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FCB, Canal+ Create ‘Wilhelm Scream’ Mockumentary

The newly Draft-less FCB worked with Canal+ to create a mockumentary on the famous “Wilhelm scream” entitled “The Woman Who Can’t Watch Movies.”

“The Wilhelm scream,” in case anyone needs a refresher, is the famous stock audio scream recorded by Sheb Wooley and named after the character Private Wilhelm in the 1953 western The Charge of the Feather River, although it was first used in the 1951 film Distant Drums. It saw a resurgence in popularity as a stock sound effect following its use in Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It is now so ubiquitous (it has been dubbed in over 200 films) that it has become something of an in-joke, used in recent years in films by Pixar, the Lord of the Rings triology, and countless other movies. (There are rumors that directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino “maintain a bet as to who has used the “Wilhelm scream” more.”)

“The Woman Who Can’t Watch Movies” follows the (supposed) story of Sheb’s widow, Linda Dotson Wooley. Linda complains that she can’t watch movies anymore because she “just can’t bear to hear the sound of Sheb screaming out in pain over and over again.” After introducing Linda and her “condition” — a clever (although kind of sad) way to call attention to the sound effect’s ubiquity — the mockumentary introduces viewers to Canal+’s Scream Bank, “a catalog of donated screams for industry professionals to use in place of Sheb’s.” A few comically-off screams are then shown dubbed into a film, a great display of why the “Wilhelm Scream” has become such a well-worn cliche. The video is a teaser for Leave Wilhelm Alone, an upcoming documentary on the “Wilhelm scream.” Stick around for credits after the jump, and feel free to head on over to Canal+’s site and record a scream of your own. Read more

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Thursday Morning Stir

- Richard Branson‘s health club brand Virgin Active UK has appointed London’s Karmarama as its lead agency following a review.

-Keeping with the theme, following a review, Brooklyn-based start-up Bump Water has tapped (sorry) Boston-based Proverb as its first “brand building agency.”

-TDA_Boulder has launched a new spot for FirstBank that begs the question, who says astronauts can’t be florists (above)?

-Digital agency veteran Brendan Kiernan and film/commercial producer Justin Moore-Lewy have launched bi-coastal production hub, HēLō (pronounced Hee-low.) link

-New York/San Francisco-based content creation/production company Bodega has added writer-director/creative director Robbie Norris to its roster.

The Humane Society Gives a Dog’s Eye View of Life on the Streets

From the Animal Humane Society and Carmichael Lynch comes “Law of the Paw,” a new campaign that seeks to persuade pet owners to adopt, spay/neuter, and tag their animal companions.

To support the campaign’s launch this week, Carmichael Lynch created the above video titled “Magpie’s Story,” which uses POV filming with a PENTAX Q camera to capture the hard life of a stray on the mean streets. Watching this will undoubtedly be a gut-wrenching experience for pet owners, who will immediately consider how frightened and confused their pet would be should it get loose and have to survive in the urban jungle, where deceptively deep water and homeless guy kicks are prevalent. Luckily, Maggie’s story is a happy one, where a trip to the shelter results in her getting adopted by a very enthusiastic boy. In a statement, Laurie Brickley, director of marketing for the Animal Humane Society, says “The story of Magpie is a rare look into the life of a homeless dog. This piece will hit home for so many animal lovers and encourage them to help save a life and that’s the heart of the Law of the Paw movement.”

Also included in the campaign are outdoor installations which will appear around the Minneapolis area, including “FOUND” animal posters near humane societies and cardboard doghouses with signs that encourage passerby to end pet homelessness. Credits follow after the jump, and view the campaign website here.

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