This blog talks about ideas that catch my fancy: TED talks, books (including TED Book Club selections), movies (especially Hot Docs documentaries), travel, and other interesting things I read or hear about.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Morgan Spurlock, American documentary filmmaker best known for his movie Supersize Me, delighted the TED audience with his description of the making - and funding - of The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. The movie is designed to expose the extent of product placement in movies and it was funded entirely through product placement! What irony.
In this movie, there's nothing subtle about the product placements - they're blatant and obvious. There were some hilarious videos of Spurlock pitching his idea to ad agencies, explaining how their clients would benefit from placement in a movie that satirized product placement in movies! He eventually circumvented the ad agencies and went directly to the clients. In my own experience in the advertising world, you really need to go to the clients directly, if you want to sell a new idea. Ad agencies are very conservative. Amazingly, Spurlock was able to convince several companies to go for product placement in the movie.
In contrast, Spurlock went to the Internet to sell the naming rights to his TED talk! THey sold to data storage firm EMC2for $7,100, in return for Spurlock mentioning the firm in his talk.