Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I Didn't Quite Get Canon-ized

Here's the reply I got to my letter asking for a video camera.

From the Canon Corp, printed on a sort of smallish card:

"Thank you for the opportunity to review your organization's request.

"Canon U.S.A. contributes to a wide variety of activities throughout the Americas, including Canon Envirothon, the Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program, the Yellowstone Park Foundation (Eyes on Yellowstone is made possible by Canon) and Canon4Kids, which supports the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

"You can learn more by visiting

"While we cannot support every request, we do wish you every success in your endeavor.

"Corporate Social Responsibility Department
"Canon U.S.A."

And "OUCH" says my bank acocunt. Looks like I'm going to have to buy this camera myself, or just not do the film thing. Still, a buddy at work asked me why I wouldn't write them another letter, just because they said No the first time. So I think I might - you know, be a little more straightforward, describe the film's importance more...

As far as the film's ethics go, the same friend and I thought that it might be a smart option to just eliminate all faces from my footage. That might do a lot for the theory of the thing. Or maybe it'll just be gimmicky. In any case, I'll have to see if it's been done. And even if it has, I might just have to copy it.

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