Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Very Acart Christmas

If you're a client or partner of Acart Communications, you probably received our official Christmas e-card.

This is not it:

I wanted to let Change Marketing readers meet some of the people I'm fortunate enough to work with every day. They're a varied group, hailing from the four corners of the world, and they all celebrate the holidays in distinctive ways. But what unites us all is our love of the Christmas season.

I wanted this vid to be as real as possible, so I just brought my camera in on Monday and started walking around the office asking people the first Christmas-related question that popped into my mind. The result is a mosaic of real personalities, from Craig's head shake to Al's homespun tales of childhood in Friuli. A little amateur editing, and it's ready to go.

The cast, in order of appearance are:

Me (Intro)
Cindy, Production Artist (First Acart Xmas)
Mike, Controller (Lots of Xmas Ties)
Kevin, Media Planner/Buyer (Musical Tie)
Marco, Developer (Stocking)
Kate, Developer (Xmas Sweater)
Kerry, Art Director (Carol)
Kevin again
Colin, Production Designer (Xmas in the UK)
Julia, Amanda and Christine, Account Executives (Bestest BFFs)
Craig, Account Supervisor
Lynn, Production Manager (Best Age)
Christopher, Copywriter (Letter to Santa)
Leslie, Designer (First Xmas Memories)
Russel, Proposal Coordinator (Best Xmas Gift)
Sarah, Designer (What The Kids Asked For)
Jason, Manager of Digital Media (I Dunno)
Bernie, Receptionist (Xmas for Teens)
Mimi, Account Executive (Engaged Xmas)
Lara, Account Executive (Xmas on the Beach)
Chris, Senior Accountant (Réveillon)
Nat, Media Planner/Buyer (Xmas in NB)
Josee, Senior Production Artist (Xmas in Mauritius)
Javier, Art Director (Mexican/Belgian Xmas)
John, Senior Creative Director (Meat)
Vernon, Associate Creative Director (Hot Pot)
Linda, Director Finance and Admin. (Someone Else Cooking)
Perry, Art Director (Taking it Easy)
John, VP Client Services (Beverage)
Al, President (Fill Your Boots)
James, PC Tech (True Meaning of Xmas)
Me again
Al again

I didn't get everyone, due to illness, vacation and (to be honest) camera shyness. Some notable absences are Gill (Account Director) and Sue (Director of Consumer Marketing). But you get the idea.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone. Change Marketing will return on January 4, 2010.

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