Hello everyone, Chance here with another edition of BMD’s blog series “Behind the Lens!”
Recently I’ve found myself discussing the specifics of each client's show with them, and how our content can be best integrated into their vision. It is because of this that I’ve decided to create a few simple rules to follow in order to have a successful production:
1. Give yourself some time with the content away from the stage.
I cannot stress this enough! A lot of our newer shows have optional content that you may choose to exclude, but they will be included by default. This can be something as simple as a lighting change or the sun setting, and may not be what you want. It is incredibly easy to exclude content from our variety of playback options, but you need to give yourself the time to really look at everything. I would suggest going through the script and content side by side, deciding where you want each animation to happen along the way.
2. Think about the songs that take place in each scene.
Some of the content can be great for setting the mood for a scene. Don’t be so quick to throw out a lighting change, as it may actually add a lot to your production!
3. Think about the integration of other disciplines
When going through the content, whether you have already purchased or are perusing, make sure you think about the costumes, lights, makeup, and everything else you have already incorporated into the production. Perhaps a scene will look off with the costumes you have chosen, and therefore you might want to use a different scene again.
4. Give your cast the chance to see it before tech
This has less to do with customizing your show, and more to do with how things go after that. It is all too common for a cast to not see the projections until 2 days before opening. This can be a very distracting addition at the last minute for anyone on stage. So make sure everyone gets to see it beforehand. You’d be surprised how much better your actors can accommodate projections once they know exactly what is going on.
Obviously these are not rules that you HAVE to follow, but it can ease the growing pains of incorporating projections. Once you’ve utilized projections on multiple occasions you will have a good idea of how things need to happen in order to have a successful production.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or would like to discuss the use of projections in your space, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
CHANCE CROFT, Support Technician
Chance is from Visalia, California and grew up performing in theatre. He attended California State University, Fullerton, where he studied theatre, focusing on theatre technology and education. If he wasn't BMD's awesome Support Technician, he'd likely be a voiceover artist (he has a very deep voice). He enjoys video games and finding new restaurants in town. Chance lives in Fresno, California with his girlfriend Sam, his two cats and his dog Lady. His favorite musical is Seussical.