Whether you are filming a live stage event or school show, it can be tricky to produce a high-quality video especially since you have little control over everything else apart from how you use your camera. It requires the right skill and technique among other things. The challenging nature of the task is a major reason why people prefer to Hire a camera crew. However, if factors are keeping you from hiring an expert camera crew, here are some tips for filming live events in a theatre if you choose to attempt a DIY.
Know the Show and the Setting
You need to understand the location of the show to be filmed, its layout and the surrounding features. You also need to have an idea of the show you are going to film. If possible visit the theatre and make yourself familiar with its layout. You should also attend a rehearsal so that you can have an idea of what will be performed; for instance, will there be dance scenes with a lot of movement?
Pick Your Sitting/Setup Area
You should also view or select your sitting area if you have that option. Having an appropriate seat is important because you want the best view of the stage; one that’s not too close or too far from the stage. You also don’t want anything blocking your view. Your choice should depend on the size and layout of the theatre. A balcony seat, for instance, would not be appropriate if it is too high. It is also likely to be too far. The commonly selected seat for filming live theatre shows are the ones at the middle and a few rows after the front row. If you have the manpower, you can use multiple cameras at different positions.
Get the Right Equipment
If you can get your hands on filming equipment such as the best camera you can find to shoot good video in poor lighting, a flash gun, right lenses for the job, and a tripod, these would help you create the best videos. In case your sitting area doesn’t have enough leg room, you should use a monopod.
Know Your Equipment
You will gain no benefit from going out of your way to get the right equipment if aware on how to use it. Learn how to operate the camera and how to deal with any malfunctions that may arise so that you don’t miss scenes trying to figure it out.
Remember that capturing the audio part is also important. You can use an external microphone positioned near the stage and if possible, plug into a soundboard.
You also need to learn the right techniques so that you can shoot films of better quality. Things such as going easy on the zooming, turning autofocus off and using manual exposure can help you shoot quality videos. In addition, you should get there and set up early on the day of the show so that you can record a test segment and make the necessary adjustments. You need to be ready before the audience comes in and the show starts.