Greg Yost 1957-2019

On November 19, 2019, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Greg Yost, creative director of Lazor-Yost Marketing & Design, has passed away.

I first met Greg in the early 90’s. He was creative director of “The Kaiser Group”. Greg was the first agency art director I encountered that was sure computers would take over all mechanical aspects of layout & design in advertising. We both owned early Macintosh systems, and once a month we’d get together to swap 3.5” floppy disks of programs we either bought or borrowed.

The first project I directed and photographed for Greg was for Sheetz. Greg did much of the early creative marketing concepts and in-store signage for this family owned, Altoona based company. They were trying hard to be more than a group of “7-11 type” convenience stores. Greg created the advertising that introduced Sheetz Coffee, “MTO” food items, Sheetz Hot Dogs, “Sheetza Pizza”, “IT” Cola, “Jacks” cigarettes and Sheetz’s own brand of gasoline. When you pull into a Sheetz for coffee, food or gas… remember Greg Yost.

I also filmed many of Greg’s creative and sometimes crazy TV campaigns for Hoss’s Restaurants, HealthSouth Rehab Centers, Fruth Drug Stores, Unimart, CEI Cable & Internet and Atlantic Luggage. The projects always had limited budgets, but we always had fun shooting Greg’s concepts.

I last spoke with Greg in May and he never mentioned that he was sick and undergoing treatment for cancer. We talked about how the ad business had changed over the past couple decades and that today we’d never get away with what we used to do… He sounded positive, upbeat and directly involved in the marketing efforts of his clients.

As a remembrance, here’s a few of Greg Yost’s favorite TV projects from 1991 through 2009…RIP my friend.

Healthcare Reel Update

On May 4, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Every year we produce major healthcare ad campaigns. We work with agencies across the country as well as clients who internally handle their own creative marketing.

Przyborski Productions is one of the few commercial production companies that realizes production inside a busy hospital is not the same as filming in a studio. We know how to work with doctors and medical teams to get great footage with minimal disruption. We’re very aware that real patients take precedence over the filming process.

The commercials featured on this reel demonstrate some of Glenn Przyborski’s directorial styles and techniques that enhance a project’s concept. All doctors and hospital staff are real. Testimonials feature real patients. All operating room scenes were photographed during actual procedures.

Latest Commercial Reel

On January 15, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


This video is a mix of varied concepts, directorial styles and production techniques. It’s called a “General Reel” since it’s a series of 30 second looks at the typical commercials we’re often asked to produce. Some of the spots are new, others were produced over the past few years. All these ads are actual on-air commercials created for ad agencies and clients from across the country.

Przyborski directed and photographed all these commercials in 4K and/or 1080P. From gritty to silky-smooth, Glenn’s years of experience allow him to create different visual “styles” using lighting and camera techniques that best convey a client’s concept to the intended audience. Glenn’s at home shooting “guerrilla” style with a small crew of 5, or on a major, multi-day studio production with a 25 person crew.

Film Production in the 90’s

On July 18, 2019, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


About once a year, clients will ask if I miss shooting commercials on film as we used to do on every project. Our last “film” production was in 2006. Looking back, my business partner, Jim DeVincentis and I had a lot of fun on film shoots in the late 80’s, 90’s & early 2000’s.

In the mid-90’s, JVC introduced a small mini-DV camcorder. We bought several of them and asked clients and crew to shoot some behind-the-scenes video during our film productions. I located several of the old tapes and edited them together with the actual footage we were filming. Of course everything back then was standard def.

Most people think of the past with nostalgia… as if things were always better in the “good old days.” Do I miss shooting film? I’ve always enjoyed working with agencies & clients to create commercials that everyone was proud to air. The specific production “medium” was never the most important part of a project.

My son John said, “Dad… If the vinyl LP record can return to popularity, movie film has a good chance of a come back.” You never know…

KDKA-TV PROMOTIONS 1979-1996

On June 25, 2019, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


Here’s a “time capsule” of KDKA-TV promos from ’79-’96.

Friends at a retirement party for KDKA’s Drew Moniot reminded me of the many promotional campaigns Przyborski Productions produced for KDKA from 1979 through 1996. Those were the “analog” days of 35mm film production, film-to-tape transfers, and tape-to-tape video editing.

I was fortunate to work with 3 of KDKA’s creative services directors… Brad Crum (1979-1982), Art Greenwald (1985-1988), & Lorraine Sneebold (1988-1996). The promos we produced were often music-driven, high-energy spots that featured KDKA’s on-air talent and their interaction with the community.

The earliest of these promotions aired 40+ years ago. They’re a visual tribute to KDKA’s talent and staff, many of whom are retired or unfortunately, no longer with us.

Stanley Steemer’s “That’s Gross” TV Campaign

On June 4, 2019, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


Here’s a fun look at a crazy network ad campaign produced for Stanley Steemer, America’s largest residential and commercial cleaning service. 

Corporate creative director, Jim McCabe called with an unusual production request. In 2006, the company had marketing success with a funny commercial that featured “Toby” a Labrador Retriever scooting his butt across the living room carpet to the shock of the homeowner and her friend. Jim wanted to revisit the concept, only this time “Toby” would scoot over carpet, tile and hardwood floors. Plus, Jim also wanted a trained parrot who harasses Toby.

Glenn Przyborski directed and photographed the campaign using 2 cameras on each shot for more editorial options. 2 cameras also gave an “insurance factor” just in case the trained animals “lost interest” after several takes. Everything was shot and edited in 4K UHD, then downsampled to 1080 for final release. 

Award Winning Writer-Director, Harry Greenberger

On May 14, 2019, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

In the 90’s, Harry Greenberger worked with us as an assistant cameraman. Harry loved all aspects of the filmmaking business and was always a great, positive thinking crew person. On some rare occasions, he even filled in as a background extra. Today, Harry is a writer and director of feature films. His latest, “Staring at the Sun” has won major awards at over 40 major film festivals including Best Picture category in New York, L.A. and many others. It’s great to see Harry Greenberger receiving this well deserved career success!

Apollo 11

On March 11, 2019, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of man’s first journey to the moon. Unlike the secretive Russians, we let the whole world watch the historic event from lift-off at Cape Kennedy to splash-down in the Pacific ocean.

“Apollo 11” is an amazing documentary, produced by CNN films, that details the entire journey with half-century old, restored film from the National Archives. Some of the footage has never been released to the public.

My late father, Joseph Przyborski was one of the cameramen who documented almost every launch from the late 50’s through mid-70’s. They used 16mm, 35mm and 65mm motion picture cameras. After watching the film in IMAX, I’m sure some of the shots that make up “Apollo 11” were filmed by my dad.

click here for “Apollo 11” movie trailer

 

SmithFoods “The Children’s Table”

On November 5, 2018, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

SmithFoods of Orrville, Ohio is a family owned company, founded in 1909. They supply premium dairy and other food products throughout Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

The Innis Maggiore Agency of Canton, OH chose Przyborski Productions to produce SmithFoods’ latest TV campaign. The concept called for casting 5 children and 5 adults who could be those same kids, only now in their 40’s.

Glenn Przyborski directed and photographed the commercial in 4K digital. Props and wardrobe stylists selected kid’s clothes and table props that were popular in the mid-to-late 80’s. Back then, all TV was standard definition, so we rendered the opening sequence in the 4 x 3 ratio of older TV sets. After several visual tests, we decided not to alter the color or contrast of the opening sequence.

The commercial runs throughout Ohio and selected portions of the Mid-West.

Amusement Park Spots 1996-2006

On June 19, 2018, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


Before Kennywood, Idlewild and Sandcastle were acquired by California based, Palace Entertainment in 2007, I directed, photographed and edited dozens of their TV campaigns. Brad Wucher was the agency creative director and writer on most of these ads. He’s a good friend and we spent many hours filming amusement park fun. We’ve ridden roller coasters and other intense rides while trying to hold heavy 35mm movie cameras and laughing so hard it hurt.

On all these projects, Henny Henninger, Andy Quinn and the late, Carl Hughes ruled the parks. They were great clients who were totally supportive of our crazy ideas. Most of these commercials were shot on 35mm movie film then edited on 1” analog videotape. Later, D-2 composite digital was used for post-production. We produced a couple of the last spots in HD, but in the mid-2000’s, many TV stations and cable companies couldn’t air non-network HDTV commercials, so home viewers saw them in standard definition.

Please enjoy this retro collection of summertime fun… Glenn Przyborski