A Highlight Reel with My Motorola Droid

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device (a Motorola Droid)  at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.


Yes, I am making movies now – well, more like a photo slideshow but it’s cool, right? Maybe it’s watching my kids so easily create videos (okay, one is a film student so I do have in-house tech support if needed), maybe it’s because it’s fun to put music and images together, and maybe because it is now so easy to do!

I went to a blogger lunch last week at the Tuscan Market (in Salem, NH – there’s one in Burlington, MA I’m going to visit next), and wanted to share the amazing food and atmosphere. Usually when I write a post, I make a photo gallery or post still images but I sort of accidentally stumbled upon this feature and was intrigued. And it was incredibly easy to do using my Motorola Droid. Really, I’ve always been a little shy to try making videos (high expectations here and all that), but I found the Android phone really intuitive to navigate on my own. Sure, it took a few tries to get the first video the way I wanted it (four attempts, to be exact but mostly because I was fussing with the length and the music), but I made the second video below in under two minutes and it was so much fun!

8 Easy Steps to a Video

1. Go to Camera Roll or Gallery

2. Select photos

3. Tap the box to create a Highlight Reel (next to the Google Mail box)

4. Add the Title

5. Choose Movie Length

6. Choose Quality (HD available)

7. Select a Song from available downloads (or check No Music)

8. Save and Share!


I’ve found lots of fun features on this phone but this is my new favorite. Get ready for more highlight reels! #VZWBuzz #VZBoston #sponsored




Summer Sessions at CMI at Hampshire College

Creative Media Institute

Summer Sessions at CMI at Hampshire College


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Hampshire College’s Creative Media Institute is a series of intensive screening seminars and creative labs led by practitioners and professionals working in film, video, photography, and new media. Institute participants get direct access to each week’s special collection of guest faculty. Guest faculty curate film and video series, present new works, and advise and mentor undergraduate students and working professionals.

Watch this video – it’s fantastic!

Documentarian Ken Burns may be best known for chronicling some of the United States’ most influential events and movements, giving weight to such influential topics as jazz and baseball, while also offering high school history students the chance to sleep through The Civil War. For his first foray into something a bit lighter, Burns put together a documentary short on comedian Eugene Mirman as an advertisement for their shared alma mater, Hampshire College. from AV Club


The History
The Creative Media Institute is inspired by a program that existed at Hampshire in the 1970s and 80s that brought together legendary artists working in film, photography, and video. John Marshall, Jean Rouch, Richard Leacock, Jonas Mekas, Helen Levitt, Hollis Frampton, DA Pennebaker, Jerome Liebling, Elaine Mayes, and others came together to screen and debate works, share ideas, and build community.

Among the many students who attended the institute was Hampshire College alum Ken Burns. Ken will be returning to Hampshire this summer to be guest artist.

The Program
Each week of the four-week program is made unique by its one-time-only cast of visiting artists. Each week will be either an intensive screening seminar programmed to provoke discussions and debates, or a creative lab where institute participants get feedback from guest artists on creative works or create something new.

The institute is open to college-enrolled undergraduate students, film and video practitioners, photographers, and academics. Anyone (writers, filmmakers, producers, production professionals, academics) can apply to attend a given week, but only undergraduate college-enrolled students will receive credit when attending all four weeks.

Andrew Hart, Program Director
Creative Media Institute
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Boston Medical Center’s Demonstration Kitchen – featured by A Step Up

Last night, the women of A Step Up featured The Boston Medical Center’s Food Pantry & Demonstration Kitchen (the first in the country – now ten years old) which is connected to their Grow Clinic for Children, formed to treat Failure to Thrive (FTT) in young children. The programs that the BMC runs are so thoughtful and practical  – medical care, food and books- they also partner with Reach Out and Read each child gets a new book at each well visit and they have shelves of gently used books in almost every department for children to take home as well.  What a wonderful group of programs making a difference in so many people’s lives. Want to help? Great – Go here to the Virtual Food Drive page.

BMC’s Virtual Food Drive is a great way for schools and organizations to help the Preventive Food Pantry buy the food it desperately needs. For every $10.00 received, The Boston Medical Center Preventive Food Pantry can provide food for two families for a week.

If you would like to organize a food drive or donate food in person, please contact:

Latchman Hiralall
Food Pantry Manager

They can also use books – new or gently used – for children. Did you resolve to be more organized this year? Go through your book shelves and clean out the books (yes, keep your copy of your child’s favorite book – give the rest to the BMC).

Helping those in need: Teaching healthy cooking:

From the website:

At BMC, a doctor’s prescription might be for a bag of healthful groceries, and the hospital’s Food Pantry is the place to get it. More than 7,500 BMC patients and their family members use the pantry each month, obtaining culturally appropriate foods for diets that are nutritious and therapeutic. Studies done by BMC researchers have documented that food stamps alone cannot support the nutritional diet recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture. To supplement patients’ resources, BMC created the Food Pantry. Many patients lack access to supermarkets and would otherwise rely on the less nutritious fare found at corner stores and bodegas. The pantry relies totally on philanthropy, including food drives that help keep the shelves stocked. BMC patients can not only get healthful food but also learn to cook nutritious meals in the Demonstration Kitchen. Classes are offered in special areas like cardiac rehabilitation, weight reduction and diabetic diets.

I’m in the mood for funny videos – Martha Stewart and a frat house, beware the doghouse and Man cold

I am in a video mood today. Here are some I like. This is so funny – go Martha.


Evidently Macy’s is trying some viral marketing – it’s good. They can probably go even further like the J.C. Penney ad last year which was a complete riot –  totally hysterical – I forwarded this madly.


and my true favorite, The Man Cold.


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