My role was small, but it wasn’t.
There was nothing small in the virtual production of the “studio system” by the JFed Players Community Theater Ensemble. This is a fascinating musical comedy written by Mary Gutter and her collaborator Larry West. This was a great pandemic project as the rehearsals and shoots are done entirely at home.
This meant that each cast member had to set up a makeshift home studio and interact with each other via Zoom. Like, “How do you turn your head to talk to someone who is supposed to be on the other side of the table, but is actually on the other side of the town, or in another state?”
Do you know the theory of how learning a new task can help your brain? Now, as the cast all got together to prepare for the recording session, we did a physical test to make it look like we were all in the same place.
To achieve this, we each needed to have a common background that would play anything from a suitable color sheet, towel, fabric, or professional green screen. Yes, I haven’t heard of it until a few months ago, so I’m showing it here. No, I don’t have one.
So I borrowed dark bath sheets and hung them on a bookshelf fixed in one corner with a thick volume of Shakespeare and in the other corner with a full Canterbury story. You might think they can manage the terry woven towels, but when I started saying my lines, they were on my head along with the towels and a few books that should be supporting the middle. I bumped into it.
“Is I really that bad?”
For me, apart from not causing a concussion, the wonder of the whole piece was the exquisite blend of steroid talent, vision, and patience that goes into it. The technical learning curve was dazzling. Even if the top of someone’s head popped out of the frame of the screen (who do you think?), Everyone was calm and calm.
Stupidity aside, there were many, but the overall experience was rewarding, reminding us of how much we could achieve under unusual circumstances. How much can you twist, turn and learn? There is nothing small about it.
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