Thursday, April 24, 2014

Follow That Car Commercial

I had another idea for a automotive commercial so I decided to go ahead and write it up since I'm in the "Auto Zone" right now.  I needed something new and sporty and decided to use the 2015 Toyota Camry as the car.  It looks pretty cool.  There wasn't a lot of concrete details on it yet, so I put in as much as I could find out from the Toyota website and a news article about it.  Here's a picture from the Toyota website.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Car Commercial with Mikaela Shiffrin

I was fortunate with my limited time to watch a smidgen of the Winter Olympic Games.  I was also lucky to happen to see Mikaela Shiffrin (local Colorado hero), during her record breaking slalom title and gold medal winning time.

She almost lost it, but through shear determination, willed herself to stay upright and win.  I thought that would make a nice juxtaposition with a car commercial and wrote down a few ideas.  Over the last couple of days I decided to make this my next writing project.

This was something different since I was writing with a specific person in mind and needed to capture her skiing savvy.  I think the end result works well.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

E.D. Commercial

Yes, I'm talking about erectile dysfunction.  It would be for Cialis or other equivalent, but I kept to the same info and tone that Cialis commercials use.  I had to go to their website for some of the information about it and now I'm sure I'll be getting all kinds of pop up and banner ads from their cookies.  Sigh.  But I think it turned out well and is funny.  This would be pretty easy to do, so I'll have to think about filming this one to use as a demo reel.

Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, (way, way, unrelated), Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sleep Aid Commercial

This is a fun one that I wish I could do.  It's feasible, but I would need a bigger cast and I'm not sure I would be able to get it.  I had my wife read it and she laughed out loud, so I think I hit the mark on this one.  Special thanks to Lannie for lending me his lecture notes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grumpy Bird Children's Book

No, this isn't one that I created, rather the recipient of the One Book 4 Colorado for 2014.  75,000 copies are given out to pre-school children to get them to read (and hopefully be infected with a life long desire to read!)

The author, Jeremy Tankard, has been speaking at local libraries and today he was at the Englewood Public Library.  I went to listen to him talk and read the books that he's been involved with.

He was gracious enough at the end to talk to me just a little bit about the industry and how he got started.  He's an artist first, and sent out samples to publishers, and they told him he should put a story together with his pictures so he became a writer too.

He recommended the book, "Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market."  He said the information in there will be a lot more than anything you can get from any author.  It's a great resource with a listing of publishers and agents and what they accept, if anything unsolicited.

I'll be picking up a copy once I'm ready to start submitting my children's stories.  Here's a pic of Grumpy Bird.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Board Game Commercial Idea

This is a board game idea that takes place at an airport of all places.  I used the game, "Apples to Apples," for a reference and was able to tie the dialogue into it nicely.  This one would be fun to make, but I don't have access to an airport that I could film at.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wedding RomCom Feature Screenplay

A few months ago, my wife and I came up with a unique (as unique as any idea can be) idea for a romantic comedy about a rapidly approaching wedding that the bride-to-be isn't ready for.  We wrote down about a page of ideas, main characters, basic plot, main plot points, how it starts and how it ends.

I was at the in-laws and on the road most of the day, so I needed to work on something besides commercials that wasn't going to require research yet.

We worked out a log line and a couple of points for the story anatomy.  I'll try to squeeze in some time here and there to work on it, but it's not a priority right now.  This will probably be the next screenplay that I work on, but it's a long ways away.