Sunday, July 22, 2007

Birthdays, Mariachi and Video Out-takes

It was Maggie's birthday on Saturday July 21st - one of those with a zero after it - so something special was really needed to help mark the event.

Rogan decided he wanted to make a video of us singing Happy Birthday to her. He planned it as an adventure where we would sing it unaccompanied, then with the guitar, then with Rogan doing a solo on his trumpet, then with a combination of all, resulting in me, Meg and Rogan looking like a dodgy Mariachi band.



Rogan scripted, storyboarded and worked out all the camera angles, while I edited it together under his strict supervision, making changes where requested.

The final result was a great success. I won't show it here because it's a personal, family moment; suffice it to say Maggie was delighted and awash with emotion by the consideration, thought and effort put into the project by her boy.

However, I couldn't resist putting together a compilation of the out-takes, which not only give a flavour of the original, but also a sense of the time and energy put into it.

More than that, it probably gives a greater insight into our family dynamics than I can imagine anything else ever achieving.

34 comments:

fatmammycat said...

Meg's sigh about 40 seconds from the end was classic! Very funny Kim.

Z said...

That was fabulous. I adore your family.

Happy birthday for yesterday, Maggie.

Sayre said...

That was lovely... With a great deal of love apparent in the making.

Happy birthday to Maggie!

Jeff said...

Kim

I really enjoyed that view into a day in the life of your clan.

Peace

BStrong said...

Happy B-Day Meg. You're beautful; must get that from your mum.

That was incredible Kim. I think this was the first video where I saw you as a dad. Rogan is a mini you, but of course he has his teeth. Practice makes perfect kiddo

Great music for the vid.

Kim Ayres said...

FMC - Sometimes Meg can be incredibly patient, as she was in the umpteen takes for this, but that sigh is very typical Meg

Z - thank you

Sayre - thank you

Jeff - sometimes it feels my life is an entire set of out-takes...

BStrong - it was Maggie's birthday, not Meg's. Sheesh - do you not read anything???

It was Rogan's idea to put a soundtrack behind it, then we both said "Crazy" at the same time.

BStrong said...

Whoops! How'd you guess. I never read, it's the pictures I like.

Archie said...

What a great birthday present; thanks for giving us a peek. Happy birthday Maggie!

Alexander the State said...

Nice stuff mate...

jotcr2 said...

Happy Birthday Maggie. (I got it right Bstrong).

Eryl Shields said...

Fabulous! But where have Rogan's curls gone?

Chin, chin to Maggie on getting to another 'O'. The buggers seem to get closer together as the preceding number grows though, so perhaps I should congratulate her more for finding anything at all about it cheery. I've got four years until my next one and am already depressed about it.

ADW said...

What a thoughtful, wonderful birthday gift. Just lovely.

Kim Ayres said...

BStrong - let me guess - as a kid you never read books, only comics...

Archie - thank you

Alexander - thank you and welcome to my ramblings!

Jo - you're far more observant :)

Eryl - he didn't want to overheat in the summer holidays so wanted it all cut off. Unfortunately, with the weather we've been having he'd have been better off keeping the hair

ADW - thank you

Julie said...

What a fabulous gift for Maggie. It was very thoughtful and something I'm sure she'll cherish for a long time.

El-Branden Brazil said...

That was great!!! Life is fascinating. Seeing you, Kim, with your family... WOW! Where do the years go? It seems only yesterday, when I was Rogan's age visiting you and your family.

Happy Birthday to Maggie!!!

Best wishes,

Branden

savannah said...

absolute pure joy, sugar! happy belated birthday to the missus ;)

eva said...

That was really, really sweet!!

PI said...

I watched that with a big grin on my face. I'm sure the finished product was purrfect and may I say that Meg has the patience of a saint!

Brave Astronaut said...

[holding a lighter - and waving it back and forth]

"ENCORE! ENCORRRRE!"

angie said...

happy birthday to your maggie!

i think a thoughtful son, a patient daughter and a loving husband were the best gifts she could have received - along with a dvd made by the same trio.

thank you so much for letting us take a peek into your life.

Kim Ayres said...

Julie - She was very pleased with it. And just as importantly it taught Rogan that gifts don't have to be objects.

Branden - Next time yo're back in the UK, you'll havae to come and stay and meet the family in person.

Savannah - thank you

Eva - thank you

Pat - sometimes she shows extraordinary patience. Other times, however, she's as narky and nowish is the rest of us

Brave Astronaut - don't hold the lighter too high, you might set off the sprinklers...

Kim Ayres said...

Angie - missed you in the ether there.

I think the smug husband is becoming unbearable though...

Amy said...

Happy Birthday to Maggie! What a fabulous video and a great idea for a gift. Your children are adorable.

Orfhlaith said...

Absolutely hilarious! Loved the bit at the end where you put your hand to your chin and Meg does the exact same thing a few seconds later. Too cute. Rogan's a handsome little devil too! Nice family, congrats! And a happy B'day to your Maggie.

Kim Ayres said...

Amy - thank you

Orfhlaith - strictly speaking, Meg's hand to chin movement wasn't an out-take as it made it into the final video. I just couldn't resist putting it in though

El-Branden Brazil said...

Sounds good.

Best wishes,

Branden

Anonymous said...

That was heartwarming to watch,your looking like your dad and Rogan is very much like you Kim.

Kim Ayres said...

Cheers Branden.


Anonymous - who are you? Come on, if you know my dad you can at least leave a first name.

justin barker said...

Very nice, sweet kids, patient dad.

jennifergg said...

Fantastic! And Happy Birthday, Meg!!!

Kim Ayres said...

Justin - sweet dad, patient kids...

Jennifer - yet another one who didn't read it, I see

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim, thought i had left my name,that said,this is the 5th time i have tried to leave a comment!!!! Rosemarie

Kim Ayres said...

Hey Rosemarie! How are you? Have you got a blog, website, Facebook, or MySpace account? Anywhere on the web I can find you?

You can pick up my email address from my profile. Drop me a line and say hello :)

When commenting, if you click on the "Other" option just below the comment box, you can type Rosemarie in the "Name" box

Tom said...

I watched this when we were first introduced and thought it was as hilarious - and moving - then as I do now.