Who would have thought that my knitting could lead to me becoming a film star!
OK, that’s overstating it slightly 😉
So here’s what happened…
I was contacted by an independent filmmaker, via his wife on Ravelry. Sergey explained he wanted to make a short documentary about knitting to expand his portfolio and wondered if I’d like to be his subject??!
I was so surprised and flattered!
I wondered if someone was playing a cruel joke on me so I vetted Sergey… He checked out!! Sergey Stefanovich- is a London based independent Video Producer / Director of Photography, who has been working in the film and video production industry for over 12 years and has an impressive portfolio and list of clients.
Lots of emails later and a thorough review of Sergey’s fabulous website www.Filmvideo.co.uk which showcases some of his work, the great day of filming arrived…
Sergey and his assistant Ekaterina, turned my living room into a filmstudio – with lights and cameras and microphones and a whole lot of kit I couldn’t name….
Then Ekaterina proceeded to ask me questions about my Knitting World – It was quite stressful – I didn’t know what she was going to ask next! It was like the longest work interview ever!!
All thoughts of me having my Sunset Boulevard, “Norma Desmond” moment quickly faded….
There was none of this!
If you’ve not seen the film, wonderfully crafted story of a faded and deluded 50 year old film star who tried to recapture he youth by making another film – Clip of the closing scene here–>> “Alright Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my close up now”
There was however, quite a lot setting up, changing lenses and re-shooting, checking the sound.
It was actually hard work but all very professionally done and the most tremendous fun 😀
I pretty much spent 9 hours talking about knitting and showing off my achievements – who wouldn’t enjoy that huh?
We shot sections all over the house and garden, interviewed Ben in his Man-Cave, got the opinion of Kitty and Ziggy (who mostly said “give us more treats and we’ll stay out and permit you to film us”) and went to Bromley to meet the Guilty Knitters and interview them too!! I even met Sergey the following week after work so he could film me knitting on the train 😯
**Top Tip** I discovered that no one will sit next to you if you have a man with a large camera obviously filming you on a train. It’s a great way to ensure enough elbow room for knitting!!
Yesterday the long awaited and slightly dreaded day arrived – The documentary is done.
It’s there, online, for the whole world to watch.
I hate my voice – I honestly thought I’d been dubbed by a a croaky old woman and didn’t recognize my voice in the voiceover!! But apparently, this is very normal – only ego-maniacs enjoy watching themselves and actually think they look and sound good 🙂
I suppose you’re wanting to see the finished article now aren’t you?
Gulp…OK…Here’s my Premiere…Roll out the red carpet…Lights, camera and ACTION!
Press play then pause and let the video load before clicking ‘play’ again. This way is best to watch it so it doesn’t stop all the time due to slow Internet speed
**Susan runs and cringes in the corner but hopes you’ll like it***