Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Why the video for my hubby's 50th has some flaws


A few years ago, when watching Jodi Foster receiving an honorary Golden Globe for her contribution to the film industry, she enthusiastically started her speech announcing she was 50. I was watching the awards with John, my hubby, and he liked her proclamation.

That day it occurred to me the idea of using that particular clip for when John turns 50. I knew it would resonate with him.

For his 50th, I wanted to pay a homage to him with a video, with something more than gathering a few pictures or writing a Birthday card. I wanted to make a micro bio to celebrate his life.

In December, I finally worked on the idea with a script - which took me a little bit of time to start with. I asked a workmate to help me making and editing the video for me and she kindly said yes.

Up until there everything was going according to plan.

Death, grievance & my idea crumbled

The day before Christmas Day, I received the news my niece, Yelitza in Venezuela, had collapsed and rushed to hospital. Her conditioned was critical and we had to prepare for the worse. Of course, I had no head or energy to make a video to celebrate husband's life and when my beloved niece was dying.

Eventually, she died the 24 of January and I was caught up in a grieving process that took over the whole existence. So of course, the video was an unrealistic thing.

When I finally regained my life back a little bit, it was nearly March & John’s Birthday was approaching so I gathered what I had and started putting the idea together.

Karin who made and edited the video was under time constraints. I was so delayed and she felt under pressure because she was going to go on holidays the same week. So, I told her not to worry if the final product has a few mistakes, after all it was really my “fault”.

Thank you Karin!!!

By the way, Karin has a YouTube channel called "Mamá genial"

I was not expecting the reaction the video received. Some have found it endearing, others, funny or both.

A BIG shout out to Karin from translating so well what I presented to her with words. She captured my imagination so well.

To my 50 year-old husband, Happy Birthday again, babes!


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