Ideas & Insight

Creating a Killer Spot With Measurable Results

October 31 2017 // Strategy Creating a Killer Spot With Measurable Results

Our client Greater Iowa Credit Union came to us with an idea. They did the research and learned that a large segment of their target demographic were viewers of the show “The Walking Dead.” So why not reach that audience using a wisecracking pair of walking dead?  And that’s where Applied Art came in. We worked with Greater Iowa to create a killer spot for their killer mobile banking app. And beyond fulfilling many a team member’s bucket list item to work with zombies, we also created a

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Our Favorite Commercials

February 21 2017 // Company Our Favorite Commercials

We know a thing or two about creating ads for broadcast. In fact, that’s how Applied Art got its start almost 25 years ago! Style and technology have changed radically over the years, but one thing remains the same, the ability to tell a good story.   Take a look at some of our all time favorites….   Heather Creswell enjoyed working on sets and art direction for “30 Somethings,” a spot celebrating the Iowa Lottery’s 30 Year Anniversary. Many other Applied Artisans enjoyed unloading some of the outdated decor and technology they’d been hoarding for too long.

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It’s Zombie Season

October 28 2016 // Work It’s Zombie Season

October. The temperatures are cooler and the smell of pumpkin spice fills the air. The fall TV schedule is finally starting to kick in, and the new season of Walking Dead is finally here. Is there a better time to produce a zombie spot?  Recently, Applied Art & Technology had the opportunity to produce a TV spot with Greater Iowa Credit Union. A commercial, featuring a couple of the walking dead, that will air only during the Walking Dead and the after show, Talking Dead. The concept was to make...

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“It's up to me to make that finished piece, what's coming out of the camera, look good.” - Eric Sahrmann

August 11 2016 // Company “It's up to me to make that finished piece, what's coming out of the camera, look good.” - Eric Sahrmann

What is the most interesting project you’ve done? One that stands out. Good or bad. One that stands out is the one I won a CLIO Award for, the "Strong Babies" campaign. The client came to us and wanted us to create CG babies. We had brainstorming sessions and came to the conclusion that instead of CG, photography and retouching would be the way to do it because skin is a very hard thing to do in CG. I think it was a two-week long...

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We’re growing!

April 1 2016 // Company We’re growing!

Check out our awesome new studio in the sky. Maybe it’s not part of the whole “tiny home” movement, but it’s a start right? With the consistent need for additional studio space at Applied Art, we’ve finally decided to make one of our long term dreams a reality. We built a treehouse! Oh, this isn’t a typical treehouse, it’s a 1500 sq. ft. “studio” in the sky. Fully equipped with bridges, ladders, green room, multiple TV screens, wifi, drop down developer bunks, a fully stocked bar, and a restroom. The highlight of the new studio is a 1000 sg.ft..soundstage that...

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To Infinity And Beyond!

April 1 2016 // Company To Infinity And Beyond!

Applied Art & Technology is once again positioned at the leading edge of technology and we are proud to announce the latest addition to our aerial photography fleet!  The business world today takes place on a much larger, more global scale, and the pace of that business is faster than ever. Quickly gathering video assets from multiple locations around the world can be a logistical nightmare. And maintaining a unified look for that footage can add complexity to an already challenging acquisition plan. Quadcopter drones, while still...

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53 Uses for Video

October 16 2013 // Education 53 Uses for Video

As bandwidth increases and video production methods become more efficient, businesses are using video as a primary method of communicating with their customers and prospects. Video is a marketer's media tool of choice for two reasons: Video is engaging and, more importantly, video is persuasive. Here are some of the ways that businesses are using video to help improve their bottom line: Advertising, Marketing and Promotion: 1. TV Commercials TV commercials are still the best marketing investment. TV's ROI has increased by 22% in the last five years and is 2.5 times more effective at creating ...

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New TV Spot for Greater Iowa Credit Union

July 3 2013 // Work New TV Spot for Greater Iowa Credit Union

With so many banking options, how does a bank or credit union cut through all the noise and attract new customers? Banks and credit unions are competing for the vast Millennial market-- those born between 1982 to 1994. According to the US Census, there are three times as many Millennials as there are Gen Xers. The Millennial generation are devoted to digital devices, mobile apps and digital identity, so a bank needs to have online and mobile apps that work with ease. Millennials also value shopping locally and green business practices,...

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Iowa Lottery "Game Book" TV Spot

February 13 2013 // Work Iowa Lottery "Game Book" TV Spot

You've seen it on TV! It's totally awesome! It's the new Iowa Lottery "Game Book" TV spot! Applied Art & Technology teamed up with Strategic America and the Iowa Lottery to create a 3-D animation to promote a new booklet of scratch tickets. With eight games to play, the challenge was to not only bring one game concept to life, but all eight. AA&T 3-D animators, Scott Kaven and Steve "Sparky" Dixon, combined to give viewers the feel of a pop-up card, revealing each featured game as the pages turned. Viewer response has been great, and...

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Iowa Lottery Cash Bonanza TV Spot

July 7 2010 // Work

Applied Art & Technology, The Integer Group, and the Iowa Lottery joined forces once again to create a series of TV spots for the Lottery's new scatch game, Cash Bonanza. Utilizing back-to-back :15 second spots, the campaign takes a light-hearted look at the different kinds of reactions winners might have. There's The High-Fiver, The Arm Flapper, The Screamer,The Laugher, The Disbeliever, the Jumper, The Crier, and The...

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Iowa Lottery Silver Anniversary TV Spot

May 6 2010 // Work

Applied Art & Technology teamed up with The Integer Group and their client, the Iowa Lottery, to create an exciting new TV spot for the Lottery's Silver Anniversary. By combining live-action foreground elements with 2D and 3D background elements, Applied Art's animators were able to bring the ambitious storyboard to life. Creatives Bryan Loop and Jeff Warren, along with Kent Fieldsend and Megan Kruger, represented Integer during the production. And from the Iowa Lottery, Sally Robson oversaw the project. Marty Jorgensen directed for Applied Art, with George Christ lensing the live-action....

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New Iowa Lottery Ad Features Iowa Veterans

March 7 2009 // Work

Applied Art provided the video editing, treatment, and graphics for the newest Iowa Lottery spot using Adobe® Photoshop and After Effects software. The TV ad features images of veterans who have received assistance through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and agreed to be part of the campaign to help spread the word about the help that's available. You’ll see veterans from across the state and from several different eras in the ad -- maybe even someone you know! Click here for a sneak...

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Vein Center at Iowa Heart Ad To Premier During Super Bowl...in HD

January 30 2009 // Work

The Vein Center at Iowa Heart will be one of a few local companies who will be running HD commercials during this year's Super Bowl. The ad, which features a couple doing the tango, was shot at The Temple For Performing Arts and produced in association with Trilix Marketing Group. The campaign also includes a pair of tennis-themed spots which will begin running in the spring. View the ad Learn more about the Vein Center at Iowa Heart at http://www.healthylegsmatter.com/.

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