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First Kiss

Posted March 10, 2014

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Awkward and adorable.

L.A. fashion label Wren got 20 good-looking strangers to kiss in this short film to promote their Fall 2014 collection. It’s directed by Tatia Pllieva.

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The Story of VIN 903847

Posted February 12, 2014

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Once More, The Story of VIN 903847 is the story of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle that went around the world three times, and is still on the road 59 years later.

Volkswagen Canada, Red Urban and Untitled Films director Hubert Davis have brought the story of this car to live. Initially through a documentary film, that began airing on Bravo and Discovery earlier this year. It’s a story for anyone who’s ever loved a car. The film was edited by Paul Jutras at Rooster Post, and features a beautiful soundtrack by Imprint Music.

The newly launched interactive site OnceMore.ca uses the film as a backbone to an immersive exploration of the Beetle’s 58 year (and counting) history. The unique interface of the site combines the film with a map of the Beetle’s day-to-day travels, enabling viewers to explore Paul Loofs’ (the man who took it around the world) journal entries, photographs, and other artifacts as they correlate to the story. Alternatively, the site can be explored organically, using the map to access specific locations on the Beetle’s journey. Together, the documentary and the website provide a unique interactive experience, allowing viewers to fully immerse themselves in the story of ‘Once More’.

The full documentary is posted above, but you should check out the extras on OnceMore.ca.

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Farmed and Dangerous

Posted January 27, 2014

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Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced plans to launch “Farmed and Dangerous,” a Chipotle original comedy series that satirically explores the world of industrial agriculture in America.

The series is produced by Chipotle and Piro, a New York- based studio headed up by Tim Piper, known for Dove Evolution who also directed the series, and Daniel Rosenberg, an executive producer who credits include Inside Man and Righteous Kill. The series trailer is posted above, and the initial four-episode season will be presented weekly on Hulu and Hulu Plus beginning Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. The show integrates Chipotle’s values and commitment to serving food made with the highest quality ingredients through the content and themes of the show itself, without any explicit Chipotle branding.

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Denham Psycho

Posted January 21, 2014

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Clothing line Denham has recreated the business card scene from American Psycho with jeans and hipsters. Written by Ben Clark and directed by Hugo Keijzer. Nice.

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The Story of a Beetle

Posted January 6, 2014

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Everyone has loved a car once, no? I loved VW Cabriolet that I named Joey. He sacrificed himself to save my life on an icy road. I’ll never name a car again.

Volkswagen Canada has teamed up with Red Urban and Untitled Films director, and Academy award nominee, Hubert Davis to tell the story of a very special 1955 Volkswagen Beetle.

Once More. The Story of VIN 903847 premiered last night on both Bravo and Discovery. And it’s a great story about a man and a car that took him around the world 3 times. The car has been exhibited the World Trade Fair and its story was featured in an ad that was awarded at the ADC.

The trailer is posted above and if you missed it last night, you can watch it again on the days and times below (eastern time). I watched it. It’s great. I may have cried. Rooster Post edited the film and music is by Imprint.

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The Beer Fridge – Project Indonesia

Posted December 19, 2013

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Remember the Molson Beer Fridge that only opened by scanning a Canadian passport? Well today the brand released a 2:45 second online spot, The Beer Fridge – Project Indonesia, that will air during the Canadian World Junior hockey tournament at the same length. Essentially taking up entire commercial breaks.

The previous beer fridge commercial was the 2nd most viewed commercial online in Canada last year. This new film is directed by Untitled Films‘ Tyler Williams via Canadian ad agency Rethink.

The new spot chronicles the journey of three real friends, two of them surprising the other one (who’s a rabid hockey fan) currently living 10,000 miles away in the Gili Islands in Indonesia where there are no motorized vehicles whatsoever. The friends come armed with precious cargo:  a satellite  system for the olympic games, and of course a red fridge stocked full of Molson Canadian. A 30-second version of the ad is set to debut on Dec. 26h.

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Dre and Kendrick Lamar

Posted December 11, 2013

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Here’s a nice bit of branded content for Beats by Dr. Dre featuring Kendrick Lamar and Dre working on a new track in the studio. I love the slice of life/doc feel of the spot and  that the brand decided to share the director’s cut – that’s rare these days.

It’s directed by Paul Hunter of Prettybird and edited by Paul Martinez, Arcade Edit.

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The French Exit

Posted December 3, 2013

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I’m an expert at the French Exit. I sometimes call it a “Houdini”. And if people ask me why I disappeared, I say that “my sloppy alarm clock was about to go off.” Fittingly, my exists usually involve vodka.

Stoli, via Toronto creative shop Jacknife, has commissioned four filmmakers to create “Origin Stories” for ORGNL.TV, the website where these films live. Today the origin of the French Exit went live, directed by OPC//FS‘ Sean Wainsteim.

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A Parting Glass

Posted November 19, 2013

I love this spot Tullamore Dew spot. It’s beautifully shot – I love the bit where he adds rainwater to his drink via the rim of his hat. And there’s a nice little twist.

Created by NYC’s Opperman Weiss and directed by RSA’s Laurence Dunmore.

All of the YouTube links to it have been disabled (annoying). But you can watch it on FastCompany’s Co.Create where there’s also more info.

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Thank You Prada

Posted November 15, 2013

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I did not have 7 minutes to spare yesterday to watch this. So happy to have had them this AM.

This short film for Prada, written and directed by Wes Anderson via The Directors Bureau and Hi! Productions, is delightful. As are all things Anderson.


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