Advice, please

Jeffrey E. Salzberg (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 06:49:36 -0400

One of our seniors here at SUNY-Purchase is working on a project
with a film artist and asked me for guidance. I, in turn, wanted to
consult with you folks. . . .

The idea is that the film will be projected on the dancers and the
backdrop with, perhaps, additional stage lighting. I have advised her
to have the film transferred to video for the following reasons:

A. Video projectors are quieter.

2. In our Dance Theater Lab, it's not practical to rig a mounting
position on centerline which would be accessible for threading,
rewinding, or even basic operation. Video, of course, just needs an
audio and a video line (or even an RF line) run to a remote VCR.

III. It's much more economical to make backup copies of video than
it is of film. I teach them to ALWAYS have an emergency backup
copy of everything.

On the other hand, film has his advantages, too:

a. We have access to film projectors.

ii. Film tends to be brighter, with more saturated colors. (Of course,
she could rent a high-end Barco or Ampro video projector and take
care of the brightness problem, I guess).

The throw from the projector to the front of the stage will be about
40', with another 36' to the rear wall. Rear projection is not an option.

Comments? Suggestions (either general or specific)?

By the way, since it makes sense for her to be asking these
questions herself, what's the subscription address/syntax for this
list? I can't seem to find it.

Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Technical Director
The Dance Conservatory
Purchase College