Archive for November, 2010

See Derek Houck’s Sony Bloggie commercial on YouTube

A while ago, I shot a commercial for the new Sony Bloggie. That commercial is now up on YouTube for all the world to see!

The shoot was entirely improvised, so I had no idea which take was going to eventually be used in the commercial. In the take they chose, I try my best to describe a funny story that happened to my character’s cat. If you love kittens, I promise there’s a reward for you at the end of the spot. If cuteness could be weaponized, this would be nuclear-grade plutonium.

This spot is part of a larger “You Had To Be There” marketing campaign for the Bloggie. I would love to lay claim to the spot with the most YouTube views of the entire campaign, so if you like what you see, please tell others about it.

Derek Houck featured in the “Producer’s Corner”

I was recently interviewed by Patrick Bardwell of Slebisodes Web Series Guide about producing Napoleon Bon Appétit. Among the many things he asked was how I began my involvement with the web series. From the interview:

My best friend, Katherine Browning, came up with the original idea for Napoleon Bon Appétit as a cooking show starring Napoleon Bonaparte. I thought it was hilarious, and decided to write a script for it. Before I knew it, I had 11 episodes written (which we whittled down to seven for our first season) and we began to seriously consider whether we could film this ourselves.

Be sure to read the full interview to find out more about who inspired me to start self-producing and what lessons I learned while filming Napoleon Bon Appétit.

“Napoleon Bon Appétit” has launched on Somebody’s Basement!

The cooking show with a complex, “Napoleon Bon Appétit,” launched today on Somebody’s Basement and www.NapoleonBonAppetit.com! In this premiere episode, “Chicken Cordon Bleu,” Napoleon stakes his claim to a classic French dish. The Kitchen Wench does her best to restrain the pint-sized dictator, but what will she do when Napoleon discovers an intoxicating ingredient in the recipe?

“Napoleon Bon Appétit” features Napoleon (Derek Houck, “Super Undead Doctor Roach,” “Absent”) and his Kitchen Wench (Katherine Browning, “The Carpenter”) as the hosts of their own cooking show. The pair will be serving up a new recipe every two weeks. Writing and producing this series has been one of the greatest
experiences of my life, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

“Napoleon Bon Appétit” to premiere November 17th on Somebody’s Basement

Meet the cooking show with a complex. When “Napoleon Bon Appétit” launches on November 17th, the internet will become a lot tastier and a little more French. The new web series features Napoleon (Derek Houck, “Super Undead Doctor Roach,” “Absent”) and his Kitchen Wench (Katherine Browning, “The Carpenter”) as the hosts of their own cooking show. The pair will be serving up a new recipe every two weeks on Somebody’s Basement and www.NapoleonBonAppetit.com.

On the premiere episode, “Chicken Cordon Bleu,” Napoleon stakes his claim to a classic French dish. The Kitchen Wench does her best to restrain the pint-sized dictator, but what will she do when Napoleon discovers an intoxicating ingredient in the recipe?

Photos from the set are currently available on www.NapoleonBonAppetit.com.

“Napoleon Bon Appétit” stars Derek Houck as Napoleon Bonaparte and Katherine Browning as the Kitchen Wench.

Guest starring are Christine Moore as Louisette Caro and Sasha Carrera as Terri Reichl.

“Napoleon Bon Appétit” was written by Derek Houck. Katherine Browning serves as the producer, along with David Walters. The series is from Black Falcon Productions.

About Somebody’s Basement
Somebody’s Basement is a web distribution channel founded in 2010 by casting director, author, and producer Bonnie Gillespie; actor, writer, producer Keith Johnson; and producer Ryan Basham. Somebody’s Basement is a grassroots web network that features premiere content developed and collaborated upon by the best of the emerging independent web community. Somebody’s Basement: Where everybody goes to jam.