Out of consideration to our comrades in the field we have taken down the “fu” poster until further notice. We have been told that it will go back online at a later date. We certainly hope so because it was/is an excellent piece.
Here’s an interesting topic sure to cause a poo tornado.
Recently your blog had a lot of chatter about mOcean dissolving departments, along with comments praising Deadline. Here’s the truth about what Deadline was really about.
Deadline was sold to CMP (now mOcean) for undisclosed $$$. Now a certain someone is leaving mOcean to start a new creative agency using mostly old Deadline portfolio samples (many projects but not all can also be seen on mOcean's online portfolio.)
2 agencies, 1 portfolio (even the same digital files are used!)
First of all, we’re going to downgrade this from a poo tornado to category 2 gust of poo.
We’ve seen this happen several times following an agency split up. It’s always so hard on the children.
Suppose Glorious Art Director leaves Horribly Rotten Design Group; is it ethical for Horribly Rotten Design Group to continue to include Glorious Art Director's finishes in their portfolio if there is no longer anyone in house capable of producing that quality of work? If Glorious Art Director sets up shop, does he have the right to display work done while he was employed at Horribly Rotten Design Group?
Or, suppose we throw a fabulous party on Saturday and another one the following Tuesday - is it really so terrible if we serve stale leftovers from Saturday’s party to our guests on Tuesday?
Maybe I missed it, but it seems as though your vendor map is missing Kaleidoscope Film, one of Hollywood's original Trailer Houses founded by Andrew J. Kuehn who moved Kaleidoscope Films to Hollywood in 1968.
Here is a Variety article about the beginning of the Fiber era between Kaleidoscope and Paramount in 1994 that includes quotes from then Kaleidoscope President, Steve Panama.
MonKeyArtAwards has always pursued a niche strategy (as marketing weenies like to say) focusing narrowly on print & outdoor advertising.
Our vendor map currently features a number of agencies that handle trailers in addition to print; however, if we were to include all trailer houses as well, it would add over 50 new locations to our already crowded landscape. More importantly, it would be a total pain in the ass to make those additions.
And while we’re at it, we are still miffed at how you trailer people muscled in on the Key Art Awards many years ago. They are awards for key art, for chrissake! You don’t see any of us CMYK-stained wretches sniffing around the Golden Trailer Awardsnow do you?
"As the national debate over guns goes on, L.A. billboard companies and advertisers continue to saturate the visual environment with ads for movies and TV shows that feature actors firing and brandishing guns.
Mark Wahlberg, a star in 2 Guns, was quoted in an Australian newspaper in 2007 as saying he would be happy if all guns were taken away."
Of all the mail that came in during our hiatus, this one, which we received last November, is by far the most entertaining:
Dear Edwina, You might have to come outta retirement on this topic.
For year's now within our industry, IMPawards has become a staple to post and reference finished art campaigns from mainstream theatrical work, to indie festival and not to leave out cable networks. Throughout the growth of the website's popularity, there have been many-a-comments praising or bashing artwork. As most of us assumed, the majority of these anonymous comments were from the industry shops along with their employees, as well as competitors. As the comments grew out of control, IMP enforced, sort of, an accountability way to comment, in the sense that IF you were to write something, you had to log into your personal FB, Hotmail, etc. where you would verbally praise or abuse the artwork thus showing your cards. When this began to take shape there was a massive silence amongst ourselves. Until one day a certain partner from a major ad firm (hereafter referred to Agency X) decided to form fictitious people on Facebook. The first of them were pretty weak - all of them were called out by fellow peers. So as they became more savvy, “he” went to greater lengths to add photos, random friends, and info to these “fake fans of the entertainment industry”.
We did some investigating on the latest and hottest movie fan “Jessika”. What's great about this "person" is that she's hot, young and is Agency X’s biggest fan! She seems to have a wealth of knowledge from famed artists and can call out a direct rip off of a misc.1970's poster that a competitor just finished, whilst only being 21 years old. We did a little digging and sure enough, “Jessika” is in fact another person on Facebook and Twitter. What's further proof of these antics is that the partner over at Agency X is friends with her on FB!!!
You might ask yourselves…who gives a shit? Well over the years, "he" has been directing people to artwork links to show how much the BUZZ their amazing art is getting! I say to you, you're not fooling anyone.
Throwing down the headline “In Sync And Bemis Balkind Merge To Create Formidable Ad Agency” the Finkeless Deadline Hollywood seems hell-bent on striking fear in the hearts of competitors with horrific visions of an out of control juggernaut with Smitty as CEO and Peter Bemins and Aubry Balkind serving as co-presidents.
Notwithstanding our promise of poo will be flung, it is never our intention to malign any individual, but rather to hold the entire field of entertainment advertising up to ridicule.
With that in mind, we wish to highlight the refudiation made by Rob McFarlane in the comments section of our February 6 post “Monkey See, Monkey Steal” in which we mave implied that Mr. McFarlane is a thieving monkey: We apologize and we stand corrected.*
I almost didn't post at all because (at the risk of sounding like Woody Allen) the whole issue seems so absurd. As anyone who's ever worked with me can attest, I'm perfectly capable of coming up with my own mediocre concepts without having to steal them from Anne Kingston's brother. With all due respect to Mr. Kingston, if I'm going to rip-off another designer I'll stick with the likes of Stephen Frankfurt, Saul Bass, and Milton Glaser. In any event, I appreciate the chance to share my side of the story with the four or five people who are likely to care.
Sincerely, Rob McFarlane
Here is a repost of Mr. McFarlane's comment:
As the guy who wrote the copy line and came up with concept for the Ant Farm “Family Stone” poster I fully admit to stealing the idea. I stole it from an unused concept sketch I did for “The Third Wife’s Club” back in 1995 (I’ve found that if you keep submitting the same idea over and over there’s a chance it’ll eventually stick). Suffice to say I’d never laid eyes on the Anne Kingston book cover prior to the point at which Fox contacted the Ant Farm.
More to the point, Fox’s lawyers were able to produce at least one other example of the same basic concept having been produced prior to Ms. Kingston’s book cover (a European album cover, if memory serves). What’s amusing is to me is that Ms. Kingston regards the ring/ finger concept as being so original and unique that only her brother could have conceived it.
My only regret is that Rupert Murdoch never asked me to join forces with him in an evil plot to steal an obscure, and not terribly inventive, dust jacket concept. Because that would have been awesome!
…In an earlier post I’d made mention of an album cover, but I'm pretty sure I was thinking of thisKurt Cobain photo. Point being (for the three or four of you who still care) if anyone got ripped-off it was probably Cobain and his photographer.
*Not to be confused with standing with Art Corrector/Art Korrector, a known provocateur and lanceur de poo here on MonKeyArtAwards.
Hoppel says, “Most clients gifted me with payment, and the payment is more than I ever received in the traditional model, which was based on negotiation and the lowest bid wins, instead of the gift model which is based on mutual respect and fairness.
Working in the gift [model] does not mean that I work for free, or that I give my work away without care. It means that people trust me to build them a website, and I trust them to support my work as they believe fair.”
Uh huh. Uh huh. We’ve got a pretty good idea why a bloodsucker like Arianna Huffington is promoting this paradigm as the Third Metric: the idea that life should be guided not by the pursuit of money, but by those qualities that make us better people, like wisdom, empathy and personal well-being.
So stop hounding your employer for a raise or whining to your clients about their paltry budgets and embrace your better self as you slide into the abyss.
Strictly speaking, if you are an artist, whether you be a fine one or a graphic one, you are not a professional, but a tradesperson.