Deadline Day – 3rd Year Farewell video
Every year around this time the senior year of our accounting firm packs up and leaves for the big open world with qualification in hand. It’s a time of great joy for them, of pride and relief for their families and jealousy for those of use who still have time to wind down on our clocks. This year, far more than last, I feel a sense of loss. I’ve gotten to know some of them pretty well over the last two years, and most of them will be missed. These were the people that helped us out when we knew nothing in first year, and guided us through an intense second year. Who am I going to ask millions of questions now?
To celebrate the third year body leaving, our firm has a tradition of showing a third year video. Most of the time the video is a slide show with some of the latest music and some pictures over the groups time at the firm. That’s great, but the slideshow relies on people actually sending in photos, and people actually having taken part in the companies social calender. This often left many out.
This year I met up with the group and suggested we script something. That way everyone could be involved, they could make new memories together, and I get to do what I love and disguise it as work. They were game. We set up multiple scenes with different people, playing off of inside jokes and personalities. For those that refused to participate, we included their photographs, stuck on chairs in a wedding scene. Everyone would be included, whether they liked it or not.
It was such a pleasure filming with this group and getting to know those I hadn’t worked with better. There’s something magical about getting a group of people together to tell a story. The nervous energy, the laughter, the mistakes, and the stars who come out of the woodwork.
Class of 2014, May your futures shine bright, and may the journey ahead be anything but boring.