Leaked Footage from TIARA’s Marketing Meeting!?

What’s the saying? If life hands you lemons, make lemonade? When embarrassing footage from a Tiara on the Terrace marketing meeting leaked out, Vroman’s bookseller (and filmmaker) Josh Crute and I decided to make…cake.

Check out Betsy Bird’s Fuse #8 blog at School Library Journal today and you’ll see what I mean.

What’s that? You don’t buy that story? You shouldn’t.

It was indeed very much a planned “leak.” A few months ago a fun idea struck me and I pushed it away, knowing I had neither the skill, talent, or time to pull it off. A few days later, I went shopping for books at Vroman’s. All the more reason to support your local indie: because there I happened to learn that children’s bookseller Josh Crute was also a recent film school grad whose thesis film was a kids’ comedy. We shared the same taste in kids’ books (Thurber’s Thirteen Clocks, among others) and–though I barely knew him–I knew we’d have fun. I didn’t know how talented he’d be, to boot! We had a blast writing a script together, then set to work scouting talent. Thank goodness for friends willing to let their kids spend a day in the spotlight!

It was a pretty hilarious day. Click through this gallery to see shots of our “behind the scenes” fun!

Filming didn’t always go as planned:

I wish I had footage of all the kids singing an operatic version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in between takes…

The Wig in the Window fans might remember the “higher-ups,” Jackie & Amelia from their first turn on the small screen, when they accused me of plagiarism. We had such a fun reunion. You’ll note the panda shirt’s been traded in for awesome purple hair. And that this time, I purposely made sure I had no lines.

Hope you enjoyed watching! Want some very fun spy swag and a signed copy of The Tiara on the Terrace? Vroman’s and Once Upon A Time Bookstores are offering a special pre-order giveaway.

Thanks to this amazing group of kids and the crew of friends who so kindly offered their professional services and much, much time, effort, and good humor: Josh Crute (director, co-writer, editor), Alex Cameron (director of photography), Tina Trinh (costume design), and Chris Thueson (sound mixing). And while I don’t want to post minors’ names, if you’re a film producer looking for your next star, shoot me an email and I’ll have their people call your people:-) A very special thanks goes to the stars’ parents, to Alyson Beecher for casting help, and to J. Scavo and Warner Brothers Records for allowing us to film at their offices — not to mention my husband, Kai, and cousin, Konrad, our resident PAs!

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