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#1 Michael Binder

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 01:43 PM


i am just wondering how you guys are holding out a longer live-show with much running around. its no problem for me to do longer shots with heavy load. but i contrast to a live-show there is always a little bit recovery-time in between.

now i have to do about 3 hours live-show with music, dancing and so on. how do YOU holding out this, staying in the rig and always make a picture?

with great admiration,


ps: the rig with camera and arm is about 70 pounds. its a little more than the half of my weight ;) (138 pounds)
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 06:36 PM

Hi Michael

Yes, i do live shows like that, and its not 2 hours strait on. Sometimes it is, but there is always a video start in or some other thing that makes you wait a few minuts. What i do is i bring two stands with me. I put them both backstage. One at the left side and one at the right side of the stage. Assuming its a big stage. So if my shot ends at the left side i can dock there and wait for my next shot. Right side, same story.
Also get as much stuff of the camera as you can. Every pound is nice.

Hope this helps

regards Job
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#3 Kris Torch Wilson

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:17 AM


Job is right, take the viewfinder, mic, anything you can off to lighten up as much as possible. Dock it as often as you can and get off your feet. I have a bar stool handy to sit on during commercial breaks. You said something about always feeding a shot. That's crazy talk. If you are not needed for a particular number/entrance/exit then relax. If "they" want you to feed them something usable the whole time, you need to politely explain (not my strong suit) that you need to rest occasionally. Keep in mind that you are now working in the Multiple Camera World. There are/ should be other, even better cameras to be used at certain times and those are the times you rest. And it probably sounds silly but diet is important. On an hour long show thats high energy I can get away with eating anything and throw back a red bull, but on the longer shows I burn out if I do that. That's when I carb up, eat fruit and stay away from the crap. Treat it like a distance race instead of a sprint. My wife laughs at me that I act like I'm getting taped up for the big game. That's what works for me. Welcome to LIVE TV its a rush. Post is for pussies. Just kidding sprocket heads. Good luck and brush your teeth.

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#4 Michael Binder

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 03:28 AM

Hi Job, hi Kris,

thanks for your answers. This with the 2nd docing stand sounds great. I will try to get 2nd one (have only one c-stand)

I only had one live-show how goes about 3 hours. This was from a church. We hat 6 cameras and me. And everythime i took my camera just for resting not on the stand, but up near my shoulder, a few seconds later the director always said "i need a picture from the steadi". not even he had taken one of me... so i was a newbie and just thought "aaaargh".

in this case again we have no rehearses. wait and take the picture. They make from the 3 hours 1 hour for tv. rest ist just for vidi-wall. I am afraid its the same director again. i remember when he said "and this tool is so good balanced, that its weightless?" :D I try to diet the camera as good as possible. The only thing i need on the camera is a headlight :(

i love the shows, where you have a take-liste and you know your shots!

greets and thanks,

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