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Old March 12th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #1
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Theatre promo

A friend of mine is directing a play, and asked me to come up with a short promo piece (have done this before for a few plays that I have been in). So I read the script, condensed some key scenes and shot it with lots of candles and my letus. Would be really interested to hear opinions on how it works!!

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Old March 12th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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Rob....obviously very professional. The titling to start (and end) was exquisite. I really liked the layered effect. The actors were, well, good actors. Your lighting was spot on for candlelight... I'd like to hear more about how you lit this. Overall a wonderful piece. I did wonder though about the length.... to long for a commercial or teaser or trailer, yet not long enough for??? How did you select the length? Depending on the use I might suggest you tighten up and shorten it to maintain tension.

Production quality though? 9.6.


ps. Audio was so good I never noticed it.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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Okay.... wow! I really liked the way you set this up! The candlelight was awesome and the lighting was just right. It gave me a feeling of that specific time period and, like Chris, I would love to know how you managed the lighting for the actors/actress in this. I am assuming you will be posting this on the web site for the production so I think the length is acceptable. If not, like Chris said, you may want to shorten it a bit. I have a friend who appears in plays here in California and these types of promos are usually put on the web site of the theater or on so I am familiar with how that works. I seriously doubt that small theater groups have the financial wherewithall to place these types of promos on television.

For me, I would give this a 10 but I am not a professional, by any means. I have just been dabbling in birthday parties, anniversaries and other occasions for friends and families! Still, it would definitely bring me in to see the play!
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Old March 13th, 2009, 03:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Lighting wise, it was pretty simple, I have a set of 250w tungsten lamps with inline dimmers.
The backlight was set to 45 degrees behind the right of the actors ( stage left) and set to about 30%, to pick out their outlines from the background. The other lamp was set to the right of the camera, slightly up and facing onto the talent, again at about 30% power. What that gave me was a clean shot without too much overexposure on their faces.
In post I used MB looks "spot exposure" function to highlight their faces, and also stretch the blacks out and enhance the light from the candles.
Length - yes this is something I too have struggled with, and in fact this has been taken down by about 20 seconds on the original script. I sat with the director of the play for the final edit tweak and he wanted to maintain the length - which was fine by me :-) Probably I would have removed one of the sequences entirely, or perhaps halved two of them.

I have also posted this to youtube, and the group are embedding it - It's quite a "new" concept over here, certainly at the amatuer level that this group operate, but it's something I am hoping to do more of.....

"Still, it would definitely bring me in to see the play! "

That line makes it all worthwhile!!!!


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