I was just hit by a rush of inspiration.
Ahead of World of Learning #WOLCE2014 where I’ll be both talking and exhibiting, I’m in the process of pulling together a selection of longer-form video clips to play during the exhibition on our stand.
Looking through the clips, I suddenly realised that it’s been a pretty wonderful year so far, and so I felt compelled to write a bit about what lies behind our showreel.
If a showreel is a story, then ours tells a story of working with incredible charities that are making a profound difference to people’s lives.
It is a story about remarkable organisations who are working hard to help support charities to make it easier to do what they do.
It is a story about corporates and SMEs pushing technology and looking after the environment, of success, and the insatiable drive of learning professionals and academics who are committed to helping people develop, to learn, to change their lives, to be happier, healthier, to become the best at what they do, and to think about the journey as they go.
It is also a story that you’ll never see – a story shared between the filmmakers and the people who were there. The laughs and the nerves, the encouragement and the fun, the tears of pride when people see through different eyes what they and their organisation have actually achieved.
It’s also a very personal story for me and the experiences I’ve had working with amazing people and organisations. From filming interviews with inspiring people, to documentaries of how people overcame adversity, to high-tech product overviews (which I love in a very geeky way), through to what was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of working with The Royal Geographical Society handing objects that belonged to Charles Darwin, Captain Robert Scott, and Dr David Livingston.
I look at this extended showreel and I feel proud – proud of the work that has been created between ourselves, the organisations we work with, and for the charities we’ve been involved with particularly, the people they support who have given.
I also look at this showreel and feel incredibly blessed by the support we’ve had from amazing clients, incredible friends, and a magical family.
If you’re at World of Learning 2014 and see our showreel playing on Stand A220, and want to know something about the stories that lie behind it, then come and say hello.
If you’re not going to be there, or miss it on the loop, here’s the existing shorter version that will be updated soon…