Al Gore

I have more to tell about that Pattison conference I worked on in March.

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This year, the guest speaker was none other than Al Gore. In the past, Jimmy has had John Glenn, Bill Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell, and Niel Armstrong. In many cases, we (the crew) get an opportunity to have our pictures taken with the speaker. For us, this is a pretty big deal. It’s quite something to actually have a moment with these personalities, even if you are just one in a long line of people waiting for a quick handshake and smile at the camera.

When a keynote speaker comes to the conference to give a talk, Jimmy has them watch the show we produced for him first. This usually means I am sitting backstage at the main conference room where the big projected show has already been set up. I wait for a cue and press the spacebar when told to do so.

This year, however, the event was at a more formal venue than the tent that the rest of the conference was at. Instead, I was asked to stand by in a small meeting room to press the play button on a dvd player to show the dvd version of our show to Al Gore. The full reality of what this meant didn’t really sink in until it was happening. What it meant was that I was to be, for 25 minutes or so, in a small room with Jimmy, Al Gore, and his security guy (I presume), while we watched the dvd that I helped to produce. It was a great experience for me. Not only because it was very cool to see Al Gore visibly being impressed by our work, but also because I got to see how Jimmy uses the show.

For me, the best part was when a motion graphics sequence came up that had lots 3d stuff flying around. I had spent a lot of time working on this particular sequence when it was created. In this small room with an audience of 4 people in it, I saw the former Vice President of the United States react to my animation by sitting up and saying, “Golly!”.

After the video was over, he said he said he’d seen a lot of videos like this one in his line of work, and complemented us on it saying it was very good. He called it “world class”, and shook my hand. Later, when I shook his hand again for the moment with a smile to the camera, I told him I liked his show, too. “Touche!” he said.

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It’s been a long strange trip doing the Pattison Show. At times like that, it’s hard to imagine a cooler job. It’s not every day a guy like me gets to fly in a private jet or enjoy the company of figures like Vice President Al Gore.

Here is a series of photos taken of the tent setup:

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