The small invasion started at my house around 7:30am. We had 3 people from California, 2 people from NY, 5 people from Massachusetts. So 10 people to invade, it's great that we moved into a larger house last year. They would have been swamped in our old house. Very cozy, especially since in our old house the piano took up 1/2 of the living room :-)
So, how did it go? It went really well, no major issues. The "talent" (the CEO, Alexis and me) did fine. Alexis did remarkably well reading her script - just kidding. She didn't have a script. But it was funny they kept putting her favorite toys around on the floor and she would leave where they were trying to film her so that she could play with her favorite ones. Finally I told them if they wanted to show toys around the room that they needed to get some of Jessica's toys (that Alexis doesn't take interest in yet). That seemed to work.
So here are some shots of the rooms after they had set them up, it really doesn't do justice to what the house looked like as they were filming. They usually would set up about 6-7 different lights - including a fake sun in the front window and then a fake sun in the back porch. It was really funny. They were looking for a "pop" on the stove in the far field. It was fun to see what it looks like from the camera angle. I'll have to start paying more attention in TV and movies now.
This looks like a normal boring picture of sunlight coming in. But it's not - it's FAKE sun. It was overcast and this sun was made from a HUGE light outside the window (if you notice the dirty window, please just close your eyes :) )
This is another shot from the camera angle for Jeff's set up.
A shot from me sitting on the couch.
This is the view from the camera looking over my bar stool into the kitchen for the "background" of my shot. They even put nice things in the background to look at and lights on the back deck to create sun and shadows. All very fun.
This was the set up for Alexis getting filmed eating her lunch. She was very curious to why they were filming eating time. So much fun. She would look at the cameras wondering "what is my mom doing to me this week?"
They took over the "dining" room for equipment and data management. They had 4 computers and 6 hard-drives running to download the video as they were filming it. All very very funny. And then they don't let the 6 hard-drives travel together to the studio for editing. Safety first with the data!
As you can see it was a fun day - a different day than my usual day in Philips doing either finance or creative projects for children with special needs. All fun and the team sent to my house was really awesome!