Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters
It was 1984 when Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, better known as The Ghostbusters are contacted by the New York Public Library to investigate their first case of ectoplasm, the Lady in Grey. In their last mission, those brave boys Improveverywhere, entered in the same library, which marks the first scene of the original film, giving a few moments of hilarity to the present.

It was 1984 when Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, better known as The Ghostbusters are contacted by the New York Public Library to investigate their first case of ectoplasm, the Lady in Grey.In their last mission, those brave boys Improveverywhere, entered in the same library, which marks the first scene of the original film, giving a few moments of hilarity to the present.

Although this is not considered guerilla marketing, I still felt it created an impact and became buzzworthy. Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!


Shot by: Matt AdamsBrian FountainErik MartinCaleb HellerKristopher Knight, and Ariane West
Photography: Katie Sokoler and Brian Fountain
Ghostbusters: Kevin HinesRob Lathan, Justin Purnell, Alex Scordelis
Ghosts: Ben Rodgers, Amos Vernon, Tyler Walker

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agents Hines, Purnell, Lathan, and Scordelis

 

The New York Public Library approached us about a month ago and asked if we would want to stage an Improv Everywhere mission on their property. The library is facing serious budget cuts, and they thought having us do something awesome there might serve to remind people of how great the NYPL is. We couldn’t say no to the opportunity to do something in their gorgeous, 100 year-old Rose Main Reading Room.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Panoramic photo by David Iliff

 

It actually wasn’t the first time we staged something on the NYPL grounds. Back in 2002, we held a ridiculous protest claiming to be a group called Writers Against Piracy. That mission was, of course, unauthorized. It was nice to get invited by the library this time around and to have their permission to set up our cameras. When brainstorming ideas for the mission, I immediately thought of Ghostbusters. The NYPL is heavily featured in the beginning of the movie, opening with a crane shot of the lion statue outside and cutting to the reading room. The thought of bringing the Ghostbusters back to the library 25 years later cracked me up.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agent Lathan and his binocular glasses

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agent Purnell puts on his fake mustache

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Showing the ghosts a map of the reading room

 

We met on the steps out front and got organized. Agent Adams came up with a plan to spread our team of six camera people discreetly around the room. Most of our operators used DSLR cameras, which allowed them to blend in perfectly with the constant stream of tourists taking photos of the historic room. I went over all of the blocking and timing with the actors. They then headed inside to a staging area and got into costume.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

Agent Rodgers was the first ghost to enter. He grabbed a book off of a shelf on the way in and started heading for a seat. He was quickly stopped by a security guard, who had no idea what was going on.

Guard: Sir, what are you doing?
Rodgers: Um… haunting the library.

The guard allowed him to take a seat, and then went over to the information desk to laugh about it with another employee.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Rodgers takes his seat. Notice the girl in pink’s reaction (behind the girl in white)

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

The first ghost got some nice reactions from the folks he sat by, but they eventually went back to working when it became clear the ghost was just going to sit and read a book. That is, until ghost number two entered.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agent Walker enters as the second ghost
(note the same guard reacting in the background)

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Ghost working in the middle of the crowd

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Closeup of the ghost’s computer screen

 

After about five minutes, the final ghost made his entrance. He walked down the aisle and headed over to the dictionary stand.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agent Vernon

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

With three ghosts spread out in the reading room, who you gonna call?

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Ghostbusters surveying the room

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Tourists and library patrons take notice (and photos!) of the Ghostbusters

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
The first ghost reads, unaware of the danger he’s in

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

As soon as the Ghostbusters spotted the ghosts, Agent Lathan shouted, “Get ‘em!”

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
The ghost leaps to his feet

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

All three ghosts leapt up and immediately started running around and making ghost noises.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agent Hines finds the computer-using ghost

 

While the ghost-phase of the mission was pretty low-key, as soon as the chase started the room came alive. The room full of library patrons and tourists all started laughing, smiling, and frantically getting out their cameras and camera phones.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

It was cool to see tables full of people taking off their headphones and laughing with each other.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
Agent Scordelis follows a ghost out the door

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

The whole chase lasted less than a minute, as we didn’t want to be too disruptive to the people trying to get their work done. The Ghostbusters weren’t able to get their hands on the ghosts and ended up following them out of the reading room. After they left, the room broke out in applause.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

The Ghostbusters chase wasn’t quite over yet. They followed the ghosts down the stairs and out the front door of the building!

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo
The chase continues down Fifth Avenue

 

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

The Ghostbusters rounded the corner onto 42nd Street and disappeared out of view in pursuit of the ghosts. My guess is that they were successful, as the Ghostbusters were spotted later in the day in good spirits posing for a photo with a young fan.

 

Improv Everywhere Creates Buzz for Ghost Busters Guerrilla Marketing Photo

 

Mission Accomplished

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Ryan Lum is the founder and editor of Creative Guerrilla Marketing. He is passionate about creative marketing, social media and design. Connect with him on LinkedIn,Twitter or Google+