The Making of the eBay Collections Film

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.



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 filming


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

The crew



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.

YouTube video

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.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Amanda
    March 8, 2014 / 9:22 am

    What a day, and such a great experience it looks like. You look great on camera!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 7:58 am

      Thank you my lovely!

  2. Mellissa Williams
    March 8, 2014 / 9:49 am

    This is a great idea, watched the tutorial too. How exciting to have a film crew in your house!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 7:59 am

      Collections is going to be huge I think Melissa. It really WAS exciting!

  3. Becky
    March 8, 2014 / 10:20 am

    What great life experience andm so proufd of you you sound fab!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:00 am

      THank you so much B xx

  4. Mary Keynko
    March 8, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Excellent job! I’ve never looked at ebay collections before – Guess How I will be spending my afternoon??

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:01 am

      Hope you had a good afternoon Mary! Just another thing to lose hours in šŸ˜‰

  5. Cakesphotoslife (Angie)
    March 8, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    Awesome I will be following your tutorial soon I promise, but for now can I have the lights and tripod please šŸ˜‰

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:08 am

      Pretty cool aren’t they!

  6. Antonia Ludden
    March 8, 2014 / 6:12 pm

    Hi Jen, oh wow, well done – how cool! You are a natural in front of the camera šŸ™‚ What a long day though – must have been exhausting! Thanks for sharing the ‘behind the scenes’ as well as the finished video, it’s really interesting to see. Antonia xx

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:02 am

      Thanks so much Antonia. Yes a long day, but so intriguing. x

  7. Miriam
    March 8, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Wow! I never would have guessed so many people were behind the camera, you looked so relaxed and natural! I even fell for the whole ‘I’m filming myself on my phone!’ thing!!!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:03 am

      I just did what they asked me to Miriam – the whole selfie thing was a bit strange but has worked so well! Guess they know what they’re doing!

  8. Michelle Twin Mum
    March 8, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Oh Jen, you seriously rock. Is that your house? How amazing is it? but then I should have known it woudl be. Well done, Mich x

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:05 am

      Thanks Mich. Yes my house, well the dining room mostly, if only the rest was ‘done’! x

  9. Emma Rogerson
    March 8, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Amazing Jen – really fascinating stuff and you and your house look fab!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:06 am

      Thanks so much Emma xx

  10. Emma
    March 8, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    AMAZING Jen, what a wonderful experience and you are fantastic in the film. xx

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 9, 2014 / 8:07 am

      Emma, it’s amazing how they can make you look šŸ˜‰ x

  11. Jenny from Cheetahs In My Shoes
    March 8, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    What an exciting day – the behind the scenes stuff fascinates me – the pictures of the photographers have given me some ideas

  12. Penny Alexander
    March 10, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    Oh my goodness Jen this is utterly awesome! It is amazing where blogging takes you isn’t it? So funny seeing you and your home like this, although I have to say you are a complete natural on camera, a real expert when it comes to interiors and your home is gorgeous.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 10, 2014 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks so much Penny! The blogging journey can be unbelivable at times, and quie surreal as I’m sure you’d agree. Still feeling overwhelmed by all the lovely comments. x

  13. Kate Takes 5 (
    March 10, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Yay! WOW Jen that is so awesome. Well done you!

  14. Sonia
    March 10, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    You look amazing Jen! Such an amazing opportunity for you!!

    I’ve been doing the eBay collections thing and just love them!

  15. Jenny Paulin
    March 10, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    you look such a pro! wow well done!!

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  17. Mari
    March 11, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this post and looking at your photos of the day. What an amazing experience and your home is gorgeous, I even spotted a green beaker somewhere …

    I’ve watched the film, it’s brilliant and you are a natural on film, next up you’ll be alongside Brad Pitt, who knows what lies around the corner?

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