Fund Duel: Putting the Fun Back in Fundraising

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This is the full version of a commercial I made for a new fundraising website called Fund Duel (fundduel.com). I was given the stipulation that we wanted to use a pair of honest to goodness Sumo wrestlers in the video, given that our CEO had met someone from USA Sumo and formed a relationship. I cranked out a screenplay, trying to work in the style of the Harmon Brothers, and this is the result.

Given that our company is small and we had to do things inexpensively, I had to wear virtually all the hats. I even decided to call my own number when casting the main “pitchman” character, because I knew I would be cheap and that I would always be available to record voiceover.

Because we’re overachievers, we went ahead and held a photoshoot the same day we shot most of the video at Paragon Media in Santa Ana, California. Our photographer was a talented creator and delight to work with named Rocco Ceselin.

Director Matthew Stumphy
Producer Matthew Stumphy
Writer Matthew Stumphy
Director of Photography Matthew Stumphy
Editor Matthew Stumphy
Cast
Professor Pitchman Matthew Stumphy
Doctor Detail Billy ‘Sly’ Williams
Doctor Data Rachel Bartlett
Bunny Man Kenrick Carrera
Pajama Woman Julie Hinton
Car Wash Man Nicolas Brady
Car Wash Woman Amanda Cameron
Fancy Luncheon Lady Linda Hansen
Fancy Luncheon Gentleman Dana Hansen
Chef Lisa Bramwell Stout
Bus Boy Ian Liu
Himself Byamba
Himself Yama
Other Crew
Assistan Director/Art Department Julie Hinton
Lighting Technician/Assistant Camera Ian Liu, Joseph Torrez