I made a short video for my job this weekend. This marks the 22nd consecutive year in which I’ve created at least one filmlet.
There are pluses and minuses to being asked to make a video for my employer. One plus, surprisingly, is the tight time frame. If you read this blog, then you may have noticed that, every once in a while, I’ll post a new video creation and I’ll say something like, “Yeah, I filmed this 10 months ago, but didn’t finish it until yesterday.” Or something even more extreme. So, I like that I had to get it done this weekend.
The downside is having to run over to my computer whenever I had some free time so that I could complete it. I generally prefer to have less computer time on the weekends, so this past weekend was an unfortunate anomaly.
This morning, at a meeting, I showed the video to my manager and a few co-workers. They made a few suggestions. I heartily agreed. Then I spent about a half hour tweaking the video, then showed it to another co-worker, who came over to my desk about ten minutes later with more suggestions. He actually had a list of five suggestions (I took three of his five). Then, at 3:00, I showed it to another co-worker, who had two more ideas.
I think the lesson learned is: never show my videos to anyone until I’m all done, then just say, “Here’s the finished product.”
I’d like to post the video online to share with you, my loyal reader(s), but as it has proprietary information on it, I guess it can’t make it’s way onto the world wide web.