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November 30, 2006 9:45 AM   Subscribe

Baby Needs New Shoes and a $4,000 DVD Scrapbook. Too busy being a Master of the Universe to capture those special moments? First Year Films will do it for you. They'll even interview you, documentary-style. [last link quicktime, totally lifted from here]
posted by Armitage Shanks (11 comments total)
Fucking Yuppie Scum, man. They act like they're the first people to ever reproduce and keep it alive. News bulletin: cavepeople did the same and without baby monitors, and full-time nannies and ergonomic pacifiers. get over yourselves.
posted by jonmc at 9:55 AM on November 30, 2006

Wow, jonmc, you seem a little hostile this morning.

I'd say that if you were super rich, in the land of reality TV, why not have a video crew follow your baby around?

"America's Next Top Toddler"
posted by MythMaker at 10:01 AM on November 30, 2006

I'm always impressed and depressed by the enterprising sorts who find a business model which is a direct answer to societal decay.
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:03 AM on November 30, 2006

Too busy being a Master of the Universe to capture those special moments?

What does He-Man have to do with this?
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:05 AM on November 30, 2006

Judging by the photos on that site, their slogan should be "No Highlight Left Unblown".

Coupled with the fpp that follows this I am prepared to conclude that generation x watched far too much goddamn television for civilization's good.

Susan sontag once said that the danger with photography was that is was a way of deferring experience, of seperating yourself from the moment captured by the camera.

You know what? Save the $4000, work an amount of time equivalent to $4000 less, and spend that time with the kid. Stop trying to make highlight reels of a life not yet lived.

Oh, and what jonmc said.
posted by Pastabagel at 10:18 AM on November 30, 2006 [1 favorite]

I'm with EatTheWeak (eponysterical?) on this. I actually considered doing something like this a while back, figured that people would definitely fork over the dough for it, but realized I'd kill myself in no time flat. Kudos to these guys for surviving. So far.

Their aesthetic, not so much. I was expecting something sappy, but these are just bland. Like industrial films.
posted by brundlefly at 10:46 AM on November 30, 2006

I've been paranoid of these sorts of services ever since seeing Red Dragon.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 10:56 AM on November 30, 2006

This, however, is fantastic, and I'm sending a copy of it to every parent I know: Tips on shooting great video of your family
posted by ColdChef at 11:30 AM on November 30, 2006

Too busy being a Master of the Universe to capture those special moments?

What does He-Man have to do with this?

My humour sensor may be on the blink but it's from Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities. The main character is, to quote jonmc, "Fucking Yuppie Scum, man."
posted by meech at 11:49 AM on November 30, 2006

I was sort of planning to offer services like this as part of this business I have that uh, never got off the ground. The reason why I haven't gotten started is mostly laziness and inability to focus, but seriously working for self-absorbed people is not something I could do for long. And if I found them truly obnoxious I don't think I'd be able to hide my sneer, and that would be decidedly bad for business.

I was planning to offer various services, like videography and editing and format transfer of older stuff. But I found it scary that people would have to trust me with their original prized footage. What if I wrecked something? I'd get sued into oblivion.

Anyway, I think I am going to go forward with some of my ideas, but not for money. I think I might be able to help a few people make biography videos of their aging relatives, or maybe a memorial video or something. This is going to sound cheesy as hell but it feels like a sort of calling or something. Sigh.

As it is now I'm just going to do that sort of thing for my own family (I've done several videos of my daughter that people tell me are pretty good, and I have some dear-departed-pet footage already partially edited that I plan to give to my mother for Christmas).

But seriously, $4k is insane.
posted by beth at 3:38 PM on November 30, 2006

OMG, she, like, met Woody Allen.
posted by johnny novak at 1:08 AM on December 1, 2006

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