Wednesday, September 07, 2011

9.4 Reverb

Thanks, everyone, for another great weekend at Covenant Life.

  • We sang together, with Ken Boer leading - Praise to the Lord The Almighty, Happy DayJesus Paid It All, and Come Holy Spirit
  • Seven people testified that Jesus was their Savior and were baptized.
  • We prayed for South Sudan together.
  • We heard about the new class of Introducing God that begins tonight.
  • Jon Smith preached on evangelism - We Promote What We Prize.

Baptism Video Shots

After a relatively long hiatus from baptisms, week 1 came back strong with great baptism video shots. What worked so well?
  • They skipped the shot of the worship leader asking people to be seated. This shot is often a distraction for both camera operators and directors. Just go straight for the pastor in the pool.
  • They stuck to the simple, predictable order of shots: Camera 1 for the testimony, Camera 5 for the dunk, Camera 2 for modesty coming out of the water, and then black after the hug.
  • The camera operators didn't try to follow people in and out of the pool. They just dissolved to black and didn't worry about covering the entrances and exits to the pool.
Great job friends!

Lock In Camera Brightness Before Going Live

We focused on shading a while back as a team and the brightness levels improved for a time, but I think we could use attention on this area again.

Some ideas to assistant directors to consider:
  • Once the shot goes live, it's too late. While those of us back at the sound booth will correct you if the shot's problematic, but that's not how we want to get it right. Let's get it right up in the control room.
  • I know there is a level of distrust of the monitors up in the control room because they don't look exactly the same as the main screen itself. However, if you trust them for what they can do, they will serve you well.
    • They show overexposure perfectly well. If the person's face is significantly shiny on the control room monitor, they are too bright. If you don't see any shine on them, turn the brightness up until you do, and then turn it back, so that they are as bright as possible without gleaming.
    • The embedded waveform monitors give you very accurate readings. Set brightness so that the face is at 80% for light-skinned folks, 70% for dark-skinned folks, and in-between for in-between.
  • Camera directors can help in this by anticipating when shading changes will be required. For example, the cameras will always need to be adjusted between Mark Mitchell and Joshua Harris. You can help by going to black between the two instead of trying to have the assistant director shade on the fly.
  • Finally, follow the cue sheet. The light cues are listed on your service rundown, so that you can anticipate the coming lighting changes. If you are setting up a shot that won't happen until the next lighting cue change, you'll have to anticipate what the lights are going to do. In particular, don't adjust the iris for a subject in the dark who is about to be lit. They will look angelic and other-worldly when the lights do come up. Instead, make an educated guess as to how high the lights will come up and set the iris accordingly.

Sermon Backlighting

We've made some changes to the sermon backlighting recently, and I expect that is why there is confusion with the sermon backlighting levels. At some point, the sermon subgroup got programmed so that the backlights were at 50%, making them completely ineffective. Just to be clear, the backlights should be at full.

The new lighting locations do make them somewhat more noticeable to the congregation in the front rows, but turning the lights down creates more problems than it solves. I'll soon be ordering some top hats to help reduce the flare in the eyes of the people in the front rows.

Headset Chatter and Other Non-Event-Related Discussions

Finally, I'll pass on a quick reminder to stay on task with your conversations, especially on headset. We had at least two instances this weekend when operators were distracted by conversations happening around them, one on headset and one off headset. The result was that they missed cues.

So, two important "golden" rules:
  • Please be mindful of who else is on the channel with you and don't talk about non-immediate topics when cues are coming.
  • If you have important personal discussions that you need to have with people on the team, there is plenty of time before and between services to have those conversations.

Your Turn

What did you notice that went well or could use some tweaking from this last weekend?

1 comment:

kevin smith said...

Don't have much, but I really like how Dave Alden gives the cam ops adequate lead time (as much as possible)between shots. It can make all the difference sometimes, especailly if you have like an emergency itch somewhere that you are trying to relieve.

Kevin Smith