Commercials, Commercials, Commercials
It was a summer of commercials at Thunder Studios! We were proud to be the venue of choice for productions of a number of the world’s most recognizable brands. Some of the companies we recently hosted include Calvin Klein, Target, Apartments.com, Heineken Beer, one of the world’s largest tech companies (I can’t disclose), and automotive companies including Kia, Toyota, Ford, McLaren, Mini, Honda, and Lexus. We were also delighted to watch the tremendously accomplished entertainers and star athletes who were the stars of these commercials.
Thunder Studios kicked off the summer with a multi-week shoot for Apartments.com. The supremely talented Jeff Goldbum starred in the role of the odd, yet charming tech guru character “Brad Bellflower”. Interestingly, the ten ad spots were directed by none other than Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk. Terrific work created on Stage 14 with one of our giant White Cycs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvvVecTK21U.
Heineken Light also called Thunder home for several days while filming their latest ad series featuring Neil Patrick Harris on Stage 3. The cheeky series of ads caused a bit of controversy among conservative viewers, but Ralph Rijks, VP-marketing of Heineken USA, said in an interview with Advertising Age “This year’s campaign more than others lets Neil be Neil. These were the most fun to shoot, and his improv skills we think came through perfectly on camera.” We’ll let you be the judge!
In addition, we’d like to give a big shout out to legendary motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison for his work in Kia’s “In the Zone” commercial. The whole series of “Zone” commercials for Kia were shot exclusively at Thunder Studios, and Robbie features alongside LA Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin to promote the Optima midsized sedan. Blake’s wry humor and natural screen presence suggest a career in Hollywood when his NBA playing days are over.
Can’t wait to see what’s slated to be shot at Thunder for the upcoming holiday period and Superbowl LI! Never a dull moment!