Rob Bliss http://michiganradio.org en Madness: A 192 foot basketball shot? http://michiganradio.org/post/madness-192-foot-basketball-shot <p>They have records for....</p><ul><li>the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1000/longest-basketball-shot">longest basketball shot</a></li><li>the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/8000/farthest-behind-the-back-basketball-shot">farthest behind-the-back basketball shot</a></li><li>the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1000/farthest-basketball-shot-made-with-the-head">farthest basketball shot made with the head</a></li><li>the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/8000/farthest-basketball-shot-made-while-sitting-on-the-court">farthest basketball shot while sitting on the court</a></li><li>and <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/9000/farthest-basketball-shot-made-backwards">the farthest basketball shot made backwards</a></li></ul><p>But how about the farthest basketball shot from a helicopter? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:09:19 +0000 Mark Brush 6640 at http://michiganradio.org Madness: A 192 foot basketball shot? Grand Rapids LipDub creators launching PR firm http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-lipdub-creators-launching-pr-firm <p>The creators of the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPjjZCO67WI">Grand Rapids LipDub video</a> are using the buzz they&#39;ve created to launch what they call an &quot;international brand awareness firm.&quot;</p><p>Rob Bliss, Jeffrey Barrett, and Scott Erickson say their new firm, <a href="http://www.statuscreative.com/expression/index.php?subaction=showfull&amp;id=1147034525&amp;archive=&amp;start_from=&amp;ucat=3&amp;">Status Creative</a>, will build upon the success they had with the Grand Rapids LipDub video (which has had more than 3 million views since its release on YouTube).</p><p>From their press release:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not going to shy away from the spotlight that the <em>Grand Rapids LipDub</em> is shining on us,&rdquo; said Erickson, referring to the worldwide media coverage and over 3 million YouTube views the video has generated in just two weeks. &ldquo;But we want people to know that our experience and capabilities go far beyond that single project.&nbsp; We envision taking the same creative energy and applying it to everything from political campaigns to consumer product launches.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>They say they&#39;ll limit their work to 10 campaigns in 2011. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:51:54 +0000 Mark Brush 2856 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids LipDub creators launching PR firm Artpod: The LipDub video heard 'round the world http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-lipdub-video-heard-round-world-0 <p>In case you&#39;ve been living under a couch cushion for the past week or so and haven&#39;t heard about the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/making-grand-rapids-lip-dub-video">Grand Rapids LipDub video</a> getting rave reviews, let&#39;s bring you up to speed:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971667.mp3</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:53:48 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2736 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: The LipDub video heard 'round the world The Grand Rapids lip dub video released http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-lip-dub-video-released <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPjjZCO67WI">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPjjZCO67WI</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 May 2011 20:18:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2659 at http://michiganradio.org The making of the Grand Rapids lip dub (video) http://michiganradio.org/post/making-grand-rapids-lip-dub-video <p>Rob Bliss is known around Grand Rapids for putting on some crazy events. World record Zombie Walks, giant community pillow fights, water balloon fights, the &lsquo;world&rsquo;s largest inflatable water slide&rsquo;, electronic music festivals, sidewalk chalk floods&hellip;I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;m forgetting one or two.</p><p>The latest is a professional lip dup video featuring at least a thousand people from the Grand Rapids area.</p><p>Here&#39;s a video we put together on the making of the lip dub:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mEfDka4w6M</p><p><strong> Thu, 26 May 2011 17:18:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2653 at http://michiganradio.org The making of the Grand Rapids lip dub (video) Take part in city-wide Grand Rapids ‘lip-dub’ video http://michiganradio.org/post/take-part-city-wide-grand-rapids-%E2%80%98lip-dub%E2%80%99-video <p>A community organizer is <a href="http://www.facebook.com/robblissevents#!/event.php?eid=136521999750440">asking tens of thousands of people to help him create a video</a> promoting Grand Rapids. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/robblissevents">Rob Bliss</a> is known around Grand Rapids for putting on one-of-a-kind, free events and he&#39;s announced his latest idea. He&rsquo;s planning to make the video crazy enough that it&rsquo;ll go viral.</p><p>Lip-dubs are like a music video featuring regular people lip-singing and dancing to a song they all know. They&rsquo;re usually not edited &ndash; meaning they have to shoot the whole video in one take.</p><p>Bliss says lots of high schools and colleges have been putting together lip-dubs to promote their schools lately.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;But no one&rsquo;s really made a truly city-wide professional level production like this kind of thing. And I think that&rsquo;s really what&rsquo;s exciting about this, is that it&rsquo;s really attempting something that &ndash; at least to me &ndash; feels nearly impossible.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Which, <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/lindsey-smith">to me</a>, is sort of strange. Bliss <a href="http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/bliss102308.aspx">has pulled off all kinds of crazy events</a>. For ArtPrize once he made thousands of colored paper airplanes and flew them off skyscrapers downtown. He&rsquo;s attracted thousands of people downtown for a massive pillow fight, a world-record-setting zombie walk, sidewalk chalk floods, and the &lsquo;world&rsquo;s largest inflatable waterslide&rsquo; which stretched two city-blocks down a steep street.</p><p>The nine minute long video (set to the tune of a<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMlzfpwJZuc"> live version of Don McClean&rsquo;s &ldquo;American Pie&rdquo;</a>) will be a continuous, single camera shot with no edits. Bliss says it&rsquo;ll take a whole day and thousands of residents to set up and shoot.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We stuff it full of all of this crazy, crazy, crazy stuff. Weddings, marching bands, motorcades with police officers hanging out the windows singing the songs, pillow fights, kayakers in the grand river, lighting parts of Pearl Street Bridge on fire, helicopter take-off out of downtown; ridiculousness really.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Bliss has hired a professional production company for the video shoot. He expects to spend between $25,000 and $35,000 on it. He&rsquo;s now hiring some part-time staff and looking for volunteers to help with and be in the video.</p><p>The big day for the video shoot is Sunday May 15<sup>th</sup> with a rain date the following weekend. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:08:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1776 at http://michiganradio.org Take part in city-wide Grand Rapids ‘lip-dub’ video