back to the drawing board….metaphorically speaking (although a real drawing board would be Nice)

darlings

*farofflooktothemiddledistance*

sometimes Things just Don’t Work Out.

but that’s ok.

even when it’s a book promo video shoot.

(pauses)

you see – the Industry (whomever they Are) decreed (is that the same as the sort of Tweet that King Herod might have put out? oh dear, can you imagine being His digital consultant……) – that a Talking Head is the way to sell a book.

mais non.

not when we saw it.

although who-we-are-in-RL did a valiant job but it just Didn’t Look Like a teamgloria production (because it wasn’t one – #notetoselves)

and the director did her (how modern) best. and the MUP (remember? make up and hair artist) did her best too.

but in the end, really, it’s about us (not who-we-are-in-RL).

so we’re Taking this baby over (there’s not really a baby, we just got a bit mobster’s moll for a second then).

back to the drawing board.

a cute teamgloria productions with a twinkle and inter-titles-like-a-silent-movie will arrive within the next week or so.

*chews_pencil*

now we just need the Right outfit to Direct this.

something in satin (naturally) and yet which emits deep Authority.

we’ll get back to you (although if you have a link or two – perhaps one with Ms Joan Crawford, or Collins, we adore both, do Send).

and in other news:

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we woke up before the dawn.
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because the Hollywood Trades had arrived. 5469c7fa7a1111e3af0c12857895c600_8

and it was going to be another one of those mornings that comes under the heading of:

“gosh, yes, this is Exactly how we thought it would Be!”

because we had a 7AM (our time) call on the princess-phone with our Publisher (such a delicious word) in england (hence the early hour and location) about promotional copy for the book launch for messrs apple and amazon (for ms. kindle and miss. iPad) 99614cc8799111e3863312af00698892_8

of course the call went well because we are still *swooning* from the walk down 3rd street promenade last evening when we gazed deeply at the chandeliers in the Shop that starts small people (aka children, not people of shorter stature although we’re sure they Adore chandeliers too) Early on their journey into blingcc84f398797811e391e112f156a0a67f_8the chandeliers gave us even more pleasure because we had already spent a quiet hour in the Library.

after a delicious morning (yesterday) at – well – we think we can tell You.

you see who-we-are-in-RL was asked (very nicely, with a lovely Scottish accent actually) to join the Committee (always a dubious hono(u)r but this is a very smart one) for the Innovation Awards at Brit Week and so we tagged along and hung out near the photocopier and waited and enjoyed the view (no pictures allowed on Government Property) and thought more clearly about our Directing task for her book promo 2.0.

a thought to leave you with:

July 18th 2011

before you-know-what happened we spent a quiet night pondering what-might-happen and where-would-we-end-up (hopefully Los Angeles, but it looks Ever so Unlikely at that point) and whenever we got down (which happened quite a lot more in those days) we decoupaged (doesn’t everyone?)

and we made this.

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imagine.

it was a sultry day (because Manhattan does a sultry summer July very convincingly) and we got covered in decoupage clue in a most wistful way.

and now LOOK - we LIVE IT***

This year’s weekly column Where Shall We Meet by Sophia Stuart was one of the site’s biggest attractions. Where should you go if a friend and you want to go shopping? Check this out. Where do you go if you want to house a meeting? Check this out. Where do you go if you just want a casual place to hang out with someone? Check this out. All of the entries in this series are fantastic but here are a few of our favorites from this year.

and, well, we’ll be meeting Anjelica Huston next week.

*blush*

right.

time to Concentrate.

we need to start looking back at some of our “previous work” to get inspiration for a teamgloria productions book promo of our own.

like, well, this one:

***careful with the Vision boards and decoupage – it might just come True *shivers_deliciously*

now where’s our AD and grip? (vocab alert: assistant director and the biggish chap with the sticky tape who moves large objects and the camera around)

About teamgloria

I used to make my living from writing. And then it all stopped and so I went and did something else, part of which entailed a whole new look from Brooks Brothers (it wasn’t really me, but it was necessary). But a decade later I started to write again (during nights and weekends and frustrated lunch-times and long haul business travel) and one of the things I wrote (or came to me – as I do believe in the whole Muse concept) was a character called Gloria. Gloria was a trainee angel and sat “up there” waiting for her first assignment. To occupy the hours she should have been studying humans and their foibles, she spent her time enjoying the new celestial movies-on-demand channel and became obsessed by Doris Day. So you can imagine the drama that unfolded when she came to Earth. Quite a shock to the system. But Gloria was determined to see Manhattan through the eyes of a vintage Doris Day movie and something magical started to happen – to me too. Because I started to do the same thing and life became easier (and then I got Tobias the tumor which changed the trajectory, for now). There are a lot of glorious people, places & things that help me get through my day – they make my life great – and so I call them “team gloria” (although they don’t usually know that). So I thought I’d start documenting them, and looking out for new people, places & things on a daily basis, and sharing them with you (whomever you are – do say hello. Oh, and tell me who your team gloria is :-)
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10 Responses to back to the drawing board….metaphorically speaking (although a real drawing board would be Nice)

  1. Gallivanta says:

    A tg promo will be gorgeous…..can’t wait to see your style.

  2. Dearest G
    I can’t imagine why anyone imagine that talking heads sell books.
    A friend in publishing informs that apart from celebrity and food, the thing that shifts pulp is radio. Now we are blessed with St Radio of 4, but the personal, conversational tone of reading, and listening that the wireless owns is so much better suited to books.
    But I agree, if film there must be, make it a montage with chandeliers and satin and satin voiced voice over.
    Good luck old bean.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • teamgloria says:

      darling man – thank you for your words of Comfort and Joy.

      we *are* Booked for Radio actually – more on that soon…..most exciting (especially as one interview can be done from our boudoir on the princess phone)

      *wavingfromlosangeles*

  3. So far, in your life as I know it…everything works out for the best. This will too.
    Bisous et Bon Courage!

  4. Hold on, researching clips…

    • “If anybody could sell it… That body is you” Torch Song – watch from about 4:30. Not that it’s appropriate for a book promo, I just found it strangely inspirational ;-)

      • teamgloria says:

        gosh.

        the WAY she flips/flares out that bias cut from the narrow waistline (Ms. E. Head?) skirt and flounces herself on the stool with an elbow on the Piano and Takes Charge.

        definitely inspirational.
        you genius.

        thank you.

  5. William Godwin says:

    Sorry to hear about the book promo and good luck with in house production version 2 (hair styling – model’s own)

    It’s the dolly grip and best boy you’ve got to worry about. Think Jennifer Saunders doing Joan Collins or the early John Waters/Divine silent tableaux(s?) and you won’t go wrong.

    ‘I’m still big – it’s the book promos that got smaller!’

    Xx

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