Friday, May 5, 2017

Nestlé Commercial Video Stars for the Day! ✿

Soooo there are times whereby I take so long to blog about some events or holidays that I go "ahhhh forget it... so long ago already" and just give up on writing about it hahaha. I'm sure many of my fellow bloggers can relate to this.

This was probably going to be one of those unrecorded events since it took place last year #oops but recently, I saw it on my FB feed and just like how we shot our first fashion campaign with Glitter Glam, I figured it was pretty significant since it was the first time Lil Pumpkin and I filmed a commercial and I just had to blog about it before the details go really fuzzy due to my bad memory hehe.

Anyway yes, in July last year, theAsianparent {a local digital parenting magazine} contacted me to work on a campaign with Nestlé Singapore to produce an educational video to educate other parents/mums about wholegrain and understand the nutrition that their kids should be taking for breakfast.

Ever since I became more committed to getting fitter and living a healthy lifestyle {check out my Fitness Diary}, I've been more keen on working on projects to promote healthy living and eating as well so this was something close to my heart and I was interested to be part of it.

However, the daunting thing was it involved Lil Pumpkin and me to memorise lines and act in front of a camera. Eeeks! (*≧▽≦)

I mean, I'm kinda ok in front of the camera since I do post videos on my YouTube channel and vlog e.g. about my shopping hauls heehee.. and sometimes give video interviews {like to RazorTV and} but could my mummy brain remember lines? And could Lil Pumpkin remember her lines and survive a day of filming without getting bored & cranky??

I was pretty apprehensive but the boy encouraged me to just go for it and enjoy the experience with Lil Pumpkin. After all, it's not everyday that somebody comes along and asks if you want to be in a paid commercial and Lil Pumpkin does like to act and film stuff on her own... so I accepted the project.

TheAsianparent took some time to finalise the project concept with Nestlé Singapore so we only filmed in October.

Not sure if this is the norm, but we were only given the script and call sheet 2 days before filming.. I thought it was a very packed schedule and lots of lines to memorise given the limited time and was rather worried for Lil Pumpkin.

Since she's so young and not a professional, I don't expect her to have the attention nor energy span to shoot for most of the time {according to what was indicated in the call sheet}, and told my contact at TheAsianparent as much to set their expectation level.

They were most understanding and having worked with a lot of children, assured that they will be doing their best to keep spirits high and make sure everyone is comfortable during filming... which they did that day by providing snacks / drinks, and checking every now and then that we were all right.

On the actual day of filming, we arrived pretty early at the studio and thankfully, Lil Pumpkin was really excited and ready to rock and roll! I'd run through her lines with her and although she didn't memorise them perfectly, she knew what the concept was and roughly what was expected of her.

Most of the time, we were allowed to improvise as long as we got the key words and concepts out. There were no tele-prompters and for Lil Pumpkin's part, if I wasn't in the scene with her, I was usually sitting in front of her behind the camera guiding her line-by-line on what to say.

There were some scenes where we had to retake a few times but despite the long hours of filming and waiting for set scenes to change, Lil Pumpkin did not get frustrated or throw any tantrums. When she got bored during the waiting, I entertained her with colouring or cartoon videos.

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At the end of the day, I was really glad we did it! At least I can cross out "being in a commercial" on my bucket list?? haha.. And, I am really proud of my little trooper! (⌒▽⌒)☆

So ta-dah! Here's our little 3 minutes 30 seconds of fame (ノ∀\*) Please don't laugh heh.. and if you're interested, here's the informative article on whether you are serving your family healthy breakfasts or not where our video appeared (´∇ノ`*)ノ

In our initial discussion, I was told that 3 videos would be produced but the first video above took 4 months to come out in February this year haha... I'm not sure when the next 2 would come out but I'll update this post again when they do (⁎⚈᷀᷁▿⚈᷀᷁⁎)

P.S. I'm wearing one of my Lark & Peony modern cheongsam and Lil Pumpkin is wearing a Mary Had A Little Lamb dress in the video.


Stacy said...

Whattt... can't believe this wasn't important enough to blog about, like immediately!

Wow oh wow.

Unknown said...

She is soo cute! You did a great job. Congrats from our Camden Cleaners x

Theresa Mahoney said...

How cute is this video?! You both did an excellent job. Very professional. I'll look forward to the next installments :)

--andy-- said...

The video turn out well, both you and Pumpkin looks natural :)
Am sure the production (retakes, smiles, giggles) will be in your memories.

cheers, Andy

Young Smarties said...

Is not easy to memorise the script at such short time frame. But you gals did a great job! It is a fun video to watch and bet you gals had a great time during the process... :)

Pooja Kawatra said...

This is so lovely and lil pumpkin did a very good job..

Susan said...

Caught your ad on TheAsianParent website and you and Lil Pumpkin look like naturals in front of the camera. I do commercials in my course of work and there’s always so much waiting in between takes and can really be patience testing especially for kids. Lil Pumpkin did so well and I’m sure she gained from the experience. So are you grooming her so you can be a “star mummy”?

Unknown said...

Well done! You and Lil Pumpkin did an excellent job. You both are very natural on camera, much better than the expert dietitian, hahaha! Btw, it's pretty normal to get the script and rundown days before shooting.

Michelle at <a href=">The Chill Mom</a>

Unknown said...

NICE work both of you! Memorising lines and doing repeated takes so super tiring - well done to the both of you for keeping your cool.

Shub said...

It must quite a good experience to get filmed. Your daughter will cherish it too I guess.

Adele Chow said...

Well done Mummy. I'm sure it's a goid experience for both mother and daughter.

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

You two look great indeed, Ai...I have been tempted to make some vlogs but I am still juggling with works #allthosereasons :).

Unknown said...

What a unique memory...Better late than never in documenting these...Thanks for sharing.

An Apel a Day said...

What a great film star! I love it.