SolarEdge is at it again with a new solar-themed holiday video. Check it out below, along with some "making the video" employee reflections.
The Headquarters Experience
Day one started very early in the morning with the SolarEdge musical ensemble sporting solar paneled musical instruments.
The first surprise of the shoot-when SolarEdge employees found themselves pushing a demolished car down the street...
“We had no idea the engine of the car wouldn’t start so we had it delivered at the car park entrance — really far away from the film site...pushing that car is something I will never forget," said Alex Shulman, Business Manager Embedded Solutions (driving with a map).
Later in the afternoon the whole company gathered in beachwear on the roof to perform our annual group dance scene.
After the initial embarrassment of the first take — and with the help of a few fun tropical drinks to take the edge off — everyone had a great time letting loose and breaking out their “synchronized” solar dance moves.
“Taking a break in the middle of the day to dance and mingle should definitely happen more often! I love working in a company with so much spirit,” said Dana Shitrit, Administration & Corporate Procurement Manager.
Day two of shooting brought the film crew to the Tel Aviv seaside. At the Reading power station we set up a picnic and later planned to stage a “protest” against environmental pollution.
Within minutes, clouds rolled in, and a torrential downpour of rain threatened to postpone our sunny protest.The single umbrella we brought protected the cameramen and their equipment.
Luckily we came prepared with gender friendly oversized sun hats…the rain eventually passed us over and despite being soaking wet, we danced and sang our hearts out during the protest.
The Headquarters branch proved they truly know how to have a good time under ANY circumstances!
The San Francisco Experience
Josh Stacy, marketing associate, SolarEdge California office, writes about his experience from the SolarEdge annual Happy Holidays video shooting:
After finding out that I had a role in SolarEdge’s music video, I quickly studied last year’s Solar Gangnam Style video to prepare.I had never participated in a music video before and thought that working in the music industry would be a welcome change compared to a traditional day at work. However, numerous takes, listening to the same song several hundred times, and dance choreography proved to be a little harder than creating the world’s best optimizers, inverters, and monitoring software.
“Lights. Camera. Action. I got to live my rap life for a day. Also, this experience brought my son and me closer because he is really into music and took great interest in this cool experience,” said Al McKeever.
Finding the hidden talents of my colleagues or discovering the dance steps that I never thought I had was just one of the few highlights. In addition, two of my colleagues donned superhero customs and paraded around San Francisco causing some confusion.
“Definitely funny that people thought we were taking engagement photos because the previous week my fiancée and I actually did pose for engagement photos in San Francisco.I wished now that we had actually dressed up as superheroes,” said Evan Sarkisian.
“This experience was fun, memorable, and outside the box compared to my normal work,” stated Florence Cardozo.
My most vivid memory of the video shoot focuses on the ingenuity of my coworkers. For instance, an empty cardboard inverter container doubled as a teleprompter showcased the unique and “outside the box” thinking that happens frequently at SolarEdge.
From all of us at SolarEdge, we wish you Happy Holidays!
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