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It’s no wonder that after the introduction of the internet someone is able to be in two places at once…without leaving the confines of one’s studio.
But recently, it still amazes me that a guy in New York can be cast from his long-time agent in Atlanta for a radio spot in Hawaii for a company in Columbia…and oh yes, speaking with a Colombian accent. I mean damn, is this cool or what! Colombia Emerald Exhibition
This film pulsates the reality of what it was like in this area of New York City, before it became Disneyland…when you had to be tough to walk these streets.
It’s a bit rough around the edges for younger audiences. This 2003 Sundance Jury Prize winner for short film explores the customers who frequented the Terminal Bar – a down-&- out watering hole in Times Square across the street from the Port Authority. Sheldon Nadelman, the bartender, shot over 1,500 black and white portraits during his ten year stint there from 1972-1982. The bar was owned by Murray Goldman, Sheldon’s father-in-law. This film also uses a technique that brings to life Sheldon’s still photos with the collaboration of narrative & an original scored music from Stefan Nadelman. The result is a textural journey of electrifying images and sound. I was proud to be part of the narration and character portrayal that I hope lends this film some authenticity and enjoyment.
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For the followup Terminal Bar vignettes, see:
Porters, Bouncers, and Bartenders: http://youtu.be/USDCEyHt7rI
Pimps and Prostitutes: http://youtu.be/AdyZ9LOXmZA
The Garbage Can: http://youtu.be/w5_BRQ3gITI
Directed and Animated by Stefan Nadelman
Narration by Tom Clifford
Music by Dick Zved, Michael Reid, Steve Rossiter
Well, it just goes to show you, when you’re closed down creatively it ain’t gonna happen. Thing is, sometimes you can’t see that wall. Happy to say that with the right people behind you, you can shake-off the negative influences preventing you from being creative and think inside the ‘B-O-X’ again.
My agent in Texas actually noticed that something had come over me. They had a Big-Ass soda client asking for an audition that on the surface didn’t seem to have that much to wonder about it. Specs for the read were of the typical garden variety; voice should be personable…maybe with a wink here & there. Ahhh, but there was one startling wrinkle as they say, the spot was a :60 and there was 290 words of copy. I was initially resistant and asked my agent to convey to the client a consideration to edit out some words.
They wondered why I was counting words, whereas I would normally use them as a guide or key to develop the character. They were right…I was creatively shut down.
Okay, shake off the negative, forget for a second the spot defies the normal standard of 140 words per minute. Now, what sort of character could gobble-up all those words without it sounding like fast-talker John Moschitta, from the classic Amex spots. Chris Tucker-ish maybe? OR a Dennis Leary-ish rat-a-tat-tat patter could work. Hummm. Laid down a few passes of possible characters. Sure enough, had something that sounded right and came in at :60. Actually :60.2 seconds. Love not Like
Morale of the story – try and limit the negative influences…but, more important, catch what they’ve done to you early on. And they don’t need to be editorialized to anyone. You wind up, perpetuating and reliving them. And, you’re still thinking like them. It’s rubbed off. That negative, no-can-do mind set. For me, the next time I make an excuse or try and rationalize that it Can’t be Done, I’m gonna S-T-O-P the presses, Shake-Off yesterday and start coming around to the good life.
Almost not enuf time to Post…With the New Year starting off with unbelievable voice & production activity!
This year off and running with the Plan-A Agency in Beirut, Lebanon, MV-Productions in New York, Occupy Phoenix in Arizona and social media clients all wanting to be heard.
Fright Night tv spot comes to New York audience to Scare Up some Shocking Results with Tom Clifford’s voice of Mayhem.
These are a series of Haunt genre spots that are generic for national use with the ability to insert logos and tags for regional or local areas.
Jason Swarr of Elswarro productions in Arizona is CEO and director.
is back featuring: Tom Clifford, VoiceOver & Creative Services as voice over for 8-Zone’s promos & Audio Web Greetings!
Canobie Lake Park features Tom Clifford as voiceover in the series of TV spots to unveil their New Thrill Ride – Equinox.
August 30th, 2012 Long Beach, Long Island, New York – the First Annual International Film Festival begins. A Celebration of Film in the City by the Sea! I was delighted to be asked to attend this year’s Gala event with my lovely wife Maria on the boardwalk & beach outside the Allegria Hotel. Christine Longobardi-Lopez, President – Business Development & Marketing Consultant offered an invite.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect until Thursday the 3oth. Coming up the boardwalk at National Blvd. gave way to a vision to that of Access Hollywood. Klieg lights flooded the Red carpet walkway for festival attendees and stars. Donna Drake the evenings MC, welcomed attendees who were decked out to the nines in evening formal wear. Donna worked-the-walkway with her adept interviewing to keep things moving along for the nights awards and film short features.
On the beach; a swath of white screen stretching 25 x 50 feet appeared to be floating on the sea as the ultimate backdrop for the nights chosen short films. Accented by a full Blue-Moon and the groove sounds of Mark Shine’s Reggae playing. The Allegria Hotel generously donated the use of all their lounges that dotted the shoreline with row after row to conjure an almost Drive-In movie nuance! BTW, it was rather cool to have the film’s sound trax complimented by the surf gently coming in every 20 or so seconds – Nature’s White-Noise.
Hats-Off to Christine and all the crew for capturing the evening’s sizzle, style and community presence. A daunting feat of coordinating that came off without a hitch. The only thing missing maybe, would’ve been one of those pesky off-to-the-side announcer types who do what they do for such events. Remember Peter Coyote at the Oscars.
Word has it that preparations are already in the works to make next year’s Festival Bigger, Better and Longer (a few days perhaps).