University of Lincoln student Tom Ridgewell (aka TomSka) decided to make a series of admissions videos for his beloved university. Only problem? They contain zombies, dinosaurs and fiery explosions.
(Watch his other two videos here and here)
Since their creation, the satirical videos have gone viral garnering nearly 1 million views in total. A quick comparison to the University of Lincoln YouTube page shows that they’ve actually gotten more views than all official videos combined.
Though the university never actually asked for their production, Ridgewell has jokingly pitched the videos as “banned” advertisements. A quick glimpse – videos are linked above – shows why the university likely would ban them, had they requested their production in the first place.
So what should the University of Lincoln do? To their credit, they have yet to directly address the videos or punish Ridgewell in anyway. Ridiculous or not, the videos are garnering attention, laughs and ultimately good PR.
Props to Ridgewell for the laugh and bravo to University of Lincoln for having the frame of mind to step back, laugh and enjoy the attention.
Looking for a bit more info on the videos and their creator? We tracked down Tom Ridgewell via Skype and talked with him about the videos, their popularity and his desire to produce a more serious commercial advertisement on behalf of his university.