Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Apple of my eye

I was going to write something interesting about the new book by the former White House press secretary Scott McClellan.

However, I am fairly sure that this piece of garbage and this 250 pound waste of human flesh are once again going to walk away from this new scandal scott free.

Pun certainly intended.

I also thought that since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I should instead be writing about fun, family and food.

So here it goes.

Tonight, on the way home from the gym, I bought a ripe red apple.

As I cleaned it off with a small napkin, I looked at the stem and it reminded of that game that we all used to play when we were kids.

You twist the stem as you recite the alphabet. When the stem finally breaks, you have the first letter of the person you are going to marry.

Just then, it suddenly dawned on me how unfair this game was to the Yolandas of the world.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Writer's Block

I finally found someone as bored of this blog as I am.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ice breaker

Millions of Chinese-made Aqua Dots art sets were recalled on Nov. 7 after several children in the U.S. and Australia were hospitalized.

The toys contain beads coated with a chemical that converts into a powerful date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate when ingested.

In other news ... The Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity has been on the horn feverishly ordering what remaining units they can get their hands on.

Just kidding guys ... give me the secret handshake.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Labors of Love

Last summer, I got a chance to 1st AD all five of the new commercials from the 2007 Mad Croc campaign.

I enjoyed working on all of them, but I felt that these two were the stand out winners among the five.

This first spot was an absolute headache for me, and it was the very first one we shot. Both kids did a great job, but they skipped breakfast and were nervous.

Trying to get both of them to do the exact right action AND at the exact right time was nearly impossible. I was under the kitchen counter helping both kids hit their marks and cueing them to perform their actions.

In the end, I believe all the sweat and hard work paid off.

This one is by far my favorite.

The second one, was a major challenge for the art department, which was headed by Greg Kenney. His small team of guys needed to dress an ordinary house to look like a frat after party that would have put Dionysus and Caligula to shame.

I ask you ... What fraternity party is complete without sex dolls, clowns and beautiful Asian women?

My good friend Crawford Bidwell is in the eagle mascot costume.

He seriously deserved a medal of honor just for wearing that outfit in the extreme heat.

There is also another spot shot in an office that is good.

However, I firmly believe that it is Kate Gilligan's talent that makes the commercial work and not the agency's conceptual idea.

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