|The Grip - or griping grip - helping set everything up. He has|
to crawl on the floor to get out of the space without hitting
head as tables are pulled out into the walking space.
For most of the summer there were too many people and boxes in my space with threads all over the place, shipments and teens helping me out. That was good, but I couldn't find my workspace to film a video. Plus to add embroidery to the casket, there needs to be embroidery! So working hard on that most of the summer and thinking about how I would film.
Then I get back from vacation and I plan it out. I start trying to set up a 'studio' now that the house is quiet and I find that my ceiling is sloped and I will have to move my work surface out from the wall four feet to get it centered so I can put up a backdrop (bought a nice grey screen with stand). Well, there are too many boxes of finished cut threads for several kits to move the work surfaces and set up the tripod far enough back while having the huge stand up with the screen. So in the last two weeks, I pack kits like mad as some missing threads come in. FINALLY - I can move the tables as there is room!
And so I get the grey screen up and I go looking for the video camera and microphone system I let
I get home and I fire up the video camera to find out that the grey screen is SD sized and the cameras all shoot in HD aspect so you can see me on a grey screen with a super messy office on both edges of the shot. Hmmmm, didn't think that through! How about hooks in the ceiling to hang it horizontally so it becomes HD aspect to hide the room? Don't want hooks in my ceiling. So when I discover husband is off to hardware store, I tell him to get those removable hooks for the ceiling. He took it too literally and didn't get any. "They are for the wall", he says. UGH. Several days of other stuff and I finally get a chance to run to the hardware store. Success, but need 6 foot tall teen to install with me.
|Just a few of the crowded cameras|
So for those who have never done stuff like this, there is tons of sitting there as 'the talent' with objects you intend to use. The 'Griping Grip' moves the cameras and toys with the settings trying to find a way to have three cameras and a microphone to record the session (that can't be done over for some of the gluing) recording without seeing each other or cutting your head off in the shot. Lots of gaffer tape goes on the tables and floor to mark the places where the tripods
|Notice the microphone NOT plugged in.|
When everything is almost ready, off to find the talent's shirt. You have to wear one shirt for all the videos so if you need to re-film to cut in or do it over days, the clothes don't change. It was still damp in the dryer. Oh well, the show must go on! Damp shirt and all.
So we started with the mixing of the wheat paste as a test video as I could just make more if it went bad and I had no head in the shot. Went pretty well. The kid started all the camera equipment and then ran out of the room. Was going well until the hamster in my office woke up and decided to get active. We had actually talked about taking her out - but nooooo.... she sleeps all day. So I had to cut out two minutes of her drinking and making a weird metallic noise in the background.
|Don't you SLEEP in the daytime you loud|
Start again. Got 10 minutes into it, done. Phew. Review the footage. Crap...the grey screen is caught on the back of my chair revealing everything behind it. Ok. Start again. Another 'beautiful take' as I turned the viewfinder upside down so I could make sure the grey screen was in place.... but then when I felt totally victorious and was removing the memory cards to download and review it... that was when I discovered that I forgot to re-plug in the microphone system. So that take of three cameras has no audio, just some dork pointing to things.
Ok. Only an hour before the robot kids show up for the holiday weekend and the batteries need to be recharged. So I blog and realize that I have spent the day filming and have no film.
This is going to take awhile! And right now, that hamster has decided to wear her teeth down on something and it sounds like a beaver going at it in my office. Mental note...she goes elsewhere while I film and put the darn phone on silent!!
Hopefully someone in the family will take pity on me tomorrow morning and set the cameras rolling and be sure it all looks good while I speak.