Episode 17 – Friday the 13th Discussion Part 2

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What is it they say about sequels being bloated and paling in comparison to the original? Well we here at the So Bad It’s… podcast don’t listen to such talk, because Part 2 of our discussion on the Friday the 13th movie series with is longer, better and more entertaining than the Crispin Glover dance from the Final Chapter. Click play already!

Episode 16 – Friday the 13th Discussion Part 1

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Somewhere along the journey of growing up in the 80s, Friday the 13th moves went from making us scream with terror to scream with laughter. On this episode of So Bad It’s… we’re joined by fellow Friday aficionado Graham LaMontagne as we track our memories, thoughts and insights and discuss the series and all things Jason Voorhees.

In keeping with the series’ myriad of sequels, this is the first of a two-part episode. So grab your hockey mask or burlap sack and meet us up at Camp Crystal Lake with Dudley, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Alice, Kris and the rest of the gang.

 

Episode 15 – Random Acts of Violets

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If you’ve ever wondered how to meld Welcome Back, Kotter, The Little Rascals, Alice, Joe Namath and our high school music teacher Mr. Stark into a barely comprehensible thread, boy are you in luck. That’s exactly what happens on this episode of So Bad It’s…

Not all episodes have a topic. Or a point. Or intelligent conversation. Here, we hit the trifecta. Here, we go random. Enjoy.

Episode 14 – Batman/Adam West

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The passing of Adam West on June 9 was felt by generations. Whether you knew him as Mayor Adam West from Family Guy, or for the role that came to define him, Batman from the 1960s TV show, there was no mistaking that butterscotch smooth voice. The world is a little less entertaining now that he’s gone.

On this episode of So Bad It’s…we talk about Adam West and the 1960s Batman television show, including listing our favorite Pow graphics, some of which are shown above. They may or may not be real. Jon then relates his fond memories of Batgirl Yvonne Craig. Also, Broadway Joe Namath stops by and gives us an idea for a future episode, because of course he does. Go long!

Episode 13 – Comedy on the Death Star

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What would it be like to entertain the stormtroopers with a stand up gig on the Death Star? You know the Empire has its own galactic version of the USO and working on the Death Star can’t be the most exciting job in the world. Sure, you get to blow up occasional planets and transfer bad hombres to the detention block, but walking those long, sparse hallways gets tedious.

On this episode of So Bad It’s…we talk through what a stand up comic might go through on the galaxy’s ultimate weapon. And in a future episode where we might showcase a 15-minute Star Wars stand-up act, if we can actually come up with the material. Worst case, we just X-Wing it.

 

Episode 12 – Random Questions Part 2

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There were questions. There were answers. There were more questions. Therefore, there is a Part 2. In this episode, we pick up where we left off in Part 1, with Pete throwing Jon random questions which lead to equally random answers. It starts with the Commodore 64 and goes from there. Buckle up and press play.


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No Show Campaign

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No babies were made to cry during the making of this campaign. Ok, one baby cried, but I can explain.

The No Show campaign was part of an initiative to make more families aware to call the hospital when they needed to cancel or reschedule, rather than just not showing up. By calling, it allows another family the opportunity to take that place and it leads to better scheduling and less lost time for clinical and support staff.

Our strategy was to create something  vibrant and clean with a simple and direct call to action, utilizing kids to tell the story, as we are a children’s hospital, while still maintaining our brand, which may be playful, but is not cartoon-y

I think for a rushed project, we really hit this one out of the park. The photography is crisp and the kids play directly off our headline copy. We were fortunate to utilize hospital staff kids for the photo shoot, which all took place within a few hours of one day. Backdrops were only accidentally torn down once, although silly string did end up all over the room.

Oh yeah, the crying baby.

That was kind of a happy accident, but because we had this project planned out so well, we were ready to capture a moment and add to our campaign. Our sad child was actually there to watch his sister (Can’t See Us?) but we decided to add him to the shoot. He was excited for his cookie and he was excited to run around the room. He was not excited to sit on the backdrop for  the actual photo though. My boss Neil captured the moment, however and Crunched For Time? was born!

His mom happily signed off on the photo.

Episode 11 – Random Questions Part 1

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All the questions you never knew you wanted asked. None of the responses you know you didn’t want answered.

We tinker with the formula on the latest episode of the So Bad It’s…podcast with a series of random questions about ninjas, the Six Million Dollar Man, how good a diplomat Godzilla would be, which Nintendo Ice Hockey player was the best, Dungeons & Dragons, and more. So much more, we’re making this a two-parter. You’re welcome!


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Kicking Cancer With the Rowdies

Do you remember the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark when the marketplace crowd disperses and a large, imposing swordsman does a series of flashy moves before a weary and having-none-of-it Indiana Jones pulls out his pistol and shoots him? Ok, stay with me on this…

In my role as graphic designer for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, I’m fortunate to work for an organization with a mission that’s kind of tough not to get behind – the care and treatment of children and support for their families.

While my primary role is in graphic design, our department allows us the freedom to explore and utilize our other talents. It was such freedom that allowed me and our videographer Juan to brainstorm an idea to create a partnership video with the Tampa Bay Rowdies for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Juan is super-talented and had a basic framework in place. I came in with Indiana Jones. My idea was to utilize the spirit of that scene with our patient Vance facing off against one of the Rowdies’ players, which turned out to be Juan Guerra. Our department was on board and allowed us total creative freedom. The only catch? We had to concept, storyboard, write the script, film and edit in two weeks. Easy peasy.

As you can see in the video above, our team came through. This was shown at a late summer Rowdies match and led to a nice chunk of money donated to the hospital. I was thrilled to work with Juan on this project and thankful for the help of our marketing team and the clinical staff at the hospital for volunteering their time. Of course, the video doesn’t work without the Rowdies’ players, Guerra, Georgi Hristov and Keith Savage.

While I don’t necessarily recommend pitching a video idea about kids with cancer with Indiana Jones blowing away a bad guy, having a pop culture mindset does come in handy every now and then. It goes nowhere without a lot of other people on board lending their talents and it made me excited and proud to be a part of Kicking Cancer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Episode 10 – President Gary Coleman

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Some episodes speak for themselves. This one doesn’t.

At the So Bad It’s… podcast, we sometimes like to just hit record and see what happens. This is one of those times. On this SoBadBit, Jon asks Pete who his favorite president is and we go from there to Gary Coleman, the Brady Bunch and of course Davy Jones.


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