Yeah, it’s that time of the year again. Doriotsmania. I envied all of you guys and gals who were able to enter the contest last year. I tried my best to stay in touch and check out the gallery whenever possible back in 2010, but the same workload that prevented submission participation, also prevented me from blogging and taking part in the way I had done in years past. I could only occasionally watch from the sidelines.
Well, this year I made it a priority to squeeze in some Doritos production no matter what….and…as my production schedule would have it, it was alot easier to do the sqeezin’ than I would have preferred.
TRANSLATION: Real paying gigs are down, and spec. opportunities are up.
I just finished my last of three spots for the contest yesterday. Like the children we bring into this world, I love em’ all. With the videos though, I do have a favorite and you’ll probably be able to guess which one it is….psst/hint [hands cupped in front of mouth]: It’s the family-centric one. Regarding the above link pics. These aren’t the thumbnails I would have chosen for these spots, but since they are the ones chosen by Doritos, I figure I’d better maintain some continuity for my own ‘branding’ purposes.
Using the past as a reference, I really couldn’t begin to guess what Doritos is looking for out of this 6th running of the contest. If they are looking strictly for otherworldly funny, to the exclusion of all other branding /production/story strengths, then I probably don’t stand a chance against what I am sure will be a strong field of contenders. If they are looking for a nice mix of funny, branding and production value than my spots will probably get a good looking over by the judges…or at least that’s my hope.
Every year or so, there’s a selection by the judges that mystifies me. Last year it was the one where the nerdy looking dude sucks off the Doritos dust from the finger of a co-worker. Grossed me out. There was humor there, but the gross-out factor overwhelmed any inclination I may have had to laugh. But hey….I alone am not the arbiter of what is and isn’t funny. I am sure there is someone somewhere in the world besides his highness who can judge things ‘funny’ similar to his highness……but as Michael Buble would say: “I just haven’t met you yet”. Ha ha ha ha. BTW, can you tell I like saying ‘his highness’?
Well, anyhoo, I hope you clicked on the above thumbs for his highness’ Doritos video offerings. I hope you liked them, and are currently re-playing them over and over again. If you’d like to post a link to your own spot here on his highness’ blog for the purpose of peer review/comments, please do so my leaving a link in the comment section. I can’t guarantee his highness will review them all, but where I can’t, I invite fellow citizens of the Video Contest Kingdom to chime in. If the video is not your own, please do not ask for review.
At the time of this blog post I believe there are/were still 5 more days left to produce before deadline. So get on it, and good luck to everyone.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the key contributors to this year’s Doritos production. Much thanks go out to: Joel Berry, Anna Chapman, Michael VonHempel, Jonah cicon, Jared Cicon Jr., Jolie Cicon, Tanner Atherton, Seth Sneary, Alex Ubalde, the parents of my child actors, (All of my peer-review circle peeps…you know who you are),….oh, and my wife, duh. I love you honey XOXO.