Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Danielle's a star!

Danielle had her first print audition today. Actually, we all got to go in together to audition, so it was a family affair. Danielle's been busy meeting lots of new people lately, learning how to roll really well (she loves rolling and then camping under the coffee table in the living room). She's not crawling yet, but she kicks her legs all the time like Mr. Ed counting, so she's probably getting ready.

This weekend, Danielle met our dear friends Justin and Christa Yancy, plus their three wonderful kids, George, Elizabeth, and Griffin. We all played soccer in the backyard with our giant swiss ball, but Danielle had to be content with watching. She's going through a bit of "stranger danger" phase, but she's been pretty good this week.

A couple of weeks back, Danielle's Aunt Diana came over to visit, and took some precious photos of her, including the one above and this one:

Last week, we met our friend C.C. Stinson for lunch to talk filmmaking projects. (Danielle tagged along to make sure she had creative control. :-)

This week, she also went out with Mommy and our friend Trina and her kids to the way-cool Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Trina took some excellent photos of Mary and Danielle there:

Next week, Danielle turns 6 months (!), which means she can go with Mommy and Daddy to the gym (yea!!). That'll be fun. We'll have to keep her from hogging the treadmill.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

H.E.B. Commercial update

We didn't win. Honestly, I can't hardly believe that we didn't even make it to the second round. These folks did.

Compare for yourself. Here's ours (you'll need SOUND):

Actually, Mary DID make it to the semi-final round of the Script Only competition with her "Anniversary Party" entry (be sure to vote for her!), so that's cool. But we were really hoping to advance with the commercial entry, too.

I think the ones that made the cut had a lot more "H.E.B." logos and products screaming at the viewer from the first second of the spot, but I frankly thought that most of them were just lame.

Of course, that sounds like sour grapes, but it's not, really. I used to own a small advertising firm, and the idea that Mary had is something you'd pay a P.R. firm a lot of money for.

I seriously doubt that anyone would pay for an ad campaign based around this.

Ah, well. Maybe we'll walk our kick-butt idea to Kroger's, Randall's, or Wal-Mart.