Filming Theatre productions can be challenging as no two venues are the same, from village halls to large art centres.
Single Camera Shoot
As many small shows put on have limited cast & therefore small DVD sales potential, it is worth considering a single camera shoot as either a wide shot or carefully following the action.
As a single camera dramatically cuts down on editing time, costs are kept to a minimum & you can have a high quality record of your show.
Two Camera Shoot
This has the advantage of a wide safety shot with all the action & a second camera picking up the closer head shots or small group shots. Once edited together it makes for a smoother, more interesting record of the show.
Three Camera Shoot
Again we have the wide safety shot but also two cameras on opposing sides giving a greater option of shots and angles making the whole production more dynamic.
Sound acquisition can either be via ambient sound direct from the cameras microphone - this will give the raw atmosphere of audience reaction. Or a sound feed can be taken directly from the mixing desk giving a cleaner sound mix of music & speech from any microphones used, or a mix of the two.
When possible I like to attend rehearsals
Things to consider.
Camera position & fire exit safety. In some locations it may be necessary to allocate some seats for tripod space.
Music copyright & playright fees. These may be added to DVD price.
How is the DVD being promoted?
Is the audience banned from filming?