Commercial Projects for School

Included are three Commercials I had to produce for class, based on pre-written material. I had to record vocals, include a sound bed and a sound effect. Also, I've included a script for a commercial I had to write myself - Audio to come, next week. 

Filter Fresh Coffee Systems
Ugh, what’s with this mess all over the break room? There’s cream on the floor, coffee grounds on the counter and we’re out of filters. Someone here should call FILTER FRESH COFFEE SYSTEM so we can have great coffee at the office with a touch of a button. Filter fresh has systems for every size work place – No Pots, No filters, no mess. All you do is press a button. Filter fresh has the latest in individual cup coffee systems, including Keurig and Starbucks interactive brewer. Filter fresh serves 100% Arabica coffees, both in Regular and decaf, as well as gourmet coffee blends from Van OOOT, coffee roasters, Starbucks, Green Mountain and more; all you do is press a button! For the folks who don’t like coffee, Filter Fresh Coffee System also supplies teas, sodas, juice, paper goods and more! So call Filter Fresh Coffee System @847-699-6040 that’s 847-699-6040 Filter Fresh Coffee System – “Great coffee at work without the mess!”  

Interview With Ami From Distant Cousins

On July 14th, I had the opportunity to do an interview with Ami Kozak of Distant Cousins. I was working on The Edge, and it was a simple call-in interview. I think I mention the time confusion, as he's on the West Coast, and I'm in Chicago. 

A little about the band, from their Facebook bio:
The three songwriters/producers who make up DISTANT
COUSINS have more than enough musical and personal
connections to justify the name of their band. And their chemistry
was so strong that their first official writing session resulted in a
spirited song appropriately called “On My Way.”

“The excitement and enthusiasm of our working together was
immediately in the air,” says Ami Kozak. “We really felt like we
were on our way.” Based in Los Angeles, DISTANT COUSINS first
formed in late 2012 when Kozak and Dov Rosenblatt, childhood
friends from the East Coast, decided to collaborate.

At a private concert, they performed “When We Love,” a song that
Dov had written with Duvid Swirsky, another longtime friend,
musician and third member of the band.

Inspired, Ami offered to bring it into the studio to record and
produce the track. The sessions that followed were just as fruitful as
the first, resulting in an EP’s worth of alternative folk pop tunes that
are vibrant and heartfelt, and will sway your soul to the brighter
side of life.

Dov, Ami and Duvid each bring to the collaboration impressive
musical resumes.

Duvid’s musical roots formed growing up surrounded by music
in a small village in Israel. He co-founded the internationally
renowned band MOSHAV, who have sold over 100,000 albums
worldwide. Signing to Sony JMG in 1999 Duvid has created music
with Grammy award winning musicians and producers such as Ron
Aniello, Cliff Norrell, Rami Jaffee and Arron Embery.

Dov began his professional career in college with the band Blue
Fringe, releasing three independent albums and touring the world
for eight years. He co-fronts LA duo The Wellspring, whose
licensing success includes placements in hit television shows
HOUSE MD and COUGAR TOWN and they recently scored all
original music for upcoming feature film, COFFEE TOWN.

Ami began his career working independently for international
advertising agencies and music houses composing music for
companies such as Hallmark, Apple, Toyota, Cadillac, Chevy and
Best Buy. He released an EP as a solo artist with Mophonics Music
and Sound/Universal Music Publishing, and recently was featured
performing his seasonal single “It’s That Time of Year” live for
HGTV’s national holiday promo.

Combined experience and complimentary musical worldviews have
blended seamlessly in DISTANT COUSINS.

“I love the synergy of this group because we really do each bring
something different to the music,” says Dov, “Ami’s production
and engineering chops are stellar.” Ami adds, “Dov helps to get
our collage of ideas to a solidified song. He pulls us through the
inevitable hurdles and obstacles a new song will always present.”
Both love that Duvid’s raw and authentic approach brings a
down-to-earth sensibility to the music. “He has managed to
maintain a real organic connection to music throughout his years
of experience,” says Ami, “I love his instincts and the soul that he
brings.”

In their short time as a band, DISTANT COUSINS is already
showing signs that they are “on their way.” Their debut single, "Raise It Up," was prominently featured on USA's 'Graceland' and CBS's 'Criminal Minds.' Keep an eye out for much more music soon...

Radio Promos

I've been working on promos for my radio show - "The Metal Mortuary" - and here's a small sample of the latest ones I've produced. These Promos were recorded and edited using Adobe Audition. 

Country Grits is a spoof on a country music radio show. All voices done by the author. 

This track is obviously a spoof of the stereotypical "Morning Zoo" theme.  

A promo I used Featuring a song by Green Jelly. 

This promo features a sample from the 1987 film, "Robocop."

This promo features a sample from the film, "True Romance", featuring Christopher Walken. 

My Two Minute Story

One of the first assignments we had to do in class (by the way, I'm going to Broadcasting School) was to write a two minute story and read it in front of the class. We had to go to  Creative Writing Prompts and pick a topic. Mine was, "You hand in your final report before leaving the office and the lights go out." 

Finally, I push myself away from the desk, my prison guard, my warden and walk over to Culver’s desk. I slap the TPS report down in his inbox with a final, fatal thud.

“Here you go, slave driver!” I think to myself as I taste that first shot of Maker’s Mark hit my tongue already. I was supposed to meet Ruby and the crew an hour ago, but Culver insisted that I stay late to get those final reports turned in for the weekend. Of course, I’m too much of a sap to ever say no to my overbearing manager.

I stroll back over to my desk, briskly grab my leather bag and my over-priced Ralph Lauren coat and toss them over my shoulder. The office emits a barely perceptible buzz as I walk through the empty halls. My brain is in shut-down mode as I slide my dangling left hand across the cold, reflective stainless –steel knobs of the locked offices. I fumble with my keys and suddenly there’s a pop as the lights go dim and crackle out completely. I’m suddenly surrounded by blackness. My eyes strain against the darkness as I feel panic creep up the back of my spine. My keys clatter to the floor as I fumble through my coat to find my cell phone. The quiet is deafening.

Somewhere in the distance I can hear a faint alarm klaxon. I’m startled by a sudden banging on the double glass doors ahead of me. In a flash, the emergency lights click on, bathing the hallway in a sickly blue/green light. I bend down to grab my keys as my eyes strain to adjust to the brilliance of the emergency lighting. I can feel the emergency power stir the sleeping equipment in the office as the banging twenty yards ahead of me continues.

“Hello?” I passively inquire.

BANG.

I shuffle forward; the tension is palpable.

BANG.

“Hello,” I echo to the phantom knocker at the entrance.

The lights flicker ahead of me. The emergency lights gulping power from the generators hidden somewhere in the dungeon of the building.

BANG BANG BANG

The wrapping becomes more intense. I struggle to move forward towards the door.

With a crack, the pane explodes  and I can hear something other than human growling towards the entrance of the building. There’s another crash at the door and I’m screaming, fleeing in the opposite direction. I've lost all control and instinct guides me away from the roar ushering me towards my demise... 

Creative kind shit

So, being less than two weeks out from Gen Con, it's the perfect time to start working on some props for next year. Yes, we are already working on the game for 2015, and in fact, we were back on the grind Monday morning after the Con.

Anyways, we have a lot of ideas for more physical and visual props, which we will continue to work on throughout the year. Unfortunately, I only have two very basic images, just as a tease. 

Image number one is just a sample of some paper aging effects I've been trying out. 

A little bit of coffee and baking adds a nice effect. 

The following picture is a sample of a page from something occult. Exactly what that means, I can't say. 

Work in progress. Much more to come. 

Without giving anything away, the hope is to have a ton of stuff for the players to actually hold and look at and manipulate. Hope you guys are as excited for 2015 as we are. 

That's it for tonight. 

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