Making Our Kickstarter Video – UCSC, Stanford, Cal

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LOL. All these updates need to be on a Twitter feed. With photos. (Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM)

…says Rachel, from Stanford. I had told them to expect many emails from me that day, as I intended to keep all involved parties in the loop. There was too much going on to be able to micro-blog photos, so here they are in this blogpost. In the pre-email, we setup the schedule for the filming. (Ambitious, they tell me I was.) Monday, December 3rd, was the day we went to UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, and Berkeley to film. UC San Francisco grad students were all busy, and we wouldn’t have had time to fit in all 4 schools anyhow.

So, we’ve got all we need for now..

Probably, tomorrow, we will make the call to not visit UCSF… and reschedule for another time..

This means we might make it earlier to Berkeley…

There will be many email updates, so stay tuned.

(Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM)

Filming started about an hour later than anticipated. I was thinking of not being in the Kickstarter video, because I hardly had any sleep. With the spare hour in the morning, I printed out cue cards for people to read.

Here’s the update…

  • i got 2 hrs of sleep.. lol
  • we’re running a little late, but may still stay on schedule (I’ll let you all know)…
  • it’s a beautiful day in santa cruz..
  • i just made a bunch of cue cards on 8.5×11 sheets of papers (9 pages).
  • i’m eating almond joys and kettle corn for breakfast
  • you might be getting more emails than normal from me today.. 🙂

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM)

Don’t everyone worry, I am in the video. Apparently, the cue cards reflect in my glasses. I only learned today, that you should print things on blue paper when filming. There was a question of whether we’d go by the script or not. I, personally, don’t think it would’ve worked otherwise, but then again, what do I know?



Let me know if that doesn’t work for any of the stanford people… ASAP

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM)

I forgot to tell them that we had McDonalds for lunch, but if you are detective enough, you could learn that from the photos. Stanford, of all the schools, was the most apprehensive, but we ended up with 4 people who showed up to the shoot (compared to 3 at UCSC and 2 at Cal Berkeley).

OMG, that was amazing… Things are going unbelievably well.

some of us took time to get used to the camera and reading the cards..

some people interpreted the cards, some read them verbatim…

We are about to leave Santa Cruz and head to Stanford…

David and I and coming over from UCSC…

Anyone from stanford who is even remotely involved should come to the Oval by 12:00.

Derek, you are my main contact. I’ll give you a call when we are closer to campus.

New schedule is…

12:00 – Oval at STANFORD, but might relocate
2:00 – Wrap up at STANFORD
3:15 – Sproul Plaza, BERKELEY

We are skipping UCSF….

This is beyond cool 😛

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM)

Beyond cool, indeed. People, for sure, needed to warm up to the camera a bit, except Margaret, from Berkeley (she’s a natural). Some people would read verbatim; others tried to memorize and interpret. Apparently, the cameras pick up eye movement, so it’s better to have it memorized, or be able to wing things.

We got AMAZING Stanford footage.. thanks to derek, chris, Kimmy, and kassa…

They are doing b-roll now and we are headed to berkeley.

Things are on schedule. And amazing.

Get ready, margaret and marquise.!

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM)

The script was co-written by a number of us; so, we’d all seen the content before. The speech inflections were to be expected. I was surprised that, regardless of the final edits on the script, people would still speak from their particular revision. While for others, I found myself wondering, “how did they manage that interpretation?”

Made it to Sproul plaza. Getting dim sum at food truck. Waiting for margaret to arrive and shooting b roll.

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM)

Berkeley has amazing food everywhere. If you know me, you’d be surprised if I didn’t post pictures of food. It was a beautiful day, right after a week of heavy rain. It only started to get dark after our last person from Berkeley.

We are done… its just getting dark now….

Margaret and marquise did great….

Ucsf and UCSD are gonna have to Skype into the video…

More on that later…

Back to Santa Cruz… time for a nap…

P.s. Berkeley has awesome food…

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM)

I gradually felt better as we finished with each person. In addition to PhD students from the three universities, we had filmed those who studied: computer science, bioinformatics, electrical engineering, physics, economics, and environmental engineering. The group, overall, except for being heavy in the sciences, is quite diverse.

Quick, someone think of a name to call this project..!

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM)

I’m pretty sure we will set our goal at $32,767 (nerd-LOL). It was mentioned that we could probably get $150,000. I mean, the sort production we are getting for the Kickstarter is as good as it gets. As far as project names go, there’s definitely the whole #blank-University or University-of-#blank. Derek suggested, “Academics and humanities: immersing student-oriented minds in novel environments… (only shorter).” I think we’re gonna use Academic Bridges, Africa 2013 (thanks Chris, Chris, Derek, and Kassa).

Auto-tune the whole thing, or just Derek’s part?

(Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM)

Things went incredibly well. The only thing left to do is to figure out how to get UCSD and UCSF in the video. MasterWerks (the media company) had suggested Skyping them in. I might take a trip to SF on Friday to catch some Med students. Gotta catch’em all!

Planning to launch Kickstarter on 12/12/12…. exciting!

3 responses to “Making Our Kickstarter Video – UCSC, Stanford, Cal

    Sherol, I so enjoyed reading this… I could hear your voice. Way to power through! I’m thankful for how the day all came together!

  2. Thanks Leila!

    There were so many variables in the equations… I’m so thankful for all the pieces and how they held together…

    I hope this story is worth capturing… I mean, there’s a reason why I’m aways taking photos.. haha.

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