File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 152

Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 11:41:07 -0700
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] War story

>Have you
>ever had a videographer shoot over your shoulder while you are doing
>your show? I mean come right up on the stage, in the middle of the
>show, to get shots?

Ah yes.  In this case a news crew from a local tv station when we 
were touring a very intense, harrowing short play about family 
dysfunction & child abuse.  Crew came in mid-show, walked all over 
the stage, and as soon as we started into an immediate discussion 
with the audience - an integral part of the show - poked at me to ask 
for an interview (no thank you, you sonofabitch).  I decided 
mid-performance to continue without interruption, for the sake of the 
sponsor (a social agency) to have news footage.  But it was an 
ulcerating experience.

The only solution, when video is at all an issue, is to have a 
rock-solid understanding with everyone involved and some means of 
enforcement.  A good videographer *sometimes* is aware of the 
strictures of a live performance, but above all they're wanting to do 
their job, and the better they are, the more likely they are to see 
that one fabulous shot they have to stand on your shoulders to get. 
We hired a videographer to do multiple performance shootings of a 
recent show, and every night I had to go through the same long 
dialogue about how it wasn't possible for her to walk back and forth 
between stage and audience.  She was from a different world.

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