I have probably watched the 2011 Teacher Recognition Celebration video 100 times in the past 12 months. This video is truly up in the high ranks of proudest production achievements, for me and my crew.
Looking back, I tackled a full day production with little sleep, high anxiety, and supreme performance. We loaded-in to the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, California sometime in the late morning. My staff practically ripped all the television broadcasting equipment out of our control room and setup everything in a manner of hours.
What struck me most about the event was how I interpreted the previous annual productions and made it my own as the new producer and director. I catered all the craft service and dinner backstage in the green room, which certainly opened the conversation with the house staff to work alongside me and get me what I wanted onstage. Splashes of red color on the black curtains, suspended rear projection screen on a flyaway, access to the house lights during the show, and other key collaborative needs.
The show flew by so fast in real time for me. In my right ear, I had direct access to call the house theatre staff. In my left ear, an open channel calling the live camera shots and directing camera operators and video playback onstage. A miraculous affair that I couldn’t wait to repeat the following year. My editor did an outstanding job cutting together the intro and bumper pieces.
The result is a 1 hour, 30 minute program cut to fit for DVD and community access broadcast. Take a look and let me know what you think.