You may recall if you read my blog regularly that I was having a bit of a whine about YouTube not being perfect. We had spent three months and loads of money last year filming a promotional video for La Margarita only for YouTube to make things very difficult for us promoting it the way we wanted to. The problem was the choice of the still frames that YouTube offered us to put on our web page as an introduction to the star-studded video. Amongst other things the video featured gauchos, horses, life in the city, the 39 bus and of course Raquel’s cake - all playing their part to make this an award winning promotional video. The problem was the stills offered by YouTube didn’t in my opinion really represent the video or La Margarita really very well. Oh but what fun we had strutting around BA and La Margarita shouting “cut” “ok it’s a wrap” or “take 44” or any other film like expression that we could think of as Brian (the director) looked on at Gaynor and I giggling like children with eyes pointed to the heavens and a look of come on children lets get on with it I have done a documentary on Ossie Ardiles ( Osvaldo Ardiles).
After 3 months we had in my opinion a great video, which had nothing to do with me but all to do with Brian and his filming skills. When I saw the end result I loved it and couldn’t wait to put it on YouTube and La Margarita web page. The problem came when we had to choose the stills that YouTube offered us to help promote the video (have a look at my blog a few weeks ago on the subject as I don’t want to bore those of you who may have read it). The videos job was prompting the estancia and all that happens on an estancia but it started in BA to give an idea of the amazing change of scenery travelling from BA to La Margarita and then life on the estancia. Problem was as I mentioned and many of you saw the only still frame that we could show (or rather that YouTube allowed us) was the one of Raquel decorating a cake but it was as though we had done a Fanny Craddock video (look her up on Google) and as delicious as that cake was it wasn’t what we wanted as an introduction to the video.
Poor Brian had the job of trying to get a still frame that I wanted and one year later at long last I have it. The still frames we now have look great on our web page - the one on the English pages shows horses, gauchos and the wide open spaces of La Margarita and the Spanish version shows the Mirador built in 1870 on La Margarita. Unfortunately we (well Brian did) had to take out the whole section on the leaving BA bit, which for me was a bit sad because we had such fun doing it and it looked great. However, I am really happy with the result, the video is now shorter thanks to Youtube grrrr but it works well. Have a look at it and see what you think on our web page. You can still see the famous cake version if you want and the leaving of BA part (no doubt Raquel will be only to happy for you to have a look at her cake decorating) as I have left it on my blog above ( no way I want to upset Raquel or its no more cake for me )
If you want to have a look at what other videos Brian and Gaynor have done have a peek on Big Beach Hut Productions
This is David Cummings alias the English Gaucho off to La Margarita where we have a house full of Argentine and foreign guests over the Easter week (who knows may even play a bit of guitar) - poor guests!!