The green screen

5 Sep

Have you ever read from a teleprompter? It’s actually really hard. Not the reading part, because, you know, I can read just fine thank you very much. But the words are moving from bottom to top and as they come up, there is a small space at the top, coloured if I remember correctly, that means you should be saying the words in that space right now. Ok, that sounds way more confusing then it actually is. Basically, the lines move at a certain speed, and that is the speed at which you are supposed to say them.

iPad2 Teleprompter R810-8 with Beam Splitter Glass

I don’t consider myself to be a super-fast talker or anything, but dang those words were going slow. I found it so hard to say the words slow enough. Consequently, my natural pauses, and sentence delivery was  a bit out of whack. But it still turned out pretty good. I think so anyway.

What the heck am I talking about?

A while back, I was asked to talk about Lifebuoy‘s hand washing mission. Because, you know, I’m Lifebuoy’s mommy blogger.

Lifebuoy Total Soap 120 gram Unit (Pack of 12)

They arranged for me to go to a film studio where I stood in front of a green screen, and read what I wanted to say off a teleprompter (so I wouldn’t get all jumbled up and forget what I wanted to talk about, etc. etc. ).

It was the whole kit and caboodle: Big, fancy, bright lights. Green screen. Teleprompter. Giant video camera. White studio with a curve from floor to wall so there were no corners. Mirror with lights all around it for getting make up done. I pretty much felt like a movie star for half an hour. Fine, maybe more like a news reader since I was just standing there, talking about stuff.

Lots of different lights!

Have you ever just talked to a camera? It’s so weird at first.  Like you’re standing there talking to no one like a complete knob.  The first take was horrible. The camera guy gave me some pointers, and I tried it again.

“That was really good!” He told me “you picked it up really fast.”

Maybe he was just saying that, but it put water in my bucket all the same, and it was uphill from there.

We only did about 4 takes, and then I was done.

Part of the green screen, and the wall with no corners

While they went upstairs to upload the video to a computer, I grabbed my crappy little point and shoot camera, stuck my hand in the studio and snuck a few photos. They probably would have let me take photos if I had asked, but I didn’t want to risk being told no (and I couldn’t take photos after being told no), so I just took them when the guys were upstairs. Hence the photos are not very good.

Of course you want to see the video, right?

Yes, they spelled my surname wrong. Sigh.

I love that cartoon me is in there waving her arms around. Hannah saw that cartoon her was in there and said “Oh, it’s baby Hannah, SHE’S SO CUTE!” in her sooky pinching-baby-cheeks voice.

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8 Responses to “The green screen”

  1. LBcruiseshipblogger September 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Um, yeah it was a bit too slow to sound natural..

    • LBcruiseshipblogger September 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      I should add though other than that it was really good, I love the way they put you in your blog and brought your cartoon people to life.

      • Mommy Adventures September 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

        Yeah, it was so hard talking that slow!! Then I had to pause to wait for the teleprompter to catch up, hence the weird pauses. If the words were going faster on the teleprompter, it would have sounded way better. Oh well… I like the way they brought the cartoons to life too 🙂

  2. secondchancesnovel September 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    You are a natural on TV. The Amazing Race should be paying attention!! ;P

    • Mommy Adventures September 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Haha, thanks! I’ve already started my application to the Amazing Race actually. Maybe they’ll pay some attention 🙂

  3. Oliweth September 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Technology is always good. After all, it resulted in the Fashion Fantasy Game for tweens.

  4. virtual-studio-set (@chromakeynews) September 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    great post! Amazing that the iPad can be turned into a teleprompter so easily, that can be an expensive piece of equipment. Also, I agree about it being weird talking straight into the camera, that’s why newscasters make the big bucks! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Mommy Adventures September 6, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks 🙂 I was quite surprised when I saw an iPad was used as the teleprompter. So clever!

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