Filming the Balloon Drop was more work than we ever imagined
Sometimes I just want to have fun. I enjoying creating video tutorials and sharing the things I love to make with others. As many of you may know my main focus has been on my YouTube channel “All Crafts Channel”. I like to make videos where I share the crafts I enjoy. I have been starting to feel a little boring lately so I decided to film a fun channel intro. Together with my son and husband I filmed a new intro this week. We filmed a Balloon Drop for our intro.
I must admit it appeared much more spectacular in my mind…. Yeah, I had delusions of grandeur. First we had to gather all the supplies we would need to film the intro. We inflated 50+ balloons the old fashioned way; Lung Power. My husband suffered a little light headedness but we got all the balloons inflated. We also used party-poppers and confetti guns for the shoot. If you listen carefully you can hear them popping in the background. In order to release the balloons we have to set up a backdrop frame and draped a large sheet over it. We then poured (carefully) the inflated balloons onto the sheet which was being held up by my husband and son. They stood up on step-stools. I then ran to the camera and started filming. Once I said the tag line my husband and son released the balloons. After releasing the balloons they (and I) set off the party poppers. I used a confetti gun which was purchased at Smart-n-Final store. My husband also had a confetti gun. My son set off most of the party poppers. Oh, did I mention that we were in the middle of a heat wave.. and it was super hot in the living room.
Check out the video of the balloon drop on the next page.
I honestly wish I could say it only took one take.. but no such luck. The first time we did it the microphone hadn’t been turned on.. Ok, ok, I forgot to turn it on with so much going on. The second take: the lighting was off. It took so much time to set everything up we lost the sunlight and had to turn on the lights. This didn’t work because the settings on the camera were set for natural daylight. So take two was a no go.
We re-grouped and set everything back up for the following day. Take 4 : The dogs got all worked up and jumped up and the camera fell. Luckily it was not damaged. Take 3.. the right side of the sheet got caught and only about 1/3 of the balloons was released. Take 5: Eureka! We have done it!
We had to gather up all the balloons again after each failed filming attempt. Each take required new party poppers and confetti gun cartridges.
Even after so many takes it was still fun… I have enough film for a blooper reel. It was a project that seemed easy when I thought it up. However the execution was a little tougher. It still could use improvements. I looped some of the video for the dropping of the balloons. Next time we will be better prepared. Clean up was a challenge. I think I’ll be finding confetti for months. Popping all the balloons in a secure are was also critical as I wanted to be sure my dogs didn’t find any rubber pieces and swallow them. This could be hazardous for them.
Steven Spielberg watch out! The Lopez family is coming after you.. LOL… The important thing was that we learned a lot and had fun. It brought us closer together as a family working to get a project completed. For better or worse we have a finished video clip.
If you want to watch the clip here it is: