A university has a handbook for its academic and administrative staff - and following changes in rules, there is now going to be a video to accompany the handbook.
A video? Yes....I too wonder WHO will actually listen and watch it!
Every university person I've ever met seems crazy busy with research, classes, writing papers and scheming how to get their next job.
But this is probably something to do with "compliance".
This means that the university and its staff must be seen to be following the rules, and information about the rules must be clear - otherwise somebody later could say "I didn't know this rule".
So. A video of a handbook.
Long, long formal sentences, with a legal feeling - official titles and systems.
It was also 19 pages of text.
And the studio time was Friday afternoon. At the end of my working week, when my voice is already strained from classes.
At breakfast this morning at home, I didn't speak! I've been using throat lozenges since yesterday, and drinking lots of water...
In fact: I think it went well.
Me, the producer, the engineer and one more staff in a studio near 18 chome subway station. And 19 pages of script...which I had to cut into smaller sections with scissors to make it easier to read.
And lots of concentration.
It was a 40 minute video, and we recorded it in just over one hour, with a few repeats and checks.
I will now wait to see if the client is happy with the work and maybe have to go back into the studio to make changes. And then, somewhere - poor non-Japanese university staff and professors/researchers will have to listen to it.
Me? I'm going home for a glass of white wine...and a quiet evening....:-)