Jennifer E. Smith: “Movie Set Research” – This is What Happy Looks Like Valentine’s Day Blog Tour

Posted February 14, 2013 by Sara 34 Comments

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Today we are SO delighted to be hosting a special Valentine’s Day blog tour stop for Jennifer E. Smith’s upcoming new YA novel, This is What Happy Looks Like — on sale April 2nd, but you can pre-order it now. You may also know Jennifer already from her first book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight — now in paperback.

Today, Jennifer stops by for a special guest blog — and then we have a really fun contest for you! Details below Jennifer’s guest blog.

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this is what happy looks likeThis Is What Happy Looks Like takes place in a fictional town in Maine, where a film production arrives for part of the summer – bringing with it Graham Larkin, the star. So when I first started writing it, in addition to worrying about the usual aspects of a setting – creating a town that hopefully comes to life and feels realistic – I needed to learn a bit more about what a movie set would entail.

I’m lucky enough to live in New York City, where film productions are pretty much everywhere. It sounds crazy, but I think it’s rare to go a week without seeing one – the trailers lined up on the street, the huge lights, the police barriers, the Craft service tables. Whether it’s for a commercial or a television show or a movie, they seem to pop up all over the city. But after a couple of jennifer e smithmonths of lurking whenever I happened to stumble across one, I finally found someone – a friend of a friend – who could give me a proper introduction to the whole thing.

I spent a day on location in Brooklyn, where they were filming a scene for a TV show, and tried my best to take everything in. There was a lot to learn – the names of the various cameras and lights, the many parts of a call sheet, the roles of different crew members – and it was a lot of fun to watch the countless takes as they shot the scene. The books I write don’t tend to require a lot of research, so I really enjoyed learning something new, and it turned out to be enormously helpful when I sat down to write those scenes in the novel that centered around the filming. I still had to do quite a bit of research online and talk to several authorities on the subject, but capturing the feel of being on location was important, and hopefully it comes through in the book.

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statistical probability of love at first siteNow we’re giving five lucky winners the chance to win a really amazing prize pack, courtesy of Little Brown. The prize includes the paperback of Statistical Probability of Love at First Site, an advanced copy of This is What Happy Looks Like, and some surprises!

To enter, just comment below and tell us what makes YOU happy, then fill out the contest form here.

The Rules:

  • You MUST comment below AND fill out an entry form. You have to do both!
  • U.S. only
  • One entry per person
  • Entries are due by midnight (PT) next Thursday, February 21st.

Questions? Leave ’em below & we’ll reply!

Sara
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34 responses to “Jennifer E. Smith: “Movie Set Research” – This is What Happy Looks Like Valentine’s Day Blog Tour

  1. A long day at the beach with a good book and my family makes me happy. Thanks for this great giveaway. I am looking forward to This Is What Happy Looks Like!

  2. Danielle Nguyen

    A good book, a cup of tea, and my kitty snuggled in my lap 🙂

    Sounds so much better than being at work!

  3. Desiree

    What makes me happy? When my husband watches the kids on a beautiful spring day, so i can go to the park and find a nice tree to read a great book under!

  4. Emily

    Things that make me happy: books, my sweet husband, my kids, and when awesome blogs do giveaways of books I really, really want. 😀

  5. Tricia

    My family makes me happy. And books. And music. Smiles and winks make me happy. So does my dog. And my (other) friends 🙂

  6. stephanie

    There are so few moments in life to be happy so we should grab them while we can. What makes me happy is that moment when I see my children and my husband at the end of a busy day and I can see the love and welcome in their eyes. That makes me happy

  7. Lots of things make me happy! My little boy and my husband make me happy. The little girl I’m expecting in a couple weeks makes me happy. Books and writing make me happy!

  8. fictiffous

    Lots of things make me happy! My husband, my little boy, the little girl I’m expecting in a couple weeks, reading, writing, being surrounded by books…

  9. KLH

    Books make me happy. They allow me to escape the things in life that might make my life rather difficult to live like family and “friends”. No matter whether I’m reading them or writing them, it’s nice to be able to leave reality for a bit and, using a cliche phrase, let my imagination run wild

  10. Susan Light

    I devoured The Statistical Probably of Love at First Sight in one day and absolutely fell in love with Oliver. I cannot wait to see what this book will be like.

  11. Elle

    What makes me happy? Curling up with a book, dark chocolate, and country songs singing about how amazing the country is. The life, here.

  12. Lorena

    Things that make me happy
    Books, receiving packages/letters in the mail, friends, magazines, craft stores, and so many other things I won’t bore people with

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