Filming: Zappos Commercial RELEASED – I made the final cut!

**It’s true, it’s true – look, look!**

Me as a bystander as the Zappos' hero rushes by me.

Me as a bystander as the Zappos’ hero rushes by me.

Watched the final commercial several times and we’ve spied me in this VERY fast-paced commercial at least 4-times already.  YAY – I didn’t wind-up on the editing floor!  #WhompWhomp

Whatta day it was – I watched some very entertaining, creative, talented & professional crew-of-brothers film.  Tis fascinating how all of those takes came together as they did to birth this commercial masterpiece – baffling, like magic.

Okay, logistics – as I’m sure you’re dying to know.  *w*  The commercial will be airing shortly.  Sadly, I do not know as to which channels it will be on nor the exact air date,  However, with us being in winter attire in the commercial factored with Christmastime decor already in stores, I think I’d be safe to assume it’ll be airing on TVs nationwide VERY soon so be sure to keep-on the look-out!

I want to, once again, express how thankful and honored I was to be chosen to partake in the filming.  Not only did I get to ‘work my craft’, but I met a lot of nice people.  It was most definitely an adventure-of-a-day.

And, a VERY special thank you out to … The Herbert Brothers, zappos.com, and Patty Bamber whose filming, awesome customer service and talented photography gave me a memory I shall never forget!  I’d be humbled to work beside any of you again – truly humbled.

Hugs …

Mellen

ZAPPOS’ COMMERCIAL (I appear at the:  00:05, 00:07, and 00:09 – 00:11 marks)
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WATCH-OUT DISNEYLAND: Mellen is heading your way

Disneyland Here Comes Mellen

Excited about another ‘been there, done that‘ and this time it’s gonna be Disneyland!  I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting that park nor Anaheim.

Although I’ll be working an education conference, my evenings after 6-7 will be free.  I’ve purchased 2-Twilight Passes (4-hour visits) and am READY to ‘do’ Disney all I can.

Any of y’all from that area who may want to hook-up between 10/4 – 10/8/2014 (I fly-out afternoon of the 8th though), hit me up here w/a message, or via FaceBook, or simplymellen@live.com as I’D LOVE TO SEE YA and have someone who knows Disney show me Disney!  :-)

Super excited!

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

PS:   Hmm, now to see if there are any reports of ‘unexplained’ activity at Disneyland – tis the para-chick in me.  :-)

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Filming & Breaking through Paranormal Borders: On the Set

 

The day was an experience I’ll NEVER forget.  Not only do I have a new-found respect for ‘extras’ who are TRULY the ‘meat & taters’ stars, but I’m now in-love with my furnace (as this endless Indiana winter reared its brutal ugly head again that day).

I’m still very grateful, humbled and honored to be part of such a professional LARGE group of individuals; even the A&E crew were gems!

Just a few of the memories:

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I shall keep you posted as to when the Zappos ‘villains vs. good guy’ commercial airs as well as when this commercial is featured on their A&E  reality series (mid-summer).
Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen

Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: Ohio State Reformatory

With its towering, stone façade and secure iron-gated sprawling grounds, the Ohio State Reformatory leaves no room for any imaginative thoughts by passersby debating if it’s a host to a rich history – a history well over a century old, echoes resounding down its now deserted depilated halls. This chataeuesque structure’s renowned reputation reached far from the small town of Mansfield, Ohio where it stands as movie producers and powers-that-be multiple times recognized its beauty and used the site to film such movies as, ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Air Force One’. The remnants left behind along-the-way aren’t just movie props and pieces of misfit, forgotten furniture but also reverberations of memories seared in time as well as ‘feelings’ from prisoners, workers, and victims who passed thru the halls years and years ago! A history filled with the usual that comes from caging the most heinous-of-criminals, but added are suicides, successful escapes that lead to the murder of a group of people in a nearby cornfield, a warden’s wife ‘accidentally’ dying from a single gun shot to her head deemed an accident blaming a shelf in the closet despite rumor had told a totally different story.

But the Ohio State Reformatory wasn’t only just a state-of-art, uniquely architectural marvel for the 1890s with a history; its the ideals of those who lead the prison toward reformation which made it stand out in its community. Their unique, fresh approach MAY be what now drives thousands to the prison paying simply to stay beneath its roof for one night over a century later.

What was this prison designed around – spiritual reformation.

The staff was taught – spiritual reformation.

The building was built to accommodate – spiritual reformation; with an ornate chapel built inside within its walls. Officials mandated all inmates were to worship regularly, ALL inmates!

Was it this approach, forced spiritual reformation, which has possibly opened portals within these walls, doors to the paranormal? Well, they not only built a spiritual temple but forced the most vile to ‘worship’ at its alter! Sounds toxic to this chick!

Yep, I’ll confess, I’ve paid to visit this site on numerous occasions as to investigate and NEVER have I left disappointed or empty-handed either. The EVP from this place – off the charts!

Each time I visited we had to check-in and quickly were taken on a quick tour of the magnanimous structure for sun went down, so did all of the lighting. There are endless walls peeling their paint, cells in disarray, floors showered with debris and droppings from years of wear & tear. Almost every barred window has had their glass shattered out. [proof that when this prison closed its doors in the 1990s, it did just that – closed the doors and no one ever looked back!]

When the tour is over, you’ve freedom to roam the halls until sun-up.

First stop, the chapel: now a shell of its former self, yet has deemed to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.

EVP from the Chapel: “the bathroom” (version slightly altered)

EVP from the THE CHAPEL: “the bathroom” (VERY slowed down)<

EVP from the THE CHAPEL: “criminal” (unaltered)


Next stop, through the halls and into the ‘Hole’ as to sit alone for an hour with a candle lit sitting in the cell where a cellmate once committed suicide by dowsing himself with paint thinner and igniting himself with a match.

EVP from THE SOLITARY, aka HOLE: “flash burn” (slightly altered)

Off to my last and favorite spot, the Warden’s quarters – not simply because it’s a MAJOR hot spot for paranormal activity but also because it was one of the few spots renovated for the filming.

EVP from THE WARDEN’S QUARTERS: “to see the warden” (unaltered)

Oh and if you you dare visit, remember bats use radar so when one comes flying straight at you, DON’T MOVE AN INCH!

 

 

 

 

 

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

 

P.S.:  Initially posted in October 26, 2011 – bumping-up.

7th Annual Paranormal Meet & Greet – Hannah House, Indianapolis is TODAY!

I’m so excited and ready to have some para-fun!

Hannah House mansion

3801 Madison Ave
Indianapolis, IN

noon – 4:00p

Family-friendly, FREE event!

Be there or be square!

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

P.S.:  Immediately following the event, on the Hannah grounds, will be a ‘Para Pow-Wow’ where you’ll hear insight from speakers – so bring a chair or blankie.  THEN, it’s the after party at the nearby FOP off Shelby Street to celebrate our ‘coming together as one’!

My WebMaster & me at MidSouth

Ron & I at MidSouth 2012

Ron & I at MidSouth 2012

Here is a picture of me and my WebMaster, at the 2012 Midsouth Para-Con, after his losing 250-pounds in 8-months!!!!  Obviously we are all VERY PROUD OF HIM!   :)