Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Chilling. . . no, really. . . CHILLING on the roof at 30 Rock

New Yorkers are known for their resilience, trudging- even bustling- ever forward, through sweltering, smelly summers and bone-numbing winters. And here at Rosey Media, we pride ourselves on being- among other things- real New Yorkers. All of that being said, we went out like a bunch of Girl Scouts last Friday. When we were first informed we'd be spending the early-Fall evening on the Tuscanini Garden, located outdoors on a 12th floor plaza at 30 Rock, we were charmed. Where better to film the week's SNL Digital Short starring hunky (nay- dreamy!) host James Franco and SNL cast member Kristen Wiig? Throw in a guest appearance by the really unreasonably smoldering Gossip Girl star Blake Lively and we felt we had a recipe for brisk seasonal bliss! And brisk it was. As the hours moved on and the sun went down, we found our evening going from nippy, to chilly, to "it's frickin' cold out here!" Perhaps it was uncommonly breezy on the 12th floor- or perhaps three months of summer weather had, in fact, reduced us to whimpering shells of our former selves. Either way, we somehow managed to stifle our shivering long enough to film some funny stuff. Despite the chill (which we were sure must have hit an arctic 55 degrees), James Franco, Blake Lively and the ever-reliable Kristen Wiig laid down terrific performances under the co-direction of Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone. Soldiering on bravely from the shelter of their sleeping bag tents, Dina Moles, Rachel Lynne, and Kim Smelter also provided us with genuine inspiration. Together, we all braved the elements with only some sandwiches, a couple of sweet rolls, some cupcakes, two boxes of Dunkin Coffee, cookies, and a continuous supply of outerwear pilfered from the SNL Wardrobe Department by the illustrious Brian Hemesath. Yeah. . . somehow. . . somehow, we made it through. The fruits of our sacrifice and hardship were illuminated by Michael Gottlieb and brought to you under the wise and kindly supervision of Nick Malardi (we gotta mention Nick, cuz we've mentioned everyone else now haven't we?)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Space Olympics

Believe it or not, the dudes (that would be SNL Digital Short triumvirate Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone) wrote this song before knowing Michael Phelps would be the host of SNL's season premiere on September 13th. Convenient, though, wasn't it, that they had this song around, and that the 8 time Gold Medalist was free to come and play? "You stand on a distant planet. . ." Or, you'd think we were. The day started at the funky 1939/1964 World's Fair Grounds in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park out in Queens. The sprawling park, including the more-than-meets-the-eye Queens Museum Of Art, proved an ideal location in that it was beautiful, full of retro-futuristic architecture- and for the most part, deserted. Checkout the Short here: As long-time fans of the show and the Shorts, Rosey Media is happy to be back working on the Shorts this session. Stay tuned for more!