March 17, 2009 9:34 AM   Subscribe

Viral ad for Samsung it appears. But still cool. :) Baa-ram-ewe.
posted by squashotheclown at 9:41 AM on March 17, 2009

Holy crap that's awesome. Herding dogs are so unbelievably amazing, the sheep were just being sheep, the humans just had the "big picture" idea, those dogs carried it out. Good job dogs.
posted by Science! at 9:43 AM on March 17, 2009

Hmmm. I'm not convinced by all of that, I have to say. Having watched (i know, I know) a decent amount of sheep herding in the past I don't think that level of complexity (particularly the big walking sheep) is possible with that level of control. Sheep are incredibly obtuse creatures and just don't like doing what you want them to and there weren't all that many dogs and shepherds.

I mean, it's ace and I wish it were real, but the fact it is a viral suggests some serious elements of 'fudging reality'.
posted by Brockles at 9:47 AM on March 17, 2009

I like gyros.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:49 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

I have no doubt that they fudged it a bit, especially with the walking sheep, but I think most of it was just painstaking time lapse photography.
posted by Science! at 9:49 AM on March 17, 2009

but the fact it is a viral suggests some serious elements of 'fudging reality'.

There is an element of stop motion to the enterprise, where they get the sheep into position and then string images together to get the end effect. I don't think they were trying to hide that, but even though it's not live it's still impressive.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:50 AM on March 17, 2009

I want to do youuu you ewe you.
In the barn on some hay, what do you say?
You ewe you.
posted by pianomover at 9:52 AM on March 17, 2009

Honestly, I have no idea whether this is real or not. I just love the idea of X! Treme! SHEPHERDS!! I'm sure this post can be further enhanced by several mugs o' green beer.
posted by maryh at 9:53 AM on March 17, 2009

I miss One Man And His Dog... ah, proper telly that was.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:57 AM on March 17, 2009

Sheep toy tail fail. Can be bought at Wal-Mart. (warning self flikr link)
posted by cjorgensen at 10:05 AM on March 17, 2009

Yeah, that's faked, I guess simple CG rather than time-lapse, which would involve hundreds of sheep (and the clouds above in the big sheep image...) staying still between two frames and then handled one by one. But it's a wonderful idea anyway, I loved it.
posted by elgilito at 10:08 AM on March 17, 2009

I'm another vote for fun-but-faked. Used to watch a lot of sheepdog trials in my wild and misspent youth and while I think they could get close to some of this via the time-lapse route, most of it would not be possible. Also, much, much easier to do via CGI--so why bother?
posted by yoink at 10:14 AM on March 17, 2009

I would say this is more a sponsored work than a viral. Nothing about the video except the end credits implies samsung at all. They don't hide samsung's part in funding it.

It makes all sorts of sense to me that with the ubiquity of copying we are going back to the old time radio revenue model: we can't sell you the final product, so every once in a while we will mention the name of our corporate sponsor (hopefully instead of being surreptitiously sneaked into the content, it is tastefully tacked on the beginning or end as a separate blurb, as they did here). Until we have ubiquitous state funding of artists, I think we are going to have to settle for that with all art that is digitizable.
posted by idiopath at 10:17 AM on March 17, 2009

Pretty obviously fake. How are the dogs going to observe, let alone manage, the internal structure of the image?
posted by DU at 10:20 AM on March 17, 2009

Don't the shepherds tell the dogs where to go?
posted by pantsrobot at 10:33 AM on March 17, 2009

Don't the shepherds tell the dogs where to go?

Frequently--but they tend to keep it clean on national TV.
posted by yoink at 10:53 AM on March 17, 2009 [7 favorites]

I don't even care that this is SheepBlue. Best youtube video I've ever seen!
posted by tiamat at 5:49 PM on March 17, 2009

I am apparently unable to scroll past this post and not read it as "extreme shoplifting". Then be lost in imagining how cool (but wrong, of course, terribly wrong) that could be.

Looking forward to checking out the actual video though when possible, given the rave reviews here.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 11:32 AM on March 18, 2009

This is awesomely wonderful, even if faked...which it probably is, but who cares...
posted by jrochest at 1:36 PM on March 18, 2009

I was kind of hoping a giant pack of wolves in the form of an even bigger sheep would follow.
posted by iamkimiam at 7:09 AM on March 19, 2009

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