December 2, 2008

The 39 CLUES: In the Webcast Control Room

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If you’re a true Cahill, then I’m sure you already know that today was a big day for our family — The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note hit stores this morning! Dan and Amy are off to Austria as they continue on their dangerous quest to discover the secret behind Cahill power. Could Mozart’s sheet music hold a key? You’ll just have to read the book to find out! (If you don’t have your copy yet, download the first chapter now.)

To celebrate the release of Book 2, Scholastic hosted a  big event yesterday: an internationally-broadcast live webcast with Gordon Korman, the author of One False Note. And he was interrogated — er, I mean, interviewed — by none other than actress Whoopi Goldberg! Turns out she’s a big fan of The 39 Clues series! If you missed the webcast, you can get the highlights from Carly H.

And while Carly was sitting in the audience, I was up in the control room. That’s right — I was manipulating the whole thing. Mwahahaha!

No, not really. Seriously, you think I have the technical know-how to run a webcast? Um, no.

There was one person manning the lights, one person controlling the audio, one person operating three different cameras and simultaneously editing together a live video, one person cueing up the video and the slides that were projected during the webcast, and one person monitoring the live online feed. And then there was little old me. What was I doing, you ask? Well, you know those polls that launched every once in a while during the webcast? Yeah, I was in charge of those.

Anyway, it was my first time in the Scholastic Auditorium’s control room, and I was totally psyched to be there — right in the thick of the action. To give you an idea of how fast-paced it was: before the webcast began, Colin, the head AV guy was like, “Karen, when the webcast starts, I’ll need you to be sitting down because I’ll be running around back here.” In other words: stay out of my way! And I was like, “Yes, sir!”

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

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