Fast hands save Supercheap commercial in Warwick
THE NEW Supercheap Auto Christmas commercial has hit screens around Australia but without the hard work of Warwick businesses it might have never made it to air.
Filmed at the Warwick Airport between October 8-10, the national campaign hit a few snags along the way.
A high wind and fire warning threatened to derail the commercial on the first day of practice before accidents to the two high performance stunt cars put the production in jeopardy.
Luckily for the film crew Mid City Collision Repair Centre owner Jamie Reid was on hand to get the cars back on the airstrip.
"We got the call about 4.30pm on the Thursday," Mr Reid said.
"I think we were still working on the cars at 2am the next day before we had to take a break while we waited for the carbon wrap to come from the Gold Coast. We came back at 5am to finish the job, it was definitely a challenge.
Mr Reid said it was a good feeling to watch the commercial and know he had been a part of the production. Mike Berg works at Warwick Tyrepower and fitted more than 80 tyres over the two days of filming.
"We took a mobile tyre changing machine and I was there for about 15 hours on both days," Mr Berg said.
"It was an awesome experience; definitely a bit different to the usual working day.
"There were so many people involved. It was great to see."
Production spokesman George Vasiliadis said the company spent an estimated $60,000 on food and accommodation over the course of filming.
"I'd like to thank all the local businesses who were involved during the three days," Mr Vasiliadis said.
"We couldn't have done it without them."
A director's cut of the commercial can be found on YouTube.