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~ Gil's Buzz Archives 2008 - 2007 ~

SUMMER 2008

Here’s some pictures of Gil in his Mr. Fog costume at the Stan Winston Studios, plus a shot of Gil with the Iron Monger from the film Ironman!

Gil shot a commercial for Jimmy Dean Sausages!  He plays the Fog, who argues with the Sun about going to work.

Luckily the Sun has some Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrees which gets the Fog up and going strong. It’s a very funny spot and should be appearing on the morning programs later this year.
Luckily the Sun has some Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrees which gets the Fog up and going strong. It’s a very funny spot and should be appearing on the morning programs later this year.
Gil had to wear a special costume which emitted special effects fog (actually frozen C02.
The costume was made by the world famous Stan Winston Studios, which created the T-Rex for Jurassic Park, the Terminators, the Predator, and Ironman, to name but a few.
Gil had to wear a special costume which emitted special effects fog (actually frozen C02). The costume was made by the world famous Stan Winston Studios, which created the T-Rex for Jurassic Park, the Terminators, the Predator, and Ironman, to name but a few.
Luckily the Sun has some Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrees which gets the Fog up and going strong. It’s a very funny spot and should be appearing on the morning programs later this year.
Gil went to Stan Winston Studios several times for fittings of the costume, and got to see up close and personal many of the great movie monsters and creatures he had loved in the theaters for so many years!
Gil with the Iron Monger from the film Ironman!
And the entire film of the 80’s Mockumentary Livin’ on a Prayer can be seen online here (along with the trailer and music video).

SPRING 2008

Even more work for Gil and Kevin for IBM! More magazine spots were shot, and Gil flew to New York to do some internet spots for the company.

The Internet Banner spots are all over the IBM website, and you can see them at these links:

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Meanwhile, the IBM commercials “Cable Ball” and “Mirage” were shown relentlessly on the NBA Championships.

Plus, best of all, Gil & Kevin signed a two-year contract for magazine work for the IBM campaign!

*Also, the tv pilot for Livin’ On A Prayer, a Mockumentary about an 80’s tribute band starring Gil’s good friend Wally Wingert made its debut at the Silent Film Theater in May. Gil plays the Cruise Ship Stage Manager in the show.

WINTER 2008

Gil shot more magazine and internet spots for IBM. Some of the magazine shots can be seen here.

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Gil also had a part in the independent film “Man Overboard,” which filmed this winter. He played the manager of a Ford Dealership who fired Johnny, the crazy boat salesman who is wrecking havoc on the hero’s life.

 

~2007 ~

FALL 2007

The new IBM spots debuted on the US Open tennis tournament and were a big hit!  And now they can be seen on the IBM NFL Countdown every Sunday morning on ESPN!

And in October, Gil was lucky enough to participate in a skit at a luncheon tribute for Leonard Stern, one of the most talented and prolific Comedy Producers in Hollywood History. Leonard produced such classics as The Jackie Gleason Show, The Phil Silvers Show, and of course, Get Smart!  (Also paid tribute to was Stanley Rubin, another great producer.)

Gil & Dick Benjamin laugh it up while Leonard Stern, Stanley Rubin, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner yawn
Gil & Dick Benjamin laugh it up while Leonard Stern, Stanley Rubin, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner yawn.
Gil played Chuckie Weinberg, the Shyest Writer in Hollywood. The host of the Luncheon, veteran film director and TV star Dick Benjamin, introduced Gil, who was too shy to speak. And so Gil whispered his speech to Dick, who in turn related the words to the crowd. Gil, as Chuckie, was furious at Leonard Stern for stealing all of his best ideas (“The Cone of Silence? My idea!”). Finally, Chuckie (through Dick) told the audience he was happy that Leonard fired him from Get Smart! because he went on to create Law and Order, Survivor and CSI:Miami. (Doc from the Love Boat).
Arthur Hiller, Gil in back yawning
Arthur Hiller pays tribute to Leonard Stern while Gil yawns
Gil’s appearance got a big laugh from the audience which was full of Old-School Hollywood, including Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart on the dias (pictured), plus big shots like director Arthur Hiller (pictured), famous comedienne Nanette Fabray and Bernie Kopell (Doc from the Love Boat).

Also in October, Gil participated in a staged reading of an original script by Dave Lasden, who was the writer/director of Mind Games, the film Gil worked on a few years ago.  The play, called Mayflower deals with a man having to come to terms with the death of his father.  Gil plays the father, who appears mostly as a memory (or is he a ghost?) through out the play.  The staged reading took place at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, and was a big hit!

SUMMER 2007

IBM used Gil and Kevin for more jobs in July, shooting two new commercials, doing some more set ups for the internet, and shooting more magazine lay outs.  One commercial has Gil wandering lost in the desert (they shot it in the actual desert in July; not so fun!) and one has Gil and Kevin fighting the Giant Ball of Cables as it tries to take over the city. 

The commercials premiered on the U.S. Open and now can be seen on College football games as well as most NFL broadcasts.  They are also regularly seen on ESPN on IBM’s NFL Countdown.

Also on the internet:  a comic book about Gil and Ned!  Gil never thought he’d be the star of his own comic book!

SPRING 2007

The IBM campaign is spreading wide over the internet:

Here’s Gil’s Love IT Connection, in which Gil connects up forlorn executives with the right servers from IBM.

Here’s Gil trapped on top of a Leaning Tower of Data.

Here’s Gil sending Smoke Signals to his office mates.

Here’s Gil getting attacked by a Collaboration Bug.

Here’s a little 8 bit game where you can help Ned bring Gil more storage
You can find this game on the IBM Storage Page.

Here’s Gil and Ned in Hebrew for the Israeli IBM website.

Here’s the British IBM page, with links to some of the different TV spots you can play on your media players.

Here’s a generous review of the campaign by Stan Gibson of IBM Watch, who says “Great duos have made huge contributions to comedy. There's Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Rowan and Martin, Stiller and Meara and of course, Gil and Ned. Gil and Ned?”

Gil on YouTubeAnd fans of the campaign have been uploading the commercials onto YouTube

WINTER 2007

Gil (and his trusty side kick Kevin) did yet another week of work in January for Ogilvy & Mather's IBM campaign. Along with the magazine photoshoots, they also did some work for the IBM interactive page on the web, and some commercials, also for the internet.

IBM's webpage has an extensive Interactive section with Gil & Kevin, showing the value of different IBM products and softwares. You can also see the commercials "Clones" and "Last Stand" on their website.

And now you can play IBM's "Take Back Control" game (which is really a series of games) on the website. "Take Back Control" stars Gil (and Kevin) in different scenarios where you have to help them figure out how to bring order and calm to their chaotic office. Use your cursor to capture Infrastructure Monsters, to melt the frozen assets, and to swat the nasty little flies.

FALL 2006
Gil, along with Kevin Christy, shot some more magazine lay outs for the IBM campaign, as well as some new Internet spots. Everything was shot, as usual, by the world-famous photographer Clang. Here's a picture of Kevin, Gil and Clang on the soundstage during the shoot:
Kevin, Gil and Clang

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