Video time! You can let it load up while you read the story about it!
About three months ago, I was approached by Nuffnang to make a short birthday video. It would be shown at the Nuffnang Pajama Party together with videos made by other selected Nuffnangers.
As you can see, we were given a lot of time to make the video. But I kept procrastinating because I couldn’t think of what to say in it.
It’s like, what, “Happy Birthday Nuffnang, you’ve been a great… blog ad server in the past year! May you stay young and sexy and attract many more rich advertisers!!”?
It’s very hard wishing a non-living entity a happy birthday and not feel a little bit silly. So I took forever to think about it and finally gave up on it, busy with other things as I was.
Then, one week before the party, I decided to just fall back on what I do best — write a stupid song and sing it. (I’m not claiming that I do that very well. It’s just something I can do better than, say, dance or climb a mountain or fight a crocodile).
Despite the video submission deadline already being over and gone long ago, I just went ahead and wrote the song and made the video. I completed it two days before the party! *lol*
Writing the song was the easy part. I spent 20 minutes on it because I didn’t have time to come up with an award-winning gig. The tough part was recording and editing it. I couldn’t get the sound up to standard because my headset mic was a little faulty and I had to depend on my digital camera to pick up the sound and Adobe Premiere to enhance it.
The final edit isn’t ideal — I sound muffled — but I was tired and there was no more time, so I MSN’ed Ming.
“Miiiiiiiing!!” I said, “I’m sorry please don’t kill me!”
“Hahahahaha why?” he responded.
“I just finished making the video!”
To his credit, he didn’t even flinch.
(I know one can’t really flinch on MSN, but you know you can sometimes tell how a person is reacting by what he says and how long he takes to start responding and how long he takes to type his response. It’s not 100% accurate, but you can always estimate a guess.)
He said, “Oh, you did it ah? Can, can, I get my guy.”
Then we went through the boring details of video format and e-sending and subtitling. And it was done! My video was submitted and accepted.
I have to thank Ming for being patient with me and entertaining my super-last-minute entry. I’m sure the Nuffies were already very busy scrambling to tie up all the last-minute details of the trip amd the party. They probably didn’t need more last-minute work slotting my video into the programme!
So, thank you Ming and the Nuffies!
And, once again, happy birthday, Nuffnang! Er… may you stay young and sexy and attract many many rich advertisers!