Typically, when recording a school play, musical theatre performance, or live band it will be covered by one or two cameras and will be edited with full titles and music with backstage footage capturing the pre performance preparation.
Both cameras are Panasonic HD cameras with a capable zoom feature that will get a good shot of the actors on stage even if we are shooting far away in a balcony or camera nest. We arrive approx 60-90 minutes to get the best camera and microphone placement and thoroughly test all equipment well before the show starts.
Stage lighting and coloring can be tricky at times with all the spotlights and gels that are used and it is important to test and adjust to record the best possible footage. It is also crucial that we get a direct audio feed from the house audio board to get clear perfect sound without distortion. This enables us to capture the sound track and actor’s voices on stage which will be mixed in post production with an alternate mic that will capture the natural sound such as applause from the audience.
Having access backstage before the actual performance allows the viewer to see what goes on before the talent gets on stage including preparation, the emotion, voice warm up, makeup and props. All these elements are an integral parts of what the audience does not see live on stage.