Bruce, Those were some goo

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Bruce,

Those were some good tips.

BZL,

As for suggestion #3 if you don’t have a wireless setup, you’re going to have to wire those mics from the stage to your board or camera. That will require some long audio cables. And no the mic on-camera mic alone will not be sufficient. See Bruce’s suggestions #3 & 4.

I think your main difficulty is a $300 budget. With the cam taking $150 and the tripod at $50 that leaves $100. Since you’re shooting on DV anyway, a couple of small DV cameras like a Canon elura 100 and so on may be your best bet to get additional coverage of the stage and get audio if you can’t get extra mics. You’ll have to set up the two small cams on either side of the stage in a manner that give full but overlapping coverage of the stage. The XL2 will be your main camera by which you’ll track the talent as Bruce said in suggestion #2. Also, you’ll need to white balance off the stage’s white light and adjust your exposure to that. When the funky colored lights come on you should be fine.

My best suggestion if there is enough time to go to their rehearsals and scope out the theater and plan out what it’s going to take to cover the play both audio and visually. Take a notepad and draw yourself some diagrams based on Bruce’s suggestions to help you get a better idea of what he’s talking about. Oh and don’t be afraid to ask questions about where you can put mics, cameras etc.

Based on your budget alone, you’re not going to get perfect sound or video coverage. However, with just a little planning you can get acceptable footage and sound.

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