These funny films aim to do for commercial production what 'The Office' did for 9-to-5 life

Community Films and directors Pam Thomas and Jean portray some familiar scenarios

Published On
Aug 01, 2019

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A new web series from Community Films, director Pam Thomas and directorial collective Jean aims to do for the commercial production world what "The Office" did for the 9-to-5 set. 

The "Commercials" series portrays some cringe-worthy scenarios which anyone involved in advertising production will surely recognize, and there are moments that will certainly make you laugh—or possibly cry. 

Told from the point of view of the hapless production company, the episiodes focus on different aspects of the process and the personalities involved, from the over-involved marketing team to the insecure ad agency, to the egomaniac director. There's the client (seen here) who wants to make the lead actress more "ethnically ambiguous," the meeting that appears to have gone brilliantly until the client calls the moment the production company has left the room; the diva director who won't get out of his car and get back on set; the agency who feels they're being snubbed by the production crew on set; a pre-production meeting that goes off the rails and the young directing team who meet a washed-up "top" director in the break room. 

“As commercial directors and former advertising creatives, we’ve experienced hundreds of completely ridiculous moments during productions where we looked at each other and said, ‘this needs to be a show,’” says Natalie Prisco of Jean. 

The five minute web films are expertly scripted—they're particularly good at skewering industry fakeness and awkwardness, and the performances spot-on. If you're part of this world, you'll most likely wince with recognition. 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits

Date
Aug 01, 2019
Client:
Community Films
Directed by:
Jean
Written by:
Natalie Prisco
Story by :
Jean
Created by:
Jean
Created by:
Pam Thomas
Production Company:
Community Films
Executive Producer:
Lizzie Schwartz
Executive Producer:
Carl Swan
Producer:
Tony Cantale
Director of Photography:
Neil Shapiro
Nate Young:
Nate Lang
Maggie Cheng:
Ana Parsons
Ashley:
Ali Hillis
DK:
DK Uzoukwu
Agency Producer:
Brent Popolizio
Head Client:
Rebecca Tilney
AD:
Sam Carsons
EA Woman:
Rachel Varela
Editor:
Angela Cheng
Production Designer:
Jace Ford
Original Score:
Jay Lifton
Casting Director:
Chad McKnight
Casting Assistant:
Rachel Varela
Re-Recording Engineer:
Robin Buyer
Re Record:
Pulse Music
Colorist:
Quinn Alvarez
First AD:
Julianne Maiello
Second AD:
Aban Sonia
Script Supervisor:
Lucia Pier
Production Supervisor:
Andrea Tello
Production Coordinator:
Kathy Burnham
Art Director:
Chad Bailey
Leadman:
John Horlick
Set Decorator:
Marisa Collins
Prop Master:
Greg Schultz
Set Dresser:
Marty McCue
Costume Designer:
Julie Vogel
Key Costumer:
Kristin Hazen
Costumer:
Ariel Kostrzewski
Key Make Up:
Brenna Bash
Make Up Assistant:
Laura Connelly
Camera Operator:
Bill Robinson
First AC / A Camera:
Diona Mavis
First AC / B Camera:
Jason Kinney
Second AC:
Austin Pedroni
DIT:
Lee Summer
Gaffer:
Tim Stratton
Key Grip:
Marco Pearson
Sound Mixer:
Scott Farr
Boom:
Jason Brooks
VTR:
Mike Waters
Key PA:
Francisco Hernandez
Production Assistant:
Scott Belsky
Production Assistant:
Patrick McElroy
Production Assistant:
Scott Kukla
Production Assistant:
Phoebe MacCurrach
Production Assistant:
Jeremy Meizlish
Production Assistant:
Tony Paoli
Production Assistant:
Ted Sheahan
Special Thanks:
House Casting
Special Thanks:
Cosmo Street Editorial
Special Thanks:
Pulse Music
Special Thanks:
Apache
Editor:
Angela Cheng
Editor:
Aaron Langley
Editor:
Barney Miller

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