Holy Smoke! This is something seldom seen: a teleprompter caught fire during KLAS‘s 5 p.m. newscast on Thursday (video below). Smoke could be seen rising into the frame of a studio camera as reporter George Knapp attempted to close out his story at the beginning of the CBS affiliate’s newscast. Apparently, the teleprompter caught fire. No details were given. Anchor Paula Francis later explained that a small fire had broken out, before she launched into a story about two local wildfires. The irony was not lost on anyone. All remained calm and continued as professionals must. Inexplicable… no one knows how the fire started. Another teleprompter soon arrived, […]
Shooting two cameras simultaneously through the same prompter. This is a question asked of us many times and, frankly, we thought it possible. But we never tried. Our bad. Put simply, we did not have an answer and were loath to tell a client we could do it when we really didn’t know if we could. OK, so a client orders our large 17″ Master Series prompter for a 7D shoot which makes very little sense. That is until we realize he is planning on shooting two cameras through the one teleprompter. The reason is obvious. He wants to preserve the proper eye-line on both cameras. He doesn’t want to […]
Here are a few tips for teleprompter operators. You might think me picky in writing these out, but they are time savers on shoots and for anyone who has ever had the privilege (or pain) of producing, you know time=money in film, television, and video production as much, if not more, than in any other field. Every minute counts. Every second counts. In hundreds and often thousands of dollars. Tip #1: Talent dictates speed. Basically, all you are doing when prompting is following along with them — when they speed up, you speed up. When they slow down, you slow down. And keep their words right by the cursor. It’s […]
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