I was happy that Craftsy handled the flying arrangements, the hotel and car transportation. A lot has changed since I last flew. Not to mention that living in a small town with Lynchburg VA as our nearest city, I forget how small Lynchburg is compared to a metropolitan area like Denver. Craftsy left a little gift waiting on me at the hotel in downtown Denver.
My star on the door of my dressing room. Craftsy has 5 studios in its production facility, housed in an old taxi service building. It's one of those revitalization projects, with several businesses and a restaurant, garden, and common areas. It's very crafty and full of art and such.
This garden area was just outside the common area and it was a welcome view on my first day as I got a little stage fright.
Above is the common area where we could eat our catered lunch each day. Below is one of the lunch spreads, which was different every day.
Below, I am standing with my studio crew. The tallest guy behind me was the main camera man. I gave him a workout as he got the best shots possible to show what I was doing at the machine. He was up and down off of a step ladder all day, shooting over my should with his huge camera and keeping himself and camera cables out of the way.
The other fella behind me was my producer. He worked to translate the class outline into specific scenes for the camera, helped me rehearse, calmed me when I got nervous, and made sure we got all the instruction into the video clearly for my students. The guy next to me did editing on the fly, listened to the audio and a bunch of other things, I'm sure, as he worked behind several computer monitors. I have never met such an encouraging and upbeat group of guys. They were great.
The shoot was just a small, 3 day part of the process that included a very detailed outline, samples, step-outs, and online rehearsals via Skype. For a gal whose YouTube videos had yet to show any part of herself other than hands, this was a big step.
This is far better than I can cover in my YouTube videos or on my blog, and I am so excited to work with a whole new group of "students" through this class. Craftsy has over 5 million members in over 200 countries. The video quality is so much better than I can manage with my equipment.
It was such a great experience and I hope you will join in the experience by taking the class. I don't have an official release date, but it should be before the month is out. I'm working with a small group of fabulous quilting bloggers to get the word out about this class and to show more folks all the design opportunities that can be found by using rulers to guide your free motion quilting.
Now, I have a plane to catch!