Well I can't tell you how busy things are at 'Q Towers' – there are some great new shows and hundreds of new products coming, including some amazing TSVs.
That's the one of the great things about working at QVC, there's always something new happening – not just new products and guests – it might be a new procedure or new equipment for example or a new service like the iPhone app or QVC Beauty. It's a really dynamic business that reacts very quickly to changing circumstances or customer trends.
So although it's still only September – I bet most of you have discussed who's going where or staying with who over Christmas? Who's turn is it this year for Aunty Mable, and with that in mind…
I really enjoyed shooting the 'Early Bird Christmas Shopping' promo a couple of weeks ago. Although I have shot many promos over the years, I still really enjoy doing them. Although the crew are QVC staff, there's always a different atmosphere on these shoots once you leave the studios – perhaps it's because these promos aren't live TV or possibly because they are usually service messages or promoting shows or events? I'm not sure – the crew are always happy and hardworking as in the studios, but it's just different!
I personally think that our promotions department really produce some great work and are one of the reasons that QVC stands out – do you agree ?
I have two favourites that stick in my mind – I'll tell you about one this week and save the other till the next blog.
The first shoot was also the first time I had been to mainland Spain and I flew to Valencia to spend a day filming to promote 'Spanish Gold'. Everything was fab, the crew, the locations, the hospitality, the weather – our hosts even made a huge paella in our honour.
We had been filming all day in the factory and the home of the gold company owners. We shot some particularly magical footage of the glorious orange-red sun setting on a freshwater lake next to the sea known as La Albufeira. Well, although we were all pretty frazzled, as it had been boiling all day and we hadn't stopped, our director needed just one more piece to camera from me – walking up the beach and talking to camera, to be used as an opener to the show. I had to mention 3 or 4 things and stop talking at a precise moment to get the right shot – sounds simple right?
Well every time we tried it, something happened, helicopter noise, ships' horns, me tripping up – we even had a naked boy walk into the shot and stand there staring at me – you couldn't make that up! All the time the sun was setting and we were losing the light, eventually we got it in the can in what seemed like total darkness – but actually looked quite moody in the final edit!
As evening was upon us we just had time for a well earned late meal at a famous local restaurant, famous for its special delicacy – eels – unfortunately that's all they served! Half the crew went hungry or chewed on a loaf of bread and half (including me) tried them.
Our poor producer's assistant (one of the hungry ones) was then attacked by hundreds of hungry mosquitos who took a liking to her perfume – bless her, her face and arms bore the brunt. As she sat chewing on the end of a dry loaf, we took it in turns to slap her! Honestly! She asked us to, as she couldn't see the mozzies! It was such a shame it ended that way, as the day was indeed a memorable one for so many good reasons.
The attached picture is in response to those who wanted a beach photo of my mussels - hope you like them!
Till next time,