Blogs are still my favorite source of inspiration, but lately YouTube (and Vimeo) have pushed curation skills further. One of my latest discoveries was this web series from PBS digital, exploring cutting edge art, internet culture, and the people that create it.
Loving the new YouTube based campaign for Coke by Wieden+Kennedy Portland.
Centered around the keyhole bottle icon, symbolizing Coca-Colas mysterious secret formula, the video has several overlays leading to unique digital experiences.
I’ll throw a few spoilers linked on the video overlays:
On Twitter, you can follow Dr.Pemberton, Cokes 179 year old inventor, and ask questions about Cokes secret formula.
On Facebook, send your friends a polar bear video message (and the chance to win a free Coke, US only).
Not to mention the video feed tracking the safe where the secret formula is probably hidden.
And by sending a Coke bubble on www.mycoke.com/smileizer , Coke will donate $1 to the National Parks Service for each laugh.
Something tells me that this is not the end of Dr. Pemberton’s adventure. There’s probably more to it.
The story of the last great supply of fresh drinking water on Earth. The changes affecting the Great Lakes. A beautiful soundtrack for an epic journey. Now on the web, developed by Jam3, at http://waterlife.nfb.ca/
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs 2009, the film is narrated by Gord Downie, featuring music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Rós, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.
Good one by Axe, on this branded entertainment experience, interviewing over 100 girls about the Axe Effect products. Listening to consumer is great when it isn’t merely a buzzword on your Powerpoint. And it shows how Axe is starting to position itself beyond their core teenager target.
Sorry for the unconscious lack of disclaimer. Won’t happen again: Axe is a Fullsix client in Portugal.
With more broadband and the writers strike in Hollywood, 2008 was a great year for online video, from a rising Hulu to the recent peak of 100M Youtube users last month, with no way to ignore the big audience elephant in the room.
Karlijn showed me a few months ago a project Lowe/Draftfcb Amsterdam was working on and it got me attention right away, as a sign of things to come.
Upload Cinema picks the best of online video and brings it to the big screen, with people getting together to enjoy inspiring and entertaining web video, selected by curators or proposed by the members.
The meetup, currently only by invitation (apply here), takes place every first Monday of the month at 9.30 PM at movie theater De Uitkijk in Amsterdam. The current edition’s theme is “Typo Film”, showcasing motion graphics using kinetic type.
The project has recently been awarded as Best crossmedia concept at Spin Awards.
Online video as an alternative media diet took shape in 2008, with websites like Current.tv to the more randomly obscure Upl8.tv, a trend becoming even more evident as digital video gets away from keyboard and spreads to multiple devices, with an increasing long tail consumption of online video.
From Viral Film festivals to Vimeo offline, it’s something we’ll start to get used to. With or without the popcorns.