A few months ago, I was part of a video shoot for a scissor brand whose name I will not mention cause even after promising they would pay me, they have been extremely unprofessional (note the irony in the title) and kept me hanging. I do not even know when the videos will be out and if they ever will be.
Anyways, since my friend requested me to shoot for them, I did it and I must say that I enjoyed the shooting experience. It all happened in one day – I was on my feet for hours even after I hadn’t slept the previous night only because I was busy preparing craft samples for the video.
The videos are a series of DIY craft clips that showcase me making various things- emoji pillows, large decorative tissue paper flowers, pyramid-shaped gift boxes, selfie corner props and candle stands. Each of the videos was shot with a huge crew including cameramen, lighting assistants, a makeup person and of course the directors. There were takes and retakes, and it was almost like shooting for a TV serial/advertisement for television. My previous experience facing such big cameras was when I shot for two ad films, again for a friend.
Here are a photos from the shoot, if the videos do not get released in the next few months, I promise to share a detailed ‘how to’ guide on each of the crafts.
- I was exposed to really bright lights all day. And lots of makeup (which I loved).
2. The director was not very happy with my fingers because she said my cuticles were visible. I thought my fingers looked pretty neat.
3.I had to speak a little bit about the products while demoing the crafts.
4. Nights before, I was practising and preparing samples for the shoot. I was sleepless because I had to manage all of this along with my day-time job.
5. Below is an image of the stencils I created for the selfie corner props. The benefit of creating the selfie corner mustaches and lips was that I used some of the props for the selfie corner at my own wedding which happened in March this year.
6. These are the felt candle holders. You can put small candles in shot glasses and hang them in these holders. Nice for a patio or balcony area.
7. The stencil (below) to make the felt candle holders (above). Quite complicated.
8. Making the table look almost clinically clean was top priority. I like it messy. But the director wanted it to look professional.
9. Created these pyramid-shaped gift boxes. They are pretty easy to make and make gifting more satisfying especially if you make them yourself.
10. The emoji pillows. Made this with yellow cloth and some pillow stuffing. I used a glue gun for the first time to stick the eyes and lips onto the pillows. Quite exciting.