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A Fly on the Wall

If you don't work in broadcast television, often the last time you review a video project is in fact the last time you see it. It is satisfying to have the opportunity to see how the fruits of your labors are used in the real world.

Over the past few months we have been working on a training video for one of our local hospitals. Interestingly, I first met this client at a medical convention in San Diego two years ago. You just never know where an opportunity will present itself.

First I met with the working group in the hospital composed of nurses, physical therapists and administrators to develop the script. Several meetings later I submitted the draft, obtained feedback and created the final shooting script. When we finally settled on a shoot date in February, we had access to a disused wing of the hospital where a few features have actually shot, a couple of patient volunteers and of course the stars of the show - nurses! We shot two HDV cameras plus the recently acquired Canon 7d.

Next came the edit, a few more meetings to review and revise and the final cut. I wound up doing the voiceover also, but the shoot and editing were definitely a team effort of our whole crew.

Just today I attended the premiere of the video. This was not a red carpet affair, but rather part of a 1 hour continuing education seminar in the hospital auditorium. The two nurses in charge of the project and the chief of laparoscopic surgery gave some PowerPoint lectures, showed the video and then did a couple of brief case studies to test the audience. I was listed as producer and introduced to the group of people, with praise all around. Finally some light refreshments were served.

Seeing how my work is actually used after it is delivered is very satisfying indeed.

Thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen




Posted by: Mike Cohen on Jun 16, 2010 at 8:29:38 pm results, opportunities, collaboration



I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

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