Director Ron Gross, Executive
Producer Bill Hoare and DP Petr Litomisky took the mound at Safeco
Field last spring to toss the honorary first pitch for the Seattle
Mariners in recognition of ten years of making baseball funny in
Seattle. The long-standing campaign, which features players in humorous
situations, has become a rite of spring. It was back to work for the
trio this year with another seven executions. As always, the spots
feature dialogue and ensemble performances from players and coaches.
In the beginning, we would schedule shooting around tee times. Now tee times are scheduled around shooting, says Hoare. The work has received numerous industry awards over the years, including First Place in this yearıs National Sports Forum Achievement Awards for television.
Coincidentally, it was the second year in a row for Blue Goose whose work for the New Orleans Saints took the top award in last yearıs contest. The Mariners work had been a finalist two years running before the breakthrough
I can't say my baseball skills have improved at all over the last decade, but many of the players have become much better at directing, Gross observes. Compilations of the work have raised thousands of dollars for charities over the years. You may request a compilation from the Blue Goose web site.
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