Lights, Camera, Action!

Got to do one of the things I love today.  Directed a television show.  I’ve been in Television and Video Production for over twenty years now.  And this was a fun one.

Tonight was the first three shows for “Anotella’s Kitchen”.  This is a short (10 – 11 minute) show for community television in Northern Silicon Valley, KMVT.

You can find it on YouTube as well, probably in a week after this writing (April 25, 2015).  It was fun, small crew, just enough for what we needed.  We were shooting four cameras, three of which were more or less static shots, and not needing an operator past the original set-up.  We had a small audience (which was a bit of surprise to me, but something easily workable with the set-up we had.).

We shot three of the shows in under two hours, because once the cameras and lights were ready all we needed to do was prep the food for each show.  I varied the direction around, depending on the subject (for some reason a person in the audience was in the shot just enough to block the left corner of the table from the front…so I used the side and overhead camera more and adusted the seats for the next show).  Fun shoots go by quickly.

Next time I’ll make sure the lighting is just a bit better – Here’s my lighting tip for the day. White balance, then add any colored gels you want.  Having the gels in place and then white balancing negates your efforts.

It was a good night tonight.  I can’t wait for the next show!


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