Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween and TV billboards around L.A. in October...

Happy Halloween everyone. Here's a collection of Halloween themed billboards and some spooky TV billboards too (as well as lots of new season and returning favourites).

Halloween themed billboards
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Walking Dead billboard
I'm not a fan of unnecessary gore, but I love The Walking Dead television show and think this billboard for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is the creepiest creative gracing the skies of L.A. this past month.
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Walking Dead billboard
This second zombie-themed billboard is also a great tease for the theme park's annual horror nights festivities.
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Silent Hill billboard
This third billboard featuring one of the creatures from the Silent Hill movies and video games is also suitably scary stuff.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride billboard
Meanwhile this year's L.A. Haunted Hayride, which takes place in Griffith Park, has a creepy vintage family photo feel to it.
Disneyland Maleficent Halloween billboard
For something a little gentler, here's the classic Disney villain 'Maleficent' inviting you to stop by for a spell. If you're a Disney fan, be sure to check out the rest of the Disneyland Halloween Time billboards from 2012 and year's past at my Daily Billboard blog.
TV billboards
American Horror Story Asylum billboard
My favourite TV billboard in October had to be this ethereal nun creative for the second season of American Horror Story, which they've cleverly sub-titled 'Asylum' due to the show's mental institution setting.
American Horror Story Asylum billboard Hollywood
How cool and arresting is that visual of a ghostly nun with bleeding eyes towering over Hollywood Boulevard.
Walking Dead season 3 billboard
The Walking Dead has returned for a thrilling third season with a real vengeance and this billboard with 'Rick' making a stand at the prison, like a lone gun-slinger, really makes for an iconic looking creative.
Dexter season 7 billboard
Meanwhile Dexter is back for an impressive seventh season and his serial killer eyes are still as scary as ever,
Beauty Beast TV remake billboard
Obviously running out of quality ideas, The CW decided to resurrect the 80's TV series Beauty & The Beast, although in a way that they could cast a really handsome actor to appeal to their demographic and still call him a 'Beast'.
Super-sized Arrow season 1 billboard
Another actor easy on the eyes is Stephen Amell and his new series Arrow, based on DC Comics Green Arrow superhero, is certainly worth a watch.
Arrow bulls eye special installation billboard
I also love this special billboard installation for Arrow, which really fits with the show's archery premise. If you like this, be sure to check out these other cool billboards for Arrow
Hunted billboard
Melissa George stars as an elite intelligence operative in Hunted and the star shouldn't have too much of a problem channeling her inner 'Nikita' as she's already starred as a spy in Alias in the past.
Chicago Fire billboard
Chicago Fire looks like it's going to be another rescue services drama with lots of hot young things to heat things up.
Emily Owens MD billboard
Whilst I'm happy to see The Good Wife guest-star, Mammie Gummer, get her own show (and a fun billboard), I feel like series premise looks a bit like Grey's Anatomy and every other medical drama that has gone before.
Treme season 3 billboard
The post-Hurricane Katrina drama Treme had this giant-sized billboard standing tall over L.A.'s Sunset Strip this month for its third and penultimate season.
Duck Dynasty season 2 billboard
And this eye-catching billboard for the Duck Dynasty's sophomore season stood out with its unconventional and quirky creative.
Robot Chicken banging season 6 billboard
Meanwhile, I laughed out loud when I saw this tongue-in-cheek billboard for the stop-motion animation series on Adult Swim, Robot Chicken. 'Banging new season' indeed.
Cartoon Network 20th Birthday billboard
Whilst other shows were celebrating new seasons, Cartoon Network was trying to cram any many cartoon characters onto one billboard to mark their 20th birthday anniversary as possible.
Always Sunny Philadelphia 8 billboard
The billboards for the TV comedy 'Always Sunny' are always so funny, and yellow, so be sure to check out these previous billboards for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to see what I mean.
RuPauls All Stars Drag Race billboard
This month another of my guilty pleasures returned to our screens, as RuPaul welcomed back the All Stars from previous seasons to duke it out again for the title of next drag superstar, although the twist this time was that the contenders had to compete as couples. Let the feathers and sequins fly.
Key Peele season 2 billboard
And Key & Peele returned for a second season of their Comedy Central sketch show shenanigans with a few familiar faces on this billboard.
Men Who Built America billboard
As there's been such a discussion about small businesses, economics and entrepreneurs in this year's U.S. Presidential Election, The History Channel picked the perfect time to launch their new series about The Men Who Built America.
Indecision 2012 Comedy Central Election billboard
And speaking of the election, I just loved how this Comedy Central Indecision 2012 billboard poked fun at the whole news coverage overkill on other networks. Even though it's turning into quite a scary race for the finish line, politics certainly do provide some unbeatable comedy gold - 'Binders of women', anyone?

Be sure to check out Daily Billboard every day for the funniest, coolest and most eye-catching ad creatives around L.A. and come back next month for more essential billboard round-ups.

Happy hauntings one and all...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween pumpkins aglow in WEHO...

The carving of the pumpkins has become a bit of an annual tradition around Halloween ever since we moved to L.A.

Carved Halloween pumpkins
There's something nice about taking a few hours off being online, watching TV, training for marathons, or walking the dog (no matter how much I love him), and just being a bit creative and reclaiming your inner child.
Halloween pumpkins
Carved Halloween pumpkins
Last year I only carved one Halloween Jack O'Lantern and to be honest it wasn't my favourite creation and it looked a bit lonely all by itself, so this year I decided to go back making two spooktacular designs.
'Thunderbolt Jack'
Carved Halloween pumpkin design
Scary Halloween pumpkin

'Halloweena Lantern'
Halloween pumpkin
Halloween pumpkin design idea
This year I even decided to name the designs, the pumpkin with the lightning bolts and jagged edges is 'Thunderbolt Jack' and the more feminine creation is called 'Halloweena Lantern', which is the perfect drag name for a Jack O' Lantern.
Halloween Jack O Lanterns
Halloween Jack O Lanterns
Every year I remark how long it takes to scoop them out and carve them to my exacting standards, but it's fun and really is always worth all the hard work.
Halloween Jack O Lantern
Scary Halloween pumpkin
It's always a shame that within a day or two of being used with candles inside they usually start to shrivel and get all moldy, especially in the warmer L.A. climate.
Halloween pumpkin
Halloween carved pumpkins
Halloween carved pumpkin
That's why I always like to get a good few shots of them illuminated outside in the dark before they start to lose their lustre. I'm pretty happy with the results this year and I even made a huge vat of soup from all their innards to boot.
Halloween carved pumpkin
Spooky Jack O Lantern
If you like these two lanterns, be sure to check out my carved Halloween pumpkin designs
from previous years for lots of ideas.Carved Halloween Pumpkin designsNow that the pumpkins are done, it's time to start thinking about this year's zombified Halloween costume. I wonder if that look will take as long to complete as these beauties did...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The best movie billboards around L.A. this October...

This month the skies of L.A. were filled with a few scary movie and Halloween themed film billboards, hoping to capitalise on the spooky annual festivities. Plus now that the Summer's over it's time for the big winter blockbusters to try their luck, there were quite a few super-sized treats and the Oscar race begun.

Movie billboards
Hotel Transylvania movie billboard
Let's kick off with a few Halloween themed billboards like this group shot of the iconic monsters who star alongside Count Dracula in Hotel Transylvania. This new computer-animated tale has certainly captured audiences imaginations, already grossing over $118,500,000 at the U.S. box office. Be sure to check out all the other fantastic Hotel Transylvania movie billboards.
Giant Frankenweenie movie billboard
Meanwhile Disney's new Tim Burton stop-motion film Frankenweenie was a bit of a flop. But seriously, what child wants to go see a black and white movie, it's far too niche for a wide audience however good it may be. If you are a fan, be sure to check out these original stop-motion puppets used in Frankenweenie on display.
Sinister movie billboard
This scary billboard for the horror movie Sinister really did live up to the film's title don't you think.
Fun Size movie billboard
Fun Size is a comedy which actually has a Halloween theme, as a high school girl loses her younger brother when they are out trick-or-treating and his to find him with the help of her best friends and a couple of nerds.
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie billboard
Vampires and werewolves abound in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. It's time for this romantic fantasy cash cow franchise to come to an end.
Skyfall 007 movie billboards
Bond is back and doesn't he look super-cool. I can't wait to see Britain's secret agent in action again in Skyfall (and I'm so jealous this new 007 film has already opened in the U.K.).
Giant Chasing Mavericks movie billboard
One of the coolest visuals around L.A. at the moment has to be this spectacular giant wave creative for the surfing movie starring Gerard Butler, Chasing Mavericks ('Mavericks' being the name of the massive wave).
Cloud Atlas movie billboard
Cloud Atlas opened this weekend and looks fantastic. It's definitely on my must-see list, but I hope the movie lives up to the epic generation-spanning trailer. This is the only billboard I've seen for the movie, aside from digital versions, and this one was at Warner Bros. Studios HQ in Burbank.
Flight film billboard
Denzel Washington is back in the hot-seat and this time it's as a pilot under investigation for an averted plane crash in Flight.
Argo movie billboard
Argo was a really good solid movie and deserves to be considered for an Oscar and it's cleverly named after the faux sci-fi film they used to extract U.S. Embassy workers during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Hobbit An Unexpected Journey billboard
Peter Jackson returns to Middle-Earth to tell the prequel to his Lord of the Rings trilogy and these familiar looking billboards for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have popped up all over L.A. in the last few days, like this one at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
Hobbit Dennys tie in billboard
Denny's has also tied-in to the new Hobbit movie with these promotional billboards. Unfortunately I missed the teaser version that came before this one which just showed the same visual,  but all the copy in rune script minus the Denny's logo. In my mind though, it's a bit of a cheap partnership association.
Giant Disney Wreck-It Ralph billboard
Following Frankenweenie, this super-sized billboard for Disney's Wreck-It Ralph made a much more colourful impact along Sunset Plaza this month.
Giant Despicable Me 2 movie teaser billboard
And not to be outdone, Universal Studios have started their campaign for Despicable Me 2 early. Those 'Minions' from the movie sequel really do stand out in their simplicity.
Giant Liz Dick Lifetime TV movie billboard
This month also saw Lindsay Lohan take to the skies over the Sunset Strip, with this giant-sized billboard for the new Lifetime TV movie about Hollywood screen legend 'Elizabeth Taylor'. I have to say it's not the best choice of actress and I think that Liz would roll over in her grave if she knew.
Girl giant HBO billboard
Meanwhile a far better choice is Sienna Miller as Alfred Hitchock's muse 'Tippi Hedren' in HBO's film, The Girl. This towering billboard (the flip-side of the 9000 Sunset Boulevard building) is really striking in red and evokes her first starring role in 1963's The Birds.
Lincoln movie billboard
Another actor portraying a famous person from history this month is Daniel Day-Lewis as 16th American President 'Abraham Lincoln'. This Steven Spielberg project already has a lot of Academy Award buzz surrounding it.

Music billboards
Giant Rdio music billboard
And finally for this round-up, here's a cool and vibrant montage of music artists along Sunset Strip for Rdio and its music subscription service.

So quite a jam-packed month as you can see. Let's hope November is as fruitful. In the meantime be sure to check out Daily Billboard every day for more great movie, music and more billboard creatives...