Virgin Gadget Spy Filming PhotoBlog

Watching the footage back

Filming Gadget Spy II

Yesterday was spent at Virgin Towers filming the second Gadget Spy – this was all done in a bit of a hurry,Virgin are keen to get this up and live on the web by next week – Eeeeek!

So we collected together an array of gadgets (and had some help from www.firebox.com – thankyou!) and hopefully got enough material together for our 3-minute webcast.

The gadgets include a few of the things I’ve been impressed enough to blog about or take flickr pics of, including the Cisco/Linksys Router , the Archos TV+ and the Jawbone noise-cancelling headset.

This was an incredibly fun day, it was tiring but very rewarding, as we’ve been working flat out since last week getting everything together for the magic day of filming.

10mins after arriving

We're in the studio area and setting up - within about 10 minutes, most floor space is covered with tech. There is a general need for tea. We've also realised that it's going to be boiling in here.

Phil checks everything is OK

Phil from Virgin checks the gadgets - we have to work out which order to put them in right at the start of the show, so we can get the camera to pan across at the beginning and match our working script.

Guitar Rockstar sample

We like to have a few quirky, bonkers products in "Gadget Spy" - last time it was the Bubble Wrap Keychain. This time it's the Guitar Rockstar.

firebox.com sent over some stuff - thanks!

Thanks to http://www.firebox.com, who provided us with a few gadget loans for the pilot, and kindly let us borrow a few more for episode 2. Everything is boxed back up and sent back to Firebox HQ, so they'll lend us stuff again!

Archos, Pinnacle, Linksys samples

More tech ready for filming: you can see the top of the Pinnacle PVT Video Transfer, the Linksys Router, and the Archos TV+ as well as a few bits poking out of the case.

Dan checks the footage

Dan, camera operator, checks the footage. Anyone doing any filming knows to check as soon as you do the first take, just to make sure video is actually recorded.

LJ Rich sitting in

Here I am, "sitting in" - we're testing the shot before filming properly, we need to make sure the lighting works for the camera, and I've put a mark on the desk so I always sit in the same place!

LJ's suitcase - Kit 'n' Heels

My suitcase: Kit 'n' Heels, har har. This case got really battered when I took it to China and Dubai, and it's held a lot of tech in its time. On the way to and from Virgin Towers it's bulging with strange and wonderful stuff.

LJ Rich, looking short (!) take 1...

Behind the camera, filming the intro! We steam through the voiceover, the outro and each gadget, doing a couple of takes for each one - the basic rule is when you do a "good one", you do one more for safety. Normally, I'm pretty good at this, because I'm used to live TV and one chance to say something. However, by the end of the day, saying "Port Cool Fan Laptop Stand" took me about 6 tries. We got it all in the can though, and the next thing is editing it up for release - Working date : 10th September 2008

What follows is a quick look at what went on in the day.  If you want to see the Flickr Gallery, please feel free to click here.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the final cut, hope you like the pics!

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6 thoughts on “Virgin Gadget Spy Filming PhotoBlog

  1. Hi LJ

    Wow, seems like filming is a very busy and long day, but must be loads of fun for a gadget freak like you to play (oops test) these new gadgets?

    Ah ha, your blog post has just reminded me to go look at the Lynksys router, I need a new one and that one looks nice, compact and stylish..

  2. Hi LJ

    I can only imagine, I think my days are long but then I turn on the TV, hit QVC today and who do I see promoting a JVC mini hifi but your good self!!! ( still need to get hold of that music of yours that you played on your USB pen, the jazzy track…. its really really good *shameless begging* ~:O) )

    Do you ever stop? ok no you don’t! but then its good as us folks get to see what you concider great gadgets, I can guess your like me in that only the really good toys make the grade.

    Enjoy your weekend

  3. Hi Div,
    thanks for your comment – I’ve just looked at the popular uk gadget blog you mention, You can visit it here: http://www.gadgetspy.co.uk/

    The title “Gadget Spy” was plucked out of the air and originally a placeholder title for the 3min webcast we do, – it’s a complete co-incidence that there is a blog with the same name.

    Come to think of it, I believe there are a few other Geek Chics out there too, and (I expect) lots of LJs and Divs also…

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