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Writers, Bloggers, and Creative Types: Stop What You're Doing and Watch This!

by Elaine Fogel  |  
June 23, 2008

What is it with the British? They have a monopoly on great humor. This must-see video clip is for all you creative types out there - the writers, producers, bloggers, artists, designers, etc. Trust me; you'll get a kick out of this one.

One of my company designers sent this to me. Thank you, Michelle Lydon of Symbiosis Designs in Toronto.
Here's the YouTube description:
Behind the scenes tour of of an award-winning creative farm, juicing process and distribution in South West England.
The South West produces some of the UK's finest creative work (animation, web design, design, fashion, architecture....) Now you know why....nice conditions, space to breathe and opportunities with some of the best firms around.

Your turn... what'd ya think? Creative or not? Or do you have to appeciate British humor to enjoy it?

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Elaine Fogel is president and CMO of Solutions Marketing & Consulting LLC, and a marketing and branding thought leader, speaker, writer, and MarketingProfs contributor. She is the author of the Beyond Your Logo: 7 Brand Ideas That Matter Most for Small Business Success.

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  • by Emon Mon Jun 23, 2008 via blog

    Thanks for the video. There is a very funny American short on the goings on at an ad firm.

  • by Lewis Green Mon Jun 23, 2008 via blog

    Elaine, As the man says, "You can't go wrong with a good idea."

  • by Ann Handley Mon Jun 23, 2008 via blog

    Very funny premise, Elaine. But at four minutes, it seemed about 2 minutes too long... or maybe that's my American impatience...(lol)?

  • by Paul Barsch Mon Jun 23, 2008 via blog

    This is funny and you don't have to be British to "get it", but did I miss something, is this a promo for an agency? If so, which one?

  • by Elaine Fogel Mon Jun 23, 2008 via blog

    Emon, I have seen that video and you're right - it's a classic. Lewis, thanks for weighing in. Ann, I, too, found it rather long. But, I stayed glued out of curiosity. The fact that the pace is slower and we're not sure what it's all about until we get further in, is what makes it good. As opposed to many American productions that try to hit us over the head from the starting gate, this approach is different. Paul, I have no idea. It would be interesting to learn what the motive was behind it.

  • by Erin Tue Jun 24, 2008 via blog

    This was wonderful! Creativity at it's finest. I do think they should have added their web address at the end though. (If you are going to put that much into something, you might as well get something back, right?!) By the way - did you see my blog? :)

  • by Elaine Fogel Tue Jun 24, 2008 via blog

    That would have been nice, Erin. If you find anything out, please share. As for your blog, what's the url? I clicked on your name and I don't think that was your blog, or was it?

  • by Jason Tue Jun 24, 2008 via blog

    Who's the account guy who wrote this movie? Lame.

  • by Dusan Vrban Tue Jun 24, 2008 via blog

    It is the contrast that you like most probably. The difference between this and most of others promo movies you see. Yet the question pops out of my mind anytime I see a "creative" video: is it effective for the business goal it serves? That's why it is great if you can mix the team with: - funny guy - narrow goal headed lady - researcher that observes and comments - mixer person that stimulates them all to work together :-)

  • by Elaine Fogel Tue Jun 24, 2008 via blog

    Thanks for your honesty, Jason. Dusan, I agree. I'm not sure what the objective was on this video. It would be nice to know, however.

  • by RichardatDELL Wed Jun 25, 2008 via blog

    Elaine, this is brilliant..thank you...Im going to favorite and share and more!

  • by Andy Wakefield Fri Jun 27, 2008 via blog

    I do wish some Birit ad people would keep their shit to themselves, it gives the rest of us a bad name.

  • by Elaine Fogel Fri Jun 27, 2008 via blog

    Cute, Andy. I just checked your site. Your stuff is very impressive (especially for a Brit!) :)

  • by Barbara Phillips Long Fri Jun 27, 2008 via blog

    I thought this was entertaining, but what I saw was a reference to a song from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe" about a nightmare. Here's the relevant verse: And he and the crew are on bicycles too–which they've somehow or other invested in– And he's telling the tars all the particulars of a company he's interested in– It's a scheme of devices, to get at low prices all goods from cough mixtures to cables (Which tickled the sailors), by treating retailers as though they were all vegetables– You get a good spadesman to plant a small tradesman (first take off his boots with a boot-tree), And his legs will take root, and his fingers will shoot, and they'll blossom and bud like a fruit-tree– From the greengrocer tree you get grapes and green pea, cauliflower, pineapple, and cranberries, While the pastrycook plant cherry brandy will grant, apple puffs, and three corners, and Banburys– The shares are a penny, and ever so many are taken by Rothschild and Baring, And just as a few are allotted to you, you awake with a shudder despairing–

  • by Marc Mon Jun 30, 2008 via blog

    Whoo...You even can be french, live in Paris and really appreciate this SO ENGLISH creative consideration...

  • by Heny Thu Jul 3, 2008 via blog

    Great to see the comments there everyone- it's always good when a film sparks a discussion and also never surprising that some people like a film and others don't. Andy- sorry if you feel that the film gives UK a bad name, the response so far has been really positive and we can only really go by that. There is no real marketing message in the film itself, more in the description- the South West of England is a great place to work within the creative industries and as an agency in that region who want to recruit good creative minds this film is a nice way of getting people to consider that and discuss it (as you have done here!) It's all a bit of fun- not everything has to be a sales pitch...

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