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Entertainment

Shutterstock Staffer takes two-faced portraits of Hollywood's finest

With social media and the mainstream news outlets still falling over themselves to celebrate Meryl Streep's bold and oddly subtle defamation of the incoming US president (he who shall not be names) at the Golden Globes, Hollywood is once again in the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Rise of the Machines: AI is taking over Hollywood, Creativity, and Beauty

As part of my ongoing series of articles focusing on how technology is gradually overtaking humanity in terms of creative prowess, I've decided to this month focus on Artificial Intelligence, with a few recent news pieces that sent my tech-paranoia...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Entertainment

Hollywood comes to Cannes Lions for 2016

Cannes Lions has confirmed a show-stopping roster of star speakers set to keep the red carpet firmly in place outside the Palais des Festivals. Some of Hollywood’s most famous faces will unite with industry stars to share insights and...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Alex McDowell applies Hollywood filming technique to refugee camp design

A design technique used on blockbuster films like Minority Report, The Terminal and Man of Steel is being applied to the development of future cities in the face of huge refugee migrations. Production designer Alex McDowell, who heads up 5D Global...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

CreateVR wins the new 'Best In VR' at Digital Hollywood Awards

CreateVR and its parent company Create Advertising, took top honours at two prestigious industry awards shows last week, as the respected marketing agency earned Best In Virtual Reality, Based on a Cinematic or Television Experience for its...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Ten Japanese TV ads Hollywood's stars wouldn't want you to see

It would be slightly mean to accuse Hollywood's finest actors of greed - but only slightly. You see, not content with the multi-million dollar fees for the movies in which they appear, they flock to a highly lucrative trade in advertising cameos. And...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Entertainment

Silicon Valley & Hollywood merge at the Breakthrough Prize Awards

Sunday night saw Silicon Valley's elite rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood's biggest stars at the 2014 Breakthrough Prize award ceremony, which saw pioneering scientists share the £23 million prize pot. The lavish ceremony at California's...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Hollywood stars lend their voices to Nature

TBWA Media Arts Lab recently launched a star-studded new campaign called “Nature Is Speaking” for Conservation International (CI), the nonprofit environmental organisation based in Arlington, Virginia. The bold and cinematic ads, which...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Lights, Camera, Pitch: What Hollywood Teaches Us About Advertising

The advertising industry, as portrayed by the world of film and television, is a fascinating, deeply weird place, and likely a rather unrealistic one, given the things that happen in fictional boardroom meetings and as a consequence of imaginary...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Creativepool City Guides: Kiev

As a result of two, bloody revolutions, Russian tensions, and a never-ending series of crises, many of us overlook Kiev as a creative destination. But amongst the bloodshed and upheaval, a peaceful, creative core has emerged at the heart of the...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Design

British Vogue hires first male editor, Edward Enninful

Iconic fashion brand Vogue announced this week that Edward Enninful would serve as the editor of their British magazine. This is notable not only because Enninful will become the magazine's first male editor, but also the first black editor of a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Beach Meets: Rosy Nicholas

WOW - A LONG overdue Beach Meets chat today with the AMAZING Rosy Nicholas: prop maker, illustrator, set designer, fashion designer, teacher, and craftswoman extraordinaire. We first met Rosy back in 2008 when she was working at Lazy Oaf - whom she...

Posted by: Beach London
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Advertising

Havas create #BlackAtWork 'jobstacle course' to catalyse race discussion

In an installation based around Black History Month in the US, Havas Chicago created a set of obstacles to reflect what a black man or woman in the workplace might experience, highlighting the need for greater diversity in advertising. Located in the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

Smörgåsbord - Visit Wales Welsh actor Luke Evans, who will star as Gaston in the new Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast, is starring in an atmospheric new TV ad for Visit Wales, designed to promote the country’s 2017 Year of...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

Mobile World Congress 2017: The Top Stories

The mobile tech community have descended in their compact droves on Barcelona this week for the 2017 Mobile World Congress, which appears to be expanded every year as the mobile market does likewise. This year, with smartphones reaching their peak of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Entertainment

Creative Opinions on The Oscars 2017: A Social Media Monopoly?

The Oscars are, whilst almost as large a televisual draw as that 'other' big event in February, largely free from the burden of expectation when it comes to advertising. The fact is that nobody really talks about the ad breaks of the Academy Awards,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

BMB have their hands full with £4.5 million Hula Hoops campaign

Backed by a £4.5 million marketing campaign, this new work from BMB marks a bold new strategy for Hula Hoops, in a push that aims to appeal to more households across the UK than ever before. The campaign, which launched online first, kicks off...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Super Bowl 51: Every Ad We Have So Far

The New England Patriots will clash with the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 this coming Sunday, February 5th, but we're not interested in any of that. No. We're only interested in what happens between the plays. As is usually the case, brands are...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Sound Sells

The psychology of persuasion - what makes us buy one product over another - has been widely researched and the importance of visual triggers in influencing buying decisions is widely understood. However, the importance of what we hear is often...

Posted by: Chris Turner
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

J. Walter Thompson London - HSBC The latest HSBC UK campaign by J. Walter Thompson London aims to demonstrate how HSBC’s products and services keep its customers moving onwards with their lives. The four specific offerings are: a one day...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Visions in VR: Trends to Watch in 2017

It’s no secret that virtual and augmented reality technologies are going to conquer the market in the coming years and change our media usage in increasingly 'Black Mirror'-esque ways. Just like social media and the widespread use of mobile...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Advertising

Center Parcs launch new integrated campaign JUST in time for Christmas

Leading short break expert Center Parcs has unveiled a new TV advertisement as part of a broader marketing campaign by Brothers and Sisters celebrating the forest as an immersive playground. The new 50-second TV commercial launched on December 21 on...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Matthew McConaughey is the highest paid Creative Director in Adland

OK, that headline might come across as a little bit clickbaity, but it's a pretty shocking statement that is not only true, but indicative of the way celebrity culture has managed to integrate itself within the advertising industry. Matthew...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Nintendo announce Universal Theme Park and Legend of Zelda Escape Room!

Video games and theme parks are two of my lifelong passions, so to say that the concept of the two coming together would something of a dream come true for yours truly might actually be an understatement. As if taking a page directly from the dream...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Wes Anderson and adam&eveDDB bring the quirk to Christmas for H&M

British Christmas advertising has been given a little Hollywood glamour this year thanks to a spot that might just have supplanted the Waitrose “Robin” advert as my spot of the season. The piece in question, produced by adam&eveDDB for...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

LIDA – Blue Cross Award-winning customer engagement agency, LIDA this week released a new integrated campaign for animal charity, Blue Cross. The charity tasked LIDA with developing a bold and brave campaign running across press, social, radio,...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Berlin Dispatch: This year's winners at The CICLOPE Festival of Craft

Unlike advertising festivals, CICLOPE Festival focuses on the art of execution, rather than of the ideas. Whether it’s a TV commercial, a mobile app or an interactive installation, CICLOPE believes a the finished result is as important as the...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

Now - Leo Vegas Leo Vegas, the online casino, has launched the second installation in its campaign starring “Leo,” the 'Lion King' of mobile casino gaming. The campaign, created by Now, demonstrates how the brand's titular mascot is able...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

Space - Glenfiddich The Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky brand has launched a new global ad to support the Glenfiddich Experimental Series. The spot, developed by creative agency Space, aims to attract a new generation of whisky drinkers around...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns

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