Thursday, November 29, 2007

Not To IMAG... Is That The Answer?

We've received some responses for and some responses against IMAG, so the question remains...

Should we use IMAG during our upcoming Christmas Eve production?

Here are a few reasons why I think IMAG could be problematic and unhelpful:
  1. When done poorly, IMAG can be a real distraction. Every missed shot will make it harder for people to understand what is happening.
  2. The show itself has a lot of back-and-forth, with characters and singers all over the stage interlacing short lines into one big idea.
  3. The theatrical purist would never use IMAG. The director is a theatrical purist and is inclined not to use IMAG.
  4. IMAG doesn't show up well on tape. If we don't do IMAG, we could actually shoot the show more for future viewing than for the immediate needs of the congregation.
If you would be an opponent of IMAG in this context, why?


Anonymous said...

I agree with your reasons not to IMAG. They are precisely the reason we set up a separate video switcher for IMAG last year before Christmas. It allows us to director for recording and our webcast, but use the same camera shots for IMAG when they are helpful (solos, etc.) and use a non-distracting background when camera shots aren't helpful.

Dave said...

David, I'm sort of leaning towards you not doing the IMAG since it's a theatrical production. I wouldn't say "never" for that sort of thing, but unless it fits contextually within the production, I would lean away from it. If your director is already opposed to it, I would probably leave it at that.