Close to two years ago I was at my company holiday party when a friend of mine said, “Oh my gosh, you should be on House Hunters International!” Tony and I had just decided we'd be moving to Barcelona for a new work opportunity and I do love HGTV... We all laughed about it and the next day, curious to see what it took to apply, I went online. Turns out all you need to do is write a paragraph about who's moving, where, why, and include a photo. I submitted the info complete with a picture from the holiday party and forgot about it.
Four months later, I received an email from someone at House Hunters International (HHI) and thus began Tony and my 8-month relationship with the studio.
After a short interview, a long application, a longer interview, and audition videos, Tony and I were selected to be a part of HHI! How cool!!
Because Tony had already relocated to Barcelona, I did a day of filming “the backstory” in San Francisco on my own. I got to hang out with my friends all day and those passing by got to wonder who I was (don't worry, I'm not a big shot, just filming a reality tv show here :))!!
Morgan, Greg and Dan were our great film-crew-trio who made sure we looked and sounded perfect ;).
After filming the backstory, we had a number of calls with our producer Claire to figure out which type of apartments we should try to look at as well as what activities we should try to film in Barcelona. I'm sure you'll be surprised to know that the “daily life” shots are quite a curated list.
We were super excited to have secured Park Guell for one piece of filming and to have three awesome apartments lined up for the filming marathon.
Filming in Barcelona lasted four very full days. Natural light is essential to filming in the apartments, so it's sun up to sun down plus whatever shots we can squeeze in after sundown (like all of those one-on-one interviews you see). Our film crew included Director Alicia, Videographer Mike, Sound Guy Joe, and our local host Rafael, as well as Damon and Marie from the production team. They were all fantastic! They ushered us around to different locations, found us great lunch spots, made sure the lighting was good for our close ups... snapped one terrible, terrible shot of me making a face... ya know.
We had the pleasure of working with Elaine from Eres relocation company and she was a ton of fun to have running around with us (and she also found us greaaaat apartments). Plus she's become a friend. How cool is that?!
The whole experience of filming our very own little reality TV show was great. We laughed a lot about its ridiculousness, but at the end of the day, we have now captured 22 little minutes of our lives while on our adventure abroad. We're going to have this memory and - for better or for worse - video, forever. When our great, great, great grandkids have to do family tree projects in elementary school, they can watch a video of us (well... if there's any way to play the thing we've created :)).
Huge shout out to Leopard films for allowing us to create this memory and to every person we worked with along the way (Alicia, Claire, Damon, Dan, Greg, Joe #1, and Joe #2, Liz, Marie, Mike, Morgan, Rafael).
P.S. We definitely picked the right apartment. Tony and the film crew agreed :).