The Video Maker

The Video Maker

On Dad's WatchAs part of our daughter’s health class this summer, she was required to make a video. So we sought out investors, scouted a prime location in Costa Rica and hired a few out of work actors who auditioned well for disease symptom method acting. My how school has changed. What happened to the days when all a kid had to do was cut out a news article from the NY Times and read it to the class?

It’s a good thing she’s pretty handy with iPhone apps and storyboarding and managed to put something together after some Google research and multi-media asset gathering.

“Dad, what do you think of this?” she asked handing me her iPhone.

“Wow! Is this one of those new transistor radios?!” I didn’t really say that. I watched her 2-minute, pre-release, director’s cut on childhood obesity and said, “That’s pretty good. What do you think?”

“I think it stinks!” she said to my surprise. I knew instinctively she was not only being a perfectionist but was also unsure of herself. I seized the opportunity to convey a lesson about self-confidence…or so I thought!

“See!” I said, “That’s the difference between boys and girls”

“What do you mean?” she asked.

“I would make a lousy video and say, “This is the most amazing thing in the world’

She gave me an odd look, paused and said, “YES! EXACTLY!” and went right back to work on a new round of edits.

Scrap that lesson. One is never too old to learn.

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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