Archive for September, 2009

Best Celebrity Spokesperson. Ever.

Posted in advertising, branding, culture with tags , , , on September 25, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Celebrities have been endorsing products for decades now, the concept is nothing new. The hard part for advertisers is trying to match the right celebrity to the right product. Sometimes they work, but most of the time, it’s just fluff and not worth a whole lotta weight or the checks they have to write to the celeb.

Unless your name is Meat Loaf. And the product is A1 Steak Sauce.

Now we’re onto something! A singer named Meat Loaf, pouring A1 Steak Sauce onto a fresh meat loaf while he sings, “I Would Do Anything for Love!” Of COURSE! Bloody brilliant!

One of the most memorable spots I’ve seen recently. Even more entertaining is the contest that it promoted where A1 Fans could sing and upload their own songs about A1 to YouTube, and the finalists win a year’s supply of steaks. Check them out at singforyourbeef.com.

9 Months in 1.5 minutes

Posted in art, culture, life, photography with tags , , on September 9, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

Over the course of my wife’s pregnancy last fall and this spring, we decided to document the inevitable expansion of the bump into a full blown belly, and then an actual living, breathing, screaming infant. Every week we took about 5 shots standing in front of a glass door, with Sonya wearing the same outfit for the sake of continuity. 132+ shots, nine months and one delivery later, we had a stack of images that chronicled the life-changing event, seemingly so slowly at the time.

However, take those 132 shots and compile them into a timeline, add a soundtrack and you’ve got something quite compelling: the pregnancy time-lapse video. Our purpose was mostly to chronicle it for our son to someday see what his mom went through before he arrived, and to share the progress with friends and family. It was also pretty cool to watch the seasons outside change from summer to fall, then winter and finally green up again in spring. Post production was a bit more involved than I had originally intended, as the camera location drifted slightly from week to week and the shots needed to be aligned or adjusted and cropped very carefully. Should have just marked a spot on the floor after all and left a tripod up.

So this video has been sitting on YouTube (a very handy way to post and share video + bandwidth for friends and family mind you) for several months now, almost drifted out of consciousness when out of the blue I got an inquiry from a Canadian newspaper that had found the video and others like it and wanted an interview. Sure, no sweat, happy to oblige. We are mentioned briefly in the article, which is nice, and for the most part all is good.

And then the comments. Granted, some people are born to be negative all the time but some went so far as to call the videos vulgar and gross. Vulgar? REALLY? C’mon, it’s a belly. If you can’t take a bare belly or the site of a pregnant woman, then you have more serious issues at play. Seriously. Don’t ever turn on your television, NEVER leave your house and don’t even THINK about opening another magazine. Ever. But whatever you do, do NOT surf YouTube and play any video that says ‘pregnancy time-lapse’.

Clayton Visual Arts Exhibit Sept 1-30

Posted in art, culture, photography with tags , , on September 4, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
"Rusty Chains" by David Kilian

Rusty Chains by David Kilian

Clayton Visual Arts’ annual Art Faire is currently exhibiting its annual juried art competition at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, North Carolina. The show features works across all mediums from a wide variety of area artists, and the pieces are quite impressive.

This author was honored to have been selected for an Honorable Mention with the above photograph, Rusty Chains, shot last September on a road trip up the California Coast following the scenic California State Route 1 from San Diego to San Francisco.

The exhibit runs From Sept 1 through the 30th. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.