Wherever you're from, you know the things that make that region unique. You know how people think and what they do. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is no different. Most people have notions of Seattle that involve rain, coffee, computers, grunge music, etc. But there's a second level of culture that only the locals see.
This series of commercials has done an amazing job of plucking those little bits of culture out of the NW and portraying them proudly in commercial form. They're a little embarassing, but that's what it all about. We think you'll find them to be funny and endearing snapshots of what makes the NW the NW.
Here are a couple of 30 second samples:
As always, This Week in Love is not a paid advertisement. We have no connection with PEMCO aside from loving the commercials.
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Kevin Flaherty, the guy who runs marketing at the wiki company Wetpaint (and does killer zombie voices) invited me to the filming of Wetpaint's latest experiment: parody commercials.
I had no idea what to expect, but it was awesome. It was the first time I'd been on a real set during filming. It was just like our studio at home, except this set had giant lights, real actors, a director, lots of expensive production gear and fewer whiteboards and markers. Just like it, I swear!
The idea behind the videos is to illustrate the difference between Wetpaint wikis and other wiki platforms via parodies of the Mac/PC ads. In this case, Wetpaint is personified by a hip, attractive actress named Maya and "wiki" is played by an actor named Troy Lund that kept us laughing all day. The videos are directed by local director Branson Veal.