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It's a sad fact infomercials work. They scream at you. They assault you with cheesy graphics. They pummel you over and over again with a call to action.
Know what else is a sad fact? That the Catholic Church has to use the shtick to get people to confess their sins during Holy Week. Yes, the Catholic Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Center has kooked up with the Forza Migliozzi agency to create Soul Wow which aims to fill confessional booths in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island Monday, April 6.
Parts of this look fake. Parts look real. You decide. For Samsung LED technology, The Viral Factory Director James Rouse teamed with the Baaa-Studs sheepherders to create something akin to Carlton Draught's It's A Big Ad or British Airways ad of the same ilk.
A team of sheepherders working with film crew create images of the Mona Lisa, the video game Pong and a fireworks display.
Key question. Does this make you want to buy a TV or become a sheepherder.
Ray Ban's promoting a technicolor melange of plastic Aviators with a Cutwater-orchestrated ad called "Drill," where a big plastic drill with crayons strapped to the front of it wreaks havoc on a sedate canvas.
It's a fun watch. We wouldn't mind seeing it again and again, all over network TV. (Not nearly as engaging as "Super Chameleon" though.) Kinda reminds us of the Nano Chromatic campaign.
What do you get when you combine a keynote with some new technology from LG? This ridiculous video highlighting the company's new language filtering, happy time feature and cartooner. Right. Funny. Sort of. But definitely different.
We've seen all manner of antics from agencies vying for accounts but we really like this one from Boston's Captains of Industry. In a video, Founder and Creative Director Ted Page sits down to tell inform us if his agency doesn't win a solar energy account in 2009, he will literally eat his shorts on camera and post the video to YouTube.
With help from digital agency Holler, footwear brand Kickers is launching an online comedy sketch series called "Random Bandits," which features characters from TV show Modern Toss and guest voice-overs from the UK's The Office.
The effort'll run for three months, beginning in the first week of April, and will "send up everything from entertainment, popular culture and even social networks." Hope you're equipped with that slapstick Brit wit. You'll definitely need it for this dive back into MySpace.
- Ex-Ofsted chief proposes that kids learn social media skills -- Wikipedia, blogging, podcasting, Twitter -- in primary school, alongside other communication skills like handwriting and keyboarding.
- How far would you go for some glacier-fresh Kokanee? As far as the dudes in this spec ad? (Gotta say: the premise is cheesy, but production is clean.)
- Pretty spiffy ATL ad.
- Havaianas footwear in full bloom around Paris. Almost too pretty to stand.
- Fallon Skimmer.
- Take it straight: we fucking hate this execution.
- Kevin Spacey to do Michel Gondry-directed ad for American Airlines.
- Killed Idea alert: "the following ad for Krystal Hamburgers created by the Johnson Group in Chattanooga was killed for fear of 'clown retribution.'" Ever read Jpod? This sorta reminds us of that.
Since you're probably a postmodern hipster, it's highly likely you love yourself some Flight of the Conchords.
Well, that's cool, we do too.
To promote Season 2 of the show, HBO partnered with Deep Focus to launch the Flight of the Conchords Lip Dub Video Fansterpiece. It's about as grand as it sounds, and one-time creators of fan fiction will probably relish the opportunity to reinterpret FotC's "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros" with their own wincey music videos.
And they are admirably wincey. (Okay, maybe not as much as that one time Jemaine dressed up like Labyrinth Bowie and appeared to Bret in his dreams.) Fan or not, feel free to relish in this most awkward pool of self-conscious exhibitionism.
According to Deep Focus, Facebook outreach generated about 470 comments and about 5400 "likes." The two top videos were edited into a single mumbo-jumbo one and incorporated into a Flight of the Conchords ep -- and yeah, that's on cable TV, man.
See Final Fansterpiece below.
Gad knows we've seen more than our fair share of Never Hide videos by Ray Ban, but "Super Chameleon" had us going "Is that real? Is that REAL?!" all over again.
To the disturbingly appropriate Eat My Bear by YUKSEK,* a slow-moving chameleon changes his stripes according to whatever shade of Wayfarers is set in his path -- and there are some pretty ugly options to choose from. Easter egg blue! Cammo! But in the context of watching nature in action, as opposed to destroying our fine facial aesthetic, those shades suit us just fine.
Come on! Do people even bother to do the tiniest bit of research be fore making a first, best only claim? Apparently not. Even our sieve of a brain could come up with an example of what Woo Agency, here, claims to be a first.
The agency has just launched the "world's first customizable video clip" which allows people to...wait for it...place an image of their face in a Matisyahu video. Oh really? Seriously? Dudes, customizable video has been around for EVAR!
Even without doing research, the simplicity of this would have at least casued you to thing, "Damn, this has to have been done before.," right