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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Slumdog Parashar

Here's a really cool idea: An Indian couple was getting married, and they wanted to put together a video to show at the reception. Rather than a traditional slideshow, they thought it would be fun to do a spoof of the Slumdog Millionaire trailer with the two of them as the main characters brought together by destiny. Of course, they needed someone to act as the game show host. Enter Avish...

I have to tell you, I did not have high hopes for the finished product. The gig was at these people's home studio which felt like it was out in the middle of North Nowhere, NJ. We recorded in their living room where they had pushed all the furniture aside and set up a green screen. Oh, and there was a dog who really liked to sit on the set...

More fool me. I was blown away by the finished product. You would have no idea that this was created in a living room with just two people, one camera, and a Mac. Amazing.

Lesson #1: The world is getting smaller and flatter. Technology is getting faster, cheaper, and more accessible. Whatever story you have been telling yourself about why you can't do something or how something is too complicated or too technical, that story is probably dead wrong now.

Lesson #2: First impressions and assumptions can be very deceiving. After my initial doubts, I was blown away by the finished product. Keep an open mind and you may very well be surprised.

Lesson #3: Life is short. If you ever get the chance to participate in a fun project that gets recorded for all time: DO IT!


Robert Bradford said...

You KNOW I want to see the video!

Radhika Parashar said...

I so want to see this!

Avish Parashar said...

I know, I know. I'll have to see what i can do.

Asaf Presente said...

Yes, please ask them if you can post the link. cheers, Asaf