DAY 5 Introduction
Cinematography changed the live entertainment business. Our audiences are more visually perceptive than ever before. They are used to watching super realistic fast-paced action where the music and action are perfectly timed and matched. Where audiences were used to using their imagination to fill in the blanks or heighten the experience of live theater they now expect singers not only sing well but act as well if not better and all during a live broadcast. All the ways that cinematography continues to change the live performance arts are impossible to identify. The important point is that it is here to stay and there are some amazing lessons we can learn from the movie industry.
What can we learn from the top blockbuster movie producers who have the time and money to get the timing just right? A lot! Imagine if for a live performance you could rewind, edit, independently slide the music around and adjust the timing of moments until they fit just right. Live performance doesn’t have this luxury, but moviemakers do. In this section, we will learn how to both see and apply some of the principles that emerge from watching these movies so we can better reach today’s audiences.
Here are some exercises that will get your brain ready to process what we will discuss in the other sections.
Exercise: Watch someone think. Can you tell when they are having a new thought or when their thoughts change? What is it that they do that tells you that?
Exercise: Watch the following video examples. Try to find the pattern of when the focus changes in relation to the music and what makes a scene work with the music or against it. Each video follows the principles we have and will talk about to different degrees but all follow it enough for you to see the patterns at work and most also show what happens when the pattern isn’t followed.
Other sections in Day 5
Topic 1: Lessons Live Performance Can Learn From Blockbuster Movies.
Topic 2: What is there in a phrase
Topic 3: One “eye-dea” per phrase