|That's the Ask This Old House trailer pulled into my|
driveway in August
Over the years, I have had experience with being on the camera or around productions for TV. My son has been a regular for PBS kids programs starting with Curious George (I have a cameo there too). It takes FOREVER to film a scene. One day, he did two 5-minute episodes for PBS Design Squad Nation on location, it was 8-hours of filming. We shot another two at my house, even longer as the location crew showed up earlier.
We have filmed Shay Pendray's show, a film for the MET, and a documentary for LEGO. It has been
|A crew of eight needed for the sement - you can see me in the|
background during a shot
So this summer I knew I would be working again on the videos for the caskets and so when an opportunity came up to do an episode of This Old House, I took it to recall how it goes. I have loved that show since I was a kid and years ago I fell into the lucky opportunity to use the contractors on my homes. Great and wonderful people and I can't say enough about the quality of the work. So this summer, we were painting our house (Au Ver a Soie 4611 - I custom mixed the paint to the spool) and was
|Well Rodger, I just don't know what to do about this rain problem!|
|Trying to get the go-pro to work in the rain pot with the 'rain' ready on the|
other side of the roof.
For me it was fascinating to see the behind the scenes of that production and to get to know the people. I quickly got many tips (we will see if I can successfully use them!) about how-to filming as well as contacts for some ideas I have in the works for the future.
So the episode of Ask This Old House will air in February with me and the rain chains. It will be hilarious to watch as it is a bit modified for the format. I didn't put up gutters and then go 'oh no, what will I do? Call Rodger for help?' But there is a format to do. I think we must have done 15 takes of me walking out the door saying "Hi Rodger, thanks for coming". "Hello Tricia, what a beautiful house you have..." All the production crew hiding behind the trailer with the film footage
At one point Rodger was so tired of his lines that he gave some to me. Apparently I sounded too knowledgeable about Vinca so after two more takes, the producer nixed that idea and gave them back to a grumpy Rodger who has more trouble remembering lines than I would have thought. But then again - he has quite a lot of them! I got to stand there and look very interested in a pile of rocks. And they made me shovel!
All in all it was a very fun day and worth it as now I know where to contract with film crews.
But my son is still trying to convince me that I need an expensive film drone for my casket work.... I don't think so...