Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Holy Galleria, Batman! It's a Flash Mob in Sherman Oaks!



(Note from Hunter Communications: Thursday evening, July 19, the Sherman Oaks Galleria celebrated this summer's Batmania with a rock-em, sock-em, dancing, fun-filled flash mob tribute to Batmen old and new, outside the Galleria's Arclight Cinema.  Originally, a video of this event was scheduled to be released on Friday morning, July 20.  Then came the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the early morning of July 20.  There is a time and place for everything, and so release of the video was delayed out of respect for the victims and their families.

Although we will never forget this horrific event, now it is time to look forward again.  In the spirit of superheroes everywhere, we musn't let the actions of madmen and evildoers stop us from living, smiling, singing, dancing, and celebrating life. We can't let the bad guys win.  That is the true code of the superhero.  This video is dedicated to the Aurora victims, survivors and their families, and to all Batman fans around the world.)

BATMAN Flash Mob is a production of Hunter Communications on behalf of our client, the Sherman Oaks Galleria and stars Billy Blanks Jr. as Batman, Sharon Catherine Blanks as Catwoman, Orly Campbell as the "lady with the purse" and Todd Stroik as "the thug."  Agency principal, Matt Hunter directed the video.


The production begins. The setup to the flash mob is a series of Galleria location shots set to the music of Danny Elfman from the original 1989 movie, "Batman." Next, a thug snatches a woman's purse as she is eating in Center Plaza. Batman comes to the rescue and a fight ensues, set to the music of the 60's TV show. What follows is Batman, a gaggle of Catwomen and a host of Gotham City-types dancing through three more studio-mixed, reimagined Bat-themed soundbites. In the end, Batman returns the purse to its rightful owner.


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