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ERIC Number: ED359585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Video as Character: The Use of Video Technology in Theatrical Productions.
Trimble, Frank P.
The use of video images, tempered with good judgment and some restraint, can serve a stage play as opposed to stealing its thunder. An experienced director of university theater productions decided to try to incorporate video images into his production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The production drew from the works of Josef Svoboda, a Czechoslovakian scenic designer who spliced large format visual images into his stage productions. A liquid crystal display rear-screen projector was employed in "Joseph," and a later production of "Godspell" used a video wall, a stack of 16 monitors that could be used independently or in various configurations. A list of issues that can guide efforts to include video in stage plays include: whether the video technology will complement or compete with the script; whether the images can be created given technology, time constraints, and budget; the impact of the video images on the actors; the effect on the orchestra's execution of the score in the case of a musical production; and whether the audience will view the production as glorified television or a night at the movie theater. Using video technology is also a way to fully involve more individuals (students) in a production, as the demands for support staff are generally high. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A