This is Rémi’s infamous ‘Pac-Man’ video, which I remember seeing many years ago (this copy was uploaded to Youtube in 2009):
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..which was then shamelessly ripped off by the international advertising conglomerate Saatchi & Saatchi, for a New Zealand-only advert in 2010:
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There’s no mistaking this; they took the work of a highly original French humorist, and made a lame + unfunny facsimile of it. And, of course, they all got paid very handsomely for their amazing originality on this highly creative project. (They probably made more than Rémi made from his video, too, which just makes it worse.)
Guilty parties include:
Dylan Harrison — Executive ‘Creative’ Director
Scott Huebscher — Digital ‘Creative’ Director
Rich Robson — Art Director
Jon Austin — Copywriter
Producer — Declan Cahill
I designed a poster for Disney’s Tron Legacy about 2 years ago, completely self-initiated or “fan art”, something I created out of a love of the style. Well, the images below basically tell the story. It recently came to my attention that the poster was taken and used to promote a big rave event in Brazil called Kaballah & Euphoria. Very blatant, just took my image without permission and used it as promotion. Total theft.
According to the source code, the site was created by Atash Design. Numerous emails have been sent to these people and to the event promoters with no effect or reply.
Recently, I got an email from my friend telling me someone had bit a commercial I directed for Vans Shoes Vault line, coinciding with the release of my shoe, The Slip Up. The shoe was a slip on with a photo of a lace up on the upper. The commercial was also an optical illusion.
Here is the commercial I directed about a year ago: Donny Miller Slip-up Commercial Vans Shoes
Now, I will be the first to admit that great minds think alike, but I’d be hard pressed to believe that someone there didn’t see my commercial. This speaks to a bigger problem that agencies have always had. Most agencies that I’ve worked with have these “art directors” who are nothing more than rip off artists. They buy books, scour the internet and generally take credit for other artists art, because the guy at the top is out of touch with what is happening in the art world or has less integrity than the art director below him. They get “inspired” by artists. The reality of these situations and all of the legitimate claims here on YTWWN is that 95% of the art directors at agencies are hacks and are cheap, trying to save the company money – a company who usually has more than enough cash. The whole “Hey, I could do that myself.” is what is ruining culture and watering down the purity of art. In the past, I have turned down lucrative offers from agencies to be employed as a creative director for these reasons. Working with agencies on a freelance basis can be good.
Dreamworks pictures ripped off Los Angeles based street-artist SMEAR‘s character and used it in, Jerry Seinfeld’s, Bee Movie. The character appears on an animated truck in the film 4 minutes and 17 seconds into chapter 7 of the film.