Friday, January 31, 2020

Tom Cliford`vo goes to the Super Bowl (regional)


Here it is...Super Bowl LIV bearing down mightily on us this Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. Where a 30 second spot is going for 'just' $ 5.6 million.

And Tommy Boy will be in the Super Bowl mix with Fantastic Plastic's championship season roll-out of the 'Winnie-the-Pooh' character for Damson's auto dealerships TV spots throughout the south east.


It started late in the season with a call asking if it were possible to reprise the 'Winnie-the-Pooh' character for short television tags on spots for Damson's auto group, a major auto dealership in the southeast. Then it was explained that it would have to be in time for the spots to be added to the roster for this years Super Bowl! 

Click to play original/May TV spot



The ID's were a series of (5) second tag lines that reinforced Damson's message with cute Winnie-the-Pooh rythmic style like 'Want new wheels...You won't haggle for deals'. We established the cadence back in May of 2019. The client and agency wanted it a certain way and made an audio scratch track with the meter they wanted. It was a bit different from the "Sam I Am" Dr. Seuss cadence we followed in May because of the five second limit on tag length.
Click to Play TV tags





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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

TC & Company's Year-End Round Up

2019 client review TC and Company

From regional VoIP companies to international tourism campaigns, it's been quite a year for voice overs & production. There was a good amount of rekindling of older VoIP clients or those who were in the dormant pile. What was there to lose...aside from a little time and a little dignity maybe. The odds were in our favor and it proved to be an excellent timing thing. To boot - all of them had graduated to the new 'Dash-Board' systems for easy email file uploads. The Tv & radio spots came in as well. From next door with radio and as far away as Jordan in the mid-east with TV. There was a lot of stretching creatively too. So, we had some fun, maybe even established some recurring roles. And then there was the Haunt Industry throwin all sorts of business our way this year. The Creepy-Guy voice was getting a work-out with plenty of opportunity to create new characters with a bit of dusting off of the Pooh Bear as well. Scroll on down for the complete skinny.


It all started 15 years ago with an outfit that specialized in Haunt-Indy media called, Elswarro Films. They reached-out and asked if I could create a creepy-guy voice that could go 'high energy' to include the incidentals of most Haunt venues around the country. To date, we've pretty much settled in the eastern 1/3 of the country - lending specialty voices to Haunts, Escape room & seasonal venues. Go to Post

Voiced a travelogue for Phenomena Advertising, Beirut, Lebanon. Still a bit daunting with 5,600 miles between us. They wanted to promote travel and tourism in the Mid-East regions like Abu Dhabi, the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan. The script called for two voices to weave the story-line along with the premise of taking off on a journey...complete with airline pilots narration at beginning & end: Go to Post

Got to be the MC in the NOLA film - Boogie Spooktakular. A spectacle of fun for the whole family with a cast of characters that inspire kids to have sing-a-longs and create their own fun amidst a safe scare-free environment. For the MC voice - Think a-bit-daffy with a dash of Pee Wee and a pinch of surfer-dude wonderment and Voila! Go to Post

From VoIP to radio. One of the perks of voicing company VoIP's is that you sometimes get to be cast in their radio & tv advertising, as is the case with Water Mill Building Supply radio campaign. This wasn't going to be a typical :60...insomuch as they had 223 words that needed to be fit into what is usually 160 words. All brought on by adding another client, located in another state with their own website & app that had to be mentioned. Go to Post
Fantastic Plastic Video & Film Production for a major Auto Group in the Southeast has chosen Tom Clifford as their character voice for their new TV ad campaign. Much like that of Winnie-the-Pooh, Tom conveys the warm & fuzzy sound of a mythic story-teller. Tried walking the audience through in rhythmic rhyme as the story unfolds with the turning of pages. This was a great vehicle for our character talents to shine and it came out like 'totally cool' man. Go to Post


After Tucker Carlson got in hot water in March with unearthed audio tapes it was a prime time to unearth an On-Cam Tv spot I did based on his early Sunday morning political show "Crossfire". I was cast as the Tucker Carlson element, right down to his bygone bow tie. Watch as I...or Tuck gets pummeled by none other than WWE's Kane the Destroyer!  Go to Post





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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Irishman's - Pesci & finding Mr. Roger's voice

WoW, look at that. Wait around long enough and what's old is back on top. Case-in-Point, Joe Pesci's casting in The Irishman. Ya woulda daught his career was all but finished. So, great for him and could this also translate into more work for guys like us who do Joe. Better be ready. Time to start getting the dialogue and how he figures into the story-line. 
Also, just-in-time for Thanksgiving is the Mr. Rogers bi-op - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. It stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. Interestingly, Tom isn't really in-the-Neighborhood of Mister Rogers voice characteristics. Fred's not all that difficult to mimic. Keeping in mind to be kind tho, maybe it was a parody issue. Nonetheless, the reviews and interviews are glowing...just somewhat devoid of that simple omission that Fred Rogers is Tom Rogers. Which, can make it difficult to convince an up and coming director of a more accurate version...Can you say Alternate facts!

We all thought it might be openly sensitive to today's issues if we had Mista Rogers introduce Mr. Russell Bufalino to today's boys & girls. He's very much like other kids dads in that...he paints houses. Ya know, Buffa in Italian means - funny or clown. Let's see where it takes us for a few respectable laughs in Mr. B's abstracts.

Last year at Thanksgiving we had Pee Wee Herman up & running much the same way as this years re-surgencers. Pee Wee's Playhouse was marathon'ing over at IFC and we piggy-backed on that for a Thanksgiving ride of sorts with a video promo featuring Pee Wee.

 



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Thursday, October 31, 2019

TC & Co. has Got a Halloween Extravaganza

It's Halloween!
You'd think we would have the edge on how to celebrate the holiday...we've been talkin about since July. It's kind of a bit anti-climatic. Just got A 4 yr. old 'Gekko' knockin on the door...he gets M & M's plus a Snack Pak. That sorta did it!

Time to enjoy the holiday, I guess. Here are a few event attractions that are new and makin Halloween a little more spirit-immersive for today...Halloween! So, check out the Temple of Anibus. He's comin from the lagoon to exact some justice for disturbing King Tut's Tomb!   -   Pharaoh's Fury



Don't be lookin at this one after dark. Cripes, it'll give you the willies there would be such pandering to the lowest base of horror....Yeah Baby!

Stitch - is the worst mamacita of them all. And he uses that pyscho-weird stuff that gets a little too real and close to home - NOooo!

Careful what you click for!




 Here's to everyone's Halloween being a real shocker and win 1st prize for the bestest costume of the evening. If that's what you're goin for. Click for archive moments that'll put the Tobin in your Bell.

 
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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Tom Clifford is Scaring up some Shocking Results this Halloween Season.

It all started about 15 years ago with an outfit called Elswarro Films. They reached-out and asked if I could create a creepy-guy voice and as time went on, could I adjust it to go all out high energy and then sell the crap outta the incidentals of most Haunts around the country.

That being accomplished and with a client list that kept building on top of polished production content... all was right in The Haunt World. Then, the bottom fell out with Jason Swarr leaving the Haunt Industry to pursue a career in film making. Jason was great with forwarding all of his client contacts and even schooled me on some of their finer details. Made some new acquaintances and over the years cultivated some mutual relationships.

Fast forward ten years into the future and I've had some very good luck (not that I didn't work for it). Been able to maintain a presence on the eastern seaboard doing all sorts of voice characterizations as far up as New Hampshire & Massachusetts and as far south as New Orleans, LA. Year after year working regularly as the Creepy-Guy. The CG voice was fashioned in many ways after Tobin Bell's character: Jizzsaw from the Saw movie franchise. Here's how it all started: Kentucky Scream Park


Take a look what we're doing this year for Canobie Lake Park ScreeemFest: 
They have a regular theme park going throughout the year and do it up B-I-G for the Halloween Season. Last year we shifted from a buffer agent (Yeah, Sen. I used a buffer) direct to the actual ad agency. We're adjusting nicely this year. Of course it's always about the Grants.

 

The Kidz Zone below is where younger kids have fun at the Scout Island Halloween festival in NOLA. We're featured as the spaced-out voice of the Host character in the 'Boogie Spooktakular' an
animated cartoon musical adventure! Check it out at:
Boogie Spooktakular

What Scout Island liked on the audition mp3 was the playfulness of the host character. Kids are introduced to a silly bunch of characters like: Mumzy, Wolfi and Helga in a tone of wide-eyed amazement...and served up with a side of Pee Wee. These characters spook up that Halloween spirit and teach addictive dance moves to boogie down to. It also gives kids a chance to express themselves with other kids while having fun...safely.


The Mortuary Haunted Mansion Presents - The Cult Of 13 (below). It's a complete shift from wide-eyed la-de-dah to the Creepy-Guy voice. Turned up full throttle 'high energy' to scare-up some shocking results for 'Friday The 13th' believers & shakers!
The Mortuary took full advantage of this September's early calendar of Friday the 13th, with their Cult Of 13 attraction and began the Halloween Season early this year. 

Stretching this year's season to almost 7 weeks!

Here’s the opening line from this year’s video promo of the new
The Cult of 13 attraction at NOLA’s The Mortuary Haunted Mansion.



One of the greatest phobias known to man is the fear of Friday the 13th. You believe that something terrible is going to happen. You become paralyzed with fear and feel powerless to overcome FEAR, TERROR, PANIC. 


Dare to face your wildest nightmares! Experience Friday the 13th at The Mortuary Haunted Mansion.


Sorta gets you all creeped-out…or laughin your ass off. Check out the promo trailer for lots of
chills & thrills from — The VoiceOverGuy. 

This is probably not advisable viewing by younger audiences:  Play Spot





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Thursday, August 22, 2019

TC & Company Accents-the-Positive for Jordan Travel & Tourism

Tom Clifford, TC & Company voice of Voyage VoyageWe left off here in October's BLOG with a promise from Phenomena Advertising to be considered as voice-over for their new Voyage/Voyage campaign... to promote travel and tourism in the Mid-East regions like Abu Dhabi, the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan.

Tom Clifford, TC & Company voice of Voyage VoyageSure enough PA came calling. They, like so many others these days are trying to gather as many young ears-&-eyeballs for consideration of Mid-East travel as possible. The most recent campaign was for Jordan... a land steeped in history. To some, a trip to Jordan could be a pilgrimage. After all Jordan's famous for its archeological wonderment. Case-in-Point, the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the last Crusade features Jordan's, Treasury at Petra. Carved into the side of a sandstone hill, Petra appears in several scenes of the picture.

Tom Clifford VO, TC & Company voice of Voyage Voyage
 The movie's fictional Canyon of the Crescent Moon was modeled on the eastern entrance to Petra, a 250-foot-high sandstone slot canyon known as the Siq that leads directly to Al Khazneh (the Treasury).

The above photo depicts Petra on the left with Indy's rendering on the right.

Phenomena Advertising, located in Lebanon have themselves a ton of archaeological wonderment. Working with them is still a bit daunting with 5,600 miles between us. Being seven hours ahead of us here on the east coast you have to get used to early morning starts and early quitting times. Ten O'clock in the morning is five in the afternoon over there. Everyone's flexible. We used a good amount of Skype for direction, pronunciation and tone of voice. For file transfers over 50 & 100 MB's, we used WeTransfer for temp cloud uploads. Here's a Travel Resource link:  Voyage Voyage Dot World


BTW, as a final reference to the film's climactic final scenes, actors Harrison Ford and Sean Connery burst forth from the Siq and walk deep into the labyrinths of the Treasury in their quest to find the Holy Grail.
But, as usual, archaeological fact bowed to Hollywood fiction when Indy came to Petra.
In reality, the Treasury is nothing more than a facade with a relatively small hall once used as a royal tomb. In 1985, the Petra Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in 2007 it was named one of the new seven wonders of the world.

So fasten your seat-belts, click the 'Play' button below and get ready to take off to adventure!! 


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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Scout Island Scream Park begins the season with Tom Clifford as Host


The Kidz Zone is where family's younger kids have fun at the Scout Island Halloween festival in NOLA. We're particularly grateful to be featured as the voice of the Host character in the 'Boogie Spooktakular' - an animated musical cartoon adventure...

Scooby-Doo style!





The Boogie Spooktakular is a spectacle of fun for the whole family with a cast of characters that inspire kids to have sing-a-longs, featured dancing and generally let kids create their own fun amidst a safe scare-free environment. So, the voice had to be engaging to kids and keep things moving along. Think daffy MC with a dash of Pee Wee, a pinch of surfer-dude wonderment and Voila!

 
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