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This is Painful to Watch

Posted August 20, 2014

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Rethink’s latest for Science World is painful to watch…in the best possible way. Who knew a kick in the groin could be so educational?

Directed by OPC//FamilyStyle and Recommended director Chris Woods, the ad made for the children’s science museum won’t be allowed to air on television. Canadian censors deemed the script too violent for TV. Good thing there’s the internet.

Here are some other favourite facts that Rethink has brought to life over the last 13 years for Science World.

Shout out to my friends at Crush who did the VFX. Full credits.

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Madden 15 Madness

Posted August 18, 2014

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Wowzers. EA Sports has put together one crazy feast for your eyes in their latest for Madden 15.

The three-and-a-half minutes long film features Kevin Hart and Dave Franco (I didn’t know James had a brother) performing in an outrageous mini-musical.

San Francisco agency Heat created the spot, that’s directed by Hungry Man’s Wayne McClamm and edited by Arcade Edit’s Christjan Jordan.

Full credits.

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Are You Fearless?

Posted August 6, 2014

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From spiders to heights, to singing in public, no fear is too big or too small to be included in the Fearless Challenge, a new online fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Fearless Challenge, an integrated campaign centred on a website at FearlessChallenge.com, created by advertising agency Lowe Roche, is daring anyone and everyone to confront their fears to help those living with cancer do the same. It’s an exciting new signature fundraiser from the Canadian Cancer Society, and a different way for the charity to frame the narrative around cancer.

The goal of the Fearless Challenge is to change perceptions around cancer by creating hope through fundraising that the disease will become more manageable in the future.

By pledging to confront their own fears, no matter how big or small, for a dollar amount they decide, Canadians can raise funds to help people living with cancer do the same. It’s a strategically pivotal and differentiating initiative that goes beyond the typical event-type effort to open up a new approach to fundraising.

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Sam Brown joins Imperial Woodpecker

Posted July 30, 2014

Imperial Woodpecker is delighted to announce that Sam Brown has joined their roster for commercial representation in the U.S.

Sam has produced award winning work for clients as varied as Lexus, Samsung, Audi, Adidas and Virgin Media, who’s “Fantastic Journey” spot received a best direction yellow pencil at D&AD. His music video for Jay Z’s Grammy winning “On to the Next One” has been called the music video of the decade (below). Imperial Woodpecker looks forward to continuing his tradition of eclectically beautiful work.

View Sam Brown’s reel.

Sam continues to call Rogue Films home in the U.K., along with the full roster of Imperial’s directors.

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I Want This Boat

Posted July 30, 2014

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Anomaly has created this great short film for Johnny Walker Blue Label starring Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini.

“The Gentleman’s Wager”, directed by RSA’s Jake Scott, is a delightful 6 mins with a some great dance moves. Fun stuff. Watch it.

Here’s a quote form Jude Law on the film – scooped from Adweek.

“The film is about improvement and progress, and this is something I try to do in my work and my everyday life,” says Law. “I had to learn new skills shooting this film that combined with the places we visited and shot in, alongside working with Jake and with Giancarlo, made it a truly rare experience.”

Shout out to Anomaly’s Dave Douglass who was one of the writers on the short film.

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Spinning Images

Posted July 25, 2014

I miss vinyl. I like the little bit of nostalgia in this spot to promote Bombay Bicycle Club’s new album, So Long, See You Tomorrow.

The clip expands on the band’s phenakistoscope inspired artwork by taking the concept and creating it in-camera, with no post except edit and grade. It’s directed by James Henry of Love Commercial.

Found via Creative Review’s Best of Feed.

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Dirty Little Habit

Posted July 23, 2014

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I like me some Nun humour. And a British accent.

Here’s a fun little spot from Saatchi & Saatchi New York for Tide directed by Community Films‘ Matt Smukler.

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Paid for in Meat

Posted July 22, 2014

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Montana’s has releases the  world’s first ad campaign paid for in meat.

To prove that Montana’s Best of BBQ Sampler event is irresistible, the Montana’s team tried to shoot an entire ad campaign by bartering with BBQ ribs, sausages, chicken, brisket, and shrimp. And it worked.

Created by Vancouver-based ad agency One Twenty Three West, Montana’s surprised real businesses in Toronto by simply walking in and offering a plate of BBQ meat in exchange for goods and services.

Over two days of bartering and shooting, they received a psychic reading, an MMA lesson, a manicure, a yoga lesson, men’s skin care products, some new shoes, a haircut, a bouquet of flowers, an area rug, a massage (view below) and even a real tattoo.

But the bartering didn’t end there. The entire production crew and the advertising agency agreed to take part of their payment in BBQ.

Read more and see more of the films..
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Neil Patrick Harris for Heineken Light

Posted July 21, 2014

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I love Neil Patrick Harris. And this spot for Heineken Light is awesome. I hear there are more spots rolling out in this campaign too. Yay.

It’s created by W+K NY, directed by Arts & Sciences‘ Tom Scharpling and edited by Arcade Edit’s Will Hasell.

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Rudy’s Back

Posted July 14, 2014

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Nice – Sean Astin reprises his role as Rudy in this commercial for ESPN that explains the new College Football Playoff.

Arcade Edit’s Jeff Ferruzzo edited the spot, directed by Ray Tintori of M SS NG P ECES, for W+K New York.

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