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Q&A With “Thanks, Dan!” Creators

It is a rare lawyer commercial that makes me want to commit a crime, just so that I can be represented by the lawyer in question. That was exactly the response I had when I saw this spot for Pittsburgh…

Recent Work – Ginny Deerin Campaign Announcement

Benjamin Franklin famously stated that, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Only slightly less certain is the preponderance of political media that is produced for every election cycle. As with too much…

RIP Sarah Elizabeth Jones

Normally, I try to keep things fairly positive on this blog. Not today. The tragic death of Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Rider,” represents everything I have grown to despise about the entertainment industry. Here’s the short version…

Bob Dylan, Chrysler, And Unintended Consequences

Advertisers and celebrities really need to be careful when they get in bed together. Consider the starring role of anti-establishment hero Bob Dylan in Chrysler’s 2013 Superbowl commercial. By associating itself with the once-iconoclastic Dylan, the Chrysler corporation was trying…

Newsflash: Blackmagic 4K Camera Price Drop

Whoah! The Blackmagic Production Camera – a 4K, global shutter, super-35mm sensor sized cornucopia of cinematic goodness, has just dropped a cool grand off its price. It’s now $2,995. Normally I don’t drool over cameras, but if anyone wants to…

Behind the Scenes of “Set Yourself Free”

Behind the Scenes

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the 13+ million people who have already seen “Set Yourself Free.” In this gorgeously filmed PSA, a cadre of nubile youngsters (of the type most often seen in Pepsi or Honda commercials)…

Behind the Scenes of “Casino Law”

One of the most talked-about commercials from this year’s’ Superbowl didn’t even play nationally. It was a 2-minute epic advertising a personal injury lawyer from Savannah, GA. If you haven’t seen it, here it is: Since I’m an alumnus of…

JCVD Commercial Parodied

A few weeks ago, the director of the Volvo commercial featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme was kind enough to share some of the behind-the-scenes information with us. I don’t have any BTS on this parody production, but it’s so well done,…

Walking With A Broken Leg

Sometimes, we in the creative fields get so wrapped up in technique that we forget how profoundly the prevalence of video technology has allowed ideas to spread. As an example, look at this video. A friend of mine posted this…

A Better Source For Creative Fuel

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It is a bit of a cliché that creative people are coffee addicts. Unlike 9-to-5 jobs (do those even exist anymore?), the projects undertaken by artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and photographers tend to translate into late nights and short weekends.…