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Theatre -- partner/actor (always is a spectator) : partnership through CAMERA. Primary and secondary motion -- montage is acting for mise-en-scene!
Does it mean that we both interact with the camera?
Film, Video, TV?so,
Shooting vTheatre has all three components.
See Film-North for cinema pages.
http://etheatre.tripod.com (not updated)
One of the meanings for the Three Sisters Discussion eGroup's (Yahoo) title was the fact what we are dealing with three mediums— theatre, film and web/internet. It already obvious that any virtual theatre production has "film production" feature — the preproduction and post-production periods. Look like we have to spend some time after the show is over to do the fine cut of the tape, mix sound and do the titling.
We need to establish the post-show time-table in order to know when we can do the actual boardcasting.
Majority of pages on film are @ FILM-NORTH and I will be adding virtual comments to each subjects. See Directing Film & Video class to understand the specifics of filming [for webcast]. I am about to teach Special Topics "Virtual Theatre" in the Spring 2001 and I'll discuss the difference in film techniques in vTheatre in details.
First, we need to understand the difference in mise-en-sence work, when the show is designed for webcast. Blocking has to be done having cameras in mind. We do not have storyboards, the shooting of v-show follow documentary techniques... and, yes, it's pre-arranged.
Video-performers watch the rehearsals and "choreograph" their movement within the scene. Then they come on the set with the cameras later in rehearsal period and actors learn to interact with the cameras. In "3 Sisters" the cameras weren't play at (4th Wall), although there were "at the camera" Cus... [ ... ]
In "12th Night", on the contrary, not only actors-characters interact with the cameras, but also with the screen. Here it is important to recall Epic Theatre and A-Effect [Brecht]. In "12th Night" actors step out of their role and can communicate with camera or audience as actors.
Here is a delicate balance between live performance and cinema: I see it as a game or play between the two. We do not "call shots, action, or cut"—camera moving to the center of action and it's gravitation trajectory is different every night. Both types of performers (camera-people and actors) determine the way it's broadcasted. In addition, the editor selects the shot from two cameras to broadcast....
With WWWilde we plan to experiment woth the multi-screens and screens-within-screens, which makes editing even more complex. Read about the basics of montage to understand the principles for one screen.
So, where does the cinematography starts and where does it end?
First, see Directing page. Or better yet, SpectActor!
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