An eager ad executive pitches what he believes is the perfect ad campaign to three suits from the American Beer Board. It's not.
If this movie were rated: PG13
Comedy, Adult Content
"as advertised" Cast
Tarra Marina Flores
"as advertised" Crew
|David Ligon||Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Etc.|
|Gottfried Mittermayer||Director of Photography|
|Tarra Marina Flores||Assistant Producer|
"Lonely's Best Friend"
Vocals by Dan Wallace
Music by Dan Wallace
Engineered by Dan Wallace
Lyrics by David Ligon
So, for as long as I can remember I have used the screenwriting software Final Draft to write my scripts, including the script for As Advertised. Final Draft makes writing a script easy and its intuitiveness in formatting is a real time saver (I remember when I first was dabbling in screenwriting trying to do it in Microsoft Word -- talk about a nightmare). If you are a fledgling screenwriter, then I highly recommend you use the Final Draft software. It costs a little money, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.
About the making of "as advertised"
Year's ago, The Sacramento Bee had a film competition called "Show Me Your Shorts", or something like that. At the time, I was going to shoot Portrait of a Red Light Woman with Tarra Marina Flores, when she shot me an email with the competition info wanting to know if I wanted to make the film for that. Well, it couldn't be done because the parameters were for no more than a 6:00 minute film and Portrait of a Red Light Woman was about a 20 page script. So I wrote "as advertised" and it became the first film I made.
The film also marked the first time working with Dan Wallace, aka my music guy. I gave gave him what I thought was a 30 second song and he wrote music and recorded it and it came out to about a minute. So we split the song into two and I use each version for the two different commercials in the film.
In the movie, we had to show The Sacramento Bee (which explains the opening shot) and then probably couldn't have cursing, or drug use, or nudity.
I shot the commercials on two separate days by myself and recorded the last shot on a third day, but all the stuff in the office took place over the course of one day.
The film makes fun of both the advertising industry and specifically beer advertising, but of course, we don't tell you that. You kind of have to figure it out that this is a parody.
Beginning with "as advertised" and through Menage a Ted, Tarra and Sean Morneau have been in all my film productions, whether as cameo's, supporting actors or lead actor.