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Friday, Apr. 11, 2008
The last time I saw legendary creative director Hal Riney was in November 2002. He had come down from the Bay Area to Los Angeles to pay tribute to editor Jacques Dury who was being inducted into the Association of Creative Editors' (AICE) Hall of Fame. Riney's admiration of Dury's artistry came...
Friday, Mar. 28, 2008
Our 2008 Directors Spring Edition is a time to celebrate directors but sadly this column celebrates the life of a noted filmmaker, Anthony Minghella, who unexpectedly passed away last week at the age of 54. While he is best known for his stellar feature work, such as The English Patient, which...
Friday, Mar. 14, 2008
Over the years SHOOT has chronicled the pending transition to DTV on assorted fronts, exploring the applications and implications for the advertising community. With Feb. 2009 fast approaching, mainstream consumer press has started paying more attention to the transition, focusing on this and...
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008
Many years ago in this column I extolled the virtues of a local cable access channel in Los Angeles, an endorsement which on the surface seemed a bit strange. After all, it was a channel providing a forum for local oddballs, some of whom were spouting vitriol. And it was a channel that served as a...
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008
Work In Progress
Past installments of this column have expressed how gratified we feel when projects recognized in SHOOT --particularly in "The Best Work You May Never See" gallery--go on to gain widespread exposure and acclaim. But such gratification was taken to another level, going outside our "Best Work"...
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008
As we enter the new year, it's tempting to look ahead, envisioning what might unfold and identifying key areas that will help to determine the course of 2008. To be sure, that brand of forward thinking was sprinkled throughout our first issue of 2008 as reflected in our Agency Creative and Edit...
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
On Dec. 29, advertising legend Phil Dusenberry, former BBDO North America chairman, passed away at the age of 71 after battling advanced lung cancer ( SHOOT , Jan. 2). I have several remembrances of him over the years but perhaps the most telling doesn't require me to go all that far back. I...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2007
Even though "The Best Work You May Never See" gallery is now in its 10th year, the positive charge still resonates for SHOOT when a spot recognized in that gallery goes on to gain wider spread attention. In September, the Idaho Lottery's offbeat "Twister" spot earned "Best Work" distinction and now...
Friday, Dec. 7, 2007
When the great Mel Blanc passed away, Warner Bros. took out an ad in honor of the voice actor. It showed a spotlight beam cast down upon a microphone stand with nobody at the mike. Off to the side were Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn and Pepe Le Pew, their heads...
Friday, Nov. 23, 2007
Opus No. 4
The Association of Music Producers (AMP) hosted a West Coast Battle of the Ad Bands on Nov. 19 at the Mint in Los Angeles. While the mood was festive as ad agency folk who are members of different bands strutted their musical stuff--to reviews by a panel of AMP judges loosely reminiscent of the...