I’ve been working on a short documentary film tentatively titled “When Dogs Die.” It’s about the end of life of dogs and how we humans deal with that loss. One of the people I’ve interviewed for the film is Mike Thomas, caretaker at the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery in Dedham, MA. While working on this project I began taking a class in documentary film making since I quickly learned how much I didn’t know. One of the assignments for the class was to create a video portrait of someone. Since I already had an extensive interview with Mike, and I liked him as a subject, I decided to do my portrait about him. I spoke with him a couple more times while he was at work at the cemetery. This short film then is about Mike and the work he does. It’s not exactly an excerpt of “When Dogs Die,” but portions of this short film will no doubt appear in the longer final film. At one point while interviewing Mike, he said he’d “become the cemetery guy.” I liked that line and so made it the title for this short piece. Unfortunately the line itself didn’t make it into the film.
Or, “Lights, Lights, and Lights.” A two-minute-twenty-second video about advantages of daylight light bulbs when making videos of yourself.
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Here’s what happens. I read something about an author I have interviewed in the past and then I want to look in their book to check up on something or just re-read a passage. When I was doing interviews at tompeters.com, books were sent from publishers or PR people, sometimes I bought them, sometimes the author sent them, and sometimes I was just reading a galley. In one case I printed most of the chapters of a book from pdf files. A waste of paper? Perhaps, but I must say that I still prefer to read from paper and prefer to make notes on paper. Just a condition of my age? Probably.
I like looking up at my bookshelves and seeing the spines of books I’ve read. I like being able to reach up there and pull one down. In some cases I don’t have a physical book. I may have just read a galley. But I always thought that an author I interviewed should have made sure that I received a hard copy version of the book if I hadn’t already got one. Not just me, anyone who interviews them. Or at least ought to ask the interviewer if she/he wants a good copy of the book. Or in this day and age, at least ask them if they want a kindle version. Can PR people send out Kindle versions of books the way they do hard copy versions?
Just a thought for you authors. Your interviewer may really like your book and may continue speaking about it beyond the publication of their audio, video, or text version of your talk with them. Ask your interviewer if she wants another copy/version of the book.
A quote from my Cool Friend interview with Bill Taylor, author of Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself:
If you’re a leader or you’re in an organization that’s kind of a middle-of-the-road organization, it looks pretty hopeless out there. You’re an organization that says to itself, “How do I become the most of something in my field? How do I get out of the middle of the road?” Maybe it’s the most exclusive, maybe it’s the most affordable, or maybe it’s the most local, but the organization and leaders that are thriving are the ones that embrace this “most of something” mindset and aren’t satisfied with doing things the way everybody else does.
My interview with Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants, at tompeters.com. A quote from the interview:
We want to be engaged with [technology] from the very beginning, knowing that there are going to be things that are not good about it, steering away from those, finding the right place for it through constant testing and changing. That’s a very different attitude than saying, “Oh, no, we can’t do that because it has bad things in it.” Well, everything has bad things in it, including the things that already exist. Organic food has bad stuff in it. We don’t test for that because we think that we don’t have to test natural things, that only new things are bad. But that’s the wrong idea, as well.
Need change? Forget the experts. Some people in the community already have an answer. Find them. Engage the community, which has to own the solution. Positive deviance only works from the inside out. Read my Cool Friend interview with Richard Pascale, co-author of The Power of Positive Deviance.