In his astronomical rise from Bakersfield agricultural security guard to Berkeley liberal arts scholar and world renowned star of stage and screen, Mr. Klondike benefited from the unfailing love and support of the Berkeley creative community. So when approached by a group of aspiring Berkeley filmmakers he of course jumped at the chance to help return something to community. And get snacks.
The result of this unusual collaboration is Sing, a comedic short subject.
(note: the first few seconds are silent, so your volume control is probably OK, though the film is a bit on the quiet side)
Today Mr. Klondike wrapped up principal photography for Sing, a comedic short film. While Mr. Klondike generally avoids indie projects, he made an exception for Sing based on the strength of its script and the close relationship he has with some of its participants. Also treats.
May 5, 2016 marked the graduation of Bravo!Pup’s Talent 3 advanced performance class. Taught by the amazing Sandi Thompson, the class wasn’t primarily about learning new tricks. Not that new material wasn’t taught, it was just that everyone in that class walked in with a pretty good repertoire, so the focus was on polishing performance behaviors until they shined.
During the class, Klondike improved as performer, and had a great deal of fun. In fact, we are thinking about changing his name to The Thump because of the non-stop, super strength, full contact tail wagging he’s started. I think this happiness came from a combination of training treats, attention, the strengthened bond that comes from working closely with your best friend during training/rehearsal, the class’s location inside a Pet Food Express store (a favorite Klondike destination) and the positive energy in the room. But whatever the reason, we’re grateful for the experience.
It was also a blast for the bipedal participants, who greatly enjoyed spending time around their own kind (human and dog) and exercising a shared passion for dog training.
Klondike’s first gig was agricultural security guard in Bakersfield, watching livestock. He retired at age one (with some help from the wonderful people at Rocket Dog Rescue) and came to Berkeley to pursue a career in liberal arts and entertainment.
Since coming to the Bay Area, Klondike has dedicated himself to live performances and photo modeling, with some napping, snacking, swimming, running with other large dogs, and cat/squirrel/raccoon chasing on the side. But when approached to shoot a commercial for Thinkin Blue™, a networking site for blue collar workers, he literally jumped at it. The site is just entering beta but you can bet when it goes live The Klon will be on it, reconnecting with his old security guard buddies. Or may he may nap under my desk. Definitely one of the two.
Big shout-out to BravoPup for the training (both mine and Klonbeast’s) that made this possible.
Here are a few more pictures from the shoot. I’ll post other pictures as I get them, and hopefully I’ll be able to post the finished ad before too long.