(Originally composed Monday, September 17, 2007)
Sometime in July this year, the Deloitte US firms and and Deloitte India firms got together and started an internal film festival contest. The goal was to get their employees together in teams upto 7 members strong to submit 3-minute videos that answered the question 'What is your Deloitte?'. These videos would be used for recruiting and other firm-related purposes. I got together with a team here in Tulsa, OK, and we submitted 2 videos. A total of 370 videos from the US and India made it to the first round, and every employee from those firms got to view and vote for their favourites. My team's video, 'The Green Dot' (http://youtube.com/watch?v=id0uHBuhXtY), won 2nd place. Each team member won either $3,000 or a trip for 2 to Los Angeles for a Hollywood VIP Studio Tour experience.
The Deloitte Film festival was mentioned in BusinessWeek magazine (http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/sep2007/ca20070913_595536.htm?chan=careers_special+report+--+best+places+to+launch+a+career_best+places+to+launch+a+career) where the firm was rated as the '1 Place to Launch a Career', and there is a chance of the videos being aired on Good Morning America. Deloitte also has a whole PR strategy planned.
Making the videos was great fun. I didn't realise how much work goes into it. You might catch me in one little scene at the end of our winning video, but I actually did more of the camera and behind-the-scenes work. We had a blast! I'm really lucky that I worked with a very talented team. :)