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  • Teleprompter for Jib Shoot – Problem?

     Cajun Bob updated 12 months ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Cajun Bob

    August 16, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Creative Cousins,
    Has anyone captured on-camera talent with 30 ft. Jib? My question is… is my 10″ iPad Teleprompter going to be enough from that height/distance? Will the talent be able to see it?
    Is there a larger, but light enough teleprompter available?
    I’m shooting my Amira and weight is a concern even though our jib handles a 25-30lb payload, the weight of even our small iPad, clip-on prompter, hanging off the front, is a concern.
    At this point, I hope to have the talent echo my delivery of the opening line and allow us to push in and cut to an MS on a second take.
    Please help with any tips? Tricks? or Other methods?
    Deeply appreciated,

  • Mark Suszko

    August 16, 2021 at 3:41 am

    My answer is out of left field, but based on you wanting them to echo your delivery, what you want to use isn’t a teleprompter but rather an ear prompter. This is a tiny digital audio player that feeds an inductive loop antenna worn around the neck under clothing; a tiny hearing aid sized receiver picks up the audio. The actor has a speed controller in their hand or sometimes under a foot. You just repeat whatever you hear. This will work in situations where a conventional prompter is not efficient or practical, such as long distance jib shots… The playback unit is usually controlled by the actor, feeding them a line at a time which they or you have pre-recorded. You could cheat and use a bluetooth earpiece and feed the lines off-camera as well, if you don’t want to buy the actual ear-prompter rig. Ear prompters are great for long shots where a screen just isn’t readable. You can also use them to give the actor/presenter a foreign language, just repeat phonetically whatever is on the tape.

    If these are real actors, by the way, one of the most insulting things you could do as a director is give them a line reading. It’s one of the first lessons of directing school. Or should be.

  • Cajun Bob

    August 16, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Hey Mark,
    Great idea. And no, the talent is not an actor.
    We’ve actually used tiny ear monitors to do just what you recommended.
    That just might work.
    Thank you!

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