Thursday, August 28, 2008

Operation Pillow Fight: more photos!

Goody! Andreas Siegert captured some of the pillow fighting action on (digital) film [link].

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Higher quality video: Operation Pillow Fight

Unsatisfied with the quality of the Operation Pillow Fiiiiight video on YouTube? Me, too. A mere two hours ago I discovered the awesomeness that is Vimeo. I think we're going to use that from here on out as our video uploader and video home. Here's the link and the higher quality video. Bon appétit, mes amis!

Operation Pillow Fiiiiight from Flash Mob Austin on Vimeo.

[note: the music is "Pseudo" by Austin band Dead Black Hearts.]

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Flash Mob Austin= Match Maker?

So it turns out that the Flash Mob Austin events may be a great place to meet other fun- loving singles. Don't believe me? For some major LOL's check out this Missed Connection found on the Austin Craigslist:

In more ways than one, I felt a connection as I hit you with a pillow last Saturday at the secret flash mob pillow fight. Ouch! You hit me back with a navy blue cushion of some sort. My sunglasses flew off my face and I got trampled as I squatted down to find them. I think I got the wind knocked out of me... or was that just my stunned, shortness of breath due to your undeniable good looks?

When I finally came to, you were on the other side of the mob. I was about to find you to thump you again, but then the whistle blew and the fight ended. I couldn't tell if you were there with a girl or not, but if you're not attached to anyone, how 'bout we battle it out one on one? Maybe this time I'll provide you with a softer pillow, though.

Simply describe my pillow and tell me where I first hit you.
Still don't believe that FMA could potentially provide you with a soul mate? Why don't you go watch that Operation Pillow Fight video again and see if you spy any love lorn hotties. Oh, and come to the Sept. 6th planning meeting, why don't cha? If you're single or not, it will be a good time for all. Besides, it couldn't hurt. Right?

[note: photo by Andrew Herron]

Monday, August 25, 2008

Operation Pillow Fight: the movie

Today's most anticipated movie is now showing!

I told you it was worth the wait. Was I right or was I right?

The music is "Pseudo" by Austin band Dead Black Hearts.

You can view this on, Vimeo, Facebook videos, and Myspace tv, too!
Yes. We're basically taking over the Internets.

Operation Pillow Fight: more new pictures!

We have more new pictures on the Flickr account thanks to Austin photographer Jen Jacobi and local improvisor Andreas Fabis. We've also cc'ed these to the Myspace and the Facebook for all you social networkers. All together now: "THANK YOU, JEN & ANDREAS!"

And... the video is on its way. The first attempt at uploading looked horrible, but that did not stop 45 of you from looking at it. We've since deleted that piece of poo and are mid-upload of a higher resolution file. Hopefully very soon, we will be able to link it here and you will be able to enjoy it immensely. I promise that it will be worth the wait.

[note: photo by Jen Jacobi]

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Video... coming soon!

So the video of last night's pillow fight is freaking high-larious! Yep. It's too bad we're having technical difficulties with the YouTube and were unsuccessful in our bid to get it online today. Wanna come over and watch it at my house later?

I kid. Hopefully it will be online by Monday night on YouTube. In the meantime, here's what I can tell you about it to satiate your pillow fightin' video hunger:
1. We shot it in black and white because the camera was having CCD issues. However, in the end, we thought that it made the video look cooler PLUS it now matches the black and white-y motif we got going on over here on the webpage.
2. It was shot eagle eye style from the top of the bridge which only adds to the coolness.
3. You can hear the on-lookers from the bridge "wtf" but then they start encouraging the mayhem below.

It's so sweet. I wish I could prove it to you right now. Watch for it tomorrow. Maybe that will get rid of your case of the Mondays.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Operation Pillow Fight: HUGE SUCCESS

Operation Pillow Fiiiiight was a huge success! Look how happy our winner looks! We estimate that we had around 100 flash mobbers, despite the humidity and the threat of rain. The turnout was above and beyond anything we expected! Way to go, Flash Mob Austin!

We will upload a video tomorrow. In the meantime, see some pics on our Flickr account and spread the word about how cool we are. Maybe add us to your Facebook or Myspace, mmmmkay?

Also, if you made it out to the FMA pillow fight, give us your feedback and send us some photos. Our email address is flashmobaustin [at] gmail [dot] com. Ya' dig?

Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Shipe Park, 201 East 45th Street, Austin, Texas. Our next mission is tentatively planned for Saturday, September 20th.

Thanks so much to all who came out and made our first mission a roaring success!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Operation Pillow Fight: pre-meeting!

We are meeting at Dominican Joe (515 s. congress) @ 6:45pm to go over details again with people who have specific roles. If you are not one of these people but are interested in ironing out any last minute concerns or asking questions, PLEASE join us! Agent Filkins and Agent Adams (that's me!) will be there and wearing "FLASH MOB AUSTIN" tee's.

Important: we will be leaving Dominican Joe PROMPTLY at 7pm to walk over the bridge and get in place on the hillside. If you are late for the meeting please don't risk missing the pillow fight, just head straight over to there.

Here are all the gnarly deets for those who somehow missed them on the Urban Prankster page:
-6:45pm pre-meeting at Dominican Joe.

-7:15pm all agents in place on the hillside to the NE of the bridge (sunset is forecasted @ 8:03pm that evening)
-bring yourself and a pillow. bring a friend or several friends and an appropriate number of pillows.
-sit anywhere you like. be on the look out for other agents sitting on pillows, and locate yourself accordingly. do not approach other agents with questions or mention anything about the mission.

-7:30pm two designated agents begin whacking each other with their pillows (POSITION FILLED by local Cub Scouts). All other agents remain seated and observe along with the rest of the crowd. start counting a minute off in your head or glance at your cell phone (or other atomic clock ordered device, so we are all on the same exact time) a couple times, letting them continue on their own for exactly one minute.

-7:31pm all other agents/friends of agents initiate fights with anyone who has a pillow! do not hit to maim, folks! try to take it easy, but also make it look authentic! have fun! switch it up, fight with multiple people, going distances to make it happen. be aggressive and play to win! (Agent Jones will be the "crowd stirrer" who walks around during the pillow fight and question bystanders about what is happening, who started this? why wasn't i invited? man, nobody told me this is what goes on at the bat bridge, cool!, etc.)

-7:35pm a referee (POSITION FILLED BY: Agent Erik Ellison) who has been watching all this activity from a stationary ref stance blows their whistle and all activity comes to a SCREECHING HALT. all eyes go to the ref who walks over to an agent who he declares the WINNER (holds hand and raises it, ref like) and amidst great cheering and clapping, all agents resume their seated positions as if nothing happened.
-any inquiries in regards to the reason behind the pillow fight should be answered with an innocuous response along the lines of "oh, i just love pillow fights!" or some such hilarity.

-8:20pm (aprox., after the bats have made their appearance) any and all agents who would like to participate in a play-by-play with the group will meet at the STEVIE STATUE on the W side of the s. congress bridge. it'll be fun to discuss how our experiences were, what worked, what we should have planned for, etc.

Thanks and see you there!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lookee. We got us a Facebook.

Poke us and befriend us on Facebook. We are now accepting friend requests.

Flash Mob Austin's Facebook profile

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Operation Pillow Fiiiiight!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to participate in a raucous pillow fight. This is Flash Mob Austin's very first event. Be a part of local fame and legend by participating!

Date: this SATURDAY, August 23rd
Time: All agents in place prior to 7:15
Location: Hillside on the east side of the Congress bridge

This event is B.Y.O.P. (bring your own pillow).

See the Urban Prankster Network for all the gnarly details or email flashmobaustin [at] gmail [dot] com for the deets. Spread the word like it's butter on a Red Lobster cheesy biscuit. Go!