Saturday, October 31, 2015

October's spooky Halloween and lifestyle billboards around L.A...

Happy Halloween everyone and to get you in the mood for this spookiest of days here's a selection of themed billboards scaring L.A.'s skies this month. In addition enjoy this eclectic collection of food, drinks, tech, sports, travel and other lifestyle billboards vying for your attention in the city skyline.

Halloween billboards
Queen Marys Dark Harbor Halloween 2015 billboard
First up is one of the creepiest ad creatives for the Halloween season for The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor annual festivities in Long Beach. What's not to like about horror-themed mazes and attractions and the chance to stay on a haunted ship.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2015 billboard
Another annual attraction in L.A. is the Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park and if you like this spooky Jack O' Lantern ad, be sure to check out all these previous Haunted Hayride billboards from years past.
Scream Bigger Six Flags Fright Fest billboard
Another billboard terrorising the city skyline is this 'Scream bigger' ad creative for Six Flags Fright Fest, where you can scare yourself silly on all the death-defying rollercoasters.
Cruella de Vil Disneyland Halloween 2015 billboard
This year the skies were also filled with iconic Disney villains like 'Cruella de Vil', 'Captain Hook' and the 'Cheshire Cat' from Alice in Wonderland to promote Halloween Time at Disneyland.

If you like this dazzling creative, be sure to compare them to Disney's previous Halloween billboards.
Halloween Horror Nights Michael Myers billboard
Universal Studios Hollywood's annual festivities were using infamous slasher serial killer 'Michael Myers' to entice visitors to enjoy all their themed mazes, rides and immersive experiences. 

If you're a horror fan, be sure to check out all these other Halloween Horror Nights billboards from recent years.
Carrie Musical Halloween 2015 billboard
Another cool creative gracing the L.A. skyline this October was this billboard for Carrie The Killer Musical Experience.
Goodwill Hotel Transylvania 2 Dracula billboard
Goodwill stores are always a great source of costume materials and clothes, especially when you have Dracula from Hotel Transylvania 2 encouraging you.
Party City Halloween billboard
And finally Party City had all the fancy dress costumes you and your kids need for Halloween, from cartoon characters to superheroes.

Technology billboards
Snapchat ghost logo billboard
Another ghostly billboard haunting the city streets was this outdoor ad featuring the logo for photo and video sharing app Snapchat.
Apple iPhone 6s billboard
Apple was also filling the skyline with ads for its new iPhone 6s and in my opinion their advertising is starting to lose its unique look, especially after the recent clever shot on iPhone 6 user-generated image campaign and with everyone imitating their iconic look.
Samsung Galaxy Touch Touché smartphone billboard
Speak of the devil and here's a giant billboard for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, which is also favouring the white background design these days.
Wells Fargo Pay your way Android billboard
Here's a sign that the times are changing with Wells Fargo's smartphone payment service via the Android Pay app.
Amazon Prime Now Zero to happy in one hour billboard
And Amazon is making buying online even easier and giving you fewer reasons to leave your home with its new Prime Now one-hour delivery service.

Food and drinks billboards
Just smile Chiquita banana billboard
This month this Chiquita banana ad creative couldn't help but make me smile for obvious reasons.
Blueberry Noosa yogurt billboard
And these simple billboards for Blueberry Noosa yogurt were bold, a little tart, and certainly stood out in L.A.'s skies.
Blueberry Noosa yogurt Farm to fridge billboard
Speaking of home delivery and the grubHub app was advertising this month to encourage you to enjoy the delivery delights of over a hundred restaurants in your local neighbourhood.
GrubHub billboard
And in the world of spirits, Absolut Vodka was getting ready for the gift-giving season with its unique Elyx Copper Pineapple offering.
Elyx Pineapple Absolut Vodka billboard
Whilst the rest of the Absolut range was trying to make your nights 'electrik' with their limited edition metallic bottles.
Absolut vodka holiday nights electrik billboard
And whilst I'm not an advocate of Russian vodka at the moment with the country's human rights crimes against its LGBT population, you can't ignore all the Russian Standard Vodka ads along the Sunset Strip this month.
Russian Standard Vodka Winner billboard
Meanwhile in the world of beer, Coors Light was keeping things cool with its latest 'cold standard' ad creative.
Coors Light Cold Standard beer billboard
Pepsi was making most of its unique location in the heart of Hollywood with this 'Lights. Camera. Pop' billboard.
Pepsi Lights Camera Pop billboard
And Coke was giving consumers the choice to make over 100 drinks with its self-serve Coca-Cola freestyle fountain drinks machine.
Coca Cola Freestyle Choice yours billboard

Furnishings billboards
Casper perfect mattress for actors waiters billboard
You don't often see great furnishing and interiors ad creatives in the skies, but this month here were two ad campaigns of note. The first was an illustrated fun campaign for the Casper mattress.
Moveloot furniture billboard
And the other collection of outdoor ads belonged to the Moveloot website, with its clever campaign that linked secondhand furniture to famous movies.

Sports and fitness billboards
LA Kings Drew Doughty ice hockey billboard
In the world of sports, the cool new 'We are all kings' ad campaign for the L.A. Kings ice hockey team certainly helped turn heads.
LA Kings Jonathan Quick ice hockey billboard
Whilst college football was back in the skies with this explosive UCLA Bruins billboard.
Bruins UCLA American Football billboard
And if you like to feel the burn, then Burn Studios was bringing the body beautiful inspiration this month for the opening of their new group workout offering in West Hollywood.
Burn Studios Group workout billboard

Health billboards
Healthcare uniquely Angeleno as you billboard
From fitness to healthcare, and I thought this 'uniquely Angeleno' montage ad creative was a clever way of getting their medical insurance coverage message across.

Cause-related and religious billboards
Take your turn Be Water wise billboard
These ads continued to help raise awareness of California's current drought crisis. We're doing our part at the moment by using a bucket in the shower to collect all our secondhand wasted water to use to keep our plants alive.
moment is here time is now Mosaic billboard
And whilst I'm not a religious person, this billboard across from the Mosaic church in L.A. is quite arty, intriguing and not at all preachy.

Auto billboards
Fiat 500X crossover Drive proudly any state billboard
On my recent visit to San Francisco I spied this vibrant and prideful Fiat 500x Crossover billboard in the Castro.

Travel billboards
Air New Zealand sleep mask billboard
And this month Air New Zealand was having some fun in the skies with this clever and eye-catching 3D sleep mask installation to help promote their nonstop flights from L.A. to London.
Virgin America Now boarding Maui Oahu billboard
Whilst in San Francisco, Virgin America had this fun creative for its new service from SFO to Hawaii's Maui and Oahu, surf's up.

Arts and culture billboards
The Broad art museum billboard
And finally L.A.'s new contemporary art museum, The Broad, had this engaging special extension billboard to attract passersby attention. The cool architectural ad certainly caught my eye.

As you can see there was a real mix of seasonal and lifestyle billboards trying to stand out in L.A.'s crowded skies this month. Be sure to check out my Daily Billboard blog for even more cool Halloween-themed billboards from recent times and years past.

Whether you dress up, go to a party, stuff your face with candy, or watch your favourite horror movies, happy hauntings to all of you...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Movie and music billboards standing out in the L.A. skyline in October 2015...

This month there was a veritable smorgasbord of special extensions and giant-sized creatives tantalizing passersby in the L.A. skyline. There were many films taking advantage of Halloween season, plus a smattering of spy thrillers, biopics, fantasy, sci-fi, animation and more trying to capture our attention.

Movie billboards
Goosebumps Werewolf movie billboard
One of the most eye-catching outdoor campaigns was this cool collection of Goosebumps movie billboards.
Praying Mantis Goosebumps movie billboard
The movie has everything from werewolves to a giant praying mantis, the abominable snowman and even Jack Black helping to bring R. L. Stine's 90s kids horror books to life on the big screen.
Peanuts Movie special extension billboard
Another cool special extension billboard this month was for The Peanuts Movie, bringing 'Charlie Brown' and his best pal 'Snoopy' to cinemas in a new computer-aninmated 3D adventure.
Giant Hunger Games Mockingjay 2 movie billboard
'Katniss Everdeen' was also back and super-sized in the skies of L.A. this October for the final installment of The Hunger Games movie franchise, Mockingjay Part 2. The greedy studio split the final book in half, when there clearly wasn't enough material to fill two films, so it'll be nice to see the conclusion after the disappointing first part.
Special Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse billboard
Another attention-grabbing billboard this month was for the Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which aside from the vibrant yellow background had this special extension embellished billboard with a clever zombie-killing Swiss Army knife creative.
Giant Steve Jobs movie billboard
Apple's infamous CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs received the movie biopic treatment this month with Michael Fassbender playing the infamous control freak. The ad campaign certainly evoked the company and iconic businessman, but the movie also painted him as a bad parent, friend and human being.
Giant Bridge of Spies movie billboard
Tom Hanks was also super-sized this month for his new thriller Bridge of Spies, where he is lawyer  recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of an American spy plane pilot over the Soviet Union in exchange for one of their spies.

It underperformed at the box office, but maybe it would have helped if they'd also used director Steven Spielberg's name more prominently in the marketing campaign to help sell the movie.
007 Spectre movie billboard
Speaking of spies and 'James Bond' is back, with Daniel Craig possibly playing 007 for the final time (or is he just cleverly negotiating his next fee with all the publicity of his leaving the franchise) against the shadowy global criminal network Spectre.
Giant Crimson Peak movie billboard
Another movie which disappointed at the box office was Guillermo del Toro's gothic romantic horror, Crimson Peak. It's surprising at it's the perfect time of year in the run up to Halloween for a scary film and the outdoor advertising campaign for Crimson Peak was really ethereal and striking.
Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension billboard
Another horror film hoping to take advantage of this spooky time of year was Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, although this movie seemed to falter at the box office too.
Last Witch Hunter film billboard
Speaking of flops and Vin Diesel won't be getting another film franchise out of The Last Witch Hunter anytime soon.
Pan movie billboard
Actually it's been a pretty bad month for movies as the Peter Pan prequel, also bombed at cinemas, although the Pan movie billboards were quite spellbinding, especially the flying 'Jolly Roger' version.
Our Brand is Crisis movie billboard
Let's see if Sandra Bullock has better luck with his new political campaigning movie, Our Brand Is Crisis, starring opposite Billy Bob Thornton as rival strategists.
Burnt movie billboard
Although it looks like Bradley Cooper is going to get Burnt by his new film of the same name, about a chef who ruined his career with drugs and a diva attitude hoping to rebuild his name and restaurant.
The Walk movie billboard
The Walk told the real-life story of 70s high-wire artist Philippe Petit as he attempted to traverse the distance between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City, and these billboards certainly captured the architectural wonder and daring of his feat.
Joe Dirt 2 Beautiful Loser movie billboard
Meanwhile over on streaming service Crackle, David Spade was back as Joe Dirt in the sequel, Beautiful Loser.
Beasts of no Nation movie billboard
And on Netflix, and also with a limited theatrical release, Beasts of No Nation told the tale of African Civil War, where Idris Elba's fierce warlord trains a young orphan in his guerrilla army.
Winter on Fire documentary billboard
From Africa to the Ukraine, and the Winter on Fire documentary chronicling the civil rights movement against an oppressive government in that country during 2013 and 2014. The billboard imagery of the girl in national costume facing a wall of riot police is certainly haunting.
Listen to me Marlon documentary billboard
And speaking of documentaries and Hollywood legend Marlon Brando receives a new film providing insight into his life on Showtime with Listen to Me Marlon.
AFI Fest 2015 billboard
And it's that time of year again for the American Film Institute's annual film festival, showcasing the best of world cinema.

Music billboards
Enya Dark Sky Island album billboard
In the world of music Irish singer Enya was back in the skies of Sunset Strip after quite an absence, with her new and eighth studio album, Dark Sky Island.
Roderick Jayne Music quiet highway album billboard
Electronica artist Roderick Jayne has been spotted in the skies of L.A. in recent months and this is the billboard for the band's album, Music for the Quiet Highway.
Tower Records All things must pass movie installation Sunset Strip
And finally here's a fun publicity stunt that falls neatly into the movie and music category. To help promote the new documentary All Things Must Pass - The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, they've recreated the facade of the Sunset Strip store in its original location.
Fake Tower Records Sunset Strip
Tower Records 2015 recreation Sunset Strip
I love seeing fun, innovative advertising ideas like this in action, so clever and a refreshing change from the norm.

As you can see there've been crowded skies this month, with all these film and music ads competing with host of Fall TV billboards and new season fashion billboards.

Stay tuned for one more roundup for this month, this time for all the Halloween-themed billboards, plus drinks and lifestyle ad creatives haunting the city skyline this October.

Keep it spooky people...