Every once in a while, in this crazy business, the planets line up and you have an experience that magically transcends what you imagined was going to take place. Such was the experience I had shooting a party video for a Cyrix Corporation. Cyrix was a company I had been performing for since their inception in 1989. I performed in their videos, at their trade shows in Las Vegas, at company parties and they even took me to Redmond, WA to perform at the Windows 95 launch with them. They were that client that a performer dreams of – always wanting something really fun, something different, and willing to take chances and be edgy. This was, and is, a rarity in the world of corporate performing.
The videos producer/director, Bob Garvin, and I did not go into the shoot hoping for much.
After all, we were going into a workplace, full of busy employees and I was dressed as Groucho Marx. We both felt that if we got anything that was mildly funny we would have been lucky. But magic happened that day! The employees were amazing, funny, and up for anything we threw at them.
We took over the building; barging into meetings, storming cubicles, and even invading their silicon lab (they made computer chips). The director and I clicked so well that we were writing bits and coming up with ideas on the fly - and they all were WORKING! We got so much great footage that he had to leave a lot of big laughs on the cutting room floor. The spirit of Groucho inhabited me as I interviewed, cajoled, chased and played with the employees in a way I would never have been able to do merely as Bo. Director, Actor and Steadicam operator coalesced into a lean, mean, creative team, and a force to be reckoned with.
And the director, Bob Garvin, did such an amazing job of editing the craziness into a hysterical video featuring Groucho, but starring the wonderful employees of Cyrix. Bob also did one other amazing thing. He submitted the finished video to the Telly Award selection committee, without telling me. The Telly Award is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. AND WE WON!!! He asked me out to lunch and surprised me with the award statue.
Near the end of this short excerpt from the video (go ahead – click on it) there’s a “security camera view” of Groucho dancing on the loading dock with one of the employees. Now that’s a magical day!