Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The devil is in the details

Venue – A conference room
Event - A video shoot
People present – A perky but dumb gal colleague who will give the intro to the video, a rather young Subject Matter Expert (SME) who will deliver the Technical Lecture after the intro.

And of course the owner of the program – yours truly with the camera man, director and other crew numbering three guys. This is a routine shot so yours truly walks out to get a coffee.

The shoot starts and the perky gal colleague steps up to the stage where the camera is focused and the lights come on. Gal gives her intro but the shoot director and SME ask for several retakes. Gal obliges, but more retakes are ordered. Finally, yours truly realizes that the shoot is taking too long and walks in to investigate and immediately zeroes into the problem due to her sheer intellect and brainpower and other big big words. Yours truly tells gal what was wrong with her intro and orders a remedy. Shoot progresses without a hitch and is canned.

The solution yours very brilliant truly recommended to the gal?

Wear a bra.

I detect a bright future for me in the Audio Video industry.

Happy week folks!

45 comments:

Karthik Sivaramakrishnan said...

wickedly good pun@perky but dumb gal :)

Kiran said...

Heehee .. can she be so dumb? And .. can the guys be so distracted for so long? Anways .. reading this provided the perfect start to my day :D

Nona said...

:D

Now, I understand why you referred to her as the perky "dumb" gal.

I admire your power of detection! But for this, the retakes would have continued.

Now, tell me where are you now? In the hospital recuperating from the director's and SME's assault? Should I send "kanji" to the hospital?

rahul said...

Gosh! some major distraction.. ;)

Mia said...

Was she wearing a See thru'? She was so dumb not to even realize that? And why doesn't a young girl wear a bra? Even at this age, I can't think of not wearing one in such a situation.

thomas said...

I want to be the camera man!

Emily said...

For bright future in the AV industry, you should not give that advice. ;)

mathew said...

you applied brake to a smooth shoot!!;-D

Jim said...

Looks like you just reduced the audience of the technical talk down to zero. And you call your future bright... hah! You have much to learn, child. Much to learn. :)

indiashoes said...

OMG! That it took retakes and your inteligence to solve it!

But I would have supposed shoot to be better in prior circumstance, no?

Pramod Abraham said...

Reminds of a scene in the sitcom "Friends" when Monica gets to sing in a club and she is pleased with the attention until Chandler comes in see where the attention is focused on !

WildTeen said...

"Yours truly tells gal what was wrong with her intro and orders a remedy. Shoot progresses without a hitch and is canned."


She wore one for the shoot? Or just did some 'adjustments'? ;)

KD said...

Hey!! I am leaving a comment after a long time here.. But of course you wouldnt know who this is from the new id I am using ..

You are as much fun as ever on these posts though

Iyer Studies said...

reminds me of this episode from friends where Monica reads out something really wierd and yet the audience asks for "once more" for the very same reason...

talk about real and reel life :)

Susa said...

You'll release a special feature DVD with the earlier shots right? Right? :P

anishthomas said...

Reminded me an interview of Imran Hashmi after the murder release. Seems malika sherwat complained to producer that ,imran were unnecessarily asking for the retake of a 'particular scene'.For that imran commented like ,"I believe in perfection".
between whatz with technical presentation and hot dress---really dumb girl :D

Amey said...

Umm, if that is your solution to any of the problems, most of the guys would vote to keep you out of Bollywood ;)

ഹാഫ് കള്ളന്‍ said...

Wanna become an SME ASPAP ! ( Hope video shoot 'll be there )

IJ said...

Love ya :)

Captain Haddock said...

She had that handy to wear ??????

man..i like ur writing.

RSV said...

'yours truly' rockks!!

vigneshjvn said...

I'm surprised this was an issue for a retake. What more could a producer ask for in an intro to grab everyone's attention?!
Or (god forbid) they're planning on selling the first few takes below the table. Sad!

blunt edges said...

n why on earth did u have 2 play spoilsport??? ;)

The Blue Indian said...

LOL! Don't you think the video would have been more interesting without the modification suggested by "youre truly"? :P

Rajlakshmi said...

Gosh was she so dumb.. The cameraman must hv had a ball. Lolzz but where did she get a spare one.

Parikshith Kumar said...

First things first, Bras should be banned!
Such a killjoy scrap of cloth that is!

On a side note, I'd have prefered the Harappan women to the present day fashionistas. Camera or no camera, those women never believed in bras. Hi-five ladies!

Anyway coming to your post, man,I want to join your company.... are there any openings? Could I use your reference? I promise, when the HR cat mentions salaries and other perks during the interview, I will suppresses a giggle.

*Giggle*

dsk said...

was she doing some kind of aerobic exhibition to distract the guys?

Santhosh P said...

As a self proclaimed social scientist, I blame it all on the over-westernization that’s happening in our society. Bralessness of womanhood was never a problem in ancient India. In fact women never worn anything above their waistline in Vedic India - a way of life that is called ‘Stanadhan Dharma’ in Sanskrit.

On a different note, I strongly disapprove this post and its author for damaging our ‘values’ by writing on such … topics, by 'our' I mean Queen Victorias, which is commonly known now-a-days as Victorias secrets.

thebanalsprite said...

Absolute delight, this blog. Reading backwards from this post on. Mukalileykku veycholu. :)

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naveenj said...

tell me...
who is dumb-er?
the girl or the guys...

Aniket said...

After the advice you just gave her, I don't think I can be friends with you any more. I mean I like your wit and your blog but I owe true allegiance to the brotherhood of BROship and you committed a serious crime according to the bro. code.

You disappoint me Obi Van. However, if you want to win back my esteemed friendship the send across the un-edited version of the first take of the video ASAP. Do the right thing and recover your honour.

hammy said...

I thought you were a good girl, Anjs... But that was quite mean of you. Because, quite frankly, if the perky dumb girl in question is indeed dumb, perky or not, and I mean like Paris Hilton dumb, then ignoring your advice may have been the only chance of survival for the poor thing.

And I don't really understand where you get the idea that you might be suited for the AV industry. Hell, if you did similar stuff on location during some shoot with Bipasha Basu, Manisha Koirala, Mallik... no, I mean similar Bolly bimbos, you would have been thrown out of the set nose first sooo fast that the model/actress wouldn't even have time to buy the accessory before your nose hits the pavement.

All in all, I think you should apologize to Madame Perky Bimbo. You don't want that some day, when you're sitting with your extended family on your garden porch regaling all with tales of unbridled humor, she should pop up from some underbush yelling "Anjali!! You ruined my life!!"

Darned unpleasant, I should think.

riddhi said...

:P Like where did you get the replacement bra from?

just curious

JE said...

why this pop-up? it's not good.

u deleted my prev comment? :(

JE said...

register poomanam.com in your name. don't let this brand go away. :)

Asterix said...

Girls without bras. Damn! Now I can't work!!!

Karthik Sivaramakrishnan said...
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Grayquill said...

Yes, oh wise one, how astute of you.

The Holy Lama said...

Let's see. You have a good future, means
You don't have the right curves for things to go wrong?

or

You wear oversized dress?

Tell me which is true;D

Karthik Sivaramakrishnan said...

Sorry, I deleted my earlier comment because I realise it is neither of my guesses.(Huge gap between real and mirror images suggesting some rough seas in between) But please do let me know what's that pic on your blog title! :)

silverine said...

Thank you dear friends for your precious comments. And apologies for not replying. Me knee deep in work.

For those who inquired about err availability, she wore a vest to cover up.

For those who wanted to know if I got beat up by the SME et al, no I did not but they give me dirty looks.

Santhosh and Parikshit: A lot of people agree with you.

Jim: Now you tell me!!! It is no wonder people sleep during our technical lectures!

Karthik: They are called sea stacks. Location unknown!

Anonymous said...

u shud be neck deep. knee deep is nothing. ;)

Bullshee said...

Three words - Is she single?

Anonymous said...

How can a gal be both dumb and perky at the same time..
Not possible...
Anurag