This week I had a grand adventure on the set of QA TV! I had never been in a production studio before and found the process absolutely fascinating. Would you like to come along on the trip?
A special friend greets you in the Cleveland airport:
As the winter storm continues to create havoc with flight schedules, this red-caped hero might be called into action :). Arriving at the studios of KS Productions, you check out the schedule on the wall…what a thrill to see your name under Susan’s!
Each artist sets up the day before if time allows…one tray for each segment to be filmed:
You’re all set! Now to rehearse your segments a few more times and get some rest.
On the morning of the shoot, it is time to get into makeup and costume. (Nope, no pre-makeup shot, I’ve deleted them all ;)) What fun to have a professional makeup artist create your on-camera look!
Kristine Lundblad from QA magazine is on set with Vivika, and takes lots and lots of photos throughout the process. She is just as organized as you would suspect if you have worked with her on articles for the publication 💜.
When it’s time for your segment, we go into the studio and discuss the steps with Susan, Vivika and the production team. They know best how your demonstration will flow. Everyone is incredibly nice, organized and calming…at this point you are no longer nervous at all!
This is your view from where you stand:
You are miked up and ready to go! Susan is a terrific host, leading you through each step of your explanation and making it all seem very easy. She signals you when time is almost up…then you step away from the table while they check in the control room and make sure no part of your segment needs to be re-shot. (If you move anything on the set, it will need to be put back in its precise location for continuity’s sake.)
Two changes of wardrobe…two more segments…and, with what seems like incredible speed, you are done! Now you can go back to the prep room and have the fun of watching the next artist film their segments on this large screen:
And – the best part of all – hang out with some amazing fiber artists you had not met and learn about their work!
Happy 10th Anniversary, Quilting Arts TV!! Thank you for making me a part of it all :).