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straight into the camera lens. It’s always a struggle to have people do this in a natural manner. Most of the time, they look as if someone is pointing a gun at them instead of a camera. The stutter that these people produce while doing this only confi rms that they experience a similar feeling to looking into a gun barrel. This has already cost us hours of time and the people that we’ve asked to do this aren’t going to stand in front of a camera forever. With the Interrotron it’s easier for these types of people or even children to talk straight into the lens because they can look – via the Interrotron – into the interviewer’s eyes instead of a lens. As for the prompting with the 365, we had to use it 12 hours after receiving it. Mounting was easy and the prompting software works intuitively. We had two 18 - 40 second scripts to shoot over two days with two actresses in French and Dutch. The i-Scroll and i-Glue for the iPad allowed us to fl exibly scroll through the text and adapt the speed of the prompting to the speaking pace of the actresses. We’ve worked with another system before which used a smartphone as a remote for this, but that wasn’t convenient at all compared to the i-Scroll and i-Glue combination. Smartphone battery life problems, connecting issues, and an awkward navigation: all solved with the i-Scroll and i-Glue. The use of the tablet allowed us to change two of the scripts on the spot because of some word combinations that weren’t ideal. It took us about 5 minutes to release the tablet, make the changes in the prompting text and remount the tablet in the 365 rigging. For the fi rst shoot we didn’t need any “camera on shoulder shot’s”, but our cameraman was amazed about the lightness of the 365 and said that he wouldn’t hesitate in using it in an on shoulder workfl ow. It didn’t bother him while walking around with camera and 365 rig, and he really likes that his normal freedom to operate the camera is maintained when the 365 is mounted. For him it was the fi rst time to see a system that had all these benefi ts. For all of these reasons, I was pleased to write about my experience with the 365 prompter, as it’s an intelligent solution for different problems that we are all faced with today. It’s nice to see that a company like Portaprompt has listened to its professional users and found a way to speed up our production process and make our lives just a little bit easier. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 95 NOVEMBER 2014 | 41 TV-BAY095NOV14.indd 41 06/11/2014 13:05