as song titles appear over the black bars that are blocking out the naughty bits. It's all for the upcoming release of Guitar Hero 5.
Well who knew summer could be such a challenge? It's suppose to be all warm and fun and adventurous and outdoorsy. You're supposed to take trips to the ocean, the mountains, the park, go for a hike, have a picnic and generally suck up the lushness of it all.
Well, the two poor souls in this clip just can't seem to get their summer groove on. That is until they make their way to the safety of an air conditioned movie theater. Yes, UK movie site, Focus wants us to forget those romantic walks on the beach, those hikes in the woods, those second dates at undiscovered restaurants and...a make our way to the dark confines of a movie theater.
Hey, it's not all bad. Sometimes the movies are even good.
Believe it or not, this is a recruiting video for a a trading company. You'd think a job in a place like this would be all serious and stuff but, if we are to believe what Optiver Trading is telling us, the place is one wild ride. We're not quite sure if it's a good ride or a bad one. Boxers, no. Acupuncture, no. Chocolate cake, yes. chocolate cake with...ew...no. Interrogation, no. Hot chicks sitting on your lap, yes. Not so hot chicks sitting on your lap, no. Roman soldiers holdong you hi, yes. boobs in the face, yes. Strangulation, no.
Yes, working at Optiver is no picnic. But it sure is dynamic and interesting. LAVA Communications created the video, along with eight others, on this YouTube channel.
You've seen them. The fake videos that attempt to pass themselves off as real all while minimizing the fact their just ads for brands. Some are stupid. Some are funny. Most are lame.
But they all have one thing in common. People who are seemingly incapable of holding a camera steady while filming the idiocy. Seriously. It's not that hard and you don't have to be a Hollywood DP to film something without the camera becoming possessed by an epileptic seizure.
Annoying and idiotic as the commonality is, it's never going to change. Why? Because if the camera remained on the video's primary subject, we'd get to see behind the curtain and the video would become even more obviously fake than it already is.
So here we have yet another shaky cam "viral video" selling some random energy drink.
OK so the fake plane crash thing has been done before. Well, here it is a again. This time it's to call attention to the fact Israel has a rugby team. We'll refrain from any Middle Eastern-related commentary on plane crashes. No matter what country is involved.
Seriously? Seriously? There are still brands and agencies out there that still believe people exist in the world who can't see through their "32 hidden cameras," "hundreds of unsuspecting people," "accidental" camera pans over the promoted brand's outdoor billboard, lingering shots of said product, FTW lingo and...elephants who bungee jump out of a spaceship?
Oh wait, it's just a stupid YouTube video. Sorry. That makes everything OK.
- Scion is out with a new Brand Manifesto. It's "intended to inspire new youthful and creative trendleaders with its bold and edgy elements." There's Pixel Reveal, Speechifier, a TV spot and other elements.
- It's fake! It's fake! It's fake! Now that we have that out of the way, here's a promotion for the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. It's nothing like Demi Moore's G.I. Jane version.
- Vogue's ad page count isn't looking too good for September.
If we're lucky a lost alien giant will land on earth and he'll be so kind and so nice that he'll walk all over the earth (carefully, of course) helping "green" the place up by "planting" wind farms, fixing broken high voltage wires and mining "clean" coal.
And he will be jolly. And sponsored by an energy company, of course.
Last month we mentioned former Y&R CD James Othmer would publish a new book in September entitled ADLAND: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet. Today he sent us a video he, along with Y&R Art Director Kleber Menezes and composer Joey Spallina, made which asks some very important questions about the kinds of accounts a person in the advertising business would choose to work on.
It's an insightful examination of how a person's personal beliefs and political affiliations can sometimes take a back seat to what's required of the person while at work.
So A1 Steak Sauce is having a singing contest. People can submit videos of themselves singing about how much they love A1 Steak Sauce. Even Meatloaf (the singer, not the meat) is in on the act belting out his famous "I Would Do AnyThing For Love." ballad. Except, in this case, he'd do anything for A1.
It's sort of funny. But sad also. We'd love to see Meatloaf return to his Bat Out of Hell glory days but that sort of greatness usually only comes around just once so we'll just have to settle for an A1 commercial.