Set up, Strike and Video Taping! Some final points.

How about the set up and strike?

Setting up for your show is a two-part process, part of it is done at home and part at the venue. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from Roy Johnson, he said that he was happy to spend an extra hour setting up his props at home if it saved him ten minutes of time setting up props prior to the show at the venue. These are words I have lived by ever since. The more fully prepared for performance you are when you arrive at the venue the smoother things will go. I choose to work from a small case rather than using a table onstage. There is no question of needing to set that table onstage prior to show time and no chance of it being knocked over backstage. The goal is to be as self contained as possible, the less you have to worry about your props the more you can concentrate on your show.

Striking your show should be done as soon after the show as possible. You don’t want anyone “exploring” your props or over enthusiastic cleaning staff throwing away that crumpled empty paper bag that actually contains an expensive rubber bottle! Make sure you collect any equipment from the AV team such as receivers or other sound equipment as soon as possible to avoid them getting accidentally packed and removed.

Can I video my show?

 Now that high quality cameras such as Go Pros are available and easily affordable a great many performers carry one with them and want to record their shows. This might be done to study their shows at a later junction and other times it is to acquire footage for a future show reel. Sometimes it is acceptable and sometimes it is not. You are not being paid to rehearse or shoot a demo and you should leave the camera at home and just avoid adding another level of complication to an event. Many buyers are really not happy with a home movie being shot at their event. Certainly I have seen occasions when setting up a camera on a tripod was no problem but I have also seen many other times when it just looked pushy or amateurish.

If you are lucky enough to be working an event that includes iMag video incorporated into the performance you can certainly feel free to ask the client if they would be kind enough to allow you to have a copy of the footage that is shot. In this manner you will acquire high quality footage that can really be an effective tool. If this is the case don’t forget to offer the pay any costs involved and if they say, as is usually the case, that this is not necessary then you should slip the AV guy a little cash for his extra efforts.

~ by Nick Lewin on April 15, 2018.

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