In the Sydney Royal Easter Show Commercial

4 days before the school holidays ended I went for an audition to star in the 2013 Sydney Royal Easter Show Commercial.

I was selected and that meant I had to miss the first day of school.

Before filming, I read the whole script and instructions. Even though there were no speaking parts, there were cartoons called storyboards, that explained how the scenes were going to happen. This is the first time I had seen cartoons describing the scenes and I really liked it.

I was cast as a little girl in a family visiting the Easter Show. It was really fun working with the animals and I liked the way the scenes were organised by the director, Adrian Brown.

Figure:

Figure: Getting ready

Figure: My new TV family were great to spend the day with

Figure: My new TV family were great to spend the day with

Figure: Face painting. Just like being at a birthday party

Figure: Face painting. Just like being at a birthday party

Figure: Finished. My face is painted. You can see it (just), in the last scene of the commercial

Figure: Finished. My face is painted. You can see it (just), in the last scene of the commercial

Figure: This is the fireworks scene. The last scene of the commercial

Figure: Doing the fireworks scene. The last scene of the commercial

– – Planning the commercial was soooo interesting – –

What I found really interesting for this commercial, was the cartoons we were given to read. These are called “Story Boards” and each cartoon is called a “Panel”. In the past I was given long scripts to read. This time I just had to read the cartoons of each scene which is easy with the pictures. On the day, some things slightly changed and some of the Panels did not make it into the final commercial. I have put 2 of my favourite Story Boards here:

* Storyboard 3 (with 6 Panels) – Petting at the zoo

Here it explains what I have to do in the zoo scene.

Panel 2: I started by pulling my “brother’s” hand into the farming area. Then I patted the sheep.

Panel 6: In this last scene we got some cool glasses and got funky!

It is interesting to me how they explained all this in pictures.

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* Storyboard 6 (with 4 Panels) – Fireworks

This was the last scene. The face painter arrived at 8pm to paint the kid’s faces. I liked that a lot.

The 1st panel was the one that took the longest to shoot. The 2nd and 3rd panels are only different camera angles of the 1st panel.

Although all 4 of these panels were shot, the last panel didn’t make it into the commercial. That 4th one was done in front of a green screen and I guess the director liked the real crowd instead.

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Most of my class at school told me that they saw me on TV in the ad!

So many people were involved in making this commercial. I was surprised it was only 30 seconds long.  I didn’t get home until 11pm that night, but I still was not tired. Thank you to everyone.

Director Adrian Brown
Executive Producer James Whitehill
Producer Tamiko Chee
Producer/AD Matt Chee
DOP Marcus OʼBrien
1st AD Chris Baron
Production Assistant Samira Johnson
Camera Assistant Eric Downer
Camera Assist Dave Smith
Data Wrangler John Kung
Gaffer Zac Murphy
Best Boy Damian Seagar
Hair and MU Sharon Massey
Stylist Ali Griffiths
Stylist Assistant Chloe Rose
Golden Ridge Farm Alissa
KO Angus Tim Lord
In Nobodies Shadow Face Painter
CD Karl Reynolds
Producer Tamsyn Roach
Art Director Noel Smetanig
Account Director David Di Veroli
Woman Barbara Bingham
Man Mike Griggs
Dad Scott Pirlo
Mum Nicolette Kenny
Older Daughter Nhyree Sheldrick
Son Zak Skaf
Younger Daughter Ruby Cogan

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

Ruby

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