I’m back in Boston after a day of filming a green living makeover video with the fabulous team from Manilla. As many of you know I’m Manilla’s Green Living Expert and I was asked to makeover a college student’s apartment that was a complete ‘green’ disaster!
There’s nothing like heading into Manhattan for the day. Yes, it’s exhausting, but it’s such an easy trip. I just hopped on the Acela and took a 3 1/2 hour train ride into Penn Station.
My morning in New York started off when I arrived at the prestigious Hearst Tower in Manhattan, home to Manilla and some of the most well known magazines including Marie-Claire, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.
The filming of the makeover took place on the 29th floor where Good Housekeeping Magazine is located. It was incredible to see the test kitchens and various rooms filled with appliances and vacuums.
Green Living Makeover
The purpose of the video: It was my job to makeover a college student’s apartment and turn it into a lean, green, eco-friendly machine.
Annie, a senior at Fordham University, was in desperate need of a green living makeover. Her apartment was filled with plastics and paper products along with toxic cleaning supplies. She was a great sport and so much fun to work with, as was the entire Manilla team.
I’ve filmed other videos for Manilla, but this was different. We spent about 6 hours filming, which will ultimately end up as a 4 minute video. We shot each segment over and over so the editing crew has quite a bit of footage to choose from. There were hand closeups, b-roll footage (extra footage) and me trying desperately to get through each take without a mistake!
We started off using cue cards, but that didn’t work very well. I ended up memorizing my lines and improvising. Now the makeover editing team will have to work their magic.
After the Green Living Makeover
I was really excited to see Annie’s apartment after some of my suggested changes had been made. Stay tuned to see what happened!
While you’re waiting feel free to check out my other Manilla Mini videos:
- Green Your Kitchen in 4 Easy Steps!
- 5 Simple Steps to a Greener Life
- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips and
- 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
- The Benefits of Going Green
If you were offered a green living makeover what’s the first thing you would want to change?