An office of almost all women usually makes quite a lot of noise -- but not today. The usual hubbub of activity has been dialed down; even our footfalls walking down our winding back stairs need to be reduced to “butterfly steps”.
No, we are not in mourning. It's filming day here at Daily Grommet; a day that some people dread so much they used to skip that day of work (aren’t you glad you got moved upstairs Anthony?).
After experiencing many of these days, I can now understand his trepidation. For someone as noisy as me, it really is hard not to talk too loudly or walk around too much. I even have to remember to wear quiet shoes on filming day!
Despite the veil of silence that descends on 6 Wallis Court during filming day, I love watching the day unfold. It is so cool seeing my coworkers (and sometimes special guests) talk so enthusiastically about upcoming products. There is always a flurry of activity, no matter what the product being showcased is. Today I got to watch Julia present SimpliSafe, a home alarm system (it happens to be today's Grommet!). The variety of products that comes through our filming studio is simply endless.
One of the best parts is seeing the number of outfit changes people go through; after all, you can’t be caught wearing the same outfit in two videos in a row (because then readers would find out we filmed them on the same day, and we can’t have that).
Watching each day’s Grommet, it would be easy to believe that each video needs just one take and goes smoothly. If you think that, think again. I can’t tell how many times I tried to get my lines down before I got them exactly right. I would have to say that a way that process is made easier by our video producer Jesse. No matter how many mistakes you make on camera (and I say this from experience...), he makes the end result look amazing. I even heard someone say “don’t worry about making a mistake, Jesse makes us look beautiful!” He knows what you should say and how you should say it; its like having a big Hollywood director but without the drama from Hollywood. I usually hate watching myself on camera, but watching the playback of my ChicoBag video, I didn’t immediately run for the hills like I often do when I see myself on video. So Jesse, thank you!
I am amazed at how effortlessly our veterans of video (here’s looking at you Jeanne) handle each video.
Although it's sometimes (OK, usually) a madhouse here at Daily Grommet during filming day, I love the fact that I can be behind the scenes; I love being able to to peek over Jesse’s shoulder to see the upcoming video unfold. Yet another reason working at Daily Grommet is always full of surprises!