Some pals from the University of Washington’s Information School premiered this video last night, and I think it’s fantastic. Sarah Wachter (@Athenasbanquet on Twitter) was the brainchild behind the video and had this to say about it:
I was listening to a LOT of Lady Gaga and the “Ca-Ca-Ca-Catalog” just popped into my head as I was walking home one day and I went from there. The iSight film festival had been announced a few days before this, and it was the perfect conjunction of fun idea and great opportunity to share it. I worked the lyrics out in dribs and drabs over the next few weeks, and then sent them to Laura Mielenhausen, one of my amazing classmates and a superb musician. She used a karaoke track as the base, sang all the vocals and did the audio mixing (I’m not sure what program she used), and then sent me the finished track. I borrowed a camcorder from the iSchool’s technology department and edited the video with Adobe Premiere Pro, which is on all of the iSchool workstations. Shooting the video took place over a week or so; we did one long four-hour session with all of my fantastic dancing librarians, and then I popped into faculty offices as they were available to get them to do their lines. Editing was definitely the hardest part; I spent about two full days working on it. I was a Communications major in college, but I hadn’t done any video work since 2003 or so, so my skills were pretty rusty.
I had a great time working on it, and the best part was learning what total hams all of my classmates and professors are! Librarians are way more fun than people think!
I was so happy to see so much participation from iSchool faculty and staff. Congratulations to Sarah, Laura, Amelia, Morgan, Robin, Andrea, Jenny, Audrey, Cadi, Eric, and all the others on a fantastic video AND on your impending graduation.
I will miss these folks, for sure. My school is the iSchool!