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I have seen the stage light

Stage Lighting

Alright, I wanted to move away from the digital mixers and return to the topic of lighting. Specifically, stage lighting.

I recently started focusing the lighting rig at the church for the upcoming kid’s Christmas production. Of course, I was that one guy working up in the lift trying to be lighting assistant and light designer at the same time.

I used many of these tips to focusing stage lighting while I set each lamp. It’s a really helpful article. I learned much of the same stuff in Stage Lighting 101 at the university.

Many venues are preparing for the Christmas season. A lot of hard work goes into producing the various plays, concerts, and cantatas that are presented this time of year. Because of all this work, it it nice to have a video of the presentation. You and I, as the volunteer tech person, are generally placed in charge of this task. So why not make this year’s video a little cooler.

Instead of using one camera to record the show, get a hold of several cameras. Borrowing cameras from friends or people in your congregation is a great way to go. Another option is to purchase a couple mini HD cameras. They are fairly inexpensive, and take full HD video.

Now, during the production, it is unlikely that you will get to run around the stage getting close ups of your instrumentalist or the view from the choir loft. However, with the mini HD cameras, you can discreetly place them around the stage to get cool shots of the piano player’s hands or close up of the timpani or a the view looking into the crowd from behind the actors.

But how will you get the cameras to stay in place? With the clip lamp camera mount, of course!

In this video, The Frugal Filmmaker shows us how to make a cheap clip-on camera mount. It looks useful for clamping small cameras in areas where a cameraman would be distracting.
 

Have fun making an awesome multi-camera Christmas concert video!

I’m from the Midwest, so Hurricane Sandy isn’t effecting my state weather-wise. But if I was in the rainy area, I would use this DIY camera rain guard to get some great shots of the weather.

I’m sure we’ll get our share of rain, snow and sleet later.

I have a Canon HV30. It’s a nice little handheld camera. It takes HD video and is pretty easy to work with. If you have ever used a handheld video camera, you know the “awww man” moment when you watch the video and it is all shaky, especially if you, as the cameraman, were moving around.

These guys built a DIY shoulder mount for their DSLR camera. It seemed to work great for them, and the price was right.

So I built one to use with my video camera. It worked really well. I used it at a 5K event. It was very comfortable for standing still shots, and helped to steady the camera when I moved. The best use came as I rode on the back of a 4-wheeler, facing backwards and filming the 1st place runner. That was fun.