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[DPRG] Talent Show May 13 & Incredible Honda Ad

Subject: [DPRG] Talent Show May 13 & Incredible Honda Ad
From: danny staple orionrobots at gmail.com
Date: Mon Apr 3 13:12:33 CDT 2006

It is a good ad. I saw it when they originally showed it here in the
UK, and it did look at its best on teh big screen. It was also
followed by a spoof by 118 118 - a comic set of ads promoting a
directory service.

Anyone who likes things like this add would love one of the things
that were big on the lego robotics boards last year, the Great Ball
Contraption, basically encouraging people to biuld a machine that
would pass Lego footballs from one point to the next, and a set of
standards defining the receptacle and output positions, they would
then be assembled into continuous chains of different peoples machines
at conventions. A very, very impressive watch.


On 31/03/06, DeltaGraph at aol.com <DeltaGraph at aol.com> wrote:
> This does not apply to robotics exactly but anyway...
>  Have you seen this?
>  The Incredible Honda Ad
>  http://www.steelcitysfinest.com/HondaAccordAd.htm
>  Maybe this will give someone some creative ides for our upcomming talent
> show
>  on Saturday May 13
>  - Ron Grant
>  PS
>  The text as I received it:
>  There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in the film you are about
> to see. Everything you see happened in real time, exactly as you will see
> it. The film required 606 takes. On the first 605 takes, something, usually
> very minor, didn't work. They would then have to set the whole thing up
> again. The crew spent weeks shooting night and day. By the time it was over,
> they were ready to change professions.
>  The film cost was six million dollars, and it took three months to
> complete, including full engineering of the sequence. In addition, it's two
> minutes long, so every time Honda airs the film on British television,
> they're shelling out enough dough to keep any one of us in clover for a
> lifetime; however, it is fast becoming the most downloaded advertisement in
> Internet history. Honda executives figure the ad will soon pay for itself
> simply in "free viewing's" (Honda isn't paying a dime to have you watch this
> commercial). When the ad was pitched to senior executives, they signed off
> on it immediately without hesitation - including the costs.
>  There are only six hand-made Accords in the world. To the horror of Honda
> engineers, the filmmakers disassembled two of them to make the film.
> Everything you see in the film (aside from the walls, floor, ramp, and
> complete Honda Accord) is parts from those two cars. The voiceover is
> Garrison Keillor. When the ad was shown to Honda executives, they liked it
> and commented on how amazing computer graphics have gotten. They fell off
> their chairs when they found out it was for real.
>  Oh, and about those funky windshield wipers. On the new Accords, the
> windshield wipers have water sensors and are designed to start doing their
> thing automatically as soon as they become wet. It looks a bit weird in the
> commercial.
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