Sound, and now, Sight
|The robocam (inset), operated from inside the control
above and behind the music stage, captures many interesting
views of the Concord Band and Music Director James O’Dell.
|Cameras, at the
rear of the hall, |
one on each side, and a remotely
operated camera behind the Band,
give the producer and technical
director many options. All CCTV
camera operators are volunteers.
|Producer Barry Mirrer |
determines what should
be featured on screen
based on the musical score.
|Technical Director Matt Geiger |
of CCTV directs and selects
camera shots in real time.
Once the video has been recorded, all that remains is for the raw “footage” to be cleaned up, a title screen added up front and credits to be added at the end. For the first Band concert video, Dan Diamond, who had by then discovered that he was the Executive Producer of the video, decided that it might be fun to learn how to do the post-production editing himself. Like lots of things (skiing, for example) that look like fun until one tries to do them oneself, he managed to get through it—and some parts of it actually are fun. But having to re-learn the software twice a year—because that’s not often enough to remember how to do much of anything— does take some of the fun out of it.
Concord Band concert videos may be viewed on CCTV’s website and on the Concord Band's YouTube channel.
Dan Diamond is the senior member of the Concord Band, having joined the ensemble in January, 1970. He is a percussionist who began his lifelong love affair with the snare drum 63 years ago. His is the founder and editor of our newsletter, Notes from the Concord Band, and Executive Producer for Video Production.