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Posts Tagged ‘Oscar Thomas’

Farmville 2 Crops Up ‘Anytime, Anyplace’ in New Spots from BLT

BLT Communications, Hollywood has a new broadcast campaign for Zynga’s Farmville 2, entitled “Anytime is Farmville Time.”

The series of television spots all feature players enjoying Farmville 2 at different locations, with crops and animals from the game leaping to life off the screen and disturbing those around them. These range from the everyday — “Living Room” and “Office” — to “Spa” and “Airplane.” Each spot ends with the message that the game is “Available now, anytime, anywhere.”

“The challenge was to make it look as realistic as possible while staying true to the design and characters of the FarmVille game,” explained director Roderick Fenske. To achieve this, Fenske and his team used a combination of in-camera effects using models of the crops, and CG animation elements augmenting the scenes. “By blurring the worlds of CG and real practical effects, we’re keeping the audience guessing and hopefully amazed as to how we pulled it off,” said Fenske. Stick around for “Airplane” and credits after the jump. Read more

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‘Call of Duty’ Goes Domestic in UK Spot ‘Faboom’

Another day, another commercial from the Call of Duty: Ghosts marketing blitzkrieg. “Faboom,” a 40-second spot for UK audiences comes from 72andSunny and shows regular folk reenacting their favorite moments from the game at work, out to dinner, even in the doctor’s office during a proctology exam – well played, 72.

The spot comes a week after Eminem premiered his “Survival” music video that also acts as a Call of Duty promo. “Faboom” doesn’t have any white rappers – however, most of the people in the commercial happen to be white – but despite the lack of celebrity punch, the energy and occasional humor gives this ad a universal feel that should work whether televised or shown online. The clip evokes a bit of the Dave Chappelle skit about a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto. Clearly, the sentiment has aged well, and appealing to the human connection to video games, rather than just showing out-of-context graphics for 30 seconds, seems to be the new go-to technique for gaming ads. Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out September 5. Credits after the jump.

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Design Geeks Exhume Spirit of Rube Goldberg for Google

And so the Rube Goldberg lathering continues. Unlike our own slapdash, last-minute science fair projects, the engineering whizzes at Syyn Labs have created something much more spectacular with two Goldberg-inspired machines that promote Google Science Fair in NYC.

Directed by Jonathan Zames, the spot above showcases the mad skills of the aforementioned, LA-based creative Syyn, which also worked on the Gary Numan DieHard clip and the ubiquitous OK Go music video. It’s not the freshest idea, though, but works very well for a scientific piece, where it probably belonged in the first place. Need I explain how the contraption works? Just watch. Credits after the jump.

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