THE MAKING OF THE HEIRESS
THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Documenting the hard work and determination behind Center Player's "The Heiress."
videotaping the set construction
The Making of the Heiress poster pic
link to youtube video



during the second week of performances.
The edit was so well received by cast and crew alike that I was encouraged to enter it into the Videographer Awards competition. It earned an Award of Distinction in the Video Production/Low Budget category.
Three weeks before opening, the lead actor quit and as the Director struggled to find a suitable replacement in order to keep the play on schedule, I was under pressure for ways to salvage any of the two months of footage I had already shot!
Thankfully, a successor to the role was found and the play, as well as my documentary, could continue.
This documentary was edited in Adobe CS4 Production Premium Suite over a period of three weeks during final rehearsals and released on YouTube
for timelapse photography, shooting stills with my Canon EOS 40D and digitally recording the scenes with a Panasonic AG-HMC40PU shot in 1280 x 720 24p.
As the weeks of rehearsal continued, the cast began to warm up to my presence and relax more in front of the camera.
I then moved my attention to documenting the set design, construction and prop meetings, utilizing time lapse again to condense the enormous amount of time and effort it takes to create costumes and sets for this production.
Shot over a period of three months,
"The Making of The Heiress" is a look behind-the-scenes at the hard work of the volunteers involved in putting on a period production play.
Auditions were recorded using my venerable Sony TRV-900, ingested into Premiere Pro 1.5, edited and output to DVD via Adobe Encore 2.0 for the Director, Beverly Garfield-Szita to review.
Once the cast was selected, rehearsals began. I used a three pronged approach to document this by setting up a Canon Power Shot G5 on a Glide Shot jib arm