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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.
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