Editing is EXACTLY what A-1 video and its schockmeister Mike Maxwell is trying to avoid. He REFUSES to put the camera behind the performer for explanations. [/QB]
It's even worse than that, as you'll se in my September Genii reviews. Mike actually misses both the vital performance shot and
the explanation shot in a new video.
I would not go so far as to call him a schlockmeister -- he has had the courage to put on video some serious sleight-of-hand magicians. As you know, Richard, that's not exactly the short path to the bank.
Editing, and re-shooting, are the keys. But, as you know, preparation (pre-production), lighting and knowing where to place the cameras are also vital. As I've said (in Genii, actually), folks seem to think shooting with a home camcorder prepares them for professional video direction, that they can just go out there and "wing it" with no real knowledge of TV direction, editing or the rest.
And we, the paying customers, actually accept this by our silence.
[ July 30, 2001: Message edited by: Matthew Field ]