View Full Version : Make a commercial!

Ross White
October 29, 2003, 03:35 PM
MoveOn.org wants you to harness your artistic talent. Read on.

Dear MoveOn member,
Today, MoveOn.org Voter Fund is launching Bush in 30 Seconds, a political TV ad contest to help us find the most creative, clear and memorable ideas for ads that tell the truth about George Bush's policies. You don't have to be trained in the art of filmaking to participate, you just need to be ready, willing, and able to turn your clever ideas into a real 30 second ad. We want to run ads that are of the people, for the people, and by the people.

Joining us in this effort is a great panel of celebrity judges, including Jack Black, Michael Moore, Donna Brazile, Gus Van Sant, Michael Stipe, Margaret Cho, and Moby (there's a full list on the site below). MoveOn members will pick 15 finalists; the panelists will pick the winning ad and help generate some good press coverage for it.

The prize? Just in case getting your work seen by our judges and thousands on our web site isn't enough, we'll put the winning ad on TV during the week of Bush's State of the Union Address. All 15 finalists will also be featured in an email to the MoveOn membership. The ad doesn't need to have TV production values -- it's the idea that counts. We'll reshoot the winning ad if we need to in order to air it.

Last week, we launched a fundraising campaign to to take the truth about George Bush's policies to voters in battleground states. The response has been phenomenal -- over $2.3 million of our $10 million goal came in in under three days. Your contributions will help us get our first ads on the air in swing states in a matter of days. Now we need your help to ensure that the campaign is truly creative.

Interested in making a 30-second spot for Bush in 30 Seconds? Check out the website below for more details. Know someone who might be willing and able to make a great ad? Please pass this message on.
You can learn more about the contest and get the complete guidelines at:

If you have an idea for an ad, but not the time or the equipment to shoot it, you can post your ideas on our discussion board at:

Willing to help spread the word? Download the poster at the link below, print up a bunch of copies, and post it where likely participants might see it.

$25 donation by $25 donation, MoveOn members are changing the political landscape. We're reminding the political establishment of the immense power of people working together. But even more powerful than our money are our ideas. The next "Daisy" ad is out here somewhere. Please help us find it.

Good luck and have fun!

--Carrie, Eli, Joan, Noah, Peter, Wes, and Zack
The MoveOn.org Team
October 28th, 2003

October 29, 2003, 05:33 PM
If someone has an idea and needs extra bodies for filming, I'd be up for it. As of now I don't have time to really write a commercial, but I'd be up for helping Dean.

October 29, 2003, 05:47 PM
Wholly Crap thats awesome! I'm up for it, if anybody else wants to join! It might take me a while to think of a good ad, but hey, great ideas come to those who wait!

October 29, 2003, 10:42 PM
I'm totally up for this, as are some of my designer buddies. I've got software for video editing and for animation. Is there anyone (especially writers...) interested in collaborating?

October 30, 2003, 12:37 AM
aw that would be awesome. i need an idea....

Kit's Alter Ego
October 30, 2003, 09:54 AM
This is the coolest thread in the world.

The first post basically says, "If you have a great idea, it doesn't matter if you send in a technically horrible product."

Then all the responses are from people with amazing talents in every role needed to make a professional product...except for the idea.


PS: And then, to top it all off, some idiot with no talents makes others out to be laughable and himself out to be a hypocrite.

PPS: If you've actually read this far, I'll go ahead and say I'm an idea man without the requisite informed-voter status. Now all we need is a list of various people's stances on the issues and some soundbites, and we'll be good to go! :lol: Three cheers for working backwards!

Tom McCudden
October 30, 2003, 02:04 PM
Fade in: Face of cowboy-looking guy, call him Roy.

Roy: "Yeah, this guy named Abdul killed my cousin Stan, so I went over to Abdul's house and blew his brains out. Well, OK, they weren't his brains, they were his Uncle's, but his uncle wouldn't tell me where Abdul was, so what the heck."

Cut to: Local Sheriff

Sheriff: Who wants to arrest man a avenging his own kin? Not me.

Cut to Roy

Roy: Then I heard that Mohammed was making crytal meth in his barn, and dammit, I'm not going to wait for some lousy search warrant -- this guy's working on poisoning our kids with drugs. So I went over there, shot the place up, and chased Mohammed off.

Cut to: Sheriff:

Sheriff: I explained we couldn't get a search warrant because there wasn't any good evidence that Mohammed was making drugs, but Roy was pretty fired up. Still haven't found the drugs, which is funny since it's not that big a barn, but...

Cut to: Roy, sitting in Mohammed's house. Place is a mess. Water leaks frm ceiling. Small child cries in corner.

Roy: "Yeah, this place is lot better now. But I hear that the Mickelsons down the road are making moonshine, or maybe they took over the drug business from Mohammed, so I may have to go kick some Swedish-American ass before too long."

Cut to: Sheriff

Sheriff: What am I going to do? We thought he might slow down when he had to go back to work, but he just lives on his credit cards -- and I think he's cashing his oldest kid's student loan checks. Says 'book learnin' isn't good for kids anyway.

Some people are nervous 'cause he's started going door to door, asking to look through people's houses, but the city council OK'd it after he went through their basements one night and "found" a bunch of goat porn.

Cut to Roy in the center of Main Street, drawing beads on people with his rifle, shouting "You! Yeah, you! Just keep moving. ... Don't look at me like that... just go about your business."

Voice Over: Welcome to George Bush's America. Enjoy Your Stay.

October 30, 2003, 03:21 PM
KIT! Omg Im gonna only reply to you from now on with this pic!

Kit's Alter Ego
October 30, 2003, 04:05 PM
Not all of my posts are completely worthless and longwinded!

The Golden Moments had merit, and the "description" of Cheerwine's taste was very short.


PS: And the one up there ended on a helpful note! Sheesh, Corey, you'd think this thread was in the Official Announcements Forum, the way responses get frowned upon. :P

PPS: The Stewie thing's a lot less disturbing now that I know the context.

October 30, 2003, 04:19 PM

Dana S
November 9, 2003, 10:24 PM
If somebody needs an actor or an extra, I'm in.