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Author Topic: Have done the test run, need tips for the going live this Saturday  (Read 2692 times)
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« on: August 08, 2007, 09:58:55 pm »

We did a test run this past weekend, and had a blast.  This Saturday we have quite a few people coming and wanted to know if anybody had any tips to give us.  We are using an inflateable with an Infocus 72 and a PEAVEY PA system with DVD player.

Any tips would be appreciated.



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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007, 11:45:23 pm »

Laura, sounds like you have the equipment all taken care of. Now, you can concentrate on the SHOW.

A lot of us make up DVDs (or video CDs) of "pre-show" entertainment. These can have music, slides ("please turn off your lights", "come to our 4th of July intermission fireworks show", etc.) or clips (there are a bunch of DVDs with vintage snack bar ads, and one of the members has posted a lot of the uncopyrighted ones on his web site). You can show previews of the films you'll show in the future. I try to find funny ads on YouTube that bear on the topic of the movie in some way. And don't forget the Bugs Bunny or Chilly Willy cartoon! Check in the "pre-show" forum for ideas and pointers.

Also, see if your projector has a "mute" or "freeze" button. If so, you can use that to black out the screen or hold an image there while you fiddle with changing DVDs. It makes the entertainment seem to flow a lot smoother if the audience doesn't have to watch the DVD menus go by. Some people even burn a DVD with the pre-show stuff and the movie, so all they have to do is put in a disc and push play.

You don't have to do all this for your first show, of course, but if you try one or two new things every time, pretty soon you'll be playing your BYT like Heifitz plays a Strad.

And your audience will love it. One or two people may comment on your cool screen or projector stand, but almost all of them will laugh of clap when you do something good with your pre-show.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 09:35:07 am »

Rule # 1

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