venerdì 28 novembre 2014

Video of the day. Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a '60 Minutes' episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.
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Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I've been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.

It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can't imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.

During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a 'Stalker'. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored... Follow me on twitter @dannycooke
Shot using DJI Phantom 2 (GoPro3+) and Canon 7D

Animation of the day. A battle for peace from Joost Jansen

A battle for peace from Joost Jansen on Vimeo.
A soldier goes to the front during World War I, whose horrors make him realise that the enemy is actually war itself.
The testimony of this soldier stands as a methaphor for the terrible cruelty of war and the desire for peace.
A battle for peace is part of the12 minutes about peace
One of the most imaginative projects to mark the centenary of the First World War is 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute animated shorts on the theme of peace. They were made by bothemerging as well as established talents in Flemish animation.
Peace was chosen as a theme in order to encourage contemporary perspectives and also to accentuate the positive, rather than focus exclusively on the negatives of war. Nevertheless, animators were allowed to address the theme in the way they wanted and with a free choice in form and technique. Films could benarrative or abstract, with or without dialogue, and draw on the widest range of animation styles. However, each film could only be one minute in length.
Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival – Frankrijk (9-14 juni 2014)
Festival du Film Merveilleux et Imaginaire – Frankrijk (26-28 juni 2014)
Montreal World Film Festival – Canada (21 augustus – 1 september 2014)
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival – Zwitserland (2-7 september 2014)
Animated Film Festival Animatou – Zwitserland (3-11 oktober 2014)
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur – België (3-10 oktober 2014)
Naqsh Short Film Festival – Bahrein (15-19 oktober 2014)
Valladolid International Film Festival – Spanje (18-25 oktober 2014)
Arras Film Festival – Frankrijk (7-16 november 2014)
Cairo Film Festival – Egypte (9-18 november 2014) [TBC]

UK ad of the day. Be a memorable guest for the right reason this Christmas – Maille gifting

The awkward dinner party moment. We’ve all been there. Our advice? Be a memorable guest for the right reason.

Find the perfect gift for the discerning food lover at

Short of the day. My Husband made me a Prostitute.

What is the worst thing that can happen to a man who drinks and drive. Probably this. This film is a fictional account about his family. How his wife battles the world to survive and to pay the bills.
Directed by Pankaj Thakur
Written by Joybrato Dutta
Actor: Sanghamitra Hitaishi
Marketed by: Rohit Sakunia
You can read the story here

But he didn’t have to force me. I volunteered myself. Initially my family and my in laws had a problem, but now they’ve adjusted to my new lifestyle.
In my profession I get to meet various kinds of people everyday, mostly brats and unsatisfied husbands. The more I see them the more my heart fills with pride, because I know my husband would never do something like this.
A few months back I hated prostitutes, obviously then I’d never thought I would become one. But now my perception has changed. It gives me a new name everyday, not to mention a new man as well.
The pimp who gave me this job makes sure I sleep with safe customers. He even suggested I undergo tubectomy, to avoid any sort of hindrance. I am considering his suggestion but I guess I’ll have to take my husband’s permission. But I’ll have to wait for it, because he doesn’t talk to me. He doesn’t talk to anyone. He is in coma. The doctor says he needs to be operated within 2 months. We’ve sold our houses, our cars. Our parents are too old to work. With the education I have, prostitution wasn’t the only option, but I chose it, because it was the highest paid.
Sometimes I wish he hadn’t left for the party that Saturday. That’s when the truck hit him. My doctor says his spinal cord had been shattered, and it’s a miracle that he survived.
I am sure this isn’t the future he had planned for me, but I don’t mind living it. May be I die everyday, but I’m sure my husband will live one day.
It’s your family who’ll pay the price. 
Don’t drink and drive.

giovedì 27 novembre 2014

Dual screen ad of the day. DUREX EXPLORE: The world’s first synchronised dual screen film

Download the app here

For the full, interactive experience first download the Durex Explore app onto your phone or tablet from the Apple/ Google Play store and press the ‘Connect with film' icon.’
Now point your device at this screen and play the film with the sound on. 

For more details on the app go to or visit the Durex store at

Christmas ad of the day. Hammerson WestQuay

Hammerson WestQuay Christmas TV Ad 2014 from isobel advertising on Vimeo.

Making Of from isobel advertising on Vimeo.


PLANNER: Steve Hastings

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Fletcher & David Alexander



ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Sarah Frackowiak


ILLUSTRATOR: Daniel Cohen (Aardman)




PRODUCTION COMPANY: Aardman Animations

PRODUCER: Denise Robinson


DIRECTOR: Daniel Cohen

Poetic ad of the day. Save the Snowman - Zurich Schweiz

If you truly love something, you protect it in the best way. Every spring, kids watch as their beloved snowmen slowly melt away. Well, not in this Swiss village. Zurich Insurance have found a way to save these snowmen so they can live forever. 
Want your own snowman to live forever too? Share a photo of yours or build a virtual one with our generator at: and win on our competition a trip to the Alps.

via agencyspy

Advertising Agency: McCann Worldgroup, London, UK
Executive Creative Director: Lee Tan
Global Creative Director: Miguel Bemfica
Copywriter: Curro Piqueras
Art Director: Cristina Caballero
Digital Creative Director: Adrian Finzelberg
Creative Director: Rachid Ahouiyek
Agency Producer: John Cheesemore
Designer: Faissal Otmani
Account Director: Petra Stachowiak
Global Account Director: Marina Specht
Account Planner: Wolfgang Eigner
Microsite Production Company: 247GRAD, Koblenz
Creative Director: Thomas Berg
CEO: Sascha Boehr
Film Production Company: Fish Films
Producer: David De La Flor
Director: Salmon Holmboe
Editor: Jose Ramon Lorenzo
Music: Pablo Martin Caminero
Post Production: Big Buoy

PSA of the day. Beaten - Cardiac Risk in the Young

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). 

BBH - credits via agencyspy
Creative Credits:Client name and title: Dr. Steven Cox – Deputy Chief Executive – CRY UK
BBH Creative: David Lynch
BBH Creative Directors: Nick Kidney / Kevin Stark
BBH Team Managers:  Renwick McAslan / Jimi Saunders
Film Credits
BBH Producer: David Lynch
BBH Co Producer: Jeremy Gleeson
Production Company: Park Pictures
Director: AG Rojas
Executive Producer: Stephen Brierley
Producer: Sophie Hubble
DoP:  Mattias Rudh
Post Production: Brad Wood @ The Mill
Editor/Editing House: Dominic Leung @ Trim Editing
Sound: Steve Lane @ Grand Central Recording Studio
Music Composer: Pete Raeburn @ Soundtree Music