I've been getting some compliments on the videos I've made of recent school plays, and I thought I'd post some of what I've learned "the hard way."
A lot of this is just common sense, with some basic principals of photography thrown in, and of course my personal opinions about the way things should be done.
Here you get to follow me as I videotape our middle-school play twice. Each time has its own mistakes for you to learn from.
(Most of the clips are from "Musical: The Bard is Back", as performed by the Hillview Middle School in May 2006. It was a really fun play, and I thought it came off really well.)
This may get edited a bit in after initial publication, but I realized that it's that time of year and wanted to get this out where it might help people. (Grr. And youtube is being unusually slow just now!)
Step 1: Rule number 1: Use a Tripod !
Lack of a tripod will make your video wobble and give you cramps in your arm before 20 minutes has gone by.