Over the years, Giddy Up Ranch has become synonymous with birthdays and anniversaries. Whether it’s the city of Pico Rivera celebrating its 60th or children celebrating their first, we are often called upon to provide the party’s centerpiece.
Recently, Fox 11, along with its many viewers across Southern California, celebrated a very special anniversary. And once again, Giddy Up Ranch answered the call.
The cast and crew of the Fox Television’s “Good Day L.A” morning show paid tribute to long time colleague, Tony McEwing, as he celebrated his 25th year as a broadcast member. The celebration included the unveiling of a street now named in his honor, and a ride along that paved road on an unusual transport.
A big man requires large transportation. And on this day, it was a camel that would parade him from one end to the other. Though he first appeared hesitant, the King was finally aboard and presented to his loyal subjects.
“Good Day L.A” is the most watched morning show in the city of Los Angeles, establishing a new ratings record in 2017. Tony McEwing joined the FOX team in 1993. Giddy Up Ranch is no stranger to the FOX set, appearing each December on the morning show, in its Heifer International promotional segment.
We traveled to Van Nuys last summer to assist in the creation of a Keiynon Lonsdale music video (EXPLICIT LYRICS WARNING). The song, “Good Life”, sprang to life on the greens of a local golf course. And one of its extras added to the theme, if not stealing the entire show.
Caramel is our alpaca that bears a beautiful wool coat of the same color. He was the only animal we were asked to provide. And as you can see by watching the music video, no others were really needed.
Caramel gave our client what he asked for, if not more. When needed, this animal actor stood in place, walked across the set, and even sat for the final shot. This meant he had to patiently wait between wardrobe changes by Lonsdale and an exchange of props on set. This wasn’t a problem for our four-legged extra, as he simply found a shaded waiting area in the grass and some grain to stuff his face.
Keiynan Lonsdale is an Australian born actor, who throws his hat into the music ring from time to time. He is more noted for his role as “Kid Flash” on the television series “The Flash”. He also starred in the ABC series “Dance Academy”, and appeared in the second film of the “Divergent” series, which is titled “Insurgent”.
Is was a pleasure to meet and work with Lonsdale and his team, and I wish him continued success in film and music. “Good Life’ was officially released on August 20, 2017.