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Archives: March 2013

Short Film Projects Scary Look at Future of Technology

What if people only interacted through text messaging? They could still meet up and walk around together, but is our world headed for non-verbal communication ruled by Autocorrect? These are the questions at the root of “The Dystopianest Dystopia Ever,” a short film written and directed by freelance copywriter Jon Murray, who most recently worked at Leo Burnett, Toronto.

In the short film, a guy and a girl meet outdoors with cell phones in hand, ready to talk by texting. People no longer communicate with eye contact or use their vocal cords, but the guy has his epiphany that will undermine the “dystopianest dystopia.” If our future is headed in that direction, doctors who treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome should be patting themselves on the back.

The video is only two minutes, but it packs an efficient punch. And even if you don’t care about the future of technology, it’s a well-done creative project that you can watch for free, so why not support? Credits after the jump.

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Orbit Threatens Consumers with Anthropomorphic Food

From Chicago’s Energy BBDO comes two new spots for Orbit that illustrate the mantra “Eat, Drink, Chew,” a saying that became popular in North Carolina and surrounding regions in the late 18th century.

With the famed Tobacco Road turning to alternative industries due to America’s feeble attempt to kick its dirty, smelly habit, Wrigley brand Orbit is jumping at the opportunity to turn the saying into something positive for its strain of refreshing after-meal gum. To illustrate that Orbit fights bad breath, they’ve turned to living, breathing food mutant actors. Traditionally maligned by society due to their unsightly presence and caustic personalities, it’s inspiring to see these social outcasts given a role, whether they’re a pile of buttery mashed potatoes or a hunk of unidentifiable fried meat.

A second spot depicts working-class Americans’ number one reason for avoiding polo matches. No, it’s not the overabundance of pastel Ralph Lauren sweaters; it’s the fear of breathing partially digested nacho particles onto a horse that someone probably paid a lot of money and accidentally killing it. Remember, only Orbit can prevent a life of indentured servitude under the employ of an oil baron whose polo horse you mistakenly murdered. Credits after the jump.
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OK Go Asks You to Direct New Music Video

They’ve already charmed us with symmetrical treadmill dancing and Google collaborations, so it’s no surprise that rock band OK Go is getting creative and innovative for their newest music video. Well actually, it’s you who will get creative, since the band partnered with Saatchi & Saatchi, Talenthouse, and BUG for a contest aimed at new directors searching for exposure.

The latest Saatchi & Saatchi Music Video Challenge, which has involved collaborations with the likes of Moby in the past, lasts until early-May, so auteurs have a few months to get adequately funky and artistic with OK Go’s new single “I’m Not Through.” The rockers won’t be making their own video this time, since they’re still in the studio finishing their next album. Outsourcing for cheap labor, Nike would be proud. We joke; OK Go gets the benefit of the doubt for their quirky videos that have been going viral for years, unlike now, where anything remotely creative/funny/newsworthy/embarrassing gets chewed up and spit out within a few days.

It’s a safe bet that whatever video they choose as a winner will be plenty imaginative. It just won’t recall Rube Goldberg, because they did that already.

PopSugar Picks Goodby as First Creative Agency

For the first time in its seven-year history, San Francisco-based lifestyle brand PopSugar has appointed a global advertising AOR in hometown agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners. We’ve been told that that PopSugar, which caters to the women’s lifestyle market and also includes its Shopstyle commerce unit among a handful of others, did “evaluate other agencies,” though the brand is not stating specifically how many were actually involved in the pitch process. A spokesperson adds, “Our goal…is to further PopSugar’s position as a leader in content and commerce and we felt Goodby was the strongest partner to help us in this effort.

Along with PopSugar, Goodby’s current client roster includes the NBA, Google/YouTube, Corona Light and Xfinity.

Op-Ed: Let’s Talk the ‘Freelance Dance’


“Well, how did I get here?” – David Byrne, Talking Heads

The submissions keep rolling in, and now we have a new scribe in Andrew Baker, who’s spent the last decade-plus as a copywriter/art director at the likes od TBWA\Chiat\Day, Team One, Deutsch and Dentsu. Baker will be chiming in fairly often to discuss what he likes to call “The Freelance Dance,” which should give you the basic gist of his entry. Anyhow, welcome Andrew and take it away. You can check out his website here and on Facebook at andrewbaker77.

In June of 2000, after returning to Deutsch LA from a Hawaii vacation, Donny’s mini-me fired me. Told me, though the vacation was approved, the fact I took it, was a clear let down of “team morale.” Throughout his lawyerish soliloquy, I enjoyed one of his fruit basket apples, crunches that drown out the ramble, and then interrupted him with a “Dude, the 405 is wide open, how much do I get?” His terse lips hesitantly released a figure. Didn’t even hear the number, but told him to double down that number or else I’d sue. Got booked on my first freelance project before I left the parking lot. He double’d down. Life was good.

Since then, it was ten years (2000 – 2010) of easypeasyJapanesey money. Digging ditches in the snow, crewing a dive boat in the winter, that’s work. I know, I did it. Getting paid crazy money to sit around and say “hey, what if…” from the comforts of your Malibu rum stocked home, that’s just too cool to quit. And for ten years, I rolled. Big money and three to four months off a year. No worries, all the way through permalancing 2008 to 2010 with the impossibly nice folks at Merkley on Mercedes-Benz. 2011 and 2012 didn’t exist, as I was bouncing around Southeast Asia chasing adventure. And now, 2013.

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Thursday Morning Stir

-Cheil UK has welcomed Fallon vet Duncan Cargill as creative director and Saatchi & Saatchi X alum Emma Perkins as its first shopper marketing CD.

-The New York Times profiles a nifty new pad designed by David&Goliath director of strategic planning, David Measer. link

-A couple of agency creatives including CP+B alum Tim Geoghegan address marriage equality with a Brand Equality Tumblr. link; link

-After spending a quarter-century in sound, former Eleven EP DJ Fox has moved on to VFX/editorial, joining up with Santa Monica-based Butcher Editorial.

-Oxfam America is taking aim ahead of Easter at Mondelez and urging the brand to do right by women farmers via a new ad campaign (example above). link; link

Advertising Jobs: Mullen, swb&r, The Garage Team Mazda

This week, Mullen is hiring a community manager, as well as a CRM Analyst. Meanwhile swb&r needs a copywriter, and The Garage Team Mazda is on the hunt for a digital media planner. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great advertising jobs on the AgencySpy job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented AgencySpy pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Op-Ed: Bring on the Disruption

Yes, ladies and gents, Simon Mathews, currently chief strategy officer at West Coast shop, Extractable, and who’ s also worked at the likes of Isobar as well as Molecular on the strategy side during his career, is back with his monthly contribution to this here site. Let it roll, Simon.

I was having a flashback.

Last week I was on a stage in front of around five hundred financial advisors at a large resort hotel in Orlando.  The flashback was of a similar room at the NEC in Birmingham (in the UK, not Alabama) filled with professional photographers back in 1994.

Back in 1994 I was part of a panel on trends in photography and my role (I was a PR flak for Kodak at the time) was to promote how digital cameras would be the future of photography.  This was just months after Apple had launched the QuickTake 100 digital camera with a stellar 640×480 resolution.  It was a tough sell, and understandably, I was pretty much laughed off stage.

The trigger for my flashback, besides the similar setting, was Mike Walsh, the keynote speaker on stage before me today. Mike, an author and speaker on the digital future and emerging markets focused his speech on how embracing disruptive technologies and behaviors will drive success in the future.

As an aside, Mike may have the best email signature ever.  His company is called ‘Tomorrow’, so of course his email sign-off reads “Mike, CEO, Tomorrow”.

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Sincoff Joins Up with CP+B

We’ve received confirmation from those in the know that Paul Sincoff, who’s spent nearly two years copywriting at Mekanism on campaigns such as this one for Method, has headed to Boulder and officially started this week as an associate creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. If you recall, Sincoff was the man behind the “Ad Agency in My Mind” site during a brief stint at SVP/ACD on JetBlue among other accounts while at Mullen back in 2011. During his career, Sincoff spent a handful of years at TBWA\Chiat\Day and one as an interactive copywriter at TBWA\Tequila on a variety of past and present accounts from Playstation to Visa.

Along with Sincoff’s hire, CP+B has also promoted Ryan Nikolaidis, the man who helped lead work on the Jell-O “Jiggle It” app, to the rather unique title of associate director of physical computing.

Verizon Reminds Us That We Need More Exercise

Verizon, of all companies, wants you to put down your electronic devices and jog. The telecom giant created the world’s longest Pinterest post–a lengthy road–and once you click the down arrow to the finish line, there are some motivational words: “You burned 1/2 a calorie. Imagine how many calories you’d burn if you got up, went outside, and exercised.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is “fitspiration.” I doubt that word is going to capture the public’s attention, but at least they want people to be healthier.

It doesn’t actually take that long for you to scroll from top to bottom, so even though Verizon’s intent is admirable, this long road is more like a post of futility that will annoy Pinterest users. If you happened to be wowed by the concept, there’s a short video you can watch after the jump that suggests a list of Verizon products you can purchase to improve your fitness. Or, you know, you could just jog and get fit while burning off steam since you wasted three minutes scrolling through the world’s longest Pinterest post. Your choice.

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