I don’t know about you, but I really love vintage ads. They remind me what life was like back in the day and inevitably spark the feeling of nostalgia. But there some ads that seem as if they came from darkest corners of the advertising world. And in this video, Azriel Knight brings you five hilariously bad camera ads from the ‘80s and ‘90s. They reach the impossible levels of awkwardness, and they’ll make you cringe. But also laugh.
It’s an open secret that advertisers use some tricks to make food look more appetizing. But some of them can get really nasty! They make the food look delicious, but most of the time they also make it inedible. Glue instead of milk, shaving foam instead of whipped cream, dish liquid in just about anything with foam… These are only some of the tricks food photographers use, and Blossom shows you many more in this interesting video.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you must have seen the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme in some of its many forms. Its popularity means that plenty of companies have been using it – or variations on it – for cheeky social media ads. But after one of these meme-based ads appeared in Sweden, it was severely bashed online and was eventually determined sexist by Swedish advertising ombudsman.
One day at a McDonald’s restaurant, Jevh Maravilla was sitting with his friend and noticed that there were no Asian in any of the ad posters. At the same time, he saw a blank wall and had a crazy idea: what if they put a photo of themselves up there? The idea soon became reality, and the guys managed to hang a professional-looking poster with them as the models. And the funny thing is – no one noticed anything unusual for almost two months.
Ina hilarious video, Jevh shares how they did it, from planning the shoot to hanging it on the McDonald’s wall. And I must say it’s some high-quality trolling.
Many people don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. Imposed beauty standards and too much Photoshop in ads don’t help at all. Norwegian pharmacist Vitus have created an ad that might help people feel good in their own skin and meet all the changes that will come with aging.
The ad shows how out skin changes over a lifespan of 100 years – and it all fits in only 60 seconds. There’s no heavy retouching, just pure, natural beauty of skin of all ages and colors.
The competition between Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy has lasted for years. Now it’s shown in Samsung’s new ad titled Growing Up. In this ad, Samsung mocks the competition with iPhone, and naturally, displays Galaxy as superior in several aspects – from screen size to water resistance.
Ads annoy most of us, but when they’re well-made and creative, they can even be fun to watch. Spa Nederland (mineral water company) has one of those brilliant ads – it shows shooting portraits with a lens made from a water droplet.
Photographer Robin de Puy used only a droplet, a glass plate and electricity to create a lens made of water, and it was even possible to focus it. She shot some portraits, and this little experiment turned out to give impressive results.
Gatorade has released a commercial that features an animated 3D man made of water. Nothing special, you may think. But the man was literally made of water, without the use of CGI.
The “waterman” is running, jumping and kicking, making you wonder “what if your water was as active as you.” They have also released a short BTS video, showing just how much effort they have invested in making this fantastic advertisement.
Today, we see plenty of awesome timelapse videos created with still cameras. Sometimes they are even made from screenshots. But twenty years ago, they weren’t very common. In 1997, Alastair Thain filmed a commercial for Nikon F5, “technically the quickest camera in the world”. And to prove it really was the quickest, he created a timelapse using precisely this still camera. The results are pretty cool, both in terms of the quality and the mood of the commercial.
German student director Eugen Merher has produced a commercial which really shows the pros how it’s done. Without the fancy CG and special effects of most modern sports commercials, Eugen tells a beautiful story.
A former marathon runner, stuck in a retirement home. After finding a pair of old running shoes, he starts to run once again. He attempts to “break free” (the title of the short film) a number of times, but each time his indoor run is cut short. There’s a twist in the ending, though.