Film and Video Projects

Just some of our award winning work

This short video is a "Behind the Scenes" production of the 'Making of the 1st American Bank series of commercials in Washington, D.C.

Awards:

  • EMMY Nomination - National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

  • TELLY'S (2) Award - Local TV Commercial Festival Awards

  • Silver Award - Houston International Film Festival

Three :30 second spots produced for the Maryland Lottery. The 'animatronic' crabs cost $45,000 each to make and took five puppeteers to operate each crab. If you could see under the table you would see a whole bunch of cables running off to the side of the set. Movie trick: When you see three crabs the third one was one of the other ones 'matted' in to save cost. The shrimp 'bartender' was a last minute thought and only cost $12,000. He was operated like a puppet and we digitally remove the cables in post-production.

 

This :30 second spot was also produced for the Maryland Lottery. The two artists (shown) designed this "Bar-Ba-Car" for fun. When one of the creative members of the ad agency saw it, it was made into a commercial. We shot this in Baltimore, Maryland.

This three minute 40 second video is our 'Demo" reel. We sent this to potential customers to show the quality and variety of our work. All but a few war scenes were shot by us. Mostly on 35 mm film and broadcast video. Edited in our on-line editing facility "Townhouse Post Production" in our Washington, DC office.

This :30 second spot was also produced for the Maryland Lottery. Both the dog and the cat were 'rescue' animals that were trained for this spot. The dog knows to put his paws on the steering wheel when the handler yelled "drive". What you can't see is the stunt driver laying flat in the passenger seat driving the car while looking through a 'optical' lens on the windshield (like on the back of RV's) and operated the gas and break with his left foot.

This :30 second spot was produced for IKEA. We were actually on location working on a different set of spots when the agency called. My partner, Rick Marchesano, took a beer and went into his room and came back five minutes later to ask what I thought of this spot. I told him then, and I believe to this day it is a very funny spot. And sold a lot of shelves for IKEA!!!

Awarded:

  • TELLY Award Finalist - Local TV Commercial Festival Awards

This set of spots were shot for the Washington, D.C. METRO system. As filming is prohibited in the subway, we had to get special permission to shoot inside the subway system. All of the people you can recognize are professional actors (AFTRA). The music was 'rented' from the Beach Boys for $20,000 without their voices. We had to hire a 'sound-a-like' group to record the audio track!!!

Awarded:

  • TELLY Award - Local TV Commercial Festival Awards

This :30 second spot was produced for the Veterans Administration. We were actually set to shoot on the set of MASH on the FOX lot in California, using Radar (Gary Burghoff), Father Malkaee (William Christopher) and Major Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers). But we were asked to meet with the executive producer and president of FOX, Inc. in New York. He advised us that he was part owner of the M*A*S*H franchise and despite the approval we had, he would not allow us to shoot using the actors or the set. So, we had to re-group and produced this, I believe, far more effective spot. 

Awarded:

  • EMMY Award  - National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

The "Actor" in this spot is acually Peter Agnefjall, the Vice President of IKEA. He came from the Netherlands to shoot this spot. He is a very funny man and easy to work with. He has since been promoted to President and CEO of IKEA worldwide. John J. Prescott & Associates, Inc., now Ocean Digital Productions did all the television advertizing for IKEA when it opened in the USA. The first store was in northern Virginia (just outside DC) and the second store opened one year later in Baltimore, Maryland.

Awarded:

  • Bronze Award - Houston International Film Festival

  • Gold Plaque - Chicago International Film Festival

  • Silver Medallion - International Film & TV Festival of New York

These two ads (one :30 and one :10 second) were part of the pre-opening series we ran in the greater Washington, DC area prior to opening the store. The day prior to the grand opening Ingvar Kamprad, President & CEO of IKEA came for the opening. After viewing the commercials he said, "This will be the first store we open where everyone will know how to pronounce our name, but no one will show." At the grand opening the next day, police had to come to control the large crowds. There was a line around the building to get in. Mr. Kamprad said, "I may have been mistaken"!

Awards:

  • Silver Award - Association of Visual Communicators

  • Bronze Award - Houston International Film Festival

In this spot we wanted to use real Indian Americans so we had to get a waver from the actors union (AFTRA) as they did not have any union members that were Indian Americans. Unfortunately, the 'actors' were very nervous and came to the set a little drunk. So, we had to 'coffee' them up and continue later in the day. The female Indian-American was not told Willard Scott was going to take his hairpiece off at the end of the take. What you see is the first, and best, take as you can see from her surprise. For more information on how the spots were produced look at the "Behind the Scenes" video on this page at the top. 

Awards:

  • EMMY Nomination - National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

  • TELLY'S (2) Award - Local TV Commercial Festival Awards

  • Silver Award - Houston International Film Festival

For a number of years we produced all the television and radio advertising for "Trak Auto" corporation. They had stores in a number of major markets around the USA. We hired Pat Harrington, Jr. (Schneider on "One Day at a Time" series) as the spokesperson 'in character' for the spots. We shot the spots in Washington, DC (Trak Auto Corporate headquarters) in February. Needless to say it was COLD. Pat had to drink iced water just before each take so we would not see his breath. He was not a happy puppy!! He was, however great to work with. When we finally moved production to Los Angles he took three of us up in his private airplane to see the skiers on Big Bear Mountain. What fun!!!

Awards:

  • TELLY Award - Local TV Commercial Festival Awards

  • EMMY Award  - National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

  • Gold Award - Houston International Film Festival

  • Silver Award - Association of Visual Communicators

 

When a number of Americans were burning the flag in protest to our war efforts, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) asked us to produce a PSA that would be accepted by the networks and individual stations as a Public Service Announcement. As a rule stations and networks do not accept 'controversial' spots unless you pay for commercial time. This spot "It Says A Lot About Us" was accepted by every media outlet it was presented to. This was also the first time a commercial company was allowed to shoot at Arlington Cemetery.

Awards:

  • EMMY Award - National Association of TV Arts & Sciences

  • TELLY Award - Local TV Commercial Festival Awards

  • FINALIST - Best Achievement in Local Commercial - International Overproduction Society Monitor Awards

Another of the Trak Auto spots we shot in the DC area. Pat Harrington was an avid tennis player and made it part of his contract that he would be allowed to play each morning before coming to the set. So, no real early calls for the crew. He had a genuine interest in the quality of the work and his performance. He became famous with the producers to regularly calling for a "Conference" to adjust the script throughout the day. 

Award:

  • Gold Plaque - Chicago International Film Festival

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