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For those of you who are interested in a little behind-the-scenes commentary, here are a few things I can add:
I personally worked for 2 days before a 4 day shoot (I worked 2 of the actual shoot days). Then I worked 3 days for reshoots. So I had 7 days of work total for a 60 second ad. To put it another way, that’s roughly 84 hours of work for sixty SECONDS. Craziness.
Both the leading actors were really nice. =)
All the basketball games were completely scripted – proof that almost everything you see on camera is totally staged even when it seems real.
And isn’t it amazing that Dallas can look like China? lol – that”s the magic of the set decorations and costumes.
The jerseys the players are wearing starting at the :42 mark were the bulk of my work for the reshoots. There were 2 full teams worth of jerseys and all were basically one size too big for the actors in the scene (the M was more like a L, the L was more like an XL, and so on) so they all had to be altered. Unfortunately, they couldn’t just be taken in on the side-seams because there weren’t exactly side-seams. The sides were a panel of horizontal stripes and the seams were serged and top-stitched. I actually had to call in another costumer friend to help (thanks, Traci!) and together it took us about a day and a half to cut them all down and sew them back up to fit properly.
Those same jerseys have the date 2029 and the letters W.M.C.C.B on them. No one knows what the letters actually mean (one good theory is that they’re the initials of some guys working in the corporate office) but one of the extras came up with a really funny version of his own: “Will My Check Come Before 2029?” LOL!
And the answer (for me anyway) is yes, because I received my check last week. Thanks, Nike! =)