Monday, April 05, 2010

Swiss Thieves

Back in 2005, my old partner Justin and I shot an ill-fated Super Bowl spot for the folks at Capital One. A guy gets locked out of space shuttle, tries to get back in with his Capital One card, realizes it doesn’t fix all hassles. Comedy gold. At least silver.

Then over the course of a month or so leading up to the big game, it got bad-music’d and heavily art-card’d and overly VO’d and finally focus-group’d until it just wasn’t funny anymore.

Then it got shelved.

Unceremoniously, I might add. We never even got to go back and cut our version which was funnier, to say the least.

Here’s where it ended up:

Capital One "Astronaut" from Howard Hill on Vimeo.

And here’s a little spot Justin stumbled across last week for some Swiss plagiarism, err, job-search company.
Feel like I've seen that somewhere before. Oh right, it was when we made it.

Granted, theirs is funnier with better physical comedy and focuses on just one joke as opposed to trying to double dip. But still.

Those thieving bastards!

Did ya come up with that frame for frame rip-off all by yourselves? Did ya?

Stupid Swiss with your knives and neutrality.


Blogger Sherry said...

I cannot believe that they totally copied your great idea! The only saving factor would be that maybe this is a case of "great minds run in the same channel!"

10:49 PM  

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