So bad guys have blocked your way and your car is disabled. No problem, just grab the baby, kick some assailant ass, throw the baby in the jogging stroller and get the hell out of there. Oh yeah, make sure you grab the baby’s bottle, a .45, your phone, sunglasses and a pacifier.
This is just one of Tobatron’s cool infographics called “Supernanny.” From CIA’s website:
Growing up in London has given Tobatron a keen eye for the peculiarities of modern life. He’s obsessed with applying a humorous and ironic twist to information-graphics and it’s this combination that makes him a popular choice with art directors across all design disciplines. He also makes tea towels.
So, maybe today’s the day. You’ve had all you can take and you’re ready to walk out that door. Could be your boss is a neanderthal. Or maybe you’re stuck in Delaware and California dreamin’. Whatever the reason. If you’ve had enough, if you’re ready to walk, if you’ve got two middle fingers that are gonna be your letter of resignation then listen to Shannon and the Clams’ “I Don’t Want to be in Your Cult No More” and do it! If not, you can just enjoy today’s playlist.
See? You can’t base a movie on a board game, no matter how radical that game is! I say that but Battleship has made sick money overseas, nearly a quarter of a bil according to Box Office Mojo. Other big stories from this weekend: the staying power of the juggernaut that is The Avengers, the little old movie that could, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the fall of Dark Shadows in its second outing. I guess maybe Johnny Depp and Tim Burton will have to start trying again. Oh yeah and The Dictator fared poorer than Borat and Bruno (ouch). Click here for the full story.
Just try getting anyone in television on the phone right now: network executives, studio execs, even agents and managers and they’ll tell you, “Sorry bro. Just give me until after Upfronts.” Yeah. It’s that time of year. But, the good news is, you can finally hammer out that idea for a new startup that’s going to make you the next Mark Zuckerberg. And, in the meantime, The Hollywood Reporter will keep you posted on what you’ll be watching this fall. Looking over the schedule, what strikes me is all the comedy. CBS has Monday and half of Thurs night set aside for laughs. For the full network schedule, here’s the rundown.
Who says you can’t manufacture a viral video? Here are the most-shared ads of 2012 so far according to Unruly Media. I highly recommend number one which was an out-of-home ad for TNT that included buff dudes slugging it out, ambulances, a shootout, a hot woman riding a motorcycle in lingerie (uh…yeah), and much more! It’s been shared nearly 4 million times and viewed over 30 million times.
In case you missed Transmedia Hollywood 3 last month, they’re posting video from the panels on Vimeo. There were some great panels including this one entitled, "Working on the Margins: Who Pays for Transformative Works of Art?" Mike Farah, President of Funny or Die, tells the story of how they convinced Charlize Theron to do a sham sex tape, released the tape to the media, and how it garnered record views in a very short amount of time — no surprise there. More vids can be found on their channel here.
Having done some freelance copywriting for advertising myself, I know what a dark and cynical world copywriters can live in. But, focusing that darkness for humor is awesome! Witness the funny that arises from hijacking copy at Depressed Copywriter. A little reminiscent of Ji Lee’s Bubble Project.
Got some good stuff to start your Monday off right. The playlist features: The Lovely Young Things, Sea Lions and School Knights from Denver, Colorado. Sorry Nuggets, maybe next year. Sit back and enjoy the music.
We’re all familiar with challenging audiences to come up with good content. Doritos does it every year for the Super Bowl. It engages the audience in a meaningful way as well as creates copious amounts of content inexpensively. Ze Frank has applied that concept to story process as well as fundraising for his shows. Check out this article on how he used Kickstarter to fund his latest show and now has funding from startup gurus John Johnson and Jonah Peretti (of BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post). Sweet.
Love this series of minimalist posters by Brazilian artist, Andre Fidusi, in which he summarizes all the past FIFA World Cups with simple graphics. My favorite is 2006 when France captain Zinedine Zidane famously headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi near the end of extra time of the final match. Italy went on to win the cup in a shootout.
Here’s a great article about Josh Miller, the founder of Branch.com. Josh is attempting to solve a tough problem with the internet, how to have more meaningful conversations without them getting crashed by the trolls. I think for storytellers, the potential restraints posed by a site like Branch could be a very fun place to create interesting content. Look at how LonelyGirl15 woke the world up to the story potential of video blogging and how it changed the platform, Youtube.
Orange’s new transmedia project “Alt-Minds” promises to take participants on an unprecedented immersive experience. From Orange:
"Players in Alt-Minds actively conduct investigations, in real time, via a series of traditional and casual games on their computers, smartphones, tablets and social networks. Only by interacting with each other within the fictional world can players unravel the mystery, and maybe even earn themselves a place in its mythology."
Sounds dark, brooding and very cool. Watch the trailer below:
We humans are story addicts. Our brains crave the pleasure of storytelling constantly, even while we sleep. Stories help us convey important cultural values and customs and even have the power to influence history. In this interview from Scientific American, Maria Konnikova probes these topics and more with Jonathan Gottschall, author of the new book, The Storytelling Animal.
Image credit: Cover of first edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Chuck Wendig of Terribleminds.com is the man when it comes to writing in the new technological multiverse of storytelling in which we currently find ourselves. In this article, Chuck dispels fears you hear creative types voicing all the time: the internet has killed the value of creativity and storytelling. Not so says Chuck, “Media companies will rise and fall. Technologies come and go. The story remains constant. More to the point, our need for stories remain constant. Storytellers and writers aren’t going anywhere. They may need to bend with the wind. They may need to find new ways to thrive. But they — we — will always have a place. The audience will be there. We just have to find them.”