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If I wanted to do a video, what are the camera angles? If I have audience participation, should I also focus on them?
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When you are going to shoot with a camera, you should always have several run throughs (privately with only you and the crew) to see exactly HOW you want the shot to look. Then when you are ready to shoot, you should try to shoot with at least two (three is preferable) cameras.

You definitely want to cover audience reaction shots, especially when it is your promotional video. A potential booker wants to see how well the show is received too!

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"If I wanted to do a video..."

Did you decide to do it?

If so, Paul is correct. Assuming the audience reaction is positive.

Also, make sure that the camera is showing you smiling, having a good time. Otherwise the video will not promote you favorably.

Once you get it edited, make sure you have a short version, 8 minutes or less and the long version for those who want to see more.

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It's best to do the act first with the crew in a run through being recorded. This tape can be edited into the final cut for some of the close-ups.

During the real show, if a one camera shoot, the camera can be wild and follow your routine plus pan and zoom in on audience members.

If two camera shoot. have one cameras shoot nothing but the audience and the other one you. These two tapes can be edited together for a great cut.

A final demo tape/DVD should be no more than 5 to eight minutes from start to finish. With 5 minutes the best time range.
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This sounds overly simple but the first step is to WRITE down the exact purpose of your production. If you can't do it in one sentence, you aren't ready to plan the shoot.

All the world's a stage ... and everybody on it is overacting.
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