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Flash Animation A response to an article about Advertising.
posted by Niahmas (19 comments total)

 
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posted by Niahmas at 10:40 AM on May 25, 2003


WOW that was extremely narrow-minded and egotistical.

Advertising design should focus on making visual experiences that users will enjoy and remember. This guy says it should focus on kissing designers asses and rolling in money.

The script was pretty poorly written, and doesn't scan well. Moreover, if this is supposed to be a testament to the beauty and importance of advertising design, well, it's pretty poorly designed.

There's definitely a point to be made on the importance of advertising design, but sadly this isn't it.
posted by kfury at 11:06 AM on May 25, 2003


The script was pretty poorly written, and doesn't scan well. Moreover, if this is supposed to be a testament to the beauty and importance of advertising design, well, it's pretty poorly designed.

Agreed - you'd think someone who was so obsessed with advertising and design - i.e. getting a message across - would at least make sure he capitalized the word "I". Nitpicky, yeah, but spelling errors tend to kill what little credibility there was.
posted by wanderingmind at 11:22 AM on May 25, 2003


He should've done a grammar check, too.
posted by mrbula at 11:25 AM on May 25, 2003


Beware of boils.
posted by homunculus at 11:27 AM on May 25, 2003


Bravo! I heartily appreciate this guy's attitude! More, please!
posted by davidmsc at 11:31 AM on May 25, 2003


Nice attitude, zero style. Obviously Mr. Castanon doesn't understand the products he advertises. He should wonder how he can come with Samsung before attempting this again.
posted by WolfDaddy at 11:41 AM on May 25, 2003


I don't understand... in the "More" link, he says "use your talents to make the world a better place," listing dozens of social causes that "need a voice." If I'd only seen that second animation, I'd guess this guy was a perfect candidate for FTF.

With my own eyes I've seen the gobs and gobs of glorious talent sitting around masturbating in the advertising industry, and let me tell you: it is damn sad.

The guy's response to the article shows how powerful these people are. They have the means and talent to make a point like nobody's business.

With my own eyes I saw the crap the advertising kids would whip just for fun around the office, and it was always polished, artful, brilliant. These people have talent, sense, and tools that make them incredibly potent. Fuck with them at your own risk, and be prepared to be retaliated against with wit, pizzazz, and high production values (as demonstrated above).

I don't think it's such a bad idea to encourage them to put all this media power to some use besides shilling. I was always glad to see a top ad agency do some work for a non-profit that had bought some ad space, but had minimal creative budget.

Screw "educational aids" and "industrial publicaitons," anyway. Whatever happened to art?
posted by scarabic at 11:43 AM on May 25, 2003


Wicked cool. I hate AdBusters and I offically now like Luis Castanon.
posted by Leonard at 11:44 AM on May 25, 2003


Eh. I don't buy it.
posted by bonehead at 12:59 PM on May 25, 2003


i am really quite confused.

one was pure hatred of the adbusters (year 2000?) statement.
the other was a restatement of the adbusters (year 2000?) statement.

which one am i supposed to take as sarcasm?
whoops, didn't capitalize me i's.
posted by kid_twist at 2:28 PM on May 25, 2003


When did "a lot" become one word? Why wasn't I informed? Thanks alot!
posted by timeistight at 3:06 PM on May 25, 2003


that was fantastic.
posted by mrplab at 3:39 PM on May 25, 2003


I got lost amonst the levels of irony. But it was fun.
posted by konolia at 3:43 PM on May 25, 2003


This may give you a better idea where this guy stands.
posted by konolia at 3:51 PM on May 25, 2003


That was cool... but I still don't get it. Obviously Castanon cares about something other than shilling product. Perhaps he just didn't want to hear it from Adbusters?

I have to admit, although I think that Adbusters' hearts are in the right place and many of their campaigns are cool, I completely lost faith in them after reading Kalle Lasn's book Culture Jam.

Wasn't there a "worst book ever read" thread earlier today? It was up there for me. Blecch. Check it out (if you can get your hands on it without paying) and you too may be surprised to find it's an empty rant, rife with gems like "we're not feminists" and "we're not cool."
posted by scarabic at 7:54 PM on May 25, 2003


that was a truly inspired masterpiece.. perhaps the greatest flash animation yet created
posted by timb at 9:08 PM on May 25, 2003


I think a lot of people are missing the satire and irony in this piece. Or maybe I'm just nuts and got it completely the wrong way round. Anyway, Luis Castanon kicks ass.
posted by chrid at 3:10 AM on May 26, 2003


Those who hate Adbusters (as I do), may enjoy Stay Free, which tackles similar topics but doesn't take itself quite so seriously.
posted by dobbs at 5:56 AM on May 26, 2003


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