Here are three viral internet videos which will capture your attention. Warning: these videos may invoke a sense of delight, amusement, awe, or outrage. You may feel the need to tell your friends about what you have witnessed. Feel free to do so.
The Circle of Life
When Tiger Woods’ sex scandal became public, his endorsement deals with several companies ended. It seemed the Tiger brand was irreparably damaged. A few companies remained committed to Tiger, including Nike. Their entire golf equipment line was tied to Tiger, so it wasn’t a surprise that Nike would back him. What was a surprise was that Nike would release an ill-conceived commercial in which Tiger listened stoically to a lecture given by his late father Earl Woods. Not good. It came across as insensitive and uncomfortable, rather than reflective and humble.
This video posted on youtube features Tiger listening to a conversation that is more appropriate for his situation. It contains a conversation between Mufasa and Simba from The Lion King. The tone is right and the Nike shoosh at the end is perfect.
The Best Action Scene of All Time – or the Worst
When it comes to action sequences, it’s all in the planning. A film maker in Hollywood can fine tune a scene right down to the smallest detail. Safety is paramount and animal rights are upheld. A film maker in Tollywood, the Telugu-language film industry of India (the Hindi-language film industry is Bollywood), may have to improvise a bit. Stuntmen are replaceable and horses are expendable. The following youtube video features a sequence from Alluda Majaka, a 1995 film starring Chiranjeevi, in which cars are capable of jumping, horses become motorcycles and general mayhem erupts. Warning: horses may have died during filming.
Kseniya Simonova was a contestant on the reality television show Ukraine’s Got Talent. Her unique representation of life in Ukraine during World War 2 won her first place and has left audiences in tears. She used a technique called sand animation in which pictures are formed by moving sand on a lightboard. An overhead projector captures the sequence and projects it onto a screen. The story unfolds before your eyes as music plays in the background. It is truly remarkable. One scene blends into the next, depicting how a family in Ukraine were separated by war and eventually reunited.