Our planning session went well, I just went along with their ideas and they finally came up with a water commercial. I added a little bit now and again, we came up with a storyboard and product name and such.
"Who should be the talent? Who plays the guy in the desert?" Tad asked.
We joked around a bit and then Chris said, "Let’s have McNiz do it, he’d be perfect."
I was called McNiz in our class.
Everyone else agreed, "Yeah McNiz!"
The premise was pretty simple, yet it worked! A guy lost in the desert happens across a bucket of bottled water. His favorite isn’t in the bucket which he desperately searched through, so he screams. Then close by he spots his favorite bottled water like a mirage, he scrambles over to it, quickly opens it and gulps some down. After this sip he is transported from the desert to a beautiful mountain valley next to the stream where his favorite water is found.
So our group checked out a camera, bought numerous bottles of water and drove to the Sand Dunes, where we filmed me falling down a sandy hill--about 10 takes in the HOT April sand, I had sand everywhere!
Then we did five or six takes of me rifling through the bucket and screaming at the end and spotting something in the distance, about the same amount of takes of me taking a big gulp of the saving water. Then we left the sand dunes and found a road going up toward Blanca Peak, one of the 14’ers. We filmed me in the same pose as in the desert so we could edit those together and drove back.
I had a blast, it was fun being "the talent." When we got back they went over the footage and put together what we needed with some music and a voice-over, presto!
But we only got a "C" plus we got in trouble for taking the camera off campus!
The transition worked well, we synced up my shot from the desert perfectly with the shot in the mountains.
I think they gave us a "B" after we "lobbied" for a better grade.