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Lights, Camera, Monkey!

Light Reading has debuted its 2004 Corporate Movie – and that's a good thing, considering there are only 11 days left in the year.

The short documentary -- or "hackumentary," if you will -- was shown to captive audiences at Light Reading’s Links 2004 Executive Summit (see Executives Converge on Convergence) and Leading Lights Awards Dinner (see LR Reveals Leading Lights Winners), and it makes its global Internet debut today. It marks the screen debut of Larry the Attack Monkey (see New LR Monkey Unveiled).

Early returns are giving the flick high marks for entertainment value, with test audiences also attesting to its value in casting a light on Light Reading's shadowy corporate culture, if "culture" is the mot juste. No word yet on whether it will be admitted to the Cannes or Sundance film festivals.

"It was certainly an entertaining and light-hearted look at the industry and Light Reading's rise to prominence," said Charlie Guyer, a spokesman for Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) who was on hand to view the film at the Leading Lights Awards Dinner.

Chicago-Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert has not responded to requests for comment (go figure).

Large portions of Light Reading Inc.’s considerable resources were put to work on the film in the summer of 2004, which was filmed on location in Light Reading’s offices in London and New York, as well as in remote locations such as Lucent Technologies Inc.'s (NYSE: LU) House of Pain in Murray Hill, N.J.

The digitally produced movie features cameo roles by many of Light Reading's staff and executives, none of whom were harmed during the making of the film. Well. There was one case of alcohol poisoning...

View the Noir Classic here: Light Reading Corporate Movie.

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

(Disclosure: the author of this article appears in the film and is employed by Light Reading Inc., the producer of the movie. His agent is currently entertaining all offers.)
sigint 12/5/2012 | 12:58:38 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! Tera, thanks.
lurker 12/5/2012 | 12:58:42 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! That was hilarious - well done! It almost makes me miss the telecom industry. (almost!)

Wow, was it really five years ago that I got that first scary call from an LR editor, asking me tough questions about product availability and financing status?

-l
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 12:58:42 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! "Could you point out to some information on the web regarding how one would start out building one?"

http://www.laserfaq.com/
sigint 12/5/2012 | 12:58:44 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! why:
Industrial, medical and scientific lasers need your help. Desperately. There is nobody with a life working in or covering this part of the industry. But many companies have been or are going cash postitive.
__________________________________________________

Now that you mention it, I was looking for some information on high power CO2 lasers for a PCB microvia drilling application. Ready made options are pretty expensive, and I was wondering if a unit could be made that could be used for both PCB drilling/ablation and metal cutting.

Could you point out to some information on the web regarding how one would start out building one?

Thanks,
Sigint
whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 12:58:44 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! Scott:

Industrial, medical and scientific lasers need your help. Desperately. There is nobody with a life working in or covering this part of the industry. But many companies have been or are going cash postitive.

Help! Send Monkey's!

-Why
light-headed 12/5/2012 | 12:58:45 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! E! reported that alan smithee was disgusted with how his "baby" was edited and wanted to remove his name from this film.

;)
dmw_qqqq 12/5/2012 | 12:58:45 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! The movie is cool...4.5 stars (out of 5.0)

By the way, I couldn't care less about what Ebert says on any movie, actually. Being a so-called movie critic is a joke. I don't need to be told about what movies to watch.

dmW
cruzexpo 12/5/2012 | 12:58:45 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! Good stuff. Could've cut 3/4 from the Ginsberg/Dylan and Sopranos parodies, but what do you expect from a couple of British blokes. At least there were no "Royals" slandered.
freetoair 12/5/2012 | 12:58:45 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey! will be looking for the "monkey" in action.

Thanks :)
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 12:58:46 AM
re: Lights, Camera, Monkey!
I loved Bubbles as Larry's monkey, but you clearly missed Bonzo!

WRU Bonzo!

By the way, does Lucent suck? Well, not really. Hoover is thinking of investing in Lucent to see if it can get more sucking capability. Vacuum cleaner salemen (and women) unite!

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