Adidas Adicolor: Seven Short Films About Color

The adicolor podcast is a series of seven short films created for Adidas to celebrate “color, customization and personal expression”. The films were created to be specifically viewed on iPods, PSPs and online, which was still a fairly revolutionary proposition back in 2006 when the films were made. A team of excellent directors was put together, with Neill Blomkamp, Psyop, Happy, Tronic, Roman Coppola and Andy Bruntel, Saimon Chow and Charlie White each given an entirely open brief to create a film based on their emotional response to a particular color. The podcasts related to the adicolor global digital campaign for which Adidas had asked 20 artists to design a shoe based on their response to a color. The films feature such surreal scenes as an orgiastic dinner party involving green paintball splashes and a pink-loving teenager’s transformation into a bejeweled figurine. With an original goal of achieving one million views globally, the campaign actually achieved over 25 million views in just seven weeks.

Adidas: Adicolor Project – United Colors of adidas

In 2006  the German athletic apparel company adidas created an innovative ad campaign for the revival of their Adicolor shoe line. They invited filmmakers to create seven short films, each representing a different color. To promote the films, Adidas registered domains for each color-themed film based on their RGB color values. 

Although this was the website for the film, BLACK, I must admit that “Pink” by Charlie White is by far my favorite of the series.

Here’s the full series of seven films:

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Adicolor BLACK FILM

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Stills from Saiman Chow’s film for the colour BLACK. The film is a surreal tale about a lonely, crazed panda.

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Adicolor WHITE FILM

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Adicolor WHITE was directed by Tronic and sees Jenna Jameson enthusiastically playing a funfair game.

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Adicolor RED FILM

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Roman Coppola and Andy Bruntel created this animated history of the colour red for the adicolor RED film.

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Adicolor BLUE FILM

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Psyop is behind the adicolor blue film, where New York City is turned black and white, apart from the odd splashes of blue.

 

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Adicolor YELLOW FILM

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Neil Blomkamp directed the adicolor YELLOW film, a gripping tale about robots and artificial life.

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Adicolor GREEN FILM

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Adicolor green by Happy shows a space-age dinner party where everything gets a little out of hand after some green treats are consumed.

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Adicolor PINK FILM

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Charlie White directed the adicolor PINK film, which sees a teenager turn into a bewelled figurine while her pink teddy looks on helplessly.

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I can't believe it. While I was working on recreating this site from its archived pages, as well as other outside sources, I experienced a disaster that I never want to go through again- water and smoke damage from a fire in my upstairs neighbors' apartment. I was away for the weekend at the shore and when I returned to my lower Manhattan apartment I saw fire trunks and ploice just leaving my street. I didn't think too much about it until I entered the buildings foyer and smelled the smoke. Then I opened the door to my apartment and encountered the mess from purgatory. Thank goodness I had my dog and computer with me. Smokey smelling, with water damage to the ceiling, walls, and furnishings my apartment was a disaster zone. I went online and did a desparate search for NYC water damage restoration services. I called Sunlight Water Damage Restoration Services, a local company that specializes in the cleanup and remediation of residential properties after water, fire, or smoke damage. I called and they said they would arrive that afternoon. That sure was living up to their copy on their site that said they had the ability to immediately respond which helps to minimize not only the damage, but also the cleaning and restoration costs. YES!! I said and am sure glad I did. DOg, computer and I moved into a friend's place while Sunlight did their thing. The whole episode inspired me to make a black and gray animated short entitled Water & Smoke about a NYC rat that goes away for the weekend only to return to his water and smoke filled burrow in a NYC brownstone.

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