Making of…Video Pilots : Part I : Preparation

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you enjoyed my latest post with my favourite one pan recipes from the past year. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can catch up here!

Did you miss my monthly blog post in May? Some of you may have seen from my social media, I was busy running a 3 week crowdfunder campaign to raise support for 3 new 30 minute video pilots to bring my recipes to a wider audience. I want to share my love of musicals and inspire others to bake my recipes to keep theatre magic alive in a year when it has been out of the spotlight. In this post, I’m going to tell you a little more about them and what I have been up to since it closed.

In this series, I will be sharing 6 recipes I have created over the last couple of years inspired by my favourite musicals – some you know and some that will be new to you – with songs from them along the way. As well as the bakes, in each episode I will shine a spotlight on the show that inspired me to create them, sharing my musical theatre knowledge with insights on the show’s history and my discovery of it.

I had some fantastic feedback to my idea and raised nearly £1,000 of my target, which has enabled me to start the preparations needed to make the episodes happen.

To accompany this post, here is a link to a song from the soundtrack of my video pilots, I Heart Musicals Vol. I, What Baking Can Do from Waitress. It really is amazing what baking can do – when you combine it with songs!

Without further ado, here is what I’ve been up to since my crowdfunder closed…

EDITING THE SCRIPT

I began by working on the script for each of the episodes. There are 3 in total – each one covering a decade of musical theatre history. The ones I’ve chosen for my pilots are the most recent – 1990s, 2000s, 2010s. In each episode I show you how to make 2 recipes and sing a song from my chosen shows.

Last November, on #LoveTheatreDay, I released an ebook of these recipes which you can find at my website so I wasn’t starting with a blank page. However, early on in the process, I realised it wasn’t going to be enough to use the written recipes alone as my script as they were too long-winded to just be read out. Filming everything in action opened up a world of possibilities – to show rather than tell people how to make the bake, so sections of the recipe which were necessary in the book could be edited.

The first job was to divide the script into sections with the help my script editors to make it easy to divide into shots and shot lists ready for the shooting later on. Then it was time to refine the sections to make what I was saying as clear as I could and lose any unhelpful or confusing information. Having chosen the words I wanted to use, it was time to commit them to memory, ready to start filming!

LEARNING MY LINES

For me, it makes sense to learn as much of the script as possible before shooting starts as it gives me time to get used to the rhythm of the sentences so I can deliver them easily to camera. Having done the work on the editing made a big difference to this part of the process as it meant I could break sections up into manageable chunks to learn every day. As I practiced, I could think how I wanted each piece to sound, changing anything that didn’t feel right before I get in front of the lens!

DRESSING THE PART

Another important part of the preparation for the filming is choosing the costume I’m going to wear on screen – what should the English Singing Baker look like?

I have always been keen on a vintage look, as it evokes for me a homely feeling as well as being very feminine. With that in mind, I was all ready to buy from online outlets, until, during a long weekend in Newbury, I stumbled across a delightful shop called Isabel’s Vintage Retro.

It was like an Aladdin’s cave of vintage delights and it was such a treat to be able to touch and feel all of the clothing, having seen most of the brands online. I made a decision and bought a skirt and top combination which I love, which I think will look great in the kitchen – a perfect combination of pretty and practical!

I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed to my campaign – I’ve really enjoyed starting to prepare for filming my video pilots. I hope you’ve enjoyed popping by my blog to share them with me. Very soon, I hope to share with you more progress in their development.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with my latest news on my Instagram @englishsingingbaker,

Happy Baking!

English Singing Baker x

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