H&M Continues Hoity Toity Highbrow Histrionics


Continuing its foray in to the surreal world of mystique, intrigue, noir and the just plain ridiculously highbrow, H&M is out with another branded film starring models Heidi Mount and Matt Clunan who bring a hipsteresque noirism to the dropped glove scenario which, for no apparent reason, ends with Mount naked on a couch.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-12    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video

Robert Downey Jr., iJustine Amp Up Call of Duty Black Ops II


Activision, with help from 72andSunny, has unfurled a new campaign for'Call of Duty: Black Ops II with a :60 live action trailer (that features Robert Downey Jr. and our favorite video star, iJustine), integration into Action Movie FX and an out-of-home campaign.

72andSunny worked with Guy Ritchie and jumP to develop a :60 live action trailer that hypes the game experience by following a litany of explosive attacks. In addition to Downey and iJustine, the clip featurtes French actor Omar Sy.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Video

H&M Drips 'Tude, Litter Genie Goes Hair Band, Ford Awards Mustangs


- Check out H&M's new short film featuring Joel Kinnman that's just dripping with attitude.

- Today JWT New York is launching the second music video in its digital series for Litter Genie. In "I Haz A Pie Row Tek Nic," Walter and his band of cat friends, The Awful Pawfuls, rock out in an ode to the beloved heavy metal hair bands of our time.

- Who knew surfboards worked on land?

- Ford has just awarded the first of four customized Mustangs to the winners of its Mustang Customizer contest.

by Steve Hall    Oct-24-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Video

Who Knew Nikon Was Pronounced Nee-Kon?


I've had a Nikon camera for about six years and in all that time, this is the first I've heard Nikon pronounce Nee-Kon. I have to assume that I, and, seemingly, everyone else on the planet, have been wrong all these years. After all, if a Nikon-branded video pronounces the word Nee-Kon, it must be so.

That little oddity aside, Nikon is out with a 2:37 video that focuses on tears and how tears (and the face) can convey many emotions and how Nikon lenses are designed to capture those emotions. It's decent work, But since when did Nikon's little logo jingle begin to sound like the last bit of the Intel jingle?

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by Steve Hall    Oct-12-12    
Topic: Video

Beautiful Film Touts Sobey's 'Traceable Seafood'


Here is a well-crafted, beautifully-shot, meticulously-produced two minute video from Entrinsic for Sobeys seafood that touts the brand's "traceable seafood." Using a code on Sobey's packaging, shoppers can trace the details of where the fish was caught, how it was caught and who caught it.

The video, entitled All on the Line, does a nice job profiling one of Sobey's fishing crews that's out on the Atlantic every day reeling in boatload after boatload of haddock.

Other seafood brands/establishment may see food differently. But Sobey's see's it like it is. And they want you to see it like it is as well.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-11-12    
Topic: Video

Gucci Debuts Pinnable Ad Banner, TomTom Does Robot


- Gucci has debuted an ad banner with a Pinterest pin button. Viewers can click it and pin one of two images.

- Interesting don't text and drive PSA from Fishman Marketing. iDrove, iPod, iDied.

- Don't stare at the boob.

- JetBlue's Election Protection says Live Free or Fly.

- TomTom does the Robot. Hmm, there are a lot of talented dancers working at TomTom. Khanna\Reidinga created.

- Five funny language school commercials.

- Wieden + Kennedy is out with some more of Southern Comfort's beach walker.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-12    
Topic: Social, Video

Did You See those Awesome Tires?


While watching this latest work for Kumho Tires, you will wait. And you will wait. And will wait. You will wait for something...anything to happen. But no. Nothing does. All we get is a dad who puts tires on a baby stroller and gets chased by the police. This could have been accomplished in :30 but no. You have to wait a full 2:09 before, well, before nothing happens.

They should have stuck with hot chick frolicking on the beach.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-12    
Topic: Video

How Real Time Bidding Can Improve Your Display Advertising


If you're creating online campaigns (from a creative or media standpoint) and you want to make sure you have the right creative on the right site with the right offer matched up to the right landing page, you might want to watch this interview with EngageBDR Client Services Director Andy Dhanik. In the interview, he talks about how his system can integrate with existing ad servers and optimize creative pairings (landing page, banner, purchased site). It's a bit technical but isn't everything about advertising these days? That said, don't toss it off. It matters.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-12    
Topic: Online, Tools, Video

Reverse Robberies Place Drink in Convenience Stores


Sydney-based Monkeys has produced an interesting video that captures a reverse robbery. What's a reverse robbery? It's when a group of guys storm a convenience store not to rob it but to place some product in it. In this case the product is Oak Milk and the group of "robbers" is asking any and all stores that don't carry Oak to request a "robbery." Nifty and fun.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-12    
Topic: Video

Winery Creates Symphony WIth Wine Glasses


Count yourself among the lucky ones if you've never had to attend a middle school concert at which kids attempt to do the thing where you fill various glasses with various amounts of water to play a tune. The result is often an unpleasant assault on the ears.

Thankfully, Italian winery Tasca d'Almerita, with help from Mosaicoon, hired some professionals to do the very same thing and the results are nothing short of wonderful. Reminiscent of Honda Choir, the winery filled 250 wine glasses with 130 liters of wine and placed them in the hands of some very capable musicians.

Nothing at all like your average middle school music concert.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-12    
Topic: Video