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Dear Lance

1. Is it Possible to Video shoot the complete Live Performances of Artists in Plays without the audience coming to know that the video shoot is going on in background ?.

As a example, Play of 2 1/2 hours duration.

2. If video shooting is possible for the Live show setup, do you feel as a Play Director, this could be useful in any way ?.

i.e. If video shooting is possible, you will be able to play the complete video recorded later on.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hi Prashant  -

It's possible but I'm thinking you will need some very good camera's to cover the show. Meaning, you'd need to have the camera's behind the audience or in hidden locations. Also, you'd have to think of the audio; if the actors are using microphones, you'd want to audio feed. If they are speaking without mikes, the audio would be hard to hear on video.

I think it would be useful to the director and the rest of the crew if you're having issues but for the actors, I don't think it's very helpful. When you record and scene from a play, it's flat, performance wise. Meaning, if I saw a play live and then I went to watch that exact play on video, it would affect me a different way. Same with watching a performance live or on video.

I know of some productions that announce before the show that it is being recorded. That might help.  

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I'm a professional actor. I can answer most questions about the acting industry, help out in becoming an actor, and general acting related questions. I can also answer questions about TV, film and theatre.

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I'm a professional actor and a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. I've been appeared in film, tv and tons of theatre.

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