>LE@D Video Shoot (aka Goofy Librarian Skilz)

>I used to work for the Center for Distributed Learning at UNT, back before I thought it was a grand idea to both attend school full-time and work full-time. In any case, they were a grand crew of people who had the amusing pleasure of finding out lots of my previously-hidden geeky secrets. Thus, I soon gave up my pretense of being a dignified young professional and acted more like my goofy self in their company.

Thus, when their LE@D (Lifelong Education at Desktop) program needed to shoot a video starring a goofy librarian… I was the first person they thought of.


So yesterday, I spent the morning over-acting my goofy heart out, while being followed around the third floor of the library by a mass of professional-looking camera equipment. The video’s scenario is that I’m a librarian trying to take an online LE@D course, but I can’t find the time to take it–I’m being interrupted at the reference desk, circulation, public computers, the breakroom, and finally make my escape to a stall in the women’s restroom to finish. (I’ll post a link here when the video’s done on April 1st–both because you all deserve a good laugh and because I’m making a habit of humiliating myself online as much as possible.)

I’ll say one thing–I now understand why, in addition to needing a script and camera, it’s so important to have a director. You can read, “Starr looks up at patron and seems mildly frustrated by the interruption,” and it seems simple, but when it comes to actual expression, body language, etc…. it’s surprisingly complex.

So, er, I won’t be running off to La-La Land anytime soon to pursue an acting career. But it was certainly an enjoyable experience, and Dr. Arlita Harris, the visionary behind the whole project, not only made it fun but graciously sent me flowers afterward. A big thanks to the CDL folks for thinking of me!

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