This Week, I Channel Harper Lee…

Remember back when I told you how I was writing, directing and producing some TV commercials for an attorney friend?  Well, today and tomorrow, we’re filming six more commercials.  All these commercials have a similar theme, and they start when he’s a child in the early 60s, and end in current times.

They’re part of a series, and we’re trying to make people look forward to the next one.  The best example of this I can think of is the Stove Top Stuffing commercials where the man dresses as a Pilgrim.  (Sadly, I can’t find any of them on YouTube anymore, so you’ll just have to see them next Thanksgiving if they show them again.)  Those always crack me up!

Today, we’re filming the actor who plays the attorney as a small child, and tomorrow, we’ll be filming the attorney in court.  Though due to the Florida Bar regulations, we’re not actually allowed to film him in a real courtroom.  As such, we had to rent out the old courthouse museum, and stage a courtroom there.

The courtroom we’ll be using was built in 1908, and it looks very much like the one in the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  In fact, the last couple of times we were there to inspect just how we’d have to set things up to film, I could swear I heard Gregory Peck whispering to me in the distance.  I’ll be sure to take photos so I can show you the real thing soon.

Time to talk:  Do certain TV commercials grab your attention more than others?  When you realize some commercials are part of a series, do you look forward to the next installment?

28 thoughts on “This Week, I Channel Harper Lee…

  1. I love that first stovetop commercial Rachel – so funny! I know I’ve had favourite commercials, I just cant think of any right now. I hope we get to see the commercials you’re making on here. ❤
    Diana xo

  2. I only watch (save for my beloved Arsenal and the BBC News- BBC has no commercials) pre-recorded stuff thus avoiding commercials entirely! Whatever, I’m a miserable old sod who wishes you, young Rachel every success in your endeavours!

  3. Wow, sounds exciting Rachel. The truth is, I tune out so badly at commercials that sometimes my kids will ask me questions about the commercials and I have no idea what I was just watching. Some of them are really good though, and definitely go catch my attention, as I’m sure yours will be.

  4. Very cool about the courtroom. There’s so much news about To Kill A Mockingbird right now with Harper Lee’s new (old) book scheduled to be published soon. I love Atticus Finch, and I would think a commercial that makes someone think of him would inspire confidence. Good luck!

    I don’t watch many commercials because we record a lot of shows and fast forward through them, but I think the series idea is a good one. 🙂
    I remember the Taster’s Choice commercials from years ago with the man and the woman and the maybe romance. I think they went on for years. I just looked it up, and I didn’t realize the man was Anthony Stewart Head!

    • Aww, that’s so sweet! So get your self on the next plane and come on down! You and Karen can be in the next time we film in about a month. And on non-filming days, you can visit Disney and the beach and the golf courses. 🙂 Then you and I can go bowling. 🙂

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