Had a 7:30 am shoot at the Buy For Less on NW Expressway this morning. Todd Fraser manned the cameras as we shot Chefs Sean and Cathy Cummings in the Gourmet Grille. We taped four segments, cooking everything from tuna to dessert.
Sean reports his Sean Cummings’ Irish Pub is doing outstanding business. He’s got a hit on his hands. The place at 9610 N May seems to be picking up steam since opening in August . Cathy said likewise for Vito’s, at 7521 N. May Avenue. She said they’ve often had establishments open at the same time, but rarely have both been going great guns at the same time. Good for them, they are lots of fun to work with and good people.
Took about an hour to knock out the four segments, about 90 minutes on site for set up and take down.
I drove up to Edmond following the shoot to check out a post I saw on Twitter: that Denny’s was so packed the person went next door to I-Hop. Worked well for both businesses. Denny’s aired a Super Bowl commercial promising America free Grand Slam breakfasts today from 6 am to 2 pm. And sure enough, the parking lot on Second Street was completely packed, overflowing next door to Old Chicago.
The game was great, but were the ads?
The Super Bowl is widely believed to be the biggest day of the year for TV commercials.
Bud, Pepsi, Bridgestone, even Cash 4 Gold advertised.
NBC’s Hulu.com has all of the Super Bowl commercials. To the right is the Hulu.com embed code.
Clicking a thumbnail will take you to the Hulu.com site (one of my favorites, an amazing site). You can vote on ads at Hulu.com as well.
AdAge.com rated the commercials. It’s favorite?
AdAge.com’s Bob Garfield gave two ads 4 stars:
Coke Zero’s Mean Troy, a remake of the 1980 Mean Joe Greene ad, received four stars for its spot-on, word for word remake of the 1980′s classic.
The other top ad according to Bob Garfield came from Monster.com, an ad called Double Take.
The lowest rated ad? Garfield gave zero stars to Teleflora, for “ridiculing homely people about how ugly and sad they are. ”
The Oklahoman’s Matthew Price of Nerdage fame has embedded Super Bowl videos on his blog with some comments, check it out.
Sometimes on NewsOK you’ll see various advertising that is beyond the usual tile or banner. You may have seen the Oklahoma City Philharmonic or a choir “walk out” on the screen of your browser.
We use a green screen in the 7th floor studio, similar to what you see on the local TV stations’ weather segments. You can see in the above picture (click for larger image) Brad Belyeu with a cut-out basketball (yes, basketball) on his head. The newest walk-out ad is more of a “peel-away” ad that you’ll see at the top right corner of your browser.
The Thunder basketball bought this form of advertising on NewsOK and we’ll have it online soon.
Brad is a season ticket holder to the Thunder. We spent about an hour in the studio earlier this week working on this shot. Todd Fraser used C-stands usually meant for lights or shades to work as a window that pushes down; then draped it in green to keep the green screen effect.