Yeah, so how kooky does 'Lisa Lam Craft Videos" sound? Never in a million years did I imagine I'd find myself in a studio grinning (for aaaall I'm worth) at 3 cameras whilst talking about sewing bags. Sometimes in life you find yourself in totally bizarre situations. I think you might as well throw yourself in, get your hair wet and go for it because it could be a once only thing and it makes for good conversation with your bemused parents. And being filmed is a wacky experience I can tell you!
As some of you already know, I went to Cincinnati to film 2 x 60min craft vids with my publisher: F&W Media. They have a very very groovy hightech filming suite with several studios, props and a dedicated team, they also have studios for craft book still photography.
I was there to film a video based on my current book and another video for my next book (out next spring). My publisher is working hard on getting the first video out there as soon as poss. As soon as I have any news I'll keep you posted as to development on the first video - not least because I HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT I LOOK LIKE ON FILM!! During filming I made a point of not looking at footage of myself in case I thought: "No way!!! I'm such a dork on camera!! - and that would've put me off my stride (somewhat, hellofalot).
Here's are some-behind-the-scenes craft video action for your amusement :)
So before we can film anything we have to create a set (because unfortunately we couldn't fly everyone over to my workroom in Brighton). Here's the amazing Christine primping and preening the set. She did an ace job!
There's one of the cameras to the right. There were 3 cameras in all; one to my left, one above and one facing forward. "Just forget the cameras are there and act natural" they said. "Hmm, yeah right!" I said...
I was so happy to see my machine (actually, this is one of my machine's sisters - this was on loan from Janome USA - thanks guys!). I'd had jittery withdrawals having not used her and sewn anything for over a week.
"Well, hello!" (please don't let there be any pizza in my teeth!!) Here's me on set grinning like a happy sewing thing (or maybe a car saleswoman, it's a close thing don't you think..?). The delicious fabrics were kindly lent to us by the folks at Sewn Studio (which is a lush shop! I visited it on my day off and wanted to take rather a lot of their wares home with me).
Without this smiley face machine on set I would have a been a gibbering fool person. I didn't have to memorize my lines, I could read them as I was filming. This here is a Teleprompter (and my best friend) and it allows you to read lines and still look natural whilst filming. During filming when you look into the screen to read your script/notes you are essentially looking directly at your audience at the same time. Before I went the to US I wrote my own script and emailed it to the filming crew in readiness for filming.
Here is Julie (left) whose job it was to ensure the flow of the Teleprompter as I talked - not an easy job. She has to move my script down to the right speed according to my talking speed. So, what I see get to see (as an actor type person) is very different from what you (the viewer) gets to see - at least that's what we are aiming for! You (hopefully) get to see a chirpy friendly person talking about sewing in a sewing type setting, whereas I get to see bright lights, a team of 5 (patient) people, lots of computers, cameras, reflectors, cables and movable walls. Yup, the magic doesn't just magic itself y'know!
I hope you enjoyed nosing behind the scenes. Thanks for lookin'!
There are loads more craft videos action pics in my Face Slap. I simply have too many to post on the blog :)
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More pics coming next: 'Inside Amy & David Butlers lush pad '