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Taken By Trees.

Watching the latest John Lewis advert on 4. Nice ad, nice idea, beautiful photography, but most of all perfect music. Searched for who sings the beautiful rendition of “Sweet Child of Mine” and found it to be a girl/band called Taken by Trees. My lack of music knowledge has meant they haven’t blipped on my radar yet but after looking at their attractive (ignoring the bad spelling) website, seeing they seem to be skint and in need of donations, I see they are playing at The Garage in London on the 14th of December. Maybe I will take the trip to go see them. I’m sure it won’t be long before they cost £40 not £11 to see them play.

Taken By Trees

On of TBT's press photos.

Good luck to them, with that kind of sound they deserve success, especially in an industry that allows positions to ‘talent’ like Jedward or the Cheeky Girls.

Origami in the Twighlight with Ross Kemp

Seen some very funny ‘origami’ recently. I use the term loosely but the ideas are strong even though there is less craft than the intricate paper sculpture in what you can see below. Just thought I would share. Shown to me courtesy of some of the great people at QBN.

How Twightlight 3 might look:

Wolf and Vamp Kissing.

And Kemp Folds, a great and entertaining blog:

Ross Kemp Folded

Kemp Folds

Might have a go myself tomorrow. I’m sure there is an entertaining one of these in every picture.

Magical Lift Doors

After recently moving offices to the 4th floor of a building in the heart of City I have been thrust back into the world of elevators. This has reminded me of a ‘magician’ called Daniel Chesterfield. I say magician, he’s probably more comedian. Anyway, if you havn’t heard of him have a look at this and you will get why I was reminded. I never do this when the lift doors open… Honest!

Brilliant Bacon – My Sunday Sarnie.

Made this sandwich on Sunday. Wanted to share it with the world and see what people think I should have to soak up the Saturday evening expressiveness next week. Let me know.

It begins with soya bread (it’s all we had left), brown sauce (currently Branston’s squeezy, although normally it would be none other than Daddies) and lots of juicy, yet slightly crispy back bacon.

Bacon.... mmmmm

The begining. For some reason Soya Bread... with 3 rashes per sarnie of beautiful back bacon.

Then some fried mushrooms (this time friend in the bacon fat and olive oil rather than tasy butter).

With mushrooms.

The mushrooms gave a tangy flavour and an extra texture.

Then I added a fried egg to each (one broke… shame, the other broke as I pushed the sandwich down (double shame).

Eggtastic

Looks like hell, tastes like heaven.

Added salt and pepper and closed up and messily devoured with a can of Coke. Delicious and messy. Even a sandwich should have a reason. This one filled a hole. Operation complete.

Finished sarnie

The Finished Article.

Avatar Augmented Ad For LG.

Considering the technology involved in the making of Avatar (a revolutionary film by James Cameron using the latest in Mo-Cap technology) it is not surprising that someone like LG has jumped on two band wagons to advertise their latest Chocolate widescreen phone.

Evident in the January 2010 issue (number 162) of Total Film (the Avatar Special) on just the inside cover is the adoption of both the technology of Augmented Reality and the association with Avatar, a film that has already received critical acclaim way before it’s release.

The advert for the Chocolate encourages the reader to log on to http://www.lge.co.uk/avatar/exclusive and show the above image to your webcam to access exclusive Avatar content displayed on a rendering of a ‘Chocolate’ phone. I had a go and it did work. It could have been better due to the receptiveness of the shape recognition being quite slow and I don’t know if I like the idea of being able to access the content without a webcam if necessary (this seems to negate the point of the whole process for me as it shows there is no need for augmented reality).

The AR element in this ad is interesting and apt in terms of fitting with the CGI technology in the film Avatar. Interacting with a product and film and merging boundaries is a great thing, but as I feel about everything there has to be a concept and reason behind doing something in this way. In this example this reason seems to have floated out to space. Somewhere where I hope the phone and definitely the film don’t end up.

Altogether it seems like another pointless use of AR, but it does have the entertainment factor which is perfect for promoting both Avatar and Chocolate LG. Its only problem here is that the AR here was more interesting for me than watching through a phone I’m not interested in or the exclusive content for Avatar that I don’t want to watch too much of to save ruining the film for myself.

Apologies for the rant and looking moody in the pictures. Check it out and let me know what you think. I think one of the images will be recognised by the camera if printed if you don’t have the latest Total Film to hand.

Advertising on your back.

A new company called Green Promotions Group has launched their unique advertising medium called On Your Back Advertising in London. Basically it is a man or woman with a TV on their back walking around the streets displaying advertising messages with sound on the screen and potentially handing out flyers at the same time. It is a really interesting way of getting messages out there. They have found that people’s heads turn and many stand around watching the content. I do like new ways of getting the message out there. This added to their On Your Bike Advertising offerings and the company seems to have a nice concept of delivering adverts direct to the public in an interesting and engaging way. Yes they are on of our clients, but I don’t get paid to write about them so this post is purely about my intrigue for their product/service.

I’ve just uploaded a video to YouTube for them. Hopefully they do well for themselves.