I have never seen the Super Bowl, and have to be honest wasn’t even 100% certain which sport it represented. However my interest was recently piqued by the news that one of the stars of this years event will be our voice over friend Rob Sciglimpaglia Jr.
Of course whilst I’ve timed this blog to coincide with the Super Bowl itself – hoping that a few of the 100,000,000 watching will want to get another view of the star himself – that also means that there’s nothing much which hasn’t already been posted on the matter in the past couple of weeks.
I’m immensely grateful to Rob that he’s given me a reason to be interested in the event, and congratulate him on his success. However, although he has said he got the role quite by chance, in fact I am 100% certain (this time) that it’s the fruit of tremendous hard work, creating the environment for opportunity to come his way – being the right actor for the role notwithstanding. John Florian, in the Voiceoverxtra.com article “Laugh & Send Rob Sciglimpaglia’s New Chevy Ad To The Super Bowl”, describes Rob as “our busy pal, voice actor / actor / writer / attorney”. In fact he is also on the Advisory Board of Savoa (the Society of Accredited VoiceOver Artists) and the owner of All in One Voice, LLC, a company that helps beginning and advanced voiceover artists and actors with business and legal issues.
From initial analysis, it appears that the sport of the Super Bowl is the promotion of TV commercials. As the title of John’s aforementioned article suggests, Rob plays one of the characters in a Chevy ad to be aired at the event. Curiously I’d be surprised if anyone reading this hasn’t already seen it, and it’s fascinating from where I sit (in Istanbul, Turkey) to note that this is the culmination of an international film campaign. The Chevrolet website explains that in the “Route 66 contest”, “filmmakers from 32 countries entered, hoping that their film would be the one selected to air during the telecast of Super Bowl XLVI. Some were funny, some were emotional and others were just plain entertaining.”
After narrowing down the films to 35 finalists, Zach Borst’s film “Chevy Happy Grad” was selected as the winner and will be seen by an estimated 100 million plus viewers during the telecast of Super Bowl XLVI.
And here is that winning film which “shows how graduation day is a time full of memories, friends and lots and lots of gifts. For this happy grad, the gift from his parents is far from what he expected.”
For the full story, check out the Voiceoverxtra.com sequel, “Rob Sciglimpaglia’s ‘Dad’ Performance In New Chevy Ad Rides To Super Bowl” in which John Florian talks of Rob’s key role in that ad, as the deadpan, clear-headed “Dad.”
And thanks to John Taylor, here’s a brief interview with Rob himself giving the lowdown on how it all came about… it’s not every day one gets to use the words “humbling” and “awesome” in the same sentence…
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The final word here should come from a conversation I had the other day with Rob himself…
Andy: it’s the first time I’ve had any interest in the Super Bowl … Congrats
Rob: THANKS ANDY!! Glad I could get you interested in American Football
Andy: No… just the ad – lol!!!
Rob: LOL! I figured that.
…. must have been his lawyerly instincts! Anyway, at least he taught me the true disambiguation of Super Bowl. It’s not just the ads – and here I turned to Wikipedia for the really final word – “watching and discussing the broadcast’s commercials has become a significant aspect of the event.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl
Which ever your team – Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, GoDaddy or another enjoy the Super Bowl. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, for the first time I’ll be able to tune in too – looks like I can catch a good chunk of it here already.
And for those who’d like a quick summary of how this came to pass, as well as a speedy review of this year’s sports “coverage” follow this link for a great review brought to you from Yahoo!
Rob Sciglimpaglia Jr – Personal website
Rob Sciglimpaglia Jr – IMDb listing
All in One Voice, LLC – business and legal advice for voiceover artists and actors
John Florian – “The Person Behind the Voice” interview
John Taylor – Personal Website
VOICE 2012 – convention website
NFL’s official site of Super Bowl XLVI – official site