By Tim Washer
Five questions you haven’t asked yet about the royal wedding planner video because you are afraid to or possibly not interested:
Q1) Why did you do this?
A. My boss asked me the same thing. The Cisco router will connect the royal wedding (the real one for Prince William and Kate) video stream to the TV station for the broadcast, so this video is a fun way to celebrate.
Q2 ) Who is Ms. Fauntleroy?
A. I’m not sure if you’re asking about the character or the actor. The character was inspired by the middle name of the wife of one of my best friends from college, Robert Spencer. The actor is Jenn Schatz, who you may have seen recently on 30 Rock “Double-Edged Sword” in a scene with Tina Fey and Matt Damon — neither were in our video.
Q3) Was this filmed at your home?
A. No. We needed a setting that was more cozy. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, with 62 rooms and 44,000 sq. ft. helped to create the intimate mood. Special thanks to the mansion’s executive director Shelly Gerarden for his kindness and generosity, and to his staff, especially Brian, Jon and Susie.
Q4) Why didn’t you use a British accent?
A few folks have asked that before you did (Updated – thanks Elyse and David) . We tried British accents for both Ms. Fauntleroy and the voice-over actor, but it didn’t seem to work as well. Although I’m now filled with self-doubt.
Q5) The mansion looks familiar.
That’s a statement not a question. But the mansion hosted scenes from House of Dark Shadows and The Stepford Wives - both 1975 original film featuring Katharine Ross and the 2004 remake with Nicole Kidman — neither were in our video.