Sweet jumping Jesus!! I just randomly checked a random video contest website (Tongal) and randomly picked a random, expired contest (Stuck on Duct Tape) and figured I’d check out the video that came in first. Turns out the ad that won is like one of the greatest freaking video contest entries of all freaking time! It’s easily the best contest video I’ve seen all year. It was shot by a filmmaker named David Brashear and I actually recognize his name. Last year he won a quiznos assignment sponsored by poptent and his commercial was so good the sponsor decided to air it on TV. (Click here to view David’s Quizno’s spot.) Tongal is a little different from most video contest-hosting sites because they run their contests in phases. In the first phase, people submit ideas and the sponsor picks their favorites. Then in the second phase, filmmakers go out and shoot the winning ideas. Technically you can come up with a whole new concept but most people choose to play it safe and shoot the pre-approved ideas. But in this case, the filmmaker submitted something totally out of left field. Not only is it visually amazing, it has a shocking twist ending. Watch and be amazed:
First Place Winner. Prize: $4,750:
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT S&*% OR WHAT? All I can say is that $4,750 is NOT enough for a video like that! Couldn’t they at least round the prize up to an even $5K? The ad is simply amazing but I do have one criticism. The actress cast to play the wife of the “guy” is way too hot! The producer should have tried to cast someone that was at least slightly plausible. Or hey, maybe she’s not supposed to be the “guy’s” wife. Maybe she’s like his therapist or live in caretaker or something. He does kind of treat her like he’s a stubborn mental patient and she’s his frustrated nurse.
To see all the winning Duct Tape videos, head here. But be warned, after seeing that Tron video everything else is going to be a let down: http://tongal.com/project/ducktape