You’ve seen them on Broadway and National Tours, and now they’re becoming ubiquitous in regional and smaller, local productions. The integration of Scenic Projections are a fantastic new way to bring new media to your audiences, lower your expenditure, and create a world on your stage than enlivens the imagination. The first time you consider using projections might be seen as a daunting task, but it really shouldn’t be that way. Check out our 5 top tips for taking that first step!
1. Give yourself some time with the projection content away from the stage.
This is one of the most important steps. Our ScenicProjections TM packages include every option you need to produce the perfect show - these can be something as simple as a lighting change or the sun setting, and may not always be what you want. It is incredibly easy to exclude content from our variety of playback options, but you need to give yourself the time to really look at everything. I would suggest going through the script and content side by side, deciding where you want each animation to happen along the way.
2. Think about the songs that take place in each scene.
Having spent time with the content, you’ll find that the different options can be great for setting the mood for a scene. Don’t be so quick to throw out a lighting change, as it may actually add a lot to your production!
3. Consider the integration of other elements, like costume design, lights and makeup.
When going through the content, whether you have already purchased or are pursuing, make sure you think about the costumes, lights, makeup, and everything else you have already incorporated into the production. Perhaps a scene won’t look quite as you imagined with the costumes you have chosen, and therefore you might consider using different scene again.
4. Expand your students’ knowledge! Being “in theatre” isn’t limited acting, singing and dancing.
Creating a world in which the action takes place is as vital as portraying a character, and with experiences ranging from costume design to carpentry, utilizing Scenic Projections in your production offers another exciting technical avenue for your budding designers and technical directors to explore and understand. Take them with you on your learning journey. We have a variety of resources and world class projection experts to get you started – get in touch!
5. Give your cast the chance to see it before tech.
This has less to do with customizing your show, and more to do with pulling everything together for performance. Make sure your cast get familiar with the projections with plenty of time before opening. Introducing new scenic elements a couple of days before opening can be a distracting addition, so make sure everyone gets to see it beforehand. You’d be surprised how much better your actors can accommodate projections once they know exactly what is going on.
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