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It all began with a demo.
I had just graduated from college with a BA in creative writing, and in search of a hobby as I worked a real job, so that I could eat, when my best friend asked me to help her make a demo for an upcoming job she was interested in. As starving liberal arts majors, we filmed the majority of clips and videos with small camcorders, and the occasional phone. We were now two small girls on a mission to make our action demo in less than a month. After a few days trying to get some video and sound off of one of our cameras, we decided we really needed to step it up.
A few months prior, Ashley needed to film a documentary short, and was able to rent a camera and boom from school to produce her piece. It seemed like a great idea at first, all we would need to do would set the camera on a tripod, hold the boom high into the air, and presto!- a movie was made! We quickly realized that this was not the case. The instruments that she was using were bulky, temperamental, and difficult to manage, and she quickly had to recruit myself and some others to help her make the movie possible.
Now, months later, without access to the school’s equipment, we brainstormed on the best ways to shoot her demo. We wondered, did we have friends in high places? No. Did we have rich friends with cameras? No. Did we have our own camera? No. Apparently, we only had our broke-selves to rely on. We decided we needed a camera, one that was small, portable, resilient, and most importantly, cost effective. Eventually, we were led to the GoPro camera. We were hesitant to believe that such a small camera could be everything that it promised, so we were anxious to try it out.
With our new little piece of equipment handy, we set out to make our video concept about through the eyes of the athlete, featuring shots of skaters, surfers, runners, and others, just doing what they love- being active! After days of strapping the GoPro to helmets, hands, boards, bikes, and all sort of things that can’t be discussed in blog-- we decided to take a look at the video feed—would we retrieve what we wanted? YES! The quality was incredible! It seemed as though the audience was experiencing every turn, jump, and bump. We felt as though we had struck gold with this little camera! It was and is, everything we needed, and in the end we shot an incredible demo, for a low cost, without having to sacrifice amazing quality. So that was it- edit, cut, and print, and we sent the demo out into the world.
Little Hotties Warmers Saved my Vacation
I’ll admit it: I’m a total woman when it comes to some things, like temperature, and last Thanksgiving was no exception. Being a Socal girl, I’m used to 70 degree winters, not 7 degree winters. When we got to Park City for the lift opening weekend I was miserable. My poor boyfriend was so excited about teaching me to snowboard, but all I could think about were my ice cold toezies. After the first day, I had pretty much given up and figured hot coco and a book would be the best decision while he had fun. Well, did didn’t really have fun by himself. At lunch, he came back with my gear, a lift ticket and a box of Little Hotties Toe Warmers. Reluctant, but not wanting to ruin his trip, I suited up and popped 1 toe warm in each boot. I had extras so I put them in my pockets as well, figuring I could warm my hands on the chairlift up. I could not believe the difference the little hotties made for my comfort. I finished out the day and was first up on day three to get going.
I was sore from the snowboarding, but ready to go again. Unfortunately, my gloves were not. I accidentally left them in the car the night before. The car was outside, my gloves were in the car and a bit wet around the wrist. They froze overnight. Little Hotties came to the rescue again! Rather than spending another $30 on new gloves, I went ahead and put the warmers in my gloves. They were still a bit damp but it didn’t matter because they were warm.
The Little Hotties toe warmers were well worth the few dollars I spent on them. I made sure we had a good supply for the next few trips. I’m also looking forward to another Utah trip this year with a box of little hotties toe warmers ready to warm me up.
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