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Yes, it’s that time of the year again… And yes, I haven’t written in a while. I will be writing an end of the year update before the end of it though, so stay tuned for that.

Ah the holiday season… I now cherish it more than ever, especially living away from family and friends I grew up with. I get the chance to come back (for more than just a weekend), and really spend time with them. To me, this is what it’s all about…spending time together and appreciating each other.

So, I wanted to wish you and your loved ones all the best during the holiday season and over the new year. Lots of love, happiness and health!

Posted on: 25 Dec 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

I’ve been back for almost 2 weeks now and I’ve finally decided to take time to write about my trip! I had work pretty much waiting for me (spec car commercial, voice over, corporate video) and quite a few auditions, so I didn’t find (or make) the time to do this all right away. Now, without further delay, here’s a somewhat short summary of my Caribbean cruise commercial shoot!

First of all, getting to the ship. We were flown from Toronto to Orlando, Florida and stayed in a hotel for the day/night. The room was nice and big while the outdoor common area had a pool, hot tub, even a fish pond!Samy at the Radisson Hotel in Cape Canaveral, Florida Everything was taken care of by people from the production company (Arnold Worldwide) and Carnival Cruise Lines. To be honest, I knew we’d be treated well but they went above and beyond. Not only did they cover all expenses (taxi, hotel, food off the ship and the cruise itself), they were really good to us…and all of them easy to work with!

Now for the cruise! We boarded the Carnival Dream, one of Carnival’s biggest ships (if not the biggest). It was so huge…Carnival Dream Cruise Shipwe spotted it from the bus drive way before we got to it. Inside; even bigger! There was so much there, great open areas, lots places to eat, live entertainment venues, night clubs, a gym, a 18 hole mini-put course, etc. Believe me, the way I’m describing it probably isn’t doing it justice. You had everything you needed to keep you busy for well over a week, plus all the food you could eat! Not to mention tons of planned events and activities.

Our team was formed by the production crew, the client (Carnival) and the talent, or actors if you will, consisting of three real families and two married couples. No, I’m not actually married,Samy and Andrea, on the ship docked in the Caribbean but my role was the husband in one of the couples. I actually wore a wedding band for most of the trip as not to forget it when the time came to shoot some footage! You can see my lovely “wife” Andrea in the picture on the left. No exaggeration, the whole team seemed to get along with each other, and friendships were formed between a lot of us over the week. We couldn’t of asked for a much better group of people to work with.

It didn’t feel like Andrea and I had to work really hard. We had to get up early on most days, but had a couple full days off as well. We were in a scene watching a movie on the huge outdoor screen, hanging out on the ship, checking out the comedy club, etc.Samy and Andrea on a Caribbean Beach Actually, on one of the days we ported, they shot us Para-sailing! So basically we had a good time while we worked AND while we didn’t! Every time we ported, we ended up getting off the ship and every time we ended up on a beach at some point. The water there was so beautiful and clean. We walked around a lot, and visited the islands as much as we could. On the boat, we never had a dull moment. Can you believe that, other than all the things I’ve already mentioned, the boat had an outdoor water park with a giant water slide!?

Needless to say, this was one of the most exciting jobs I’ve had since I started my career. Oh did I forget to mention that, on top of getting all this for free, we got paid? Yep, it’s a hard life guys! But seriously, a lot of work goes into this career, and this is one of the great rewards I’ve had. The footage will be used for a TV commercial along with some online videos, etc. So keep an eye open for it and I will link you to whatever I find!

Posted on: 14 Oct 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

Haven’t written in a while but can you blame me? We’re having such a great summer this year that I kept delaying writing a new entry! Been having auditions here and there, trying to plan a few of my own projects and had a few photoshoots.

Samy, shot by David WildeActually, just last weekend, I had a photoshoot with David Wile. I had done a few creatives and editorials with him in the past, and since I needed some new shots, he was happy to set up a shoot with me. I added a few of those in the picture section and one in this post. It was the 4th time working with him and it went great as usual!

Just over a week ago, I worked with Robert Goshgarian on a 4th Harlequin book cover! This one is going to be called “Caught Off Guard”, written by Kira Sinclair. It will feature me in a tux (with or without jacket) with a young lady on balcony during a snowy night. The shoot went great, everyone was easy to work with and they even asked me to stay for lunch. We had some great Indian food!

What’s coming up? Well I’ve booked a TV Commercial and a Print Ad! Both of these will be shooting next week. What I’ll say for now is that the print job is for a very well known Canadian company! As for the TV ad, you’ll have to wait for next week for that one!

Posted on: 16 Jul 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

Early stills from my first short film, from the footage recorded by Paul Crivellari

Before this past Wednesday, I had only directed one thing: a commercial, thirty seconds long, which I called DoritosĀ® Intense: Snack Guru. It my submission to a contest which had a very attractive cash prize and I had been wanting to direct something for a while (you can read more about it here). Well, that’s all changed; I now have a short film shot and ready for editing! Above are early stills from the footage, that may or may not make the final cut.

Monday evening, I got news of a job happening Thursday morning, which required me to be clean shaven. At this point, I had quite the beard. In the feature Day Four, I was asked to grow a unkept, untrimmed beard, not shaving any part of it off. Well I have to admit, I was a little attached, and kept it since I got back from shooting in Ottawa. It went on growing of course, and to my recollection, it ended up being the most hair I’ve ever had on my face.

I didn’t want to let it “go to waste”. I thought, what could I do, that would involve me shaving it off in a short film? Ideas came to me, and finally narrowed it down to one. With such little time, I quickly made all the preparations needed and found someone to shoot it. Paul and Shalan Crivellari came through. Although fashion photographers, Paul used to shoot video and later decided to get into still images. His great eye carried through to photography (and very well I might add, see for yourself) and they’re doing great here in Toronto. However, since his high end photography camera also takes HD video footage, he was able to do this for me.

Not only did I shave my beard off in the film, I used this opportunity to show a side of me that almost nobody has ever seen; a side that I haven’t really been required to show in my short four and half year acting career. Well, at least not close to the extent seen in this film. I’m really happy and grateful (thanks so much Paul and Shalan) to have had the chance to once again, experience the amazing feeling of creating my own work. And this will be ongoing as I will be editing it over my free time, and hopefully have original music composed (as I want this film to be silent in terms of sound). I will be releasing it here when it’s complete!

Posted on: 22 Jan 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

Still from early footage of the opening pub scene of "Day Four"

Tuesday was my last day on set of “Day Four“. It involved shooting another scene in my car while we all, cast and crew, froze outside; which I have to say, helped deliver my first line of the scene in which I complain about the cold!

Despite the elements, it went great. And despite a few little hiccups here and there, shooting my part in this film has been a great experience. Not only, like I previously mentioned, that the script is great and this film is shot on a RED camera, but the cast and crew has been amazing. I had so much energy and so much fun on set because of the people I was surrounded with.

On the 7th of January, we shot two indoors scenes, which we were all thankful for. Both were in my character’s apartment and the day went pretty smoothly. Then on the 9th, we shot a lighter, funny scene where my character Brian and best friend Trevor have brunch. I won’t say how exactly, but it ends in a very comedic way.

On the 10th, the big pub scene. This is pretty much where the film starts… kinda (won’t go into details here either). It took us just over 14 hours from start to finish, but it was such a great day, with a lot of extras showing up and helping us out. Everyone did a great job and were all in high spirits on this one. Then the next day, I shot some voice overs for the opening sequence of the film.

Finally Tuesday came, and it was all over. The guys at Danger Cave Media were able to get my scenes shot early during the filming schedule in order to allow me to return to Toronto, but they still have another half month to go before they finish shooting the film. I wish them the best in completing the movie, and can’t wait to see it.

Did I mention they plan to have it completed by the Toronto International Film Festival 2010 deadline? I think they’ve got a good chance to get in with this film and hope they do! I’m really thankful to have been a part of this film, and to have shared amazing experiences with everyone involved!

Posted on: 14 Jan 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

First of all I want to wish you all the best in the New Year! Hope you’ve enjoyed this holiday season! For me, last year ended well and this one is off to a great start! I’m very excited about the upcoming projects I have lined up… one of which is starting as early as next week! Will write more about that one once things get rolling.

Also, I’ve recently made a few changes to my website. Notably, I’ve included my Twitter updates which are now located on the right side of the page, beneath the most recent photos. I will be using it to write short updates more often and will continue to write the longer ones on my website. I plan to do more of a redesign later, but for now you’ll also notice now my Featured Item section now includes a “sliding” page that switch between more than one item. That and a few links on the top right, including one to my Facebook fan page and my YouTube account.

Permanent Smile script, with handwritten notesIn addition, I’ve gotten into something a little different. Lisa Meuser, a friend of mine who also works in this industry, has kept in touch with me and has been sharing some of her scripts as she writes them. Well, one day I ran into her and a group of mutual friends, and started talking about one of her screenplays. I was saying how awesome it was, and even kind of played some of the scenes as the lead. It was getting laughs and I didn’t think anything about it. However, maybe a few months later, I get an email from Lisa asking me to help her pitch her script! I accepted and started helping her get it ready, emailing back and an forth with some suggestions, changes and a few corrections here and there. Well, before the end of the year, we had a sit down and for a few hours, went over it together in person.

It’s almost ready to go, and on my return to Toronto, I will be working towards finding a production company willing to turn it into a feature film… one who will hopefully like the idea of me playing the lead! I can feel it… this year will be a great one!

Posted on: 01 Jan 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

Last week I shot a print campaign for Twixrix, a vaccine to protect against contracting both hepatitis A and B. Everyone on set, from the people representing the product and ad agency to photographer Darrin Klimek and the crew were great to work! Had lots of fun during this one, and was even offered a ride back home (I had taken the subway to the job and one of the guys was headed to my area). Anyway, it should be released by the end of the year, in magazines, brochures and on the Internet. We went through a lot of pictures, angles, setups and different expressions that I can’t tell you exactly what to expect, but in all cases I play a chef, dressed in an all white chef’s outfit, complete with hat.

I also went back home (Ottawa-Gatineau area) for the Thanksgiving weekend, but it wasn’t all just pleasure. Well maybe it was, because the audition I had, along with the little photoshoot I took part of were both very enjoyable. First I auditioned for Parktown Productions‘ upcoming feature length film and was happy to see some familiar faces. You may know them as the producers of the Live 88.5 commercials (Bathroom, Stereo) and the Calvin Klein Grand Prize winning shot film “2@2“, both which I act in. Then I met up with Kevin McMillan (who I’ve also worked with before) to take some pictures for his promotional materials he’s putting together to get funding for his TV pilot that he wants to shoot in China! If this goes through, Kevin has offered me one of two lead roles.. which would be a blast to shoot. Combining acting and traveling.. awesome!

Other than that, I still audition on a regular basis and doing great! I actually just got news of a callback for a short film I auditioned for before the weekend. Will keep you updated as usual!

Posted on: 15 Oct 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman

The Corel Digital Studio campaign has now been launched in North America! Created and produced by Hooplah, short film style clips are used to promote Corel’s new product: Digital Studio 2010. That’s only part of the extent of Hooplah‘s marketing campaign (which you can read more about on their blog entry titled “Corel Digital Studio 2010: Remember When?”, dated September 9th, 2009). I play the lead, Josh in his late teens to late twenties, and I’m featured in all the clips (but you won’t see much of me in the first one). Now to share the videos with you!

To watch these short clips, you can either watch them all as a one clip on the Digital Studio homepage: http://www.cds2010.com. Simply click the still image with the play button, the “Watch Full Video” link on the left, or “Watch the Film” on the right. You can also watch the clips individually by clicking the corresponding still.

Or…watch it right here on YouTube:

Lastly, you can read my entry about shooting this campaign here. Hope you enjoy these videos!

Posted on: 10 Sep 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman

Episode 12 of the 5th season of F2: Forensic Factor titled “Picture Perfect” is airing tomorrow, Friday August 21st at 10:00pm ET then later on at 2:00am ET on Discovery Channel Canada! In this episode, I play the role of the late George Patisso.

For more information about the show, check out the F2 page on the Discovery Channel website. You can also read about my experience on set as well as auditioning for the role in my post titled F2: Forensic Factor shoot. Hope you enjoy this episode!

Posted on: 20 Aug 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman
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