Live Bold Live Now - Behind the Scenes
We launched Live Bold Live Now on Friday - did you watch the RA story yet? It's been very exciting to see the finished product. The HealthCentral team did a fantastic job putting it all together. I recommend you also check out the Crohn's and psoriasis profiles — Rob and Laura are phenomenal people.
Each of our stories take about 20 minutes to watch and represented two days of filming three months ago. Although I’ve been in front of the cameras very briefly before when I was a spokesperson for a report by the Health Council of Canada Days, this was a completely different level. This was not a reporter and a camera, although that’s sort of what I expected, with maybe the addition of another couple of people. Imagine my surprise when a film crew showed up. And over those two days in October, I learned a number of things.
Don’t turn your back on them. On Monday, I was in the hands of Sher, an excellent makeup artist who actually lives in my neighbourhood! This was happening at my dining room table and whereas I know there was stuff going on behind me, I was too busy focusing on the novel experience of having someone else do my makeup and talking to Lori who was doing the interview.
Then I turned around and saw this
David watched me. He very much wishes he’d had a camera to catch the look on my face. I’m very happy he didn’t. By this time, the feeling of being mildly terrified increased somewhat, but I was trapped
I also learned that really simple tools are an important part of setting up lighting.
And that it takes a lot of make-up to achieve a natural, but camera-ready look.
In related news, it’s very weird to be followed around by a makeup artist who occasionally swoops in to do touch-ups. It’s also weird how quickly this becomes normal.
Photo by David
It also really weird being the person who is interviewed, rather than the person doing the interviewing. Thanks to Lori Wark, who made it completely painless and a great experience.
Other key lessons included the fact that sound guys can have their hands under your shirt attaching a mic to your bra without it being weird, despite you having just met them.
It is remarkable how quickly you get used to being miked and having cameras pointed at you. I now understand why reality show contestants often do very private things on camera. It’s because the crews are highly skilled at becoming part of the landscape.
Having 10 people focused on telling your story is pretty incredible.
I learned new words, such as B roll, that baby isn’t necessarily a human infant and that an OTS shot means Over The Shoulder.
In related news, when the guy in charge tells you that the second day of filming on B roll locations will be a much smaller crew, the word ‘small’ is relative. A team of seven people isn’t small in my world.
There is a limit to Lucy’s tolerance and friendliness. Ten people and half a ton of equipment in her territory appears to be it. She spent the entire time hiding behind my bed.
Photo by David
I am a very lucky woman. The Boy took two days off work and spent them taking care of everything and catering to my every whim, making it possible for me to focus on the filming. He’s a gem.
Thank you so much to Dave Haughey from COUP Entertainment and his wonderful crew Chad, D, Pete, Ryan, Sher and everyone else for making this an incredible experience. By the time it was all over, they all felt like friends. The next time they're in Toronto, the beer's on me!