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Posts Tagged ‘Harland Weiss’

Jacknife, Stoli Go Back to the Original French Exit

For the new campaign for Stoli Vodka, Toronto shop Jacknife asked directors to tell an origin story of their choice. Stoli’s tagline is “The Original Vodka for Original People,” whatever the hell that means, but the origin-story theme can make for some interesting recreations. Director Sean Wainsteim decided to focus his efforts on the origin of The French Exit, when people leave a party without saying goodbye. We’ve all been there. A clingy come-on at a bar, friends of friends who you don’t really know that well, the weird Uncle. For the anti-social, goodbyes are unnecessary social conventions usually meant for people you don’t care about.

You’ve probably never heard of Bentley Theodore French, but he invented The French Exit while at a stuffy, waspy party that may be set in the 1930s, at least according to Stoli’s two-minute narrative ad. Bentley even passes up the chance to dance with two ladies at the same time on his way out the door. I’m not sure why he’s at this party if he dislikes everyone in attendance, but he is a social innovator who will never be forgotten. I still use his work to this day. Credits after the jump.

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In john st.’s World, Fear is Key to Great Brand Experiences

WPP-owned, Toronto-based john st. continues in its great annual tradition of taking the piss out of the industry as part of its pitch for Strategy‘s Agency of the Year awards (we covered fellow Toronto agency Lowe Roche’s entry earlier today). In its follow-up to last year’s introduction of a “professional clicking service” called Buyral, john st. gets more aggressive, scaring the bejeezus out of total strangers (well, at least let’s play along) as part of the a new marketing strategy that the agency’s christened “exFEARiential.”

It’s just as absurd/amusing, if not more so, than previous john st. AOY videos including Buyral as well as predecessors, Catvertising and Pink Ponies. It looks like we aren’t the only ones that get a kick out of “exFEARiential” as it picked up Best Agency Video at the Strategy awards, where john st. also took home gold for Agency of the Year and bronze for Digital Agency of the Year. FYI, if you stick around til the end of the clip, you can click on separate videos of the stress tests featured above (or if you’re just unwilling to wait, go here and here). Credits after the jump.

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Your Child Will Probably Die Because the BC Children’s Hospital Ceiling is Too Low

When I first watched this spot from DARE Vancouver, I thought, “Wait, if the BC Children’s Hospital is so full, then why do they need donations to help fund a new building? Shouldn’t they be rich?” Then, I realized “Oh yeah, healthcare is free in Canada. Well, this is what happens when you stick it to capitalism.”

Then, it all started making sense. Why did riots erupt so quickly in Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup? Because locals knew they could get terribly injured as the streets of British Columbia burned without any sort of monetary penalty for going to the hospital. I mean, if you’re the kind of person who isn’t quite a riot fanatic, but fancies the possibility of widespread looting and destruction every once in a while, doesn’t Vancouver sound like a great place to settle down?

It’s as though the hockey riots and Olympic riots were basically a billboard to the world advertising Vancouver, a nice place where you can cut loose once in a while. Next thing you know, you have population overflow, the hospitals get filled to the brim with injured kids out staging little riots about candy or stickers or whatever, and now the BC Children’s Hospital is forced to make the above spot. It’s as though Canada’s SOCIALISM is doubly screwing its hospitals. You guys, is this the kind of country you want your children to grow up in? Where hospitals’ ceilings are like four feet tall and kids DIE?

However, if you’re feeling charitable, you can give to the campaign for the BC Children’s Hospital here. One more spot, “Hospital Ward,” and credits follow after the jump.

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We Suppose This is the Best SFW Way to Promote Adult PPV

Seeking to push its pay-per-view adult channel Amour in mainstream media, Manitoba Telecom Services enlisted the help of Dare Vancouver, which in turn came up with a campaign that adds an unlikely twist to the most cliched porn scenarios. Biscuit Filmworks director Tim Godsall, who’s helmed everything from DirectTV’s “Opulence” spot to the Cars.com “Neck” Super Bowl XLVI entry, takes the reins behind the camera for this series of clips that has all the production value and bad acting of your average adult film minus the X-rated content. Looks like mission accomplished. Check out two more and credits after the jump.

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