A Very Marianist Day

06.02.2011

Talk about a long day. Today was the most epic day of video shoots ever. A lot of fun, of course, but still super tiring. For work, Mike (my boss) and I did a bunch of mini-shoots for a piece about Marianist heritage, which will be featured on one of the touch-screen info-boards at the new Alumni Center on campus. Check out our promo video for the AC here:

http://campus.udayton.edu/udq/u/scribblings/2011/05/sneak-peek-at-the-new-alumni-center/?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4de1096f311c0ff8%2C0

And, yes, IÂ’m in the video! I have made it my goal to be in every one of our videos in some capacity.

Anyway, today we trekked across campus to a bunch of different locations getting b-roll (background footage without audio) and quotes from the Marianist brothers. We started our day at 10:30 a.m. and had back-to-back shoots until 4:30 p.m. with a small break for lunch. Then we had another small break until 6 p.m. when we went to one of the Marianist houses to film some more b-roll and a quote during their dinner.

After we were done shooting, Mike and I were invited to stay and eat with the brothers, so of course we did. And it was delicious! Brother Claude (who is from Ivory Coast in Africa!) grilled some pork and made a tuna thing (I don’t really know how to describe it…but it was awesome) that we put over rice, a fresh salad with peppers, walnuts, and raisins, and fried plantains. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we had ice cream and cookies for dessert while we discussed some interesting things about pronunciation mix-ups. Brother Claude speaks French, which was really cool because he asked me to try to translate something into English for him so he could describe the feeling he got when he went on the Marianist brothers’ international retreat. He said it “ouvert [son] esprit,” literally “opened [his] spirit,” but we could say it translates like “broadening his horizons.” I also tried to find a French word for the English “beacon,” but neither of us could think of anything that would mean the same thing.

All in all, today was exhausting but also really amazing at the same time. IÂ’m learning so much at work, both about production and about a variety of other things by interacting with the subjects of our videos. For example, today I learned that kudzu is an intense invasive plant that can literally envelope houses and vehicles and that in a specific tribe in Malawi, the people donÂ’t use the sounds [l] or [r] so sometimes they might confuse the two when learning English. And one other thing I learned is this: sometimes in production, your clients will pay for you to go on shoots in awesome locations, like Hawaii.

P.S. I am SO in the right profession.