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Archive November, 2009

Canadian PULSE Project: Revisitng Tom Thomson

Posted November 30, 2009

Canadian PULSE Project: Revisitng Tom Thomson

Toronto Artist Bruce Thomas deconstructs the Canadian Identity in his new work, The Canadian PULSE Project. The official opening is this Friday night at Toronto’s Lennox Contemporary Galley.

“We’re coming up on 100 years since Tom Thomson created his first landmark paintings. So, I began to wonder where we now stand in terms of Canada’s visual identity and set out in search of answers. PULSE was born. Over the summer of 2009, I interviewed 150 people from Toronto to the Okanagan Valley to take the pulse of today’s Canadian cultural and geographic identity. What has emerged is astonishing. Join me this holiday season at a naturalized event to become part of the story of Canada in all of its diversity and splendour.” – Bruce Thomas

View the art, interviews, music and vignettes on Canadian PULSE Project here.

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It’s Not Science Fiction

Posted November 30, 2009

It's Not Science Fiction

Beautiful visual effects from MassMarket make this spot, titled Csar, for the US Air Force look more like a movie trailer than a TV commercial. Agency is GSD&M Idea City, Austin and it’s directed by MJZ’s Phil Joanou. Full credits.

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Recyclage de Luxe

Posted November 30, 2009

Recyclage de Luxe

Stella Artois and Mother London have created an online series that somehow combines a stylish 60′s sensibility and an environmental message. The eight-episode YouTube series, Recyclage de Luxe, is hosted by the super sexy Alain de Monde and takes it name and visual cues from previous Mother campaigns for the brand. Scooped and totally plagiarized from Creativity (I could not have said it better, so why bother trying and it’s Monday).

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TV Show Poster Series

Posted November 27, 2009

TV Show Poster Series

Albert Exergian has created a poster series, 40 of them, based on popular television shows – using the most minimal image for each. View them on the homepage of his blog or via Fubiz where I found them.

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Lynx Snow Angels

Posted November 27, 2009

Lynx Snow Angels

I heard on the radio this morning that this is the first time since 1937 that Toronto has not had any snow fall in November. Go global warming! As an adult I’m not a big fan of snow, too messy, but I loved it as a child. In honor of snow, or lack thereof in Toronto, here’s a clever campaign for Lynx via BBH, London. The brief was to make sure young guys didn’t leave the house without their portable Lynx Bullet, because you never know when romance might strike. Scooped from Ads of the World.

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History of the World in 65 Seconds

Posted November 27, 2009

History of the World in 65 Seconds

Inspired by prehistoric art and ancient cave paintings, Boolab director Martin Allais created this beautiful spot for German TV channels ARD and ZDF which tells the history of man (well, or most of it) in 65 seconds. Be sure also to watch the “Catapult” spot below it. It made me chuckle. Via Motionographer who did a Q&A with Martin Allais.

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Are there any original ideas left?

Posted November 26, 2009

Are there any original ideas left?

I know there are, but more and more I’m seeing ads that copy online films, art and music videos. Prime example – this Amazon Kindle commercial that’s been airing for a few weeks now. As soon as I saw it, I was reminded of this music video for Oren Lavie’s Her Morning Experience, directed by Oren Lavie, Yuval and Merav Nathan, which was included in the 2009 Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase in Cannes. It’s most likely that the latter is the not the first vid to use this technique either. Want to see more as that have “borrowed” from online films? Eliza Williams at Creative Review did a great story called The YouTube Dilemma.

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The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted November 25, 2009

The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody

LOVE THIS – especially Animal’s “momma”. Amazing.

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Good Shoes – Under Control

Posted November 25, 2009

Good Shoes - Under Control

Aesthetically, I’m really happy that I just stumbled across this video for Good Shoe’s Under Control on Shots’ Cut & Paste, as now I have three stills all in a row with black backgrounds. Nice colour continuity, yes? Great video too, even though it creeps me out a bit (the point I guess). I feel the need to wash it down with something a little more…err…girlie, like Douglas Wilson’s Satisfaction video for Benny Benassi. Kisses to Sdog, who I haven’t heard from in a week. Hope you are having a great time in Amsterdam.

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Toshiba Asks “What If?”

Posted November 24, 2009

Toshiba Asks

These two spots may give you deja vu as I posted them back in August, but had to quickly take them down due to confusion over air dates (oppsies). But, I’m happy to report, that they are both now on air. Bachelor Pictures and Nakeder are directed by Partners Film’s Aleysa Young. Agency is Zig, Toronto and full credits are here. I LOVE the volume balance feature highlighted in Nakeder – I wish my TV had that. Santa, bring me a new one?

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