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Archive June, 2009

De-Canning in Cotignac

Posted June 30, 2009

De-Canning in Cotignac

Sorry I have not updated for a few days – I’m been decompressing from Cannes in Cotignac, France. I very small town 1.5 hours drive north east of Cannes. A friend is house sitting a villa so I jumped on the opportunity to join him for a few days. Ahhhh. I promise to update again soon.

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Noam & Jamie – BFFs

Posted June 27, 2009

Noam & Jamie - BFFs

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Partner/CD Jamie Barrett and Biscuit Filmworks director Noam Murro did their seminar yesterday in Cannes. The seminar was based on their relationship and how the work together to make great advertising. They opened their seminar with this this hilarious film. These two have amazing creative chemistry and it was great to see them talk about a few of their greatest works.

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Psyop workshop in Cannes

Posted June 25, 2009

Psyop workshop in Cannes

Psyop’s workshop took place yesterday afternoon in Cannes. A great group of people from all over the world were there. My favourite moment was when the delegates were divided into groups, given a music track, posterboard, some markers and a range of interesting visuals and had ten minutes to come up with a concept or story inspired by the music. The song was “Thank You for Being a Friend” (which was also the theme song for TV’s Golden Girls). The delegates came up with some amazing ideas – one team even using a camera to create a stop-motion piece. Some pics from the workshop are posted here. Thanks to everyone who came out.

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2009 Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase

Posted June 25, 2009

2009 Saatchi & Saatchi New Director's Showcase

I always look forward to attending the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase in Cannes. They always line up a great collection of amazing work.
Today’s showcase featured 23 works from directors from all over the world. I had seen many of the spots before – like Dvein’s Offf opening sequence, James Frost’s House of Cards for Radiohead, Nick Hooker’s Grace Jone’s video (so creepy), Aaron Duffy’s knitted short, Eran Creevy’s SonnyJ video and Christopher Hutsul’s Airforce One. I had never seen the amazing short by Roman Kaelin & Florian Wittmann – and you won’t be able to see it as it’s not allowed to be posted online at this time (WTF?). I also really enjoyed the fluidity of this spot by Oren Lavie/Yuval & Merav Nathan and this piece by Keith Loutit who, I’m told, creates works for architectural models (neat). Check out the showcase’s YouTube Channel for more. On a side note, I was able to gage how less busy Cannes is this year by attendance at this screening. Normally you have to arrive at least a half hour early and wait in a big queue to get into this screening. That was not the case today. I arrived 15 minutes early to no line and there were empty seats. Thought I’d mention.

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Glossy in Cannes

Posted June 24, 2009

Glossy in Cannes

I arrived in Cannes yesterday morning to attend the 56th annual Cannes Lions. People have been saying it will be a very different Lions this year – due to the recession. As many people do not arrive in Cannes until today, I have yet to notice a difference. I’ll be sure to post my thoughts & experiences as the week progresses.

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Ogilvy Stockholm’s Gold Lion

Posted June 24, 2009

Ogilvy Stockholm's Gold Lion

Last night I met the creatives from Ogilvy Stockholm, and their Gold Lion, in the Gutter Bar. The won the lion in the outdoor category for for their campaign for UNA Sweden (United Nations) for fundraising to support the war victims of Georgia. View the campaign, and the other winners, on the Lions site here.

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A selection of music videos

Posted June 22, 2009

A selection of music videos

As per the post below, I went to Scene Not Herd on Friday night as part of the Worldwide Short Film Festival. The following are a few videos that stuck out in my mind that I wanted to share. I loved the simplicity of Thurdeheist’s Jerk It (it was the world premier on Friday night). As a fan of Keith Schofield I was happy to see Mins Move (If You Wanna). I loved the art direction and the narrative in The Buddy System’s Horse Mountain. I loved the visual effects of the bees in Beast’s Mr. Hurricane and I can see myself posting Slimy’s geek chic Wake Up on my friend’s Facebook walls on their birthday. A complete list of viedoes that were screened and their credits are here.

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Design with Psyop in Cannes

Posted June 22, 2009

Design with Psyop in Cannes

As you may or may not know, Psyop’s Justin Booth-Clibborn, Marie Hyon and Marco Spier are doing a Workshop in Cannes this week (Wednesday from 3-5pm at the Palais). They have just added a new interactive element to their workshop.

“Good design starts with a good concept,” Says Justin Booth-Clibborn, Managing Partner, Psyop. “Taking the germ of an idea and running with it. In that spirit, and to demonstrate the importance of play, spontaneity and creative exploration, delegates will be divided into groups, given a music track, posterboard, some markers and a range of interesting visuals and will be asked to come up with a concept or story inspired by the music. Work will be presented, prizes will be given, fun will be had.”

An example of this “play, spontaneity and creative exploration”, is the picture I used for this post. It’s a picture of Marie Hyon along with Santogold that Marie and Marco created to experiment with in the creative process of creating My Drive Thru for Converse. See the full size pics here.

Full seminar info is here. Hope to see you there.

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The Story of Jack Jonhson and his Girl Parts

Posted June 19, 2009

The Story of Jack Jonhson and his Girl Parts

To continue on with the vagina theme, see below, here’s the story of Zack Johnson who lost his boy parts for girl parts. It’s the first in a series of films created for Tampax. You can follow Zack’s progression at Zack16.com. Agency is Leo Burnett, Chicago. Found via AdRants.

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Scene Not Herd

Posted June 19, 2009

Scene Not Herd

As part of the Worldwide Short Film Festival here in Toronto, I’m going to check out Scene Not Herd tonight at the ROM. Seen Not Herd is dedicated to music videos – 90 minutes of music videos. The screening features the world premier of Keith Schofield’s MIMS: Move (If You Wanna) (love his Toe Jam video) and also features Crush’s Hollow Man video for R.E.M. Crush’s Gary Thomas and Stefan Woronko will be on hand for a Q&A at the event. And speaking of Crush, their idents for WFN (World Fishing Network) won a silver in art direction yesterday at Promax/BDA in NYC. Congrats Crush & see you tonight.

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