My marketing job in the University of Oregon's Office of Admissions allows for a whole lot of creative leg-stretching. An indulgent and supportive boss, ditto.
But nothing—and I mean nothing—has been so much fun (and so unexpected) as the writing, production, and creation of "Call Me a Duck."
Based on Maino's "All the Above," the video was launched last Friday, and as of this writing we're closing in on 160,000 views on YouTube... and still climbing.
Originally the brainchild of my boss Holly Moline Simons, "Call Me a Duck" was fast-tracked and produced on a shoestring budget once we learned that On the Rocks, the UO's resident male a cappella group, was going to appear on this fall's The Sing-Off on NBC. (By the way, "fast-tracked" in academic parlance means just under half a year.) Our boys were eliminated just shy of the final round, but hey, we'll take it!
Besides teaching me how to spell "a cappella," this project afforded me the chance to write and produce a rap song, which is a résumé line item I never would've considered.
I was privileged to work with an amazing cast and crew. Special shout-outs are due to Holly, as well as director Michael McDermott, director of photography John Waller, amazingly organized assistant director Christopher Parker, effervescent OTR liaison (and crystal-clear tenor) Jeffrey Rogers, audio engineer (and OTR founder) Peter Hollens, and the rock of UO Admissions, Jett Nilprabhassorn.
Funny side note: In a few weeks the UO plays Auburn in the BCS championship game. I learned something interesting today. Guess what l'il ditty Auburn has adopted this season as the football team's "pump up" song?
Maino's "All the Above." Complete coincidence, Tigers, scout's honor!
Photo courtesy of Michael McDermott.