It’s been a funny old week, as I waited for the brand new eBay Collections to launch, and to see for the first time, the tutorial film that a I made a few weeks ago. The anticipation was intense. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this, and I really wasn’t sure what the film makers would do with all the footage we shot. I shouldn’t have worried, the result is incredible and I’m thrilled to be part of it. More on that in another post, but I thought you might like to see what happened when the film crew descended on my home for a day back in February to make the film.

The team from Germany had chatted to me on the phone, and we met for dinner the night before the shoot. For some it was their first time in the UK so we had lots to chat about. Their agency represents the client in projects like this, and I was keen to understand how this kind of thing worked.

The filming team drove up from London and everyone was at the house by around 9.30am. And that’s when the fun began. I thought it would be best to tell the tale through pictures.

It started as the team began bringing in their equipment, which didn’t seem too bad to begin with.

The kit

 

And then they began to assemble everything.

The cameras

 

There was much discussion and debate. Over what, I’m not too sure, as much of it was done in German! I told myself that was a good thing.

Discussions

 

After an hour or more, it was time to get into position so the final preparations could be made.

Setting up

More setting up

The anticipation was really building for me at this stage. Almost two hours had passed, setting up all the equipment, and after much discussion on how I would speak, and what I would say, we started to film. Feeling very nervous, I fluffed the first take completely, my mind going very blank. After a few more goes, I managed to find my stride and it seemed much easier and more natural.

This is my view, from where I sat for the morning. It was all so fascinating.

The film crew

 

With the first part of filming complete, I took a break whilst the team prepared for the next section that would include the actual tutorial. My home started to feel less and less like mine.

Afternoon prep

 

And everything had to be just right.

Afternoon prep

 

The living room had become the central hub of everything technical, where memory cards were ‘transcribed’ (I have no idea what happened to them really, but this is what I imagine was going on!)

Technical hub

 

I was amazed at the size of the lights that were used. This one sat outside a window at one point.

The lights

 

Everyone worked really hard, not stopping for drinks or snacks at all until the lunch break at 2pm. After refuelling in the local cafe, we set about filming the ‘selfie’ portion of the film, and some cutaways. (Little clips of silent footage that they use to make the whole thing look slick and professional).

Selfie

Selfie filming

 

Watching the crew at work was fascinating, there were incredibly creative.

The crew

Watching

 

And I was so pleased they wanted to include my fabulous honeycomb balls! Watch out for their appearance in the final film.

Honeycomb balls

 

Of course we had to take a few pictures to commemorate the event including the obligatory selfie, with Katja the Director from the German team:

Selfie Katja

And the final group shot, as we assembled outside in the cold:

The team

We finished filming at around 5pm. It had been a long day, but what a fascinating, exciting one. We had rearranged my house and turned it into a film set but by 6pm you couldn’t tell; everything was back to normal.

All of this happened several weeks ago now, and I’d not seen the finished film until it went live on the eBay site on March 6th. And here it is. It will be used on eBay for a year, along with an official portrait. More about my actual collections in another post but for now, here’s the tutorial film.

A huge thank you to the film crew and team. They made this a hugely pleasant experience for me, and were wonderful to work with.

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