After the humiliating defeat that I suffered last year (‘Worst use of Clip Art’ indeed!) I decided I better step up my SCNotty.
I spent some time reviewing the competition – oh, there are some tough ones out there! How could I possibly compete? I decided that what was really needed was a PSA (or Public Service Announcement) to help people understand the value that can be shared when they use SCN. And what better role model for a PSA than Sally Struthers? For those of you who are not familiar with Sally’s awesome body of work, I refer you to this clip, here.
She is also famous for her role as Gloria, Archie Bunker’s daughter, and the wife of Meathead on the show ‘All in the Family’.
Now I am not at all making light of the Christian Children’s Fund – and Sally did her absolute best for them, I am sure.
But I thought the premise was interesting. Tug at people’s heart strings and show them the plight of others around the world. Relate the cost of contributing to everyday items, such as a cup of coffee, or a pack of gum. Let them know the rewards they will reap for contributing.
Since my production budget was very low, I could not go out in the ‘real world’ in order to find these poor starving developers and analysts. But the actors I did find agreed to work for a percentage of the backend. They don’t yet know that it is (was) a block of wood. Tough for them, huh?
Filming was a snap, thanks to a FlipCam. Editing? Not so much. I did want to increase the playback speed to shorten it up, but in all good conscience, I could not remove any of the clips that depicted the plight of un-SCN’ed developers and architects anywhere. And as for removing or trimming my own scenes? Hah! Not on your life. And I was thrilled to figure out how to include ‘Kumbaya’ in the soundtrack – as I believe this sets the right tone.
So feel free to take 4:14 out of your daily life. I realize that if you do watch the video, you are probably already on SAP Community Network, so in a sense, I am already preaching to the choir. But maybe someone else at your workplace will be inspired? Who knows.
At any rate, I may at least qualify for the ‘most improved’ award.
PS: and if I win? I will do a Sally Field impression (‘You like me, you really like me!) although I may choose to just imitate this famous show.