I’ve been filming a lot lately – I work a lot with an American production company and it often uses me as a content producer.
This means it’s my job to organise, arrange and, more often than not, film and conduct the interviews which you’ll eventually see on screen.
This time the TV programme was about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their impending parenthood.
As the programme has been sold in the UK and the USA, my tricky job was to ensure that it had broad appeal across both sides of the Atlantic.
I’ve done many ‘talking head’ shooting days, which is where you film as many ‘keynote’ people in one day. But instead of getting them to all come to me at one central location, we decided that we’d go to them.
We did this for many reasons, one being that we weren’t paying people to contribute so asking them to trek across London was a bit much.
Secondly, having people such as journalists talking in their natural office environment looks much better on screen than a basic backdrop that we use for everyone else.
As I said, my job as content producer is to make the content actually look appealing. So if it meant I had to go across the big city, that’s what I’d do.
I set off last Thursday with a feeling of optimism in the air.
The sky was blue, the sun was out and so I wore a pretty little sundress and flat shoes for the occasion.
Big, big mistake. By the time my train stopped at Waterloo, the heavens had opened (I had no coat), I was freezing and the rain quickly seeped into my pumps making my feet squelch with each step.
Pretty soon I had severe blisters, so by the end of the day I was limping along.
I arrived at each location looking like a sewer rat.
Coupled with the fact I’m a nice producer and like to help the crew carry the kit, each interviewee thought my appearance and load-shifting meant I was a hired help, not the content producer.
It wasn’t how I’d hoped the day would go.
I really should develop some diva-like attitude and get people to come to me next time!