Ever wonder what happens on a LIVE show when it is being shot? So did I until we started shooting the Virtual Vino LIVE shows. I can tell you it is crazy busy because once our cameras roll, they don’t stop and we don’t edit anything so what you see is what happens from the “camera on” to “camera off”.
That means all the prep work is critical so that when Brian starts of the show with his, “Welcome to another edition of Virtual Vino LIVE…” the show has begun. The beauty is that you get to see our panelist of celebrities the way they naturally are in a very casual and comfortable environment, UNscripted, and LIVE. That was out intent so you could see these people just simply “being themselves” instead of scripted and rehearsed.
The part that makes this fun AND stressful at the same time is how little information our celebrity panelists receive prior to the show – it isn’t much… Basically, they are told this is a LIVE show and we are simply asking them to taste some wines and give us their thoughts and opinions, tell us about the charities they are supporting, and tell us some stories along the way. That’s it!!
They don’t know anything about the wines they taste, they are totally blind and when we pour them in advance of the show, they are in a brown paper bag. All they know is the wines are under $75 in retail price and the varietal (Chardonnay, Merlot, Red Blends, etc.). They also don’t know the questions we will ask or where we might take the conversation along the way. This is what makes it informative, relevant, and FUN.