As today was production day, we spent the session mostly doing practice runs and figuring out the final bits of tech that needed sorted; I spent the morning rehearsal thinking through a basic lighting setup as I was unsure if I’d be working the lights or the floor tech during the performances. Now that the film footage and equipment had all been gathered the order of all the things made a lot more sense in my head. I had to do some jumping from one format to the other, but it was all spread out enough that it wasn’t confusing.
Most of the sources run from the overhead projector; I will have to push the other one onstage when needed.
I took a run-down of the running order for tech:
(No floor tech for opening sequence. Turn on projector before audience enter and set to Phono output)
Prepare live feed for entrance after crash sequence
– live feed needed for Team Fabulous segment.
(Turn viewfinder so group can see themselves in frame. Remove live feed from stage after TF leave.)
Projector onto stage with time-lapse footage after third group dip
(Aim towards the floor. Avoid peoples eyes. Move back quickly after video is finished.
Source switch to laptop (VGA1) for Energizers advert.
(Make sure video is prepared and laptop is not muted. Switch source back to Phono output after advert is finished.)
‘I Remember’ texts – live feed onstage after first ‘I remember’.
(Same position as TF live feed. Turn viewfinder, move back and offstage after each group has gone.)
Once I had taken down the tech sequence, I discussed with Zac who should take on the tech and who should do the lighting; it was decided that I should keep doing the tech as Zac was totally unfamiliar with the seqeunce, whereas he was more comfortable working out the lights and the cameras recording the performance.
The performance itself went very smoothly; the collective had been highly focused in rehearsal and it showed. I had some minor tech blips in the first performance; I let the time-lapse video run over and so the audience got a sneaky glimpse of Windows Media Player, and I forgot to unmute the laptop so there was some confusion with the Energizers advert. I also left the camera running too long in the final live feed, meaning that the audience looked more to the camera, and that the camera was a little awkward for the audience. However, all of these things were flagged up for the final performance and the final run went much more smoothly.
Always, always, ALWAYS check your volume control before a performance!
I had set up my personal camera to record footage for Zacs promo so he would have an additional angle for film footage. Unfortunately it only recorded a few minutes of the piece before it ran out of memory – I maybe should have moved some of the previous days footage onto my laptop to free up space. Thankfully Zac didn’t mind as long as I gave him the footage that was recorded.
I feel that my final day is not entirely relevant to my enquiry, or at least not enough of it was relevant enough to warrant a full recount. I did some film work, mostly filming the final reflections of each group and taking images of the party after.
I am aware that I am missing a lot of references to my enquiry in my previous blog entries. My final placement post will explain in detail why that is and round up all of my learning points from my placement.