February Meeting:     The Lucrative TV Commercial Market and My Taco Bell Experience by Ronald McDonald

Our February meeting will be held Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in The Grille breakfast room. The Wyndham is located at 700 E Adams Street in downtown Springfield, IL. Free parking is available on the street. Paid parking is available in the parking garage attached to the Wyndham. Our meetings are FREE and open to the public.

This month our program will feature our own CIFC member Ronald McDonald as he describes the lucrative TV commercial market.  Ronald was chosen from over 400 like-named individuals to be cast in a $52 million dollar national TV campaign for Taco Bell.  He will present his humorous PechaKucha presentation which describes his rather unorthodox path to 15-minutes of fame.  Afterwards he will share what he learned in working with an academy award-winning director (Errol Morris) in LA for its filming and will also show some never-before-seen footage taken of the filming with special permission granted from the director himself.

Were you aware that an Illinois casting company is responsible for placements in about a third of the commercials that are run on TV?  We’ll discuss TV commercials and how to get involved in these lucrative opportunities.  How lucrative?  We’ll discuss that, too.

There will be a time for Question & Answer as well as our usual networking after the talk.  This is one program that you won’t want to miss!

The Central Illinois Film Commission is a membership organization dedicated to promoting central Illinois as a historical and film-friendly region, attracting and serving the film, television, video, photography, documentary, and music industries, while promoting and supporting the talent, services, and experience of our members.

Hope to see you there!

Ron McDonald, as he is known by most of his friends, is a retired Business Systems Analyst.  He now focuses time on his passion of photography.  A two-time winner of Best in Show in the Images of Illinois yearly contest and more recently a First Place at the Illinois State Fair, he has produced souvenir books of the Dana-Thomas House, Lincoln’s New Salem and the National Park Service’s Abraham Lincoln Home.  In addition to the books, he has worked as still photographer on several local productions including the FBI’s Lights in the Mirror (a high school driver’s training film) and the two-day Lincoln Funeral reenactment.