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May 11, 2007 4:46 AM   Subscribe

A gast-flabbering awesome. single link YouTube post
posted by By The Grace of God (51 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
The sunglasses post reminded me of this. I've got my dunce cap ready to hand if this is a double..
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:46 AM on May 11, 2007


Interesting. But I get the feeling that a lot of these shots would have been Take #557, rather than their first attempt.
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:55 AM on May 11, 2007


...without any special effects (but a lot of tries)

They already claim it's Take #557, but I don't believe that either. Some of these look faked. Also, it would take some serious acting not to wig out if you've been attempting a shot for hours and hours and finally get it, but these guys show zero reaction.
posted by DU at 5:01 AM on May 11, 2007


Am I just imagining or has there been one of these compilation-of-throwing-things videos posted every day this week? Also, do they not have recycling in France?
posted by stopgap at 5:08 AM on May 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I did like the video, though. Also the concept of professional can-throwers-away.
posted by DU at 5:08 AM on May 11, 2007


Also, it would take some serious acting not to wig out if you've been attempting a shot for hours and hours and finally get it, but these guys show zero reaction.

It's not serious acting to wait an extra 3 seconds until the shot is over to have a reaction.
posted by 23skidoo at 5:09 AM on May 11, 2007


anyone have a .MOD of the background music?

the beer pong one was better.
posted by rxrfrx at 5:14 AM on May 11, 2007


It's not serious acting to wait an extra 3 seconds until the shot is over to have a reaction.

Yes it is. That's my point.
posted by DU at 5:33 AM on May 11, 2007


The sunglasses was obviously fake, this one appears real, but it is hard to know these days.
posted by bhouston at 5:34 AM on May 11, 2007


The sunglasses post reminded me of this.

Well I'll be damned! This reminded me of the sunglasses post. Small world.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:36 AM on May 11, 2007


Gee, New Line Cinema must be getting less picky about the screenplays they buy. They must've lost hope after Snakes on a Plane...
posted by miss lynnster at 5:45 AM on May 11, 2007


Gee, New Line Cinema must be getting less picky about the screenplays they buy. They must've lost hope after Snakes on a Plane...
posted by miss lynnster at 5:45 AM on May 11, 2007


A comment so nice they made it twice! I was wondering, though, when someone was gonna get around to mentioning that. Is this, uh, another ad? (I confess, I didn't watch the clip til the end. I got bored...)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:52 AM on May 11, 2007


Weird double post. How'd I do that?

I didn't watch it till the end either. I figured he was probably just going to throw more stuff, pretend it didn't matter, and make it. Lather, rinse, repeat.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:59 AM on May 11, 2007



At the end they give it up and thank Ikea for the plastic trash cans.

So, you know. Great. Another ad.

(the rest of their thank-you's are funny too, especially the one thanking someone for all they hadn't done. Oh, and, uh, it is CGI (incidentally).)
posted by From Bklyn at 6:00 AM on May 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I rather suspect it's a combination of trick shots (one actor throws the can out of the frame, another throws a second can into the bin from another out of frame point), real shots, and CGI.

Giveaway: watch the shot at about 1:34 carefully, and you'll see that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, NASA faked this footage.
posted by bicyclefish at 6:19 AM on May 11, 2007


The best part of MetaFilter is the ads that get posted!

now i must run away before davejay wakes up and finds me using his computer.
posted by davejay at 6:30 AM on May 11, 2007


bhouston writes 'The sunglasses was obviously fake, this one appears real, but it is hard to know these days.'

It appears real if things have a habit of stopping and altering their trajectory mid-throw. Otherwise, not so much.

My gast remains completely unflabbered.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:35 AM on May 11, 2007


Not that it makes it easy, but the cans are obviously filled with something to weigh them down. You can't toss an empty can 30 or more feet with a relaxed arm motion.
posted by flarbuse at 6:43 AM on May 11, 2007


Needs more skateboards.
posted by Demogorgon at 6:49 AM on May 11, 2007


And I quot...

la musique est vrmt à chier.. Mais si c'est pas fake c'est la classe :)
posted by KokuRyu at 6:53 AM on May 11, 2007


the cans are obviously filled with something to weigh them down

Yes, with cola-coloured pixels.
posted by solid-one-love at 6:59 AM on May 11, 2007


'Diet Coke', visible printed on one of the soda cans at the end, is the name of a popular soft drink. It's a viral.
posted by hydatius at 7:26 AM on May 11, 2007 [2 favorites]


The followup clip has some take outs of failed attempts at the end. But, they can have added those just to fool people who think they faked everything... :)
posted by rpn at 7:35 AM on May 11, 2007


This is not impressive enough to bother faking.
posted by designbot at 7:41 AM on May 11, 2007


Those are the ugliest sunglasses I've ever seen.
posted by Skygazer at 7:43 AM on May 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I like these obsessively practiced mundane activity videos. Good find. There's obviously some trickery, but it all looked do-able with enough practice/takes.
posted by Skorgu at 7:43 AM on May 11, 2007


Pretty cool (CGI or not) if it was 15 seconds... over two minutes? Yawn..... Pretty shitty viral marketing if 90% of people get bored with the video before the brand is revealed.
posted by Debaser626 at 8:08 AM on May 11, 2007


What brand is it? Am I like out of the target market?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 8:15 AM on May 11, 2007


That's the last time I'm gonna be fooled by single youtubes with 29 comments...gawd.

(One of my teenage sons is a film student: hence elderly ennui.)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 8:24 AM on May 11, 2007


I have just got to start checking my memo file more often. When did MetaFilter become "Lame Crap Dumping Ground"?
posted by Mike D at 8:58 AM on May 11, 2007


i don't understand why that youtube video is tagged with "Ronaldinho." Unless he's a professional footballer AND can thrower-awayer and these dorks are trying to get his attention or something.
posted by dopamine at 8:59 AM on May 11, 2007


I can't believe anyone falls for this stuff.
posted by NationalKato at 8:59 AM on May 11, 2007


At the end they give it up and thank Ikea for the plastic trash cans.

So, you know. Great. Another ad.


If I didn't watch it all the way to the end, and missed the Ikea shout-out, then who subjected me to an Ikea ad: the cans professionals, or you?
posted by rkent at 9:04 AM on May 11, 2007


Giveaway: watch the shot at about 1:34 carefully, and you'll see that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, NASA faked this footage.

The camera is behind glass, which the can bounces off of and into the bin. Then there's a reflection of the thrower on that glass as he walks by. You can see the bin from another angle at 1:17, next to the bus shelter.
posted by chinston at 9:06 AM on May 11, 2007


Curse you recycling lobby!
posted by odinsdream at 9:07 AM on May 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I suddenly feel like going to a discotheque.
posted by spec80 at 9:08 AM on May 11, 2007




At the end they give it up and thank Ikea for the plastic trash cans.

So, you know. Great. Another ad.

If I didn't watch it all the way to the end, and missed the Ikea shout-out, then who subjected me to an Ikea ad: the cans professionals, or you?




it was actually, uh, it was actually, it was actually a joke. It was a joke.

I'm not very, well, I'm not really all that very uh, funny.

s s sorry
posted by From Bklyn at 9:18 AM on May 11, 2007


If you look closely, you can see a puff of smoke from behind the fence...
posted by darkstar at 9:18 AM on May 11, 2007


Tout merdique.
posted by everichon at 9:26 AM on May 11, 2007


... on the other hand, these guys are not so good at throwing things.
posted by Termite at 9:29 AM on May 11, 2007


Likewise, From Bklyn, likewise. I guess we were a bit too, uh, ironical.
posted by hydatius at 9:37 AM on May 11, 2007


At timeframe 00:24:001, in the upper right corner of the video if you magnify the pixel at x: 336 Y: 0014, 1000x in the gamma wavelength of an electron microscope and crack the Fermat encryption, I found a secret code about viral marketing:

Poo Poo
posted by Skygazer at 9:52 AM on May 11, 2007


Can throwing: the alternative for those too wimpy for parkour.
posted by everichon at 9:54 AM on May 11, 2007


McDonalds. Burger chain? Or Viral marketing pioneers?
posted by billyfleetwood at 10:36 AM on May 11, 2007


I am very angry that this link failed to completely delight and transform me in every way, and has instead left me to crawl through the wreckage of my dull life alone and helpless.
posted by craniac at 12:12 PM on May 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


A gast-flabbering awesome. single link YouTube post

I'm gonna need a little more than that.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:05 PM on May 11, 2007


Quarters, beer pong, sunglasses, cans... this is officially a fad.
posted by keep_evolving at 1:19 PM on May 11, 2007


Well I liked it. But it has been made much better with the From Bklyn Ikea viral humour and subsequent misunderstanding.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 3:00 PM on May 11, 2007


Seriously, despite the obvious fact that these were not all one-take wonders, one of the wonders of the human body (brain included) is its ability to project (and use) trajectories, a pretty complicated task. The ability to multiply complex numbers in one's head would be a lot less difficult, synapse-wise, but we have not had real reason to develop that skill. (Props to Frederick Turner for this analogy.)

Rock-hurling and spear-throwing were obviously important to our survival and hence passed down as advantageous traits. Hence the insouciant delivery of cans into baskets.
posted by kozad at 3:39 PM on May 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


Beats car bombin'.
posted by DenOfSizer at 6:59 AM on May 12, 2007


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