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The Snack Guru is back, in a new 60 seconds edit for the new Doritos Viralocity contest! Check it out below:

First prize gets $100,000! BUT, if we collect enough points, Doritos will give $250,000! Want to help us get those points? I’d love that! Go to http://bit.ly/9xYXle and play it over there. Then, give it 5 stars, favorite it, and share it! Use the that link (http://bit.ly/9xYXle) to spread it around. Make this video viral… I mean that’s why it’s called Viralocity!

Have Facebook? Use the Facebook connect option and make sure you use the blue share button, right below the video on the left and have it post a link on your profile! Got Twitter? Use the green retweet button right next to it and it will write the tweet for you, complete with link to the video! Know people that live in a country other than Canada? Extra points when they watch this video!

Also notice how I’ve embedded the video on my page? This gets us extra points too! So if you got a website, feel free to do the same. You know what they say, the more, the merrier!

I appreciate the help and support to get us those points and bring our video to the top! So don’t hesitate to share share share! Email your family, friends, co-workers, rate it, favorite it, use Facebook and Twitter if you have accounts, embed the video on your website if you have one… and any other ways to help us win. Here’s a handy image to help. Thank you all!

Posted on: 21 Feb 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

Just at the end of July, I had an audition for this project. The director Trevor Francis who came and walked me to the audition room was the same one behind the Much Mobile Missions commercial spot I did over two years ago. Right away, I remembered him, how much fun we had and our great rapport. Trevor then told me how he was trying to track me down for this video production and couldn’t get a hold of me (since I changed agents when I moved to Toronto). He was glad that my current agent submitted me for this, and said I was the guy for the part (all this before the actual audition process). Well two days later, I got a call from Teri congratulating me on the role!

This project for Corel turned out to be a promotional video with the style of a short film, created and produced by Hooplah. The concept is that my character Josh, puts together a video using Corel‘s new software with footage spanning over 20 years. I played Josh from his late teens to his late twenties, while Mila (hair/makeup), Kendra (woredrobe) and their assistants worked to make me look the right age. I even went through a haircut during the shoot, and trimmed/shaved my facial hair.

We started off on Friday, shooting at a house in the West end of Toronto and continued in that same location Saturday. On Sunday, we shot a scene at the Greyhound bus station then at a soccer field. Finally, saving the best for last, we had our final day at Kew Beach. Of course, every day was great (not without some slight roadbumps that we encountered, rain being one of those) but what a nice way to finish off this four day shoot.. with beautiful weather at the beach!

I have so many pleasant memories from working on this project.. I could write pages about these four days. The cast and crew where all hard workers and great people. I don’t think I could of asked for better! Trevor’s easy going but professional approach made it easy for us to have fun while putting out good work. I had the chance to see some footage that was recorded and… let me tell you this is going to look great!

This was simply a great experience for me, filled with great moments and laughter. Ask any one of the 40 plus people that worked on this project, they’ll tell you how much fun I was having. I also got to work with a few familiar faces, while meeting lots of cool people. Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product and sharing it with you!

Posted on: 12 Aug 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman

Yesterday, I got a call from my talent agent Teri, about this booking concerning a video production for SMART Technologies. It came as a bit of a surprise as I didn’t audition for them. Well, Teri explained that they booked me from my headshot. Then when I noticed Infinite Media was working on this project.. it rang a bell. They were the ones who worked on the LG Fusic website about two years ago!

So when I got to set today, some of the people from Infinite said they remembered me from the previous work we’ve done together. It’s always nice to work with people from previous jobs, as it doesn’t happen too often in this industry. You constantly work with and meet new people, which.. don’t get me wrong.. is amazing and something I’m very grateful for! However, it’s also nice to see familiar faces.

The shoot went great! I was one of the characters in the video showcasing SMART Tech‘s innovative products. I sat down and a nice comfortable chair, pretended to sip some coffee and answer a video phone call. Most of the work was having to mimic conversation.. which I actually got praise for.. being told it was very natural and convincing. As usual, I was appreciative of their feedback, and glad that they were happy with my performance! We were able to finish off with my role in the video on time, and to the satisfaction of everyone. I had a great time, and was glad to have worked with these people again. Not to mention the other talent involved who were all pleasant to be around. I drove off to another Sears catalogue gig with a smile on my face and in a awesome mood!

Posted on: 29 Apr 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman

First off, Yesterday’s post was in fact an April Fools. I’m still holding on to my acting career!

Actually, on Monday, photographer Robert Gagnon shot me for the cover of an upcoming Harlequin book. I forget the name of it, but know it should be released in October 2009. We shot two main looks for the character. First his handyman side (complete with tool belt) then with a more cowboy look to him (no tool belt, but a hat this time). It went great and everyone on set was pleasant. Hope to work with Robert and his team again!

If you were wondering about the Doritos Guru contest, my commercial entry didn’t make the top 5. However, I’m still very happy with how things went and the way the video turned out. I’m very thankful for everyone involved in this experience, and the support I had throughout this contest! Filmmaking is definitely something I want to continue to peruse. As for this video, you can now watch it on YouTube in HD!

Posted on: 02 Apr 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman

Snack Guru - by Samy OsmanWatch: YouTube[HD] (30 seconds)

Well maybe not just “directorial”.. I produced, directed, wrote, shot, edited, cast, etc. my very first project this past weekend! Couldn’t of done with without everyone involved.. a big thanks to all!
Check out my new Production page for more details, including a list of people’s contribution to the project, on the page I put together for my Doritos Intense: Snack Guru commercial entry for the Doritos Guru contest!

Click the link just under the picture to watch and vote (via the thumbs up image when you get to the page) for my commercial. You can vote up to once a day and leave as many comments as you wish. If you’re on Facebook, be sure to join the group to help spread the word. Your support is greatly appreciated!

I’ve finally put together my first production.. and it was awesome! And I can’t thank my wonderful team enough! Without those of you who helped me by being in it, or lend a hand behind the scenes and on set, this wouldn’t of been possible. This means so much to me, especially being a first. It’s something I’ve been passionate about for longer than I even realized, and it was amazing to be able to actualize my vision.

I always thought it would of started with a short film but it turned out to be a thirty second commercial entry for a contest. But not any contest.. $25,000 grand prize and 1% of future Canadian sales? Talk about motivation! Voting ends March 18th so please do your best to vote daily, comment and spread the word!

Posted on: 11 Mar 2009
Posted by: Samy Osman

Samy - Photo by Paul CrivellariJust a few days ago, Paul Crivellari sent me a new photo that was taken the last time we worked together. Our main purpose for that photoshoot was to produce a new headshot for acting. Soon after getting some great pictures, we agreed to move on with another idea.

What you see on the left is another awesome shot that came out of the second half of the photoshoot. We were actually aiming for something a little different, and only got one picture of this pose. It was just thrown in between different ideas. In the end, sitting down together and looking at the shots, we all agreed it was one of the best ones! Again, I can’t say this enough about Paul and Shalan.. a great and talented couple!

Sara Lee website screenshotsAlso recently, I decided to look around the Sara Lee website to see if I could find some of the shots that we were taken back during the job I booked in May of 2007. We had taken shots for both a TV commercial and print/web usage. Here on the right, you can see two of the shots that we taken for the latter.

Actually, when I first saw the picture in the blue shirt, I wasn’t sure if that was me or just a guy who happened to look like me! I didn’t even remember wearing that shirt.. but as I kept going through, I caught the one in the red shirt. Only then was I sure it was me! I guess I’m not used to see myself smiling with a mouth full… That and I look so young in those. Anyway, I’ll keep my eye open for the TV commercial!

Posted on: 05 Dec 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

I’ve been working a lot on films in the past few months.. lots of busy and sleep deprived weekends! We shot and finished “Nothing Left To Say”. It was great working with Paul, his wife Shalan, friend Dre and my cast mate Nancy. I’ve already seen rough edits of the film and it’s going to look great. Paul’s not only a pleasure to work with but a really talented guy!

Another film that we completed is Pascal’s “Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife”. The premiere is on May 27th! Check out the website for details. Pascal’s another hard working man who’s artistically gifted.

We also finally shot the last scene for “Drinks”.

Finally, I continued extensive work for the feature length film “6 for 7”. At this point I only have a few scenes left to shoot, and eventually some voiceovers!

Additionally, I was offered the lead in a short thriller called “Goodbye”. I accepted and we’ve already shot a good chunk of the film.

As for commercial work, I booked another Much Music TV ad for their “Much Mobile Missions” contest. Then I did a video for the new “LG Fusic” phone which is featured on their French webpage for it. I was also featured in an internal Transport Canada video.

Moving on to print, I landed a job for Shopper’s Drug Mart. The pictures should be appearing in stores soon enough. I also did a photoshoot for the “Centropolis” in Laval. Pictures should be up at the center as well as on their website. Lastly, I got a new headshot that was shot by Robert Du Broy; a great guy. Check out the resume and pictures section for updates with all the aforementioned.

Posted on: 16 May 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

At the beginning of December I attended my agency’s party. Met some new people, talked to some familiar faces and had a great time.

Shooting for “6 for 7” continued and is going well.

I booked and shot a commercial for Vonage Canada mid December and had a great time on set! Watch for the guy with the binoculars on TV and on the Internet.

I also landed the lead in a local project called “Nothing Left To Say”. In January, the student film “Inescapable ” and shot in Cardinal, Ontario. That went well too.

I also did a music video for a local band called No Other way. The song is called “Hollywood Horror Show” and I played a show host. Had a great time with the character!

Also, shot another fight scene for “Souls Of Strife” which was a lot of run to rehearse!

Shooting for “Peace for Middle East” also continued.

Finally I joined an Improv group in Ottawa for practice and fun! Resume and pictures sections have been updated once again.

Posted on: 04 Feb 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman
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