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WATCH…NOW!!!

Girls music video “Lust for Life” has almost reached 1 million views on Youtube!!

If you have not viewed this awesome video, please do!!

1 million awesome points to the viewer who helps the video hit 1 million!!

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Why We Love the Web!

Just read an interesting article, from the NY Times online, which names the top ten “Internet Moments” of the decade! As could be expected, Wikipedia and the iPhone made the list alongside Facebook and Craigslist. But the three I found most interesting were the mention of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, the use of Twitter during the Iranian election protests this past year and what they call the “online video revolution” of 2006. These three really stood out to me as being the most important “moments” because they were events which happened because of the groundwork laid down by social networking websites and informational websites like Facebook and Wikipedia. It cannot be questioned that YouTube has greatly influenced much of our popular culture in the last five years, it’s colorful internet stars often parodied in other online videos and major television programs. Obama’s campaign utilized just about every site the internet had to offer during his presidential campaign. By using Twitter as a political forum, people were able to organize political protests and share experiences and information with people across the world, giving us in the U.S. an incredible insight into their 2009 election rather than getting our information through more conventional and perhaps less authentic news sources.

Our children will undoubtedly be taught a course on history of the internet or perhaps the evolution of information technology.  And the top ten moments of the next decade may include LBS friendly gadgets, online voting or perhaps even a total reinvention of the internet itself!

“Interweb” the Rainbow

“Taste the rainbow.”

It’s probably one of the most recognizable slogans in recent brand history – right?

So- how does a huge brand like Skittles stay relevant in a “web 2.5” driven world? Easy…it adapts!

Have you been to skittles.com recently? Basically, they’ve incorporated some of the world’s leading social and shared-media networks to support their web persona, proving the social significance of the chewy fruit candies!

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You’ll first notice when visiting skittles.com that you are prompted to enter your age. After this, a widget appears in the upper left hand corner of the homepage which is their youtube page! Obviously, youtube is a great way to showcase the brand’s popularity amongst everyday “consumers” while keeping up with their tried and true “viral” videos that have driven the brand for so long!

Now, this is where it gets really cool for a social media nerd like me…say you want “just the facts”, click on “Products” and you don’t end up at some obviously skewed page powered by marketing geniuses…instead, you are swiftly whisked away to Wikipedia! The same thing goes for “Friends” and “Chatter”, which redirects you to their facebook page and their twitter feed.

Who knew a product created in the seventies could be so… innovative!?!

I think it’s a brilliant move by Skittles and I wonder how long before we start to see a copycat campaign by that “other” multicolored candy coated confectionery….

Foundation Serves Up Wings for 250,000!

Have you seen this viral piece on YouTube?

The recent YouTube success of “Chicken Wing Shortage” for Kraft’s Ranch Dressing aimed at a super bowl weekend tie-in was the result of a true team effort…that’s right…it was US!

When EuroRSCG’s Monica Wilkins called us on a Wednesday at 5 pm and said we had TWO days to shoot, design and edit a viral video, our nimble team sprang into action with everyone wearing multiple hats to get the job done.  In less than twenty four hours, Senior Producer Tracy Heropkie and Director/Editor James Lipetzky organized and sent out three teams to begin shooting while casting was held at Foundation.

Our graphics team had key frames by noon and the first rough cut was done by six the first day. The second day we shot the newscasters on our stage while the edit was being revised. The whole cut was up for the client by 4 that day. When the client requested a talent change at 5, it was no problem – we re-cast and re-shot the scene and had the revision up an hour later!!

Our indie filmmaking spirit combined with a great idea led to the desired impact. Over 250,000 hits in 2 days! Wanna see production stills?

CLICK HERE!

Behind the Scenes

We did a spot for Olive Oil’s Organic Root Stimulator product, which was shot 35mm for the Genesis Pod. Phil Lee directed and edited the spots which have aired nationally. Phil wanted to shoot on 35mm because he wanted to work with a medium that he knew could give enough “dynamic range to bring out the detail, shine and beauty to the hair”. Amen to that!

We even utilized DP, Marcus Mazzei, whose previous on-screen beauties have included Eva Longoria, Nataile Portman and Sarah Jessica Parker!!

Zoran, Phil’s assistant, cut together this behind the scenes footage below. Check it out!

Are you a behind the scenes junkie?

Click here to see more behind the scenes production stills!!

Happy Halloween

I want to meet this guy.

Seriously.

New Media Vs. Analog Adguys

I recently attended the Chicago New Media Summit in search of new knowledge about my field and was sorely disappointed when the first day ended up being one long tutorial session for *coughs uncomfortably* matureseasoned...old people. There….I said it. (BUT LET ME EXPLAIN before you close this window and start sending me hate mail)

The summit was kind of negs on Chicago youth in media. One speaker said, and I quote, “the youth need to be held back a bit”…hmmm….I’m 24….does that make me “the youth”? Do I need to be held back?

It was also funny and sad to see a bunch of aging men from the adworld’s “good ole days” talking about “the facebook” and how it’s going to be a tool in changing the face of media.

The second day was pretty cool though! Lots of Web 2.5 talk and we all know how much I love that. Miguel Gonzalez of DraftFCB gave a session on viral branding and new technologies for advertising which was very informative and engaging. And my friend Jim Marcus of Ogilvy was there for a segment on the 2016 Olympic bid, in which he gave a little shout out to Foundation for shooting a video for the bid. =)

All in all, I’d give the summit a thumb up for the networking and a few good speakers and a thumb down for the bizarro ageism.

Jeff Landsman managed to join me for part of the first day. Jeff made the times when I was bored out of my mind, after hearing four speakers refer to “Blogger” as a “cutting edge” blogging tool, a little more entertaining.

Oh and btw, have you ever heard of Daisy Whitney’s “new media minute”? If not…look it up on youtube…and tell me you wouldn’t LOVE to see a parody?! Puh-Leeze!


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