Thursday, December 21, 2017

TC & Company's Year End Round-Up continues Upward


Last year's focus seemed to hinge on M-O-R-E.

Give the client more and see what develops. Now I don't know if it's a direct outcome of that practice, but there were at least (3) clients that had me on retainer this year...or so it felt. Could be because, right from the get go, k-e-p-t things completely upfront as to what it would take and how much we were willing to give back...in discounts or above & beyonds.

Also, this year on the VoIP fronts, telecommuting as a standard was introduced. Less face-to-face. Most, if not all the other categories have been up-to-speed in that department for a good number of years. But, this is a completely different sector. More Main Street. All's you can do is try and keep the casualty count to a minimum. Still, there are some that are clingin to that "old school" belief that it's cool Not-to-know-Nutin about computers. And interpret tasks as too much to be considered. There's only (5) words for that - Too Late in the Game.

I remember, back when we were doing live auditions at my agents recording booth at Abrams Artists, spit-balling about doing auditions from our home studios. Sure, that'll be the day! There was a time when it was generally thought by some agents and talent alike, that knowing about tech stuff or for that matter too much left hemisphere activity lessened your acting cred.
Enter the Smartphone and a whole new mentality that followed.

All in all, not such a bad year...considering such changes in leadership landscapes we won't mention.
Even had some fun ala (Reagan takes a Knee) with our Celeb-Death (The Donald) taking the helm as president this year. Hoping your year was a good ONE... and here's to another that has everyone & everything you need.  Happy New Year!



Axial finished up it's 2 year run cycle this September on CBS Sports Network. The company has switched from vo based branded imaging to sound-effect/special effect brand imaging. Costs being cited as an issue, I've been replaced by a slight K-Boom & muffled earthquake shake. Kinda cool actually. Here's the latest spot that's very much still online at:
Axial Trophy Truck Score International Spot.
 
We continued local, regional and international spots. There was (NOLA) & (Salem, New Hampshire) for the Haunt industry. This year marked a national breakout for The Mortuary featured prominently on CBS's NCIS late October for their Halloween 'Dead Man Calling' episode. OmniTrans, Metro Bus Service in San Bernardino Valley, Ca. updated their "slowest man" radio spot based on the Bill Lyman PBS docu-character theme. And voicing with a movie trailer'esque style, Lebanon's nationally themed TV campaign - entitled: "We Dream Lebanon" via Plan-A Advertising.

Reached into the MTV Celebrity DeathMatch vault to unearth an episode I voiced of Rodney Dangerfield as he was pitted against Don Rickles. Don passed away earlier this year and Mr. Warmth's presence is still very much felt with tons of SEO dividends. The last scene had pieces of Don Rickles on a BBQ spit to signify he was thoroughly roasted. You'll find a link to fan clubs and episode info at the above link.


The folks at: Futurama came-a-callin with a read for their Game-of-Drones mobile game app teaser trailers. Some last minute casting to the tunes of Benders voice variations. The show's been off the air for a few years, but has good enough recall for a roll-out of promo teasers to spark some interest in the mobile markets. Bender's tuned to a bit of extreme type-A multiple personalities that we were sparking on all fours...'hyper-cylinders' that is.
There was also some buzz this year from the folks over at the Travel Channel to have George (The Human Fly) Willig appear on their Mysteries-at-the-Museum show.
More on that as it becomes available.


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stefan Nadelman's - Jane is Out & About and the Deuce nods its visuals to Terminal Bar

Stefan Nadelman, is a name that appears with some frequency around this BLOG.
Our journey began some time ago while voicing his award winning documentary of a New York City icon of the times and subsequent follow up Doc. Terminal Bar 'Two' link



And very happy he continues with his present day-job as credited movie titling animator...and then some with Cobain and now with Nat Geo's - Jane, hitting the theatres. 'Jane' Trailer animation

Stefan handles both the titling and animated sequence scenes with his gritty unvarnished flashes of pop art story-telling. He can bring normally overlooked objects and personal archive writings to dance alive with a fresh conveyance. Almost in a new medium type of way. Throw some Phillip Glass down as your musical sound trax and damn... you're traveling back through time...or at least it feels like it and it's always cool lookin. Nat Geo (Jane-the-Movie) website

But, Stefan doesn't stop there. He just emailed  - that he's almost done wrapping on the Garry Shandling documentary he's animating. Being directed by Judd Apatow, Stefan will concentrate on the journals & notebooks of Garry's for animating scenes and titles. He said, between Cobain, Jane & now Garry, that makes three lives he's gotten to know intimately. 


Stefan went on to mention he read an article that the HBO series - The Deuce (a nod to 42nd Street) had its key visual reference based on photos from this notorious dive across from the Port Authority back in the 70's & 80's...called The Terminal Bar 'One'!  

Here's the link to the article in the LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-fall-preview-the-deuce-20170908-story.html



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Friday, October 20, 2017

CBS's NCIS (NOLA) features The Mortuary in its plot this week

The Mortuary has been home to some very scary voices over the past decade and are now getting their due as one of the best haunts in the industry by being featured in the CBS series NCIS (NOLA) this week. Hope I played some small part to that end.

Featured as an integral part of the show's plotline, The Mortuary's creepy insides are revealed in great detail and offers the perfect venue for mystery & mayhem. Not a bad little piece of exposure for both of us.

Take a look at the full CBS NCIS episode called "Dead Man Calling" featuring the Mortuary Haunted Mansion at: CBS NCIS Link


Here's how it all started back in 2007



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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Reagan's Knee-Jerk response to Protest Etiquette

Never one to be political...but, with all the heated polarization over football players kneeling during the national anthem and President Trump's jumping on the chance to set things patriotically straight with a flurry of over 30 tweets... it seemed like a reasonable time to interject a bit. 

After all, Trump was calling out football players - namely over the progenitor kneeler: Colin Kaepernick. All while Puerto Rican's, were currently reeling from the devastation left behind by hurricane Maria and there wasn't a word (tweeted or otherwise) about it from the Commander & Chief.


Enter, Ron (tear down that wall) Reagan with a Quick Cuts video to help provide a sense of humor and make some sense outta today's fray of bazaar weirdness.




On a similar patriotic note and a complete eye opener was the Oct. 2015 post by the Young Turks. https://youtu.be/t4LvwXYmt3Q

It's the story behind that iconoclastic protest photo of the 1968 Olympics (and perhaps one more insight into Olympic practises). Peter Norman, the Australian who finished and stood second in the Olympic periodic line, was responsible for Carlos & Smith sporting the "Black Hand" salute at ceremony time. He also stood strong with his convictions to shine a light on Australia's warped morality towards their indigenous natives. Here's the link to a fascinating story that's wonderful, heart wrenching and Tinseltown  should do its darnedest to promote...in full epic proportion.


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

We Dream Lebanon event launches with Tom Clifford, VoiceOver & Creative Services

The time has come to show off Lebanon's creative side with the story of the whole nation's dream...and the launch of their "We Dream Lebanon" multi-media campaign. Complete with:

300 LIVE PERFORMERS
23 TONS OF LIGHTING
120 METERS OF 3D MAPPING PROJECTION
2 MILLION LITTERS OF WATER
8.5 TONS OF FIREWORKS
8 MONTHS IN THE MAKING





Plan-A Advertising in Beirut, Lebanon in association with Beirut Events put together the creative imaging for the promo with an August 24th opening. Back in May they reached out to me with a request for a movie-trailer type of read to go along with a sound track that would build from slow drama to a high energy pace. Wound up doing a couple of versions.

Here's the 30 second version below:


For the Full Version, with a softer read,
click here:  We Dream Lebanon


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Home Towns are film setting for Netflix's 'The Week Of' and SyFy's 'Happy'


Don't quite know the exact attraction of the Bellerose/Floral Park area, but these days, as has been in the recent past, they're happenin towns for the likes of Tinsel-Town.

They filmed a pilot for USA Network's in Bellerose called "Falling Water" and The Good Wife in Floral Park in 2016. And again in Bellerose with Person of Interest, the year before. A while back, they shot a sequence for Sex in the City in a Bellerose ice cream stand that was a tradition for 50 years.

Netflix chose Floral Park this week for location filming of - "The Week Of ",  co-directed and starring Adam Sandler.  This film is part of the four-movie deal Sandler has with Netflix, which has resulted in the movies "The Ridiculous 6," "The Do-Over" and "Sandy Wexle."


Set to be released in 2018, it also features - Chris Rock with Steve Buscemi. The movie is about the parents of an engaged couple who are in the final week of preparations for the wedding. In the movie, Sandler's daughter is set to marry Chris Rock's son. Also, coming on board is, Patricia Belcher and SNL alum Rachel Dratch, playing Sandler's wife.

The picture on the right is of Steve, Chris and Adam at a restaurant in Floral Park that's an Italian constitution.

Nextflix says the movie will be filming at various locations on Long Island this summer. Already, the town of Glen Cove has been the setting for previous scenes.

Sandler is directing alongside Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel who co-wrote the script with Sandler. The feature is being produced by Happy Madison Productions.

Shortly after this feature was posted, there was another announcement in Bellerose that filming SyFy's "Happy" will begn on August 9th, 2017 on Commonwealth Blvd. 

"Happy" is about an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex, and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy.”

 It was announced that Patton Oswalt will replace Bobby Moynihan as Happy the Horse. On the right is a Christmas scene being shot on 89th Avenue, Bellerose, Queens.

It wasn't noted why the show's producers decided to replace Moynihan following his appearance as Happy in the show's pilot, but it may be related to Moynihan's leading role in the upcoming CBS show Me, Myself and I. Joseph Reitman has been cast as the villain. The villain is described as “crazy and delusional.”

Happy! will premiere in 2018. There isn't a solid airdate as of yet! Here's a review of the 1st couple of episodes from: Variety Dec 6th, 2017.


Here's a little tid-bit of cool...The bathrooms were in a 16 wheeler, as were the casts dressing rooms. The bathroom doors were labled "Lucy & Desi" because they were the actual bathrooms used (reconditioned) when the duo was on location.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TC & Company's (Quick-Cuts) Business Video - has a Life Outside its Own

RDS an On-Hold & VoIP client, just re-did their print, website and telephony with the roll-out of their new business name. To butress those areas we turned to Quick Cut videos lik the one below. Simple video productions, sometimes no more than a fleshed out Poster Ad. Combine a graphic, graphics or video snippet with a voice-over and music mix ...or the same mix as the On-Hold program. Keeps everything contiguous. Videos are uploaded to the clients Utube channel and tagged with sugical acuity for maximum SEO benefit. The links are shared throughout social media sites and the synergy takes off...or so they say.




After all - Utube and Blogger are all part of the Google Family and...Hey, once it's in da Family, well, ya's gotta keeps it in da Family.
Might want to go so far as to make your video links using the URL shortener code page Google provides at: https://goo.gl/. It also generates an all important QR (Quick Response) code generator and scan cube graphic. Plus, your account page keeps track of all the dates of your shorteners. AND, it'll show you the amount of clicks that were made under each shortened code.

It's all because you made a video. Once you name it, describe it and tag it, it has another life altogether of its own. It helps if the content ain't crud either! Click on the one below to see our attempt at company name reinforcing and directing viewers with an informative grass roots delivery.

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