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Posts Tagged ‘William Gelner’

180LA Bent the Rules for HP

We know how traditionalists in the field feel about Vine and other Next Big Thing “tools”, but we did just come across this HP spot by 180LA, which is supposedly the first straight-up TV spot ever created entirely with third party Vine loops.

Here’s your user generated content:

…and some context below.

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W+K, 180LA Invite the World to Rio for Coke and Pepsi

The 2014 World Cup is coming to every continent but Westeros–and W+K Sao Paulo would like to remind us, on behalf of client Coca-Cola, what an international event it will be with the “One World, One Game” campaign.

The first spot in Coke’s “largest-ever marketing campaign” series is a global tour of  its latest “corporate social responsibility” project.

The company’s press release reassures skeptics: it surprised team members who “thought they were being filmed for a Coke documentary” with complimentary tickets to Rio, where they’ll “carry the national team flags onto the pitch during the Germany vs. Portugal match.”

We might point out that they were being filmed for a Coke documentary series, but we’re not quite that cynical.

Further chapters flesh out the local teams’ stories.

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Boost Mobile, 180LA Say ‘You Earned It’

After their amusing spot featuring a basketball player juggling a couple of extra balls, Boost Mobile and 180LA are back together once again, this time emphasizing the savings Boost customers can get. In three short videos, we see various stealing scenarios: a man on the subway gets pickpocketed, a city guy leaps over fences to evade a mugger, a woman has her purse snatched on the sidewalk. But by the end of each ad, the victim has money handed back to them, showing that “Boost Mobile puts cash back in your pocket, literally.”

It’s a good concept, and the little song that shifts each scene into celebration coupled with the actors’ yay-I’m-richer-than-I-thought smiles makes these spots sweet. I only wish they could have cast at least one white thief. Sure, they’re all good guys in the end, but these spots still reinforce tired racial stereotypes. We can do better.

Credits and the rest of the videos after the jump.

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Sony Shows Off New 4K Ultra HD TV

To be fully experienced, this spot has to be watched at your nearest Sony Store or Magnolia Home Theater at Best Buy. That’s because it’s made specially for the 4K Ultra HD TV it advertises, which raises definition to four times that of a standard HD TV.

The ad still looks pretty on YouTube, with its New Zealand ocean setting, bright blue bird, and red-dressed woman. And it doesn’t hurt that filmmaker Garth Davis (a commercial director himself) narrates it all in his soothing Australian accent.

In addition to showcasing new HD technology, the ad features the largest asset ever made for TV: a random looming spaceship, created by VFX company MPC. Pretty sure Sony agreed to it just because they could.

“This is part of our Visionaries campaign for Sony,” 180LA creative director Dave Horton says. “The idea is to bring together two industry leaders to collaborate on a creation that brings Sony’s technology to life.” In this case, Garth Davis worked with Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi). I look forward to seeing who’s next. I watch almost nothing on TV, but this technology is tempting.

Credits after the jump

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Boost Mobile Sports the Junk Dunk

In light of the “no homo” press conference from Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, this new Boost Mobile basketball spot from 180LA may strike some sensitive nerves. However, the humor is handled with enough subtlety to tiptoe around accusations of offensiveness. There’s also a really well-timed nuts joke that might make you chuckle if you are into such sectors of comedy.

In the commercial, one unlucky defender gets posterized on in a pick-up basketball game, and to make things worse, his face gets an up-close view of the sweaty dunker’s crotch. For those who aren’t basketball aficionados, there was actually a name for such a move – balls on your head – that became popular in the 1990s when young NBA players like Darius Miles would dunk on a guy. After the dunk, the player would run down the court celebrating like this (I’m not making this up). Whether Boost Mobile knows it or not, they are bringing back forgotten basketball treasure. The commercial is probably making some subconscious statement about the intersection of black, gay, and youth cultures, but as a consumer product, it’s really just funny. You see, Tyler, the Creator, it’s possible to make an effective ad without relying on stereotypes. Credits after the jump.

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180 Plays Host Once Again to Portfolio Night LA

Four years after first serving as city host for the Los Angeles installment of Portfolio Night, which in essence is a speed-recruiting/networking event for young art directors, copywriters and designers, 180LA is back in the mix yet again. In the 2008 version, the agency fulfilled its promise that whoever presented the best portfolio that evening would be offered a full-time gig immediately (this is guy they chose).

In the video above, 180LA ECD William Gelner explains that with the economic downturn in the ensuing years after their first Portfolio Night collab, such an opportunity won’t come so easy nowadays. But he does have a solution, which reminds us somewhat of the intern-firing ploy pulled by San Francisco shop Mortar. Anyhow, the 180-hosted Portfolio Night 10 Los Angeles takes place on May 23. Get ticket info here.

Image of the Day: Gelner Goes Pantless for Movember

Just when we thought we were done with the annual Movember coverage, along comes this image in the tips box, which appears to show 180 LA partner/ECD William Gelner (wait, is that him?) sans pants and doing his best Walter White/Breaking Bad parody. We’ll give it up to Gelner for showing some cojones, literally and figuratively, all while raising over $10,000 for the Movember movement. Anyhow, good on all of you who raised some scratch for the month of men’s health, even if you’re just in your skivvies.

Sony, 180LA Release First ‘Shiphunt’ Web Film

Two months after they first teased their deep-sea endeavor called “Project Shiphunt,” Sony, Intel and 180 LA have unveiled “Shipwreck Alley,” the first of two web films to be released this summer (the second arrives on July 13) that promotes the efforts of five Michigan students who are using Sony Vaio laptops to find a shipwreck within, yes, Lake Huron’s Shipwreck Alley. If only our school field trips were like this.

The young whippersnappers’ adventures are being captured by @radical.media director Paul Bozymowski, who says in a statement, “Over the course of just a few weeks, I saw a profound transformation in the students who participated in this project. I think this is not only a testament to the environment that was created for the students, but also a testament to engaging with technology through immersive project based learning.” From the looks of it, we’d just feel claustrophobic and get seasick. Anyhow, you can follow the project here and totally distract yourself and try to earn a million bucks by playing the Google Earth-based “Oceans of Treasure” game that ties into the “Shiphunt” effort. Credits after the jump…

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Mitsubishi Travels ‘Death Road’ So We Won’t Ever Have To

As our fear of heights gets worse with age, just watching images on the computer of Yungas Road–aka “Death Road”–in Bolivia makes one weak in the knees. But a few brave souls decided for whatever reason to test out the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s all-wheel drive system on what Inter-American Development bank apparently dubbed “the world’s most dangerous road” back in 1995. The automaker and agency 180 LA aren’t strangers to such crazy stunts, of course, as they just broke five Guinness world records in February for their 24-hour experiment on Canada’s frozen Ghost Lake.

This time around, the crew including production company Boxer and director Jordan Valenti (armed with a 360 cam) decided to head down to South America last month to take part in what’s being touted as the first commercial shot on Yungas, which is single-lane, lacks any guard rails and oh yeah, there’s that whole 1,800-foot cliff drop-off *shudder*. Well, fortunately it looks like they all lived to tell the tale. So what’s next gang, something involving the Burj Dubai? Credits after the jump.

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Boost Mobile Turns Whiny Tweet into Ad

Your blood pressure probably has yet to drop since Kraft and CP+B turned tweets about Mac and Cheese into advertisements. That date, March 28, will go down in history books alongside events like the Spanish Armada, the Liberation of France and the Day that Music Died. Holy Cheeseasaurus Rex.

Well, 180LA and Boost Mobile (of “Where you at?” fame) are doing it again…but with a twist. Instead of turning complimentary/stupid tweets into advertising gold, Boost is using tweets of people complaining as the basis of its campaign. Who doesn’t love it when people complain over social networks? As 180 LA tells us, “The campaign is not just about ‘taking a tweet and making a spot.’ It’s about Boost taking the anger and frustration that people are hurling at the wireless industry on the web and making it the voice of a marketing campaign.”

“Working Man” is one of three television spots to air for the campaign, with a full launch scheduled for May 16. By the way, that awesome song in the background is Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar,” which was most famously used as the theme song for HBO’s terrible, vapid but somehow very enjoyable series How to Make it in America. Credits after the jump.

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