Nice coverage of our recent online video work with John Cleese and Seesmic from Nigel Kendall at the Times – does coverage from the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Times constitute a full house?
This piece includes a comment on the timing of John’s recent ads for some banks which have fallen foul of the great financial tsunami:
One of the great comedy clichés is that the secret is in the timing, and Cleese is a master. Ponder, for instance, his timing of a recent series of commercials for Kaupthing (tinyurl.com/6fecxu). It’s the biggest company in Iceland, he tells us. Not any more it isn’t. Kaupthing was one of the biggest casualties of the recent global banking collapse. We can only hope that Cleese’s similar commercial for the Polish bank BZ WBK Commercial, at tinyurl.com/5khe4h, was more successful. As he heads into his eighth decade, he’s clearly planning for the medical attention he may need by his ninth. Happy birthday, Mr Cheese. He’s from Santa Barbara via Weston-super-Mare, you know.
This short trailer for the Seesmic John Cleese interview did spectacularly well, reaching over half a million views in under a week, and achieving the notable status of the most viewed video in the world on October 14th. As of today, it’s been viewed 931,950 times.
This is the final edit – slightly better transitions and less compressed audio. It was fun to combine mobile footage with DV and HD – I really like mixing up the video sources – and also getting to exploit some of the funkier plug ins in Final Cut.