Friday, October 05, 2007

A confession...

I'm a bit embarrassed to mention this (especially after my last rant on "priestcraft" and the local church bookstore), but I feel guilty for not being truthful...

So, in the spirit of openness (and heaven knows that I need more of that spirit in my life), I confess that the DB television commercial that was broadcast a couple of years ago (maybe still in circulation, I don't know...) that was very sweet and innocent, warm and cozy.

well... um... it was actually filmed in our house!

Don't hit me with that Christus statue, AtP!

I know, I know... I'm a hypocrite. It was actually arranged through my wife. The producer spotted our home and asked if he could look inside and she let him in and the rest is history. When the filming crew came in, they literally took over our house with people and equipment and lighting and actors and makeup and cameras and wiring and cables and you name it. It was a disaster! They took over from early morning to past midnight. When they left, I do admit, they returned everything to its proper place. It was also amazing that so much effort, money, expense, food, etc. went into a simple 30 second spot.

I think we got a "Family illustrated Book of Mormon" out of the deal... :)

There... I feel better for being more honest!


Kengo Biddles said...

Beck, I ... I'm shocked.

I don't know if I can ever speak to you again.

Beck said...

I know... it's pretty embarrassing. I'm sooo ashamed!

Abelard Enigma said...

Who are you? What have you done with Beck?

I think we got a "Family illustrated Book of Mormon" out of the deal

How do you pay tithing on that? Did you rip out 10% of the pages and stuff them in a tithing envelope?

playasinmar said...

Ha! Nice one, Abelard.

J G-W said...

It sounds like they left your house in the same condition our house used to be in after Göran did one of his drag performances, back in the day. Obviously, um, yours was a much more wholesome mess.

We called it the "drag bag explosion." You press the button on the overstuffed drag bag, and the next thing you know, it's wigs, make-up and sequined gowns everywhere.

RealNeal said...


I think its nice that you honored your wife in this instance. As you said, it was something she started. Don't beat yourself up.

I'm far removed from Utah, so what I see of Deseret Book is refreshing compared to most of the sleazy advertisements the world pumps out right now.



Beck said...

ABE: It's actually really nice with very beautiful prints of painting from Minerva Teichert. It will become a treasured heirloom I'm sure.

JGW: I can't even begin to imagine what you just described... if this is "back in the day" do you not have such performances anymore?

NEAL: Though this post is sarcastic and lighthearted, the making of the commercial was quite fascinating. I had no idea how much effort went into such things and how many takes they did and how much editing of 16 hours of filming was cut to get to 30 seconds.

It did make my wife happy and all sarcasm aside, I was glad we did it.

Deseret Book is wholesome and good and a lot of good comes from it. Like I said, I admit that I shop there regularly and feel comfortable because there is a "good feeling" there. It is a shop that is "different" from the rest. I like the wholesomeness, as much as I make fun of it.

I love the music. I love the fact that you can find gospel-centered inspiration.

My issue is just that I can't get past the idea of packaging our testimonies in a commercial package that "we" sell to the public... and the commercials really are gaggy.