Today was more shooting of the vineyard background story for HGTV Dream House, as well as the story of the old home that will have to be razed to clear the new home building site. Sean told us that we'd have a different crew today, and when I got to the vineyard at 9 AM they were there shooting outside footage of the shack. Producer Steve, Kevin the cameraman, and Rob the audio engineer were all excited to be working on the project. I opened up the house and took them inside to start checking lighting angles etc. Of course it was very cloudy outside so the light wasn't great.
Shannon's mom came over to our place to watch Tristan so we could focus on the morning interviews. After doing interviews in the old home in various rooms, we headed out to the vineyard for some more. We did some shots walking down the road talking about the old house, and then went over to the deer fence gate to talk about the nightmare that installation was, and the different components of the fence construction. As we were starting to head into the vineyard a storm blew up quickly so we had to bail out and head into the house so Kevin could get some more footage. Once we were done there, it was time to relieve Sue so Shannon and I went back to the rental while the camera crew headed into Leesburg for lunch.
We met up with the crew and then went over to Fabbioli Cellars, the winery owned by our winemaking consultant Doug Fabbioli. Doug had invited us to a tasting of his new "Fratelli" wine. By now the skies had cleared and it was a beautiful sunny spring day. As we pulled up to the house, Sean and the camera crew suddenly were able to visualize what Shannon and I are setting out to create. A crowd of about 80 people were gathered outside the house on the large concrete patio/crush pad, enjoying both wine and the weather. Steve went up first to have people sign the release forms which allow them to appear on the show, then Kevin took footage of Shannon and I walking in and meeting Doug. Then we chatted with a few of the other guests, and obviously the camera crew drew quite a bit of attention. I have to admit it was a pretty weird feeling having the camera pointed at you and all those people staring.
So we hung out there for an hour or so, then I went into the cellar to buy a few bottles of wine. While inside, I noticed that Doug had several copies of the Loudoun Wine Trail brochure, so I picked one up and started leafing through it, and lo and behold our name is in the vineyard section!!! WOW what an awesome feeling! I ran out to show Shannon and Sean saw what was going on, and asked me to come out again with the camera rolling. So I did and we caught the whole moment on tape for the show. It was so cool to finally "see your name in lights" for the first time.
We finished up some more interviews in front of Doug's vineyard, then headed back to our vineyard to complete the day. While Tristan slept in the truck under Sean's watchful eye, Shannon and I got filmed walking the rows, de-suckering vines, talking about the dream house and the progress in the vineyard. We finally finished up shooting around 6 PM, and although we were exhausted we decided to go out to dinner with Sean to Magnolia's in Purcellville for dinner. Finally got back to the house around 8 PM and just collapsed. Good grief how are we going to get out of bed tomorrow and try to work???
April 23, 2006 8:57 PM
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