Friday, January 30, 2009

Best Job in the World: Making the Video

When I first heard about The Best Job In The World through various friends, relatives and travel partners, I could barely get any work done. Immediately I began dropping fun pictures into my “Australia Dream Job” folder and making notes of what I would want to say to the world. Like most folks, I couldn’t access the actual Web site for several days, but my creative wheels were already in overdrive.

I planned to submit my vid that very weekend, but then as most of you know, I was thrown into crisis mode when a certain airborne vehicle landed in a certain nearby body of water. Why was that relevant to me? A certain travel entity is our client in times of emergency and crisis, hence, I spent a few days in the trenches dealing with the situation. Once that miracle was behind me, I proceeded with video planning toute de suite.

Technical difficulties abounded as I desperately tried to switch between PC and Mac to edit my clips, learning much about file extensions .WMV and .MOV and .AVI in the process. Ever the perfectionista, I drafted my voiceover script, crossed out portions that were too lengthy and tossed and turned every night while thinking about video production techniques. It’s been quite the challenge to fit the whirlwind that is Big Apple Angie into 60 short seconds, and especially difficult to do so while also conveying all the wonders of Queensland.

The Besties came over after church/brunch/movie last Sunday to help create posters for the big Today Show appearance, and on Monday morning we met at 7 a.m. in the bitter cold to get The Best Job in the World campaign and Australia Day on TV.

BAA: You’re down to come to the Today Show at 7 a.m. right?
LJ: No way! Nothing gets me out of bed that early.
BAA: I bet you’d get up early for a flight to Australia!
LJ: Touche.


Standing in the arctic chill for an hour and a half was mondo successful! After chatting with Matt Lauer about why I wanted the job, he and Meredith Vieira bantered about it on air! Goal achieved! And the Besties and I made it on TV with our expertly crafted posters touting “Happy Australia Day,” “Big Apple Angie for the Best Job in the World” and “Send me to Australia.” We even met a quirky Australian lady in the crowd, and she said I should get the job… which pretty much seals the deal, right?

The good news is that I only have one more brief section to film. LJ and I are hitting up a top secret location in NYC tonight to finish the job and if all goes as planned, I expect to upload the finished product sometime tomorrow. Wrap party, anyone?

3 comments:

gvdp said...

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Good Luck!

gvdp said...

Hi there,

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Good Luck!

pDogg said...

Awesome vidy mate! Here's my best try with a cool rock song:
http://www.islandreefjob.com/#/applicants/watch/kQzXTMfDLpA