The video production world was thrown into shock today when it emerged that a corporate video firm in Stoke on Trent had been employing a sound operator to help acquire high quality sound. A spokesman for the Institute of Corporate Videographers today said that this was an astounding revelation and that they were considering ejecting the company from the organisation. "We have gone to great lengths to educate clients around the country that there is no need to hire a sound operator. After all, would you want to pay £250 a day just to have someone stand there with a fluffy animal? Of course not."
The use of a sound operator has caused uproar across the low budget corporate video production community. One company that wishes to remain unnamed told us, "We'd just got sound quality to a level that we were happy with. Clients will think that there is something wrong when they hear crystal clear sound instead of the usual warm room resonance and distant voices with automatic gain control that they are used to. It will give us a really bad name. Besides, we were getting tired of the same old comments all the time. People would always ask if the fluffy thing had a name, or they came up to it and stroked it as if we'd never seen that before. It all became a bit much."