(Sorry to be so late with this! Meant to do this last week...where has all my time been going? Oh right. new job.dang)
I am doing what I hate...giving a recap of what it is like to go see a taping of a show.
I think this additude is derived from reading endless message board posts back in the day about what was really going on at the Trading Spaces set. (most often it was all speculation) Posts, mind you, that were written by passionate strangers/fans who merrily stood outside and watched carpentry world and the occassional outdoor craft scene take place during the taping of an episode.
So with that being said...I kinda did the same thing at the Martha Stewart Show and it was fascinating....
First off...it's a huge set. Most television studios that I have ever been to/worked at look like dollhouse versions of reality. But her set is just HUGE. and everything works! In the land of television that is just too cool for words.
The set is bustling with stylists who work until just seconds before they start rolling tape, you could just tell that the creative staff was making sure that everything was perfect. Seriously people. they were painting the cuboards in the craft area. PAINTING THE CUBOARDS! talk about perfection.
(urm...although this guy is just adjusting the ornaments....but still!)
The taping was fun and I was so glad to see Francis Ford Coppola as the guest. Pretty neat to see someone like him up close.
I think the biggest bummer was the studio audience gift. A notepad. BLAH! Too bad I wasn't there on this day.
(shot of the monitor as t he photo stylist prep the shot...can you see the curved needle in her sleeve?)
We did walk away with some fudge marshmallows and I was excited to see Darcy from Martha Stewart Weddings come pose for a picture...check out Darcy's blog post about this here.
Overall...the taping was very intriguing indeed. And that's without me getting into all my geeky technical television garbage. Like how I get weepy at the sight of a jib camera or wouldn't stop gushing about how talented and STRONG the steadicam op was to be able to shoot for the whole show like that....or how personable the audience coordinator was or how much fun it was to watch the production staff interact during the taping or how the lighting was kinda tungsten and the main monitor wasn't white balanced or how the stylists looked at the shot and rearranged it about 100 million times cupping her eyes with her hands so she could see what the camera.....
I think I miss the field.