Manic Signs Senior VFX Artist, Jason Ortenberg

Manic has signed post-production veteran Jason Ortenberg as Sr. VFX Artist to join the company's renowned creative team. A mainstay in the advertising and feature film spaces, Ortenberg's recent credits include beauty work for Maybelline and L'Oréal, as well as lead VFX artist work for brands like Hershey's, Wendy's, The NFL, Verizon, American Express, and Citibank. His feature film work includes credits on the Star Wars Trilogy special edition and the epic Cremaster 5 directed by Matthew Barney, among others. He has worked as an inferno artist on Sphere and Alien: Resurrection, and as a digital composer on The Proposal, Hey Ram, DragonHeart, Twister, Jumanji, The American President, and The Indian in the Cupboard.

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Duke Nukem Forever ad banned from TV (pre 11 pm)

Hold up! Duke Nukem forever ad has been banned from pre-11pm TV. Why? The ASA finds the game-animated pole-dancing strippers "too explicit" for prime time. What about the pixelated peeing? Pixelated peeing has got to be worse, no? I mean an animated game-character with biological functions is just sick. ;P What kind of warped mind thinks that sort of thing up?

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Farmer rap battle - both shilling yogurt Smirnoff "tea party" style.

Here's a cute pairing, is the Swedish rapping ad from "Wapnö Drängar", the fictional hip-hop crew of Wapno milk farm a rip-off of the UK advert from Yeo Valley showing off the mad cow rapping skills of the "Yeo Valley Boyz"?

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Wäpnö - "Tugga Gräs" (Chew grass) by Wäpnö Drängar (Wäpno boys) - (2011) Sweden

Wäpnö -  "Tugga Gräs" (Chew grass) by Wäpnö Drängar (Wäpno boys) - (2011) Sweden

Can't be bothered translating the (rather funny) lyrics, but they're rapping about organic farming, locally produced and making milk products.

 

Wolff leaves Adweek, gets skewered in Bnet

Everyone has written about Michael Wolff leaving adweek. The NYT, Reuters, even Adweek themselves. And now B|Net recounts Wolff's career to date. There should be word invented for the type of resume B-Net's Jim Edwards just gave Richard Wolff.

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Occupy George - as in Washington

"Money talks" says OccupyGeorge who are stamping one-dollar bills with simple graphic info-slogans to help circulate the word.

Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%. By circulating dollar bills stamped with fact-based infographics, Occupy George informs the public of America's daunting economic disparity one bill at a time. Because money knowledge is power.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon - The bug circus generator - (2011) :90 (USA)

Qualcomm Snapdragon - The bug circus generator - (2011) :90 (USA)

There are people out there who ask themselves questions like: "How many praying mantises does it take to power a smartphone?" and funnier still, there are people who set out to find the answer.

 

Aftonbladet - 9/11 - (2011) :90 (Sweden)

Aftonbladet - 9/11 - (2011) :90 (Sweden)

This clip takes us back in time. and shows us the ever-changing front page of Sweden's largest tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet and what it looked like september 11, 2001.

 

Just in time for the 350 tree arrival - Pantone X-mas balls.

Well, my tree isn't 350 green nor the real deal that smells like forest, it's actually gold and plastic but a set of pantone christmas balls will look superb in that anyway.

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