I have finally captured the Bendaroos commercial with my daughters, Jillian and Cassie, in it! It’s not the best quality, but it is still pretty cool.
How did it happen? My girls make video reviews pretty regularly for Sunshine Rewards. Cassie made a Bendaroos video when she was 6 and we uploaded it to YouTube. In June, I got an email from a man who said that he had seen the video on YouTube and was producing the newest Bendaroos commercial. He asked if Cassie would like to be in it. After a few weeks of going back and forth (and sending a current “head shot”), we agreed on a day for him to fly to Indiana to shoot some footage for the commercial. I told him I had another daughter who also does videos and actually made most of the creations in Cassie’s video. He told me that he might be able to use her in the video as well.
On a sunny summer day, a small crew arrived at our house. They did some shooting on our front porch (which you see in the part where Cassie dances and they show the sunglasses and ring). They also shot at our kitchen table (which you just get a quick glimpse of). We waited all summer and were about to think that there was not going to be a commercial.
All of a sudden last week Jillian came home from school and said that a friend has seen the commercial on Nickelodeon. Within a couple of days, other friends started telling us about it and we finally saw it ourselves. The girls were so excited!! Every day now they come home from school and talk about who saw the commercial the day before.
Here’s the commercial in a very low tech way (my Flip camera in front of the television!). There’s a cute little shot of Fishers, Indiana, that locals might recognize. (For the record, they didn’t get paid for the commercial but they did get a lot of Bendaroos!)