Friday, March 20, 2009

Shake the World

OK, so I got this email from one R. Bryce Milburn. Did any of you? I was expecting one of those messages with a subject line along the lines of "My Beloved Child of God," one that begins something like this:

I am Mrs. Rose Mkama from Benin. I was married to Manfred The CEO Veekrol Benin Sarl, a seasoned Contractor In West African Region...

You know the rest. Wire ten thousand (10,000) dollars within ten (10 days) and you will have a fortune at your disposal. Spend it on the world's less privileged, yourself included.

This, however, is what R. Bryce Milburn had to say:

My name is Bryce Milburn and I work for Shake the World, an independent film production company, and we are working on a new interactive not-for-profit documentary that will showcase simultaneous events taking place all around the world at the exact same time. We are having everyone from all around the world record themselves or whatever they want on april 11th, 4pm pacific time for one minute.

Cool, huh? If you're interested, go to Shake the World Pictures for further instructions. If they ask you to send money, tell them you already gave. To the grieving widow Mrs. Rose Mkama from Benin. If they just want you to send a video of yourself doing whatever at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on April 11th, by all means, be my guest.

Get your teeth whitened and do your Pilates, folks. Hollywood talent scouts will be watching.

Just kidding. But I kind of like the idea. It's world-shaking.


64 comments:

aims said...

If I took a vid of me for 1 minute it would shake the world and probably break the camera to boot.

Ah well - Hollyweird has always passed me over anyway.

Meg Wolff said...

Hmmmm ... world shaking? San, what are you going to do?? I bet you have ALL KINDS OF GREAT IDEAS!! Can't wait to hear them. Give us an assignment!

My first idea is to show a picture of a tree (maybe a pine tree) and I shake it and coconuts come tumbling out of it ... making the ground SHAKE.

Or, shake a small cherry blossom tree (like the 6 I have in my yard) when it's in bloom (by April 11th? Might be a stretch!)And all the blooms come floating off and the tree is left bare. The effect is in the blossoms floating off the tree. I could do 6 takes!!

San, I think you could WRITE this movie!! What ideas do YOU have?

Cath said...

Well, if anyone can shake the world San, you can. Go for it. Then tell us about it and link it! Can't wait to read it.

Thanks for the visit. You're a star. :)

Lee said...

Sounds fun, San! What are you planning on videoing? I might be doing my taxes then. (shrug) :-)

Hugs!
Lee

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Shake the World? Not me, I'm barely hanging on as it is...a few shakes and I'll go flying off to who knows where. No, this one is up to you San...and all those Hollywood types watching and cheering!ha

Kim said...

One measly minute, huh? I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do to rock (shake) our world, San, you go for it girl!

skywind said...

Share our world, sharing our resources, share our technology, this should not be a dispute?
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San said...

Aims, you should film yourself making your craft items. Or selling them. Or you could just break a camera.

San said...

Meg, I love YOUR ideas. I really wish you'd participate. And I really wish they'd pick your segment for their film.

San said...

Cath, your advice is priceless. Go ahead. Shake the world. Then tell us about it. Talk about laid back.

San said...

Well, Lee, send in a video of you filling in the 1040. Just be sure not to film your social security number for the masses.

:-D

San said...

Mary Ann, everyone would love to see you go flying. For a minute anyway. Please. Pretty please.

San said...

Kim, don't leave me holding the bag. Let's see some quilting. Lights. Camera. Action.

San said...

Skywind, what? Me dispute?

Kim said...

You just never know, do you San? Sometimes, opportunities come knocking when you least expect them. Before long I will be saying, "yeah, I knew San Meredith when she was a mere successful painter and gallery owner. Now look at her."

You go ahead and shake this world, San. If I came close to the camera, the world would quake in fear!

Fun post to be sure!

RiverPoet said...

Hmm, it's a Saturday...maybe I could videotape Bodhi doing his exercise on the treadmill. Now that is funny!
Peace - D

jsd said...

I like the idea of Shake the World...that no matter where we are, at any moment - so is someone else. If we could all remember namaste, ubuntu, shalom, agape; perhaps we could re-title the project to Change the World.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a neat idea. What the Internet makes possible. This makes me think of the "Where the hell is Matt?" videos.

San said...

Kim, I've seen your eyes and I did not even tremble. You are far too self-deprecating.

But it's kind of charming at that.

San said...

Bodhi on the treadmill? Now Doris, that's highly watchable!

San said...

JS, I believe you get it!

Namaste, friend.

San said...

Sandy, yes, this idea is reminiscent of 'Where the hell is Matt?"

I can see that the art of the film will have to do with how the pieces are assembled. Or not. It could be dazzling, even if things are put together randomly.

murat11 said...

I like how your post inspired fantasies of what everyone might do, so my 1 minute montage will include the following:

1. Writing my check out to Mrs. Rose Mkama from Benin.

2. Together, in her kitchen, we will make Shake n Bake chicken (S n B tofu for me).

3. We will, of course, eat our S n B chicken/tofu while seated on a couple of Shaker chairs, whilst listening to Shakira read Shakespeare. KC and his Antediluvian Sunshiners will serenade with, what else, Shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake your booty (don't fight your feelin's)...

I should have storyboards at 11.

CHEWY said...

How does one watch them ALL at the same time? (scratching head)

Daryl said...

I think I deleted that along with the one where I won the Irish Sweepstakes AND inherited a fortune sadly its in some place I cant access unless I send them ... well you know .. maybe I can shake the world .. I'll go see

Akelamalu said...

Well we're going to a Motown Night at our local Civic Centre tonight for a bop - maybe I could get MWM to take the video camera!

Bruno LoGreco said...

Mrs. Rose Mkama from Benin is a busy lady. Would you believe she's in Canada too? What a nifty idea - shake the world. I think I will meander and check it out. :)

I'm slowly measuring the wall.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Ooo! Oooo! I mite do a speshol pant frolik!!!

david mcmahon said...

I always knew Hollywood would find you, San. Seriously.

Flannery said...

Cool, sounds like fun.

sukipoet said...

interesting. actually I made a video with my digital camera and then couldnt get it to upload to Youtube. Mine was of a walk I was taking. One minute of just myself might be overkill. I mean what would I do. Remember those home movies from our childhood? My dad too a number of them and sometimes I jumped around, and waved and grinned like a fool. Nothing interesting though.

Deb said...

Hi ~ Interesting idea, maybe. I think it should be a video showing one minute of random kindness or compassion. We have to start somewhere. Hope all is well - and remember us as you walk down the red carpet!

Lynette said...

Thanks for sharing this San and What a neat idea! I'll have to check out the 'Shake the World' site and see what it's about. Whatever I film would probably be 'shaky' trying to hold the camera still while I film.

Sandi McBride said...

Hmm..and right along with the people promising to get me money from the IRS if only I'd send them my SSN I deleted this email without reading...suspicious by nature, I suppose!
I'll have to go check it out...
Sandi

Celebration of Life said...

I am intrigued by this concept and would rename it "Shake UP the World" to include changing our norms, prejudices, biases and hate. Following the comment about "Random Acts of Kindness", I think we could really shake up things. :o)

A.Bananna said...

I do not think they could keep up with me for one minute. The camera would not be able to move fast enough. LOL.

Hope all is well in NM!!! :)

CoyoteFe said...

Love the idea! Hope the links get better!

~Babs said...

Makes me think of the photographer, who's name I can't remember right now. At a predetermined time, thousands show up in a mall or other public place and do something mundane, like answering their cell phone.
All at the same time,,,nothing earthshaking,,,just an event,,a moment in time,but for some silly reason,the idea appeals to me.
I like silly.

~Babs said...

PS: I forgot to say that of course the photographer records the event.

JafaBrit's Art said...

cool, I sent a pic. Love the concept :)
Not sure about the video though lol!

nsiyer said...

Go ahead and break the suspense. Was away for sometime.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hullo!!

Look, I'm goin to hav a blog pawty this weekend to sellybrate my 500th post :@} wud yu like to pop by?
Festivitys kik off tomorro at noon UK time an larst till midnite Sunday!
Pleez come by!
Leev sum jokes in the comments sekshun ov Friday's post fer evrywun.
Weel be havin cayke, ginger beer, scooby snaks an a serprize speshul gest!!!!!
Pleez come it won't be the sayme wivowt yu!

:@D

San said...

Paschal, it's a go. See you April 11 in Shaker Heights. Bring your booty. Shake, shake, shake.

I'll admit. K.C. and the Sunshine Band were singing in my head too. And will be for the next ten days. Where's that martini shaker when I need it?

San said...

Dar, the answer lies in parallel lives.

San said...

Daryl, would you believe I just got an email from Dr. Korman kuis, branch manager of some bigtime international bank in Ghana. He needs my help!!!

San said...

Akelamalu, Motown Night should prove film-worthy and downright shaking.

San said...

Bruno, Sister Rose gets around, doesn't she? A mover and a shaker.

You know the old adage: Slow but steady measures the wall.

San said...

A speshol pant frolik??? BOB, you are a born shaker!

San said...

David, shucks.

San said...

Flan, I knew you'd like the idea.

San said...

Suki, you could stand in that doorway in shadow. Love that new profile pic!

San said...

Deb, kind acts would be good. Or valiant acts like throwing a tv through a window.

San said...

Lynette, I don't see that a shaky camera would be a bad thing. Actually, it sounds great.

San said...

Sandi, I haven't gotten the IRS scam email. Now I'm feeling left out.

San said...

Jo, I believe you've already shaken up a thing or two.

:-D

San said...

Anna, yes, you'd be hard to keep up with. Guess they'd have to film you from behind.

Things are good in New Mexico, except we may have some snowy weather moving in. I was getting used to springtime.

San said...

Fe, the idea appeals, doesn't it?

San said...

Babs, I'm with you. Silly is good. Silly connects.

San said...

JAFA, I'm glad you sent a pic. I knew you'd like this.

San said...

Welcome back, nslyer.

San said...

Bob, I would LOVE to pop by! Thanks for letting me know.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Are you saying I shouldn't have wired that $10,000 to that rightful Nigerian prince?

Just kidding. I'm not quite THAT stupid.

That video idea sounds interesting, anyway. I kind of have a feeling I know what sort of thing most people are going to be filming, however.

A.Bananna said...

Hey san! I stopped by with a cup of coffee! well, I actually just got back froms Bob the Bear's place! They are having a great party over there!!!

Have a great weekend!

Indigo said...

indigo incarnates

I've gotten some of those junk-scam mails too -- usually from some African lady who says she has a million bucks and no one to leave it to. What a joke.

I hope you have a nice weekend!