Happy Holidays from Fox Music 2013

Arrghh!  Again!   I had a lot of pressure to top last year’s card.   It was a good one.  One take like in Goodfellas (albeit not nearly as good).   So this year I though we’d do a movie trailer.   Hey we work in the movie business so why not?

The idea was the different departments would be factions against each other coming together in the end.   I drafted out the concept and enlisted a writer.    Everyone in the department was on board (thankfully) and we scheduled a shoot date.   A couple of days before we were getting notice that they were going to shoot How I Met Your Mother outside our building on the same day we scheduled our shoot.     Well that’s all the Stage department needed to hear – that there was a covert shoot going on.  Not good!   So I called and begged and got permission.   Not only that, we would have security and fire & safety crew too.   Alright!   We’re going legit!

Day of shoot I was a nervous wreck.   I had finagled a Condor (aka cherry picker) and it was late.   Finally it was on it’s way and most of the department was ready…time to shoot!

Everything went smoothly.   We had security block off the streets so we didnt have to worry about traffic or any of the tiny tots getting hurt.    I didn’t even flinch on the Condor…considering I was 100+ feet in the air.   One person was late and delayed us for a while but then I decided to push on without him.

The edit went pretty well.   I had to go back to the lot and get more material when I finally figured out the angle.  Really the only thing I was stuck on was the chyrons for each department.   Fonts are always a big thing with me.   I ended up going pretty basic.

The finishing touch was the voiceover.  I knew in 2 seconds that Pete Sepenuk was perfect.  He nailed it and as soon as I put the VO on the whole thing was 100 times better.

Anyhow, I love how it came out.    Happy Holidays, until next year!

3 Responses to “Happy Holidays from Fox Music 2013”

  1. Celeste says:

    I have a question what if you do not have a microwave? I know I’m the only who doesn’t lol

    • cathymerenda says:

      Not the only one! Ha ha. When I first started making this cake I didn’t have a microwave either. So instead of microwaving just boil the clementines in a pot of water for a good hour or until soft. Drain the water very well before you run them in the food processor.

  2. […] Last year we enlisted the studio to help block off streets around our building on the lot and I had a script written and voice over done.    This year, we got to shoot on an actual stage!  Stage 21 is the former How I Met Your Mother stage – or part of it.   It was great because there were dressing rooms (more on that later)!  I again had a script written but we stepped it up a little bit more again! […]

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