The last few weeks have been crazy but so neat. I went a week ago to Golden, Colorado to the offices of F&W Media to tape five Memory Quilting online classes for The Quilt Company. The crew that did the taping was just wonderful. They all worked together so well and made me so relaxed that I ended up enjoying the process instead of being intimidated by the camera.
Sabrina, Ginger, Andrew, ME, Corey and Jon.
You don’t realize all that goes into one of these classes until you do one. It takes months of preparation organizing what you are going to teach, getting all the step outs together, and making sure each lesson fits into the time you have allotted. I had requirements for taping such as the clothes I could wear, including colors. Nails, of course, had to be manicured.
The taping started everyday at 7 am with me coming in for hair and makeup. For any of you who know me you know that in and of itself was a major accomplishment, I am not a morning person LOL. After Nikki was finished with me I started getting things together for the class we were taping that morning. The crew would come in and get the cameras and lights together for the day. Corey always set me up with a mike and Jon, Ginger and Sabrina would go over with me what was going to be taped and how they were going to tape it. Jon was the Director and worked with Andrew & Corey running the cameras. It was so wonderful to work with people that respected each others opinions and ideas and genuinely seamed to enjoy working with each other. Speaking as “The Talent” they made the whole experience so much nicer and easier for me. We had a lunch break around noon and then went till 5:30 each night except for the last day Friday when we stopped at 3:30.
I wanted to share some more photos with you so you could see the studio and more of the process involved.
The young lady who made me look good for the camera every morning. Thank you Nikki!
Here you can see the monitor/seating area for the boom camera that Andrew used. There were a few times it got really close to my head but he always warned me. LOL I am in the back right where I set up all my step outs for the days taping.
This is Ginger, the producer, and I talking about the next segment. She and Sabrina, the Instructional Designer, were wonderful listening to what I wanted to teach and helping me to do it in the best way possible on camera. On the left forward you can see the white stool with a little heater on it, this was for the cold Floridian :-). We had lots of snow while I was there, about 10 inches total. Luckily I had a heavy winter coat. Even though the temperatures were in the single to low double digits most of the time Doug and I were there it was a dry cold, so we did pretty well dealing with it. You normally think of the lights during filming as creating heat but these are all LED’s so no heat was generated, therefore the little heater was put on off camera to keep me warm. Corey did a great job as sound/camera man shutting it off during taping when all of us forgot it was there.
Jon, Ginger, and I setting the scene for the taping of the Children’s Clothing Class. You can see the boom camera in front of me and one of the other cameras to the left.
Ginger sitting at the table in the back with screens for all three cameras. Sabrina sat back here as well when she wasn’t running around taking pictures 🙂
The gang discussing the next step and having a good laugh. They kept it so light and fun everything went really smooth.
The Filmslate/Clapperboard used on the set.
Me behind the table getting ready to tape.
It was a great experience but exhausting. Friday night it was time for my hubby and I to celebrate a successful week with a great meal and a great bottle of wine at a wonderful restaurant called The Fort.
The classes are slated to be put online in May. I will keep you posted as things move forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions or I can be of help with any of your projects don’t forget I am a phone call or email away.