60 seconds in print: Filming a challenge with HP

It seems like forever ago now but back in July I was 1 of 10 bloggers that took part in a secret challenge involving printers, filming and HP.

I’d signed myself up for it without really knowing what it was BUT I do love a challenge and printing so didn’t think it could go too badly wrong. Waiting with the other bloggers, we chatted through some ideas on what we might be doing – obviously it was going to involve printing, but how!? I wondered if we would have to create something from photos, or maybe build some kind of structure from paper… maybe it would be a group challenge? Spoiler alert: I was wrong!

With the running order decided, one by one we entered the room & emerged again about 20 minutes later, sworn to secrecy. WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THIS ROOM? It wasn’t until 2 minutes before my slot that I was briefed on our mission…

Behind the scenes of HP Advert

Any 90s kids out there? You might remember the Generation game – a memory game with a conveyor belt of prizes. It’s a simple concept: whatever you remember, you win. BUT this isn’t the 90s anymore: with the advances of technology there’s a twist – we have a printer instead of a conveyor belt. Still sounds ok, right? Things will be printed out, you have to remember them and then you can win them, okie dokie. I had my fingers crossed for a holiday…

So you walk on set and quickly realise that you’re in a studio under lots of hot lights with people & cameras watching you and it’s a SUPER FAST printer. Maybe it’s not actually going to be that easy! It’s kinda a lot of pressure but also being pretty exciting at the same time. Let me share a few thoughts that passed through my mind: PLEASE don’t fall over. Am I going to say something stupid? What if I freeze? Will I remember anything? What if I go home empty handed? … that would be pretty embarrassing, hey?

‘But you talk to a camera on Youtube all the time…’ you say. Yes, but I get to edit out all of the silly things I say and do haha Anyway to answer all of those questions I (of course) vlogged some of the day so you can watch a little behind the scenes insight:

HP Page Wide ChallengeBehind the scenes of HP AdvertHP Page Wide Challenge

You’ll be glad to hear that I didn’t do anything too stupid (or they kindly edited it out for me) and I might have made it out of the room with a prize or three 😉 ALSO you can watch both the group video and my individual video below:

Watch me squirm:

Is that the fastest printer you’ve seen or what? The HP Page Wide printer can print 75 pages per minute – that’s more than a page a second so this was no easy challenge! As you can probably tell, this isn’t really a printer that you’d have just sitting on your desk to print your train tickets/homework on. It’s bigger, faster and a lot more powerful than your usual printer and so is more ideal for small businesses.

HP Page Wide Challenge

Hope you enjoyed a little behind the scenes look at what it’s like to film a challenge video. It was lovely to meet some other bloggers and share the experience together – I feel like we really bonded over our unknown fate ha. What did you think to the challenge videos? Do you think YOU would’ve done any better?

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This post is in collaboration with HP to share my filming experience, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

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