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FYF Fest 2013

Next Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, will see the return of the mega-event FYF Fest at Los Angeles Historic Park in LA. Tim Draut at The Bay Bridged in SF offers this inside scoop on “Fuck Yeah Festival Festival” 2013.

“I should mention that My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, MGMT, Beach House, Solange, STRFKR, The Melvins, The Breeders, and Keith Morris’ (don’t you dare call them Black) Flag are also on the bill, which gets us through about half of the two-day lineup.”

Tickets are selling out but reportedly weekend passes are still available for $99. For complete lineups, tickets and more, visit http://fyffest.com. Also be sure to check out this handy FYF Fest 2013 Survival Guide from The Huffington Post.

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“Artscape Icons One” Gallery Exhibition by Imagemaker Tommy Ewasko


Date: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 5PM to Midnight
Venue: The Wine Cave, 2427 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020, 1.818.541.6690

This Friday evening, and by private appointments thereafter, The Wine Cave will proudly host receptions honoring local photographic visionary Tommy Ewasko. On display and available to collectors on a first-come, first-served basis are numerous Art and Gallery Prints from the 25-year Getty Images master imagemaker’s exclusive Artscape Icons collection. Join in for wonderful wine tasting experiences, while getting to know one of America’s great imagemakers and his one-of-a-kind works.

*A portion of the proceeds from all sales will benefit Glendale Arts. For more information, please visit http://www.GlendaleArts.org.

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Inspiration for life: Toys and stories

How many people out there feel like the blockbuster Pixar series “Toy Story” relates to them, and their own experiences as youths playing with toy cowboys and astronauts? You can certainly count me among them, and of course I know that Woody is meant to be Johnny West, and at least to me, Buzz is G.I. Joe. Those two men were my constant companions when I was a young boy, especially after my older brother had gone off to school. They inspired my imagination and brought adventures to life that are permanently etched in my memory banks. With time, I have come to see that this treasure trove of wonder and endless possibilities represented by the toys of my youth is something of a universal phenomenon.

For example, by viewing the video above, you can learn about the toys that inspired some of the top speakers from recent FITC Events. I was equally fascinated by the subject matter presented in Emma Hutching’s PSFK feature story entitled “Children Around the World Pose With Their Favorite Toys.” Check out the story to view photographer Gabriele Galimberti‘s photo series “Toy Stories” wherein children from around the world pose with their favorite toys.

What’s your toy story?

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Dice.com amazementariness from Barkley, Thornberg and Forester

Last year, advertising agency Barkley (www.BarkleyUS.com) collaborated with design and production company Thornberg & Forester (T&F) to create five theatrical spots for Dice (www.dice.com), the career hub for tech. As you can see in the YouTube Playlist embedded above, they all use a very distinctive creative and storytelling style to appeal to their audience.

When asked for his thoughts on the project, T&F creative director Frank Pichel began by asking, “When have so few pixels offended so many? Dice and the amazing agency, Barkley, really went for it on this campaign. Their willingness to push the boundaries of taste and amazementariness makes these spots the most highly discussed low-fi since the humble gif was animated. Gold, in my opinion.”

For more information on T&F, please visit www.thornbergandforester.com.

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Nathan Love: Pop Secret

From world-class animation studio Nathan Love, for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Diamond Foods and Pop Secret. More information at www.nathanlove.com and on BuzzFeed.

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Nathan Love reveals more character


This summer’s successful collaboration between world-class animation studio Nathan Love and advertising agency 22squared recently brought two new animated broadcast spots to life for Baskin-Robbins’ nationwide ad campaign. For August, the campaign welcomed two new characters: Barry Baaa, a long-faced sheep that loves blowing bubbles with Baskin-Robbins’ August Flavor of the Month, Pink Bubblegum ice cream, and Olive Ostrich, a playful bird who’s ecstatic about Baskin-Robbins’ birthday cakes. For each character, Nathan Love’s art department created genuinely unique looks and personalities, and the animators added the life and soul, creating adorably personable creatures.

Barry Baaa debuted widely on U.S. television and cable media outlets on August 3; on August 8, it was declared the top ad for all demographics for the first week of August by Ace Metrix(TM), the industry standard in television advertising analytics.

More information on the campaign is available here.

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Ralph plays with Number Four


Last week, Penguin Books UK released the sensational new thriller “I Am Number Four,” the first release in a trailblazing new science fiction series, The Lorien Legacies. Together with Penguin, the principals of digital creative agency Ralph proudly announced the launch of “The Legacy Test” online at www.iamnumberfour.co.uk.

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Rogue and Universal Pictures put Ralph on “MacGruber”


The principals of award-winning digital creative agency Ralph recently announced their latest project, the official www.iamrogue.com/macgruber website launched on April 23 for feature film comedy “MacGruber” from Rogue Pictures. In that announcement, Jay Armitage, Ralph’s co-founder and director explained,

“This is the first complete website we have produced for a major studio release, and we’ve applied our experiences seeing how effective digital content can be when it becomes an interactive extension of the movie or show, and allows audiences to get to know and engage with main characters in a strategic narrative context.”

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