What happens when you try to explain what you do for a living to your children? A convoluted conversation about computers and coaxial cable? Not so for Richard, one of our brilliant team of installers.
Richard Campion is one of our top install engineers - so much so that he also coaches our other installers to help keep everyone at the top of their game.
He's also a self-confessed closet nerd, whose creative force was awoken by his three children questioning on just what it is that dad does for a living.
Their perception was I put a screwdriver into the back of TVs. So I thought what could be a better way to show them that they would understand. I have seen them glued to short YouTube vids so I tapped into that
Inspired by his son's Minecraft animation set and love of all things Lego, this is the result.
To make the film, Richard used an iPhone 6 and a free app called Stop Motion.
He admits he's no expert at stop motion video, but tells us:
The general rule seems to be keep the camera still. So I made a stand out of Lego (of course) and I'm lucky enough to have an Apple Watch which can control the shutter so I never touched my phone whilst taking shots.
We thought the attention to detail was great throughout - and the more observant / geeky viewers will have noticed that Princess Leia is the new Virgin Media customer("she slipped plans of the Death Star into my tool bag"), the cat running over the roof is brilliant, and we loved the quick cuppa.
While we spent most of the video hoping that Darth Vader would emerge from the Imperial Shuttle to inspect the work, we missed Richard's favourite touch:
When the engineer returns from the cab I have a yellow stud on my Lego - that's my gas tester!