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:
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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 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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Friday, May 26, 2017

WTC George Willig Twin Towers Climb 40th Anniversary


Well, here's another 'how is it possbile' that the years have passed so fast since a milestone, anniversary or blessed event. Moving towards Geezer-hood, it's becoming all too familiar. And in the case of really tall buildings being scaled, as of this year, it'll be 40 years since George Willig scaled the south tower of the World Trade Center 'Twin Towers' on May 26th, 1977.





At 6:29 AM that day, George started up the northeast corner of the south tower. Three and a half hours later, after signing a few autographs for ascending policemen in a window-washing gondola he had reached the top. As he gestured and waved towards the crowds below, George was arrested by Port Authority police. George was initially slapped with a $250,000.00 fine...later reduced to $1.10. One penny for every story he climbed.


He had been planning the climb for more than a year, and had designed and manufactured unique window washing channel clamping devices that operated much like brake shoes. He also devised a special harness that would allow all four limbs to work independently to step into, release and hoist his way up the south tower.

George, at the time of the climb, had just moved to an apartment in Queens, where he later asked me to take it over when he moved to California. I had done an interview with George shortly after the climb and found we had some common interests and we became friends. With a little experience at talent agenting, I started getting George some TV appearances on Letterman...the ABC Network SuperStar Show.

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As the years passed, my friend Bob Brown, the AD on the interview and I put together a timeline video containing still shots against the interviews audio track. 
WTC UnClimbable is the result. We ran it on the 35th year anniversary on Youtube. 
This year, we slapped on '40 Year Anniversary' of George's climbing inventiveness and balls-of-steel that gripped NY and the rest of the World for (3 1/2) hours of heroic history.


George paid a visit to TC & Company's studio September 11, 2014. That's more literal..as he picked up the lunch tab over at Trattoria Lucia. We caught up on old & new times. Showed him his platform bed we've kept in our garage rafters if he wanted to make use of it again. George is seen here against a video inset of himself in 1977 on Top-of-the-World, while visiting from California.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

We Dream Lebanon 'promo' Roll-Out with Tom Clifford

It was a pleasure to be cast as the international spokesperson for this years tribute to Lebanon, entitled; We Dream Lebanon. Billed as the Biggest Multimedia Show ever produced in Lebanon. Done a lot of these biggest and bestest promos, but this is by far gonna be the Mother-of-all-Shindigs!

We're T-a-l-k-i-n...
8 MONTHS IN THE MAKING
300 LIVE PERFORMERS
23 TONS OF LIGHTING
120 METERS OF 3D MAPPING PROJECTION
2 MILLION LITTERS OF WATER
8.5 TONS OF FIREWORKS

My friends over at Plan-A Advertising in Beirut, Lebanon in association with Beirut Events put together the creative imaging for the promo with an August opening. They wanted a movie trailer type of read to go along with a sound track that would build from slow drama to a high energy pace.


As usual, we did the voice recoding as a Skype session 5,600 miles apart - giving direction, doing playback of the voice & music tracks with all the clarity of being next door. Of course, with that many miles between us, so was the time difference of being seven hours ahead from New York. Always willing to work within the windows of normalcy...even if it seems a tad abi-normal at 5:00 AM! Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Here's the link to play the preliminary promo: We Dream Lebanon

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tribute to Don Rickles...Celebrity DeathMatch style

MTV's Celebrity DeathMatch series was a staple for wild & wacky fun between 1998 to 2007. It was a late night venture that featured a novel animated approch with it's 'Claymation' animated figures. In a mock-like Madison Square Garden boxing ring arena, filled with blood thirsty spectators, they'd pit celebrities duking it out (to-the-death) with two play-by-play claymation announcers... AND a recurring claymation referee complete with the actual voice of Mills Lane (the famous World-Boxing referee). Here's the IMDb link to the series page: IMDb Celebrity DeathMatch Page



Between two agents, I was racking up some nice credits on the show voicing the likes of Charlton Heston, Nick Nolte, Chris Tucker, Sammo Hong, Teddy Roosevelt, Emeril Lagasse and Rodney Dangerfield who was pitted against a feisty Don Rickles! Sorry-to-say that Rodney got the drop on Rickles after he exhausted himself with a tirade of one liners!


I was a big fan of Mr Rickles for many years. When I turned the script to the last few pages to find out that I (Rodney) won the match, I was genuinely bummed. But, Rodney was still pissed about Don running out on the check at a Friar's Club luncheon some years back. The last scene had pieces of Don Rickles on a BBQ spit to signify he was thoroughly roasted...a bit overdone for the man also know as - Mr. Warmth!


Here are some links to various websites and Google Search that have fan clubs and episode info on Celebrity DeathMatch:

Google MTV DeathMatch page 

Here's the episode in small box version:
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Word's out about Tommy 'C' over at Futurama-App's

Had a nice surprise during the week with a telephone call from 'Casting' over at Futurama.
They gave me a shot at layin down some lines of BENDER for their mobile app. Talk about being on-call all the time...and being able to produce


Well, it was quite a bit after hours when the call came on Wed. You know, the middle of the week and all. Mighta had a therapeutical cocktail or two in line with Mid-Week 'Bender-ing'. So, I was primed and ready-to-go in character, as it were. 


I was included with some mighty fine actors and the pay-off was generous. The call was for 'Dead-On' and due ASAP. Files went back & forth. A request for another batch was recorded. Even threw in a safety. We'll have to let the files speak for themselves and see what develops. Film at 11:00.