Phil Bowker is back with us. Having had to turn about half a dozen projects down because of his commitment to PhoneShop3, we’re delighted to have him back and available for advertising projects.
The production schedule for PhoneShop3 was as gruelling as ever. The unit was still turning over on Good Friday and Easter Monday….and as writer, producer and director on the show, Phil was utterly exhausted by the end of it. But filming is complete. And the new series is being edited.
Who knows what drama will unfold in the badlands of South London’s retail sector – all will be revealed later in the year.
In the meantime….Bowker is back with us.
Baggyshorts. ‘Stuff for Screens’
The soft launch for Baggyshorts continues. And we welcome on board the charming and talented Cassidy Burcher. Cass has been filming some lovely ‘Making Of’ pieces for various ad agencies. And he’s has been making some online ads as well. A winning smile, an obvious filming talent and a friendly style makes dealing with Cassidy an absolute pleasure. He wears his Baggyshorts with pizzaz.
Baggyshorts is dedicated to making stuff for screens. Doesn’t matter whether that’s ads, virals, (that ubiquitous word) ‘content’ or just plain ‘stuff’. It’s what we’re here for. The soft launch continues…..
Everybody Loves John Lloyd…..
If you were watching the National Television Awards last week then you will have seen Qi walk off with the “Best Panel Show” prize. It’s only taken 10 years! The fact that Lloydy was determined to shake up the format ahead of the last series might have had something to do with its success. 150 shows in – and with a contract to produce at least two more series – Qi is looking brighter than ever.
And while we’re in the mood to heap praise on The Commander – Jason Stone (who edits David’s Reviews) has interviewed Lloydy for the on-going “Desert Island Clips” series. You can find John’s contribution here.
And lastly – the BBC are running a three part documentary series looking at the ‘Business of Comedy’. “Gags to Riches” looks at the money that can be made by comedians. A number of John’s most famous commercials feature in the show. View it on the iPlayer now.
PhoneShop Takes On The US
In an effort to establish a foothold in the US market, a ‘sizzle’ for PhoneShop has been cut. This will be used to tout the show to the US broadcast commissioners across the course of 2013.
Phil Bowker was initially sceptical that the UK phone shop experience reflected the US equivalent. But whilst on holiday on the West Coast he visited a phone store to purchase a ‘burner’ that he could run cheaply whilst staying in the US. As soon as he mentioned the dreaded phrase ‘pay as you go’ he could see the light go out in the sales assistant’s eyes. At a stroke he became the lowest priority customer in the shop. Ever.
Phil explained the premise of ‘PhoneShop’ to the sales person who (eventually) served him. And explained how UK phone shop staff attempt to maximise tariffs sold at every opportunity. “Oh we have that here” volunteered the sales person “We call it ‘vulturing’…”.
Sounds like the US are going to ‘get’ PhoneShop right away……