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Posts Tagged ‘Sean McBride’

Toronto Shop Bemoans ‘Stupidification of Society’ in Short Films for TED Event

We here at the Spy couldn’t help but be reminded of Mike Judge‘s highly underrated 2006 film, Idiocracy, when checking out these shorts from Toronto-based agency, Capital C. The shop paints a bleak portrait of a social media-addled future hinged on 6-second sound bites versus long-form content and one which lacks any thought-provoking communique. Yes folks, behold the “Stupidification of Society,” which Capital C created pro-bono for the  TEDxColumbiaSIPA conference that took place in New York on May 8. According to the agency’s chief creative officer, Gary Watson, the films “The Vine Effect” (above) and “The Glass Era” (below) “…very much play into cultural and digital trends. Shortened attention spans. Technology overload. Things that get in the way of spending time with inspirational content that ultimately makes a difference in our lives.”

Short films lamenting the loss of longer-form content? Oh, the irony, but perhaps that’s the point of all this to begin with. Full credits after the jump.

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Arnold Profiles Your Least Favorite Hipster Friend for Progressive

We all know someone like this guy. We may even be a little more like him than we care to admit.

In the latest Facebook campaign for Progressive, Arnold Worldwide looks to “break through the News Feed clutter” by throwing a harsh spotlight on “Baby Man”, a dude who resembles more than a few of our friends…in that he still doesn’t pay for his own car insurance.

In case you’re still wondering what a Facebook video campaign looks like, there’s vomit involved:

More spots after the jump.

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Progressive Knows Bad Drivers Want to Make Out with Your Car

From Arnold comes the latest TV spot for Progressive, “Rate Suckers,” helmed by director Ruben Fleischer (of  pretty great Zombieland and pretty terrible Gangster Squad fame). Depicting bad drivers as the soul-sucking, rate-hiking leeches they are, the ad also introduces Progressive’s new “Snapshot” technology.

“Snapshot,” a little device that sticks underneath your dashboard, ostensibly counts how many times a driver slams on the brakes, calculates the time of day and how many miles a car has driven. Then it rewards good drivers with Pez or something, but as the spot doesn’t say what the hell it is, none of this really matters now does it?

Noticeably absent from this spot is Flo, Progressive’s chipper apron-ed spokesperson. I know that we, the car insurance-purchasing consumers, were always supposed to really like Flo because everyone in Progressive’s ads sure did. However, the Flo-lessness of this spot reminds me that I kind of hate Flo, and I hope to never see her ever again. Credits after the jump.

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Alas, a Date with Flo is Only But a Dream

Another day, another ad starring Progressive’s perky pitchwoman Flo, who somehow worked her way up to “advertising’s greatest icon” status earlier this year–well, at least according to Entertainment Weekly readers. In this latest installment from Arnold Worldwide, Flo actually ventures outside her sterile Progressive warehouse confines and heads to the great outdoors to enjoy a lovely day with a lucky bloke. The pair go fishing, ride ATVs and idle away by the campfire until you realize the poor sap’s just dreaming and Flo’s just being her usual saleswoman self. Hey, at least the girl got some sun, if only in fantasy. Care to weigh in as to whether Flo’s still appealing (or ever was) or has she grown tiresome at this point? Credits after the jump.

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