Backstage Tour

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A "behind the scenes" look at my studio set-up for video shoots.

It's very glamorous, working in the video industry. Personal assistants, high tech equipment and sophisticated studio sets.

And now... back to reality.

For lighting, I currently use five clamp lights with 100 watt daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs. I say "currently" because I'm always messing with my lights, in search of a better system that won't cost me a couple hundred bucks. Parchment paper clipped over the lamps diffuses the harsh shadows. Parchment paper is used for cooking (great under a frozen pizza!) so it won't burn.

I usually use a black background for my videos, I like the contrast it provides between my project and hands as I demonstrate. When stamping with acrylic stamps, you need a cushion or pad under your surface, mine is hidden under the tablecloth. The only drawback to my black background is that it absorbs light, so I have to really over-compensate with my lighting to make sure my video isn't too dark. That and the fact that every spec of stray glitter shows up, so I often have little twinkles of reflecting light by the time my shoot is over... even when I'm not making a project with glitter, the darned stuff manages to make an appearance.

This photo was taken just after finishing up the demonstration portion of two upcoming videos. As you can see, it's a messy process. Everything needs to be in reach but out of camera shot, so I have this little island of clean in the middle of a mountain of chaotic craft supplies. I'm trying to get faster at my production, so I'm shooting more than one show at a time, to eliminate the time-consuming set-up and tear down. On to the next step, re-lighting for my "talking head" portions.

Hope you enjoyed the backstage tour!

10 comments:

brittany michelle said...

oh i love behind the scenes so much! thanks for sharing--it makes me feel like i'm part of it...even though i get to do the lazy part and just enjoy the end results of your labor. thanks for everything you do! i hope you enjoy it as much as i enjoy your projects and your character :)

brittany michelle said...

also, i did a shout out to you on my blog. and i hope you don't mind, i posted a picture of you. i can remove it if you would like, i just thought it was a cute pic that showed your enthusiasm for your craft :)

xosparklesxo said...

Thanks for sharing this with us, I love it!

Roz Bianchi said...

Thanks for all this info. I love your stuff--It usually leaves a great big smile on my face. Thank you for being so generous with your awesome talent. I hope to meet you at convention.

TraceyJean said...

Thank you so much for the tour. It's interesting to see where all the magic is created.

Sharli said...

Awesome! I love the bleach bottle on the folding chair! LOL This is VERY sophisticated! BUT, I have to hand it to you, your videos ROCK!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the backstage pass! You are just as creative behind the scenes as you are in front of the camera. Thanks soooo much for putting in all the time and love to share with us. You are awesome.

Annette said...

Hilarious Tresa! I can relate. I need better lighting as you probably noticed in my video. Clamp lights are the way to go. And I have parchment paper. Thanks for that little tip.

Lisa Fowler Windsor, CO said...

Ya know--I always wondered while watching your videos--how you keep your space so neat!! LOL Thanks for letting me in on your secrets!!

sandyh50 said...

Oh gosh, this was so fun to see! My eye went straight to the bleach bottle on the chair! LOL Thanks for sharing!

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