My school lunch videos (plus a book giveaway)

I created two videos using my school lunch photos with the help of Here’s the slow one:

Mrs Q’s School Lunches (SLOW) (405 photos in 3 minutes)

Here’s the fast one:

Mrs Q’s School Lunches (FAST) (405 photos in 1 minute)

The fast one is my favorite, especially after the ten second mark when the little containers look they are dancing on the tray. But the slow one? Yeah, I get choked up a couple minutes in… what a year 2010 was!

Which video is your favorite? Comment below telling me which video is your favorite and why to be entered into a giveaway of my book “Fed Up With Lunch.” Winner to be announced next week!

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45 Responses to My school lunch videos (plus a book giveaway)

  1. Elizabeth November 15, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Definitely the faster one………reminds me of a flip book! 🙂

  2. Esther Keller November 15, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    The slower one. I get to savor the awfulness of the food and really study it!

  3. Katie November 15, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    The slower video is my favorite, but that’s just because the fast one makes me a little dizzy. Also, since you’ve posted it on youtube, it’s easier for new people to really take in the problems – it makes me a little sick to see every packaged meal go by.
    I work in a dining center on the university level and understand more than I ever would have before why quick meals seem necessary for schools, especially ones that are probably low on funds just to pay teachers, let alone cooks. But the line has to be drawn somewhere.

  4. John November 15, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I prefer the fast one, because you were right; the containers are dancing.

  5. Velicia November 15, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Seems like there was a lot of pizza!

  6. Cortney November 15, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    The fast one! To me, the music synced up better and I liked how the food seemed to be dancing (like you said) in a spinning motion. I wanted to speed to slow one up, the music was too fast for the pictures.

  7. Michelle November 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I like the fast one too- also, I love the quick shot of a cardboard container that says “food for thought!” seems like the opposite of that to me….

  8. Emily November 15, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Although it’s interesting, the fast one makes me a bit dizzy 🙂 I’ll definetely be watching the slow one though!

  9. amy marantino November 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    i like Mrs Q’s School Lunches (FAST) , it makes the point without losing my attention.

  10. Melanie November 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I liked the fast one best. But holy cow, that was some disgusting looking food.

  11. Lindsay November 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I prefer the slower version, because I like to look at things and see what really grosses me out and what I might have actually eaten when I was in elementary school and junior high! 😀

  12. Ellysa D November 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    I like the fast one- the pace matches the music better, plus I read the blog all along, so it makes me a little crazy to watch each picture go by in slow motion…

  13. Rachel November 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    I like the fast one. It’s fun to watch everything change so quickly.

  14. Meggie November 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I like the fast one better because like you said it looks like they’re dancing and it just goes better with the beat of the music. I do like the slow one though because it gives you time to process the magnitude of the project and the close up pictures really stand out.

  15. KrisfromParis! November 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I definitely prefer the fast video…it’s more “digestable” somehow…but man, either way it’s hard to believe you really did eat every one of those processed & unappetizing meals. pfiew!

  16. jordan November 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    I prefer the slow one, I like to see the foods as the go by.

  17. Martha November 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I liked the fast one. As a school lunch director I have to say that most, if not all, of the foods you feature are either provided by the USDA Commodity program or approved as a use for processing of commodity foods to be used in Child Nutrition Programs. I always appreciate the “insight” into what we do and how we do it. I wonder if you have had a chance to meet with your districts’ food service dept. to discuss your findings. Thanks for your insight.

  18. Mamie November 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Both! I love how the containers dance in the fast one, but the slow one really shows the public what school food looks like.

  19. Barb in Nebraska November 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I like the fast one. The slow one really makes me sad to see all the processed food for such a long time. The music went better with the slow one, tho. Thanks for sharing this new tool too!

  20. Tonia November 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Oh my gosh, so much pizza! So many buns! I liked the fast one the best but it was dizzying both visually and just watching all that “stuff”!

  21. LDavis November 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    The fast one is fun and trippy…but the slow one allows you to better see what was on the tray. I preferred the slow one!

  22. Priya November 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I prefer the fast one. I fear the long one will give me nightmares. 😉

  23. Anne November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    I liked the fast one better. The slow one was too slow for me and I didn’t want to look that closely at the food again.

  24. Free~! November 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    I like the faster one because I’ve seen them before and they all look the same to me. Processed junk on a tray.

  25. Annie November 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    1 minute first, follower by the slower. Nauseating!

  26. Megan (@MissHealth) November 16, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Definitely the fast one! It fit with the music better. But I wonder what it would look like if you held a little longer on a handful of the more awful lunches, for emphasis?

  27. Tracy Stone November 16, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Can I be undecided? I like the fast one because it goes so fast and I can get through the awful stuff quicker, but I can figure out what things are in the slow version. Which is not necessarily a good thing…

  28. Carrie November 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    I think I prefer the slow one so I could really see the food. The short one went by so fast that I got fixated on all the packaging and waste, not the food itself.

  29. Mary Kate November 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I like the fast one! It really makes all the TRASH on the tray stand out. No good!

  30. Joani November 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I also love the fast one! 🙂 And precisely because of those dancing containers.

  31. Karon W November 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Wow that is alot of brown in the fast one!

  32. Liz November 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    I’m struck by the amount of packaging, especially plastic, used in all those lunches. That’s just as ridiculous as the ingredient quality in some of those lunches.

  33. Suzanne Laird November 17, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I like the dancing trays in the faster video!

  34. Melissa F November 17, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I liked them both but the faster one is my favorite. But the slower one really hit home on how many times you had certain things like fries or tots or the mystery greens. I miss school lunches on real trays.

  35. Jen November 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I like the fast one. I kept trying to find the same lunch over and over again – and did it.

  36. Valerie November 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I was leaning toward the fast one at first, but I think my vote goes for the slow version if you are looking for an overall “oh-my-gosh” effect on the viewer. You get a chance to really see the foods, and while the fast one is fun, I think the slower one has more impact.

  37. andrea November 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I like the fast one because everything starts to look the same.

  38. DC November 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I kind of like the slower one better because it is difficult to see what is in each photo in the faster one.

  39. Susan R November 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    The fast one. About half-way through the slow one, I got bored at the terrible sameness of the food. Ugh!

  40. Cactusblossom November 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    the fast movie has better sense of how often food is repeated or the shear amount of packaging.

    As a long time reader reflecting, the slow one was a great test to remember your opinons

  41. Amy W. November 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I had a hard time watching the fast version! I liked the slow one better since I could distinguish the food better.

  42. Heather November 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    The fast one! It gets the point across quickly….and the dancing containers lol

  43. Nicole @ saveliveeatlove November 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I like the fast one. I think mostly because part way through the slow one my stomach started hurting. Subliminal? Hmmmm

  44. Mary Kate December 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Did I miss the winner announcement?

  45. Alex B (High school freshman!) January 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Omg i love the fast one!!!!

    Love the book to!!!! I had some experiences like you!!!

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