Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:02 PM
Releasing full footage of a show would probably cut the amount of bootlegging that goes on, would appeal to those who cannot afford to see these shows and experience them in all their glory/can't travel abroad etc, and many audiences would probably buy the DVD to remember the show in years to come so the filiming of shows would probably not affect ticket sales. After all, a DVD can never match the real experience.
What does everyone else think? Pros and cons?
Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:20 PM
Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:34 AM
One of the problems with filming productions is that it's expensive and can be disruptive for the audience. To do a good job of it you either have to fill the theatre with cameras and annoy the audience, or you have to record the show without an audience and incur costs equivalent to playing to empty houses for a week. For smaller shows it can't make economic sense: the sales will never cover the cost of production.
And if you don't do a good job of it - by doing it on the cheap with a couple of fixed cameras at the back - then the results are almost unwatchable. Everything is too detached from the viewer; it's like standing in the street and watching the show through a window. Better not to do it at all, because a poor recording just makes the show itself look bad.
Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:36 AM
Matthew has hit it really - the sales will never cover the cost of the production. Cats and a few others are an exception to the rule. You either have to take it off the stage and film it - Nine, Joseph, Phantom, Les Mis (Soon to be) or leave it on the stage and restage to suit. Cats being one of the main. (Never seen JS the Opera)
Cats for instance is sold world over, and in fact, its even used for EPK footage for some countries until their own is recorded. In China, its been everywhere on TV until the Chinese show actually filmed their own a few days into the opening of their Chinese tour. So you can continue to make money off it .
However the costs for either are huge. Your not just talking about a few cameras filming it and publishing.
Contractually for sales, then you are going onto a commercial contract with the artistes, the band, technicians. Its a whole world that really cant afford to be explored.
Also - really how many buy DVD's now. Ok - im sure most of us do, but give it 1 day, itll be on the old tube, so you can see for free. Both potentially damaging sales to the main show (if still going) and sales of DVD's .
Posted 28 October 2012 - 10:30 AM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:10 PM
I think the National Theatre does - don't they keep them in the NT archives? But possibly just the quality of picture that you can see on the monitor in the foyer.
Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:24 PM
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