Archive for September, 2007

Hotel Chevalier: A New Era of Promotion.

September 26, 2007

 Hotel Chevalier

Wes Anderson’s new feature film, The Darjeeling Limited, is opening in theaters in a couple of weeks. In anticipation, Hotel Chevalier, a 13 minute prelude starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman, has been released onto iTunes for all to enjoy.

Previously, Hotel Chevalier was being screened with The Darjeeling Limited as it played film festivals. It has now been released for free on the web only through iTunes. It may mark the first time that a potential opening scene has been aired on the internet before a big screen.

Wes Anderson, shot the film using his own money and only later decided to incorporate one of the characters into The Darjeeling Limited. Hotel Chevalier is the backstory of one of Darjeeling’s main characters played by Jason Schwartzman.

It’ll be interesting to see just how much attetion Hotel Chevalier gets in the next couple of weeks. Given that it includes Natalie Portman’s first nude scene, it will probably help to expose an incredible amount of people to the characters in Darjeeling before the release. Let’s see if Wes Anderson has found a new way to bolster his opening weekend numbers. It’ll be fascinating either way!
Watch Hotel Chevalier,  the trailer for The Darjeeling Limited and checkout the official site.
– Chris

Where have I been?

September 25, 2007

As some of you know, we here at Tropist Media are not only a blog but also a startup company. We’ve been working tirelessly for the last couple of months and are getting close to launching our new product. Unfortunately, my time to work on the Tropist Weblog has been lost in the crossfire.

But, I’m back. I won’t be as consistent as before, but hopefully I’ll be more poignant. This means I’m still on the lookout for interesting stuff. If you come across something you think I’d like, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll probably feature it. Look for new posts starting tomorrow!

In other news, we are looking for a killer web designer! If you do unbelievably easy and gorgeous UI design, shoot me an email, I’d love to talk.

Thanks for the support everyone!
Chris

csavage [ AT ] Tropist [ DOT ] com

What do you get when you combine a gorilla, a drum set and Phil Collins?

September 5, 2007

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With some inspiration you could end up with one of the most inventive, fun and non-invasive ads that may ever have existed. Cadbury, the UK chocolate company, took it upon themselves to create a ‘commercial’ featuring only those elements for the sole purpose of making you smile. It’s an admirable goal.
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The ad can be seen at a Glass and a Half Full Productions, a production company put together by Cadbury for the purpose of spreading joy. The name is a reference to the glass and a half of milk than can be found in each Cadbury’s milk chocolate bar. This appears to be the cohesive theme of their overall campaign.

Watch the High Quality version or check it out on YouTube. If you’re wondering about how this amazing commercial was conceived you should read the video transcript.
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– chris