Farewell video for a friend and colleague

June 16, 2020 – Ann Arbor, MI

The global pandemic has made working from home the norm for me and others at the university. When faced with the challenge of needing to say goodby to a longtime colleague and friend remotely, we decided to record video messages that could be shown during a Zoom party. Being very dear to me, my video for Lee needed to go the extra mile. I enlisted the help of my daughter to work the camera and lighting. Below is my heartfelt message:

For those of you know don’t understand the Star Wars reference at the end (what?!), they are the words of my favorite Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

We are a Star Wars family, so finding a lightsaber to use as a prop was easy.

Anneka was fantastic behind the camera, starting and stopping the recording, keeping an eye on and adjusting the lighting, and giving feedback on the quality of the takes. She also helped me plan the order of filming, capturing the Jedi scene first before I shaved off the wild whiskers that really completed the desert hermit look. 😂

I was really taking photos during the photo hobby scene, and managed to capture a cool photo of Anneka through the ring light.

Also, in case you are wondering about how things work now that we live in Zoom world, you can be business suit on top with adventure shorts and sandals on the bottom. 🤣

Author: Christopher

Director of Digital Strategy @umich, husband, dad, photographer, nice guy. Lover of the outdoors. Chess aficionado. I wrangle nerds.