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How Mofilm works for Brands

The judges over at FritoLay were supposed to announce their semi-finalist picks for the Crash the Super Bowl contest on Monday.  But it’s now Thursday night and the semi-finalist’s gallery over at crashthesuperbowl.doritos.com is still empty.   So while we wait for the results I figured I would post a neat little video about Mofilm.  This promo was created for brand managers but Mofilm filmmakers might be interested in some of its behind-the-scenes info:

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After I finished watching that promo a link to a Mofilm playlist popped up and I clicked on it.  It turned out to be pretty interesting.  The playlist includes a bunch of interviews with filmmakers from all over the world who have won a bunch of Mofilm prizes.  You should watch a few if you feel like getting inspired and/or jealous!

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My 3 favorite reader-submitted Crash the Super Bowl entries!

Later today FritoLay is supposed to reveal their list of Crash the Super Bowl semi-finalists.  That means my annual “open review” period is now officially over.  Thanks to everyone who posted their entries in the comment section of my last article.  It looks like I wrote mini-reviews for about 50 ads this year.  I promised to post my favorite submissions so here they are in no particular order:
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Out of all the entries I’ve seen this year, I think this entry has the best chance of making the semi-finals.  It’s unique and well-made and features interesting, fun action.

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I once wrote an article about how lemonade stands are a tired and over-used video contest trope.  But this ad actually put s a funny and fresh twist on the idea.  I can see this one making the semi-finals too.

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And finally, this 60-second director’s cut of a 30 second submission is just insane.  The sci-fi references are wonderful and ridiculous.  For legal reasons I don’t think the judges could ever pick a Back To the Future themed entry but this is still a fun and clever short film.

Stay tuned to VCN folks because I plan to post and review all 30 semi-finalists this week!

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Deadline Day has passed; time to send me your Crash the Super Bowl entries!

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I can’t believe another Crash the Super Bowl submission period has come and gone.  This whole contest blew right by me this year.  I had been thinking about shooting an entry this year but I never got around to it.  But that’s probably for the best since I enjoy the contest a lot more when I’m just an impartial observer.

It will be a few days before all the last minute submissions appear in the CTSB gallery and it will probably be a few weeks before FritoLay announces how many entries they received this year.  I’ve only watched a handful of submissions so I don’t know if they were getting a lot of entries or if any of them were any good.  So how about you guys help me out and send me some videos to watch?  In keeping with my annual tradition, I am inviting anyone and everyone to post a link to their entry in the comment section below.  Not only will I watch your ad, I will post a short review for free.  You can also post any great commercials you find that you think may have a chance of winning.  But I can’t review someone else’s work for you.  I will only do a review if you were actually involved in the production of the entry you post.

This offer is always pretty popular and every fall I find myself swamped with entries.  So this year I have to put a firm deadline on the offer; if you want your free review, you have to post your link by November 20th.  After that, I’ll write a new post and share some of the best ads I’ve seen.  This post will probably get pushed down by new blog entries before November 20th but even if this post isn’t at the top of the page you can still share your work.

Oh there’s just one more thing.  I lied when I said I’d do all the reviews for free.  I do accept tips.  And by tips I mean twitter followers.  So here’s the catch: if you want me to review your entry, you first have to follow me on twitter.  Hey as a bonus, I’ll even follow you back:  https://twitter.com/Dan_VCN

Ok?  Alright, let’s do this.  Click the VIEW COMMENTS button and send me your entries!

UPDATE:  The comment section of this post is already starting to get a little confusing.  So here’s what I’m going to do; I am going to edit the TIME of my reviews so that they will automatically appear right after the review request.  So if you submit your link, come back in a few hours and and look for your original comment.  My review will be right underneath it. 

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GOOD NEWS: Doritos will not give you Ebola

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This weekend is your last chance to film an entry for the 2015 Crash the Super Bowl contest.  If you’re about to head to the store to stock up on chips for your shoot, I have good news for you; Doritos will not give you Ebola.

I’m sharing this little health tip because on Sunday night some 4Chan users tried (and mostly failed) to start an Internet rumor about Doritos and the Ebola virus.  The premise was that some workers at a FritoLay factory in Africa had been hospitalized with the disease and there were concerns the virus could have gotten into thousands of bags headed for the US.  According to BuzzFeed, the hoax started on 4Chan’s b/thread after users started posting doctors tweets and news stories like these:
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The hoaxers pushed the story hard on twitter via the hashtag #ebolaindoritos but the gag didn’t gain much traction and the joke just sort of fizzled out.  But I think the whole thing could be chalked up as a small success for 4Chan.  Pretty much nobody bought the Ebola-and-Doritos story but the hoax got a ton of media coverage.  Even Snopes did an article debunking the rumor.  A lot of people dismiss 4Chan as a bunch of ridiculous trolls but in a weird way, I think hoaxes like this are kind of a public service.  They serve as a reminder to all of us that we shouldn’t believe everything we read on the Internet.  And we certainly shouldn’t automatically re-tweet or re-post a crazy story without first checking to see if it’s actually true.

Having said that, I also want to point out that it’s 100% impossible to transmit the Ebola virus across the ocean in bags of chips.  So if your buddy’s girlfriend is nervous about getting naked so you can cover her in Doritos for your Crash the Super Bowl shoot, you can tell her she has nothing to worry about.

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Help Kickstart a documentary about the king of Royalty-Free music, Kevin MacLeod

I just realized that I might hold a really lame world record.  I bet I’ve watched more video contest entries than anyone else on the planet.  I probably watch at least 1,500 contest videos every year (most of those are Crash the Super Bowl entries) and I’ve been doing so for more than five years now.  Once I started watching these entries habitually, I picked up on a weird trend; the name “Kevin MacLeod” was popping up constantly.  For some strange reason, tons of filmmakers around the world kept giving him a “music by” credit.  At first I though “Kevin MacLeod” had to be some kind of film industry joke-name like Alan Smithee.  But Kevin Macleod is definitively a real guy and over the last 18 years he’s managed to rack up thousands of “music by” credits.  His work has probably been used in hundreds of video contest entries but he also has more than 1,600 TV and film credits listed on his IMDB page.

So why does everyone love this guy’s work so much?  Well, because it’s free, that’s why.   MacLeod’s tracks are Royalty-Free and free to download from his website, Incomotech.com.  If you’ve ever used one of MacLeod’s free songs, you now have a chance to re-pay his largess.  Some filmmakers are producing a documentary about the composer and they’re trying to raise funds for the project on KickStarter.
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The project has just 8 days left to meet it’s funding goal so donate while you can.  I’m genuinely interested in seeing this film so even though I’ve never used any of MacLeod’s music, I think I’m going to have to kick in a few bucks:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryancamarda/royalty-free-the-music-of-kevin-macleod

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TripAdvisor’s “15 Seconds of Fame” winners

A few days ago I was watching Hardball on MSNBC when I suddenly found myself mesmerized by a particularly weird TripAdvisor commercial….
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I was momentarily gobsmacked!  I couldn’t understand what I was watching.  The commercial was clever and cute but it seemed like an amateur made it.  Then it it hit me; of course an amateur made it!  That had to be the winner of TripAdvisor’s “15 Seconds of Fame Contest!”

But my revelation only solved part of this mystery.  I found the results of the TripAdvisor contest and the “pet friendly hotel” ad only won $1,000 runner-up prize.  This is the commercial that won the $25,000 Grand Prize:
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I’ve seen the pet-themed video on TV a bunch of times this week but I don’t think the “Fargo” ad has aired at all.  And that’s kinda weird because the winning entry was supposed to run on TV.  Maybe TripAdvisor decided they wanted to air a 15 second ad rather than the 30 second-long winner?  If that’s the case, why didn’t they just give the 25 Grand to the guy who made the dog video? Oh well, who cares.  Well…other than the guy who made the dog video, I guess.

TripAdvisor must have been pretty happy with the results of their “summer” video contest because they just launched a brand new “winter” installment.  This time the rules and concept are a little different:

Make an ad about your TripAdvisor experience: Thanks to everyone who submitted a version of our ‘Don’t Just Visit’ TV commercials. for our “15 Seconds of Fame” contest. We received so many incredible ideas from our talented community, that we decided to do another one!

This time, we want you to create an ad about how TripAdvisor made a big difference in finding you the right hotel. This is your own unique story, so how you tell it is all up to you.

If you want to win the grand prize I suggest you make a 30 second ad.  But if you’re dirty commie hippie and don’t care about money and just want to see your work on TV,  you might want to do a 15 second entry. Head here for the details: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TripNews-a_ctr.WinterTVContestUS
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