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3 Minute Wonder - Microsoft Babies
Monday, 10th to Thursday, 20th August 2009
7:55pm to 8pm
3 Minute Wonder is a showcase for short films from new and upcoming directors on Channel4. They run each day Monday to Thursday, with the four films in the week linked thematically together. Microsoft Babies is a series of eight films shown over two weeks exploring life in and around the Microsoft on-site creche in the company's UK headquarters in Reading. And asks the question: ow much does the cradle-to-grave ethos of the corporation effect their employees and their children?
The first film asks is the on-site Microsoft nursery too much too soon for the toddlers, or an efficient solution to the corporate family's needs?
Vikki applies all the HR tricks she's learnt at work to help run her hyperactive household, making sure she never wastes a second.
Gill who works in marketing, recalls her difficult maternity leave and her joy at returning to work when her daughter was three and a half months old.
Lucy, a full-time Microsoft programmer and sole breadwinner of the family, is waiting for her husband to break into the independent film market, however long it takes.
Two-year-old Ellie drifts through the long nursery days, resolutely different from the crowd.
Three-year-old Callum and his father Dax discuss food, music and the meaning of life as they commute to and from work together every day.
Nikki savours the final days of her maternity leave. She's been transformed by motherhood and is hesitant about returning to her old working life.
Could post-natal depression be the reason software expert David nearly gave up on his family? Or was he just working too hard?
Sorry to everyone who downloaded the first version of this with only four files in the pack. I hadn't realised at the time that the series was running to eight films over two weeks. So I'm now uploading the whole series in one go - a premptive repack as it were.
If you've already got the first four films, here is what you do to get the next four without having to redownload the first four.
[*] start this new torrent in your client.
[*] stop it as soon as it's allocated disc space for the files ie almost instantly
[*] copy your existing files from where you've saved them into the new directory created by this torrent
[*] run a force recheck on the torrent in your client
[*] restart the torrent
=== File Information ===
File Name: Four Films
Duration: 00:03:08 to 00:03:17
File Size: 27.0MB to 28.0MB
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec Name: XviD
Video Bitrate: c.1070 kb/s
Bits / Pixel: c.0.194 bits/pixel
Resolution: 624x352 (1.77:1) [=39:22]
=== Audio Information ===
Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 132 kb/s (66/ch, stereo) VBR LAME3.90
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