Typically in our line of work, the time frame after a client hiring us to complete a TV commercial runs 30-45 days from conceptualizing, pre-production, post-production, and final approval. Not so with our recent Rutter’s Chicken Pot Pie commercial. Rutter’s has been a great “long term” client of ours, and we have a solid working relationship with them. When they first contacted us about promoting their “home style” chicken pot pie, we had 2 weeks from that first phone call to upload the final approved spot for airing. Our “marketing department” (we don’t have one-it’s just Derek, Dylan, Brian, Jason, & Dave) pitched several ideas to them. The following day they selected one of our “stories,” and we moved into high gear. Pre-production in this case, i.e. script writing, story boarding, finding locations, hiring actors & support crew (gaffer, sound man, make-up artist), and renting a “senior” scooter, was accomplished in a day. In all honesty though, Derek hired his grandmother and son to act in the spot, and he was also in it. George Winchell is our “go to” guy when it comes to high end lighting, and Dave Cornman, our project manager, has his own pro sound gear. The shoot was scheduled 8 days after script approval, and the final approved spot was uploaded 3 business days later. The whole point to this is that there really wasn’t any pressure at all. We had two weeks from concept to completion. Everyone knew when the deadline was, and we made it happen. No big deal. We do it all the time and we love it!