A week before I started “Yes, We’re Open“, I booked a McDonald’s commercial that is currently playing on Asian Channels.
The audition called for someone who: ‘can do awesome dance moves OR who can make great sense of physical comedy‘. So of course I went in and showed off my most awesomest moves — and was invited to play.
Once on set, I picked up fairly quickly that I was the only person without any professional dance experience. That was further confirmed when the director said during a take, “Okay, for this shot – Parry, you’ll do your funny dance.”
Mock-insulted, I replied, “‘Funny Dance’, ‘Funny Dance’?! Does this look funny to you?!” (as I gave a sample of my ‘invisible box’ move, that wound up in the commercial – so apparently the answer to that rhetorical question was a resounding “yes”).
I was actually pretty hungry during the shoot, so I opted to swallow the bite I took on each take — much to the chagrin of the guy holding the spit bucket. Then for the closeups, I did a series of 5 in a row, where I ate the entire thing. It was a nice surprise the times I’d get a nice warm, crunchy one.
In total I ate about 15 whole nuggets by the end of the day.
But to me, the most fascinating part — was the food shots.
Zooming in on the hand, dipping it so the sauce is just about to overflow over the sides, then pulling it up to get a nice, healthy sauce drip coming off the nugget and towards camera. I felt like a hand model.
Unfortunately my dip didn’t make the cut — that’s Samantha’s amazing dip shot in the commercial.
See? Look at her off camera — carefully planning out her angle of attack with backup nuggets at the ready.
I did it all nilly-willy and that’s why I’m on the cutting room floor. It’s all in the preparation, people!!
BONUS VIDEO: Here it is in Tagalog!