In the famous words of American Rapper Ice Cube 'Today was a good day'. Held at the well respected Comedy Store in Deansgate Locks, 24:7 Festival used this location for their Media Launch. Entering the store two hours before the launch I met up with my fellow Foot in the Door Team as well as the festival organisers Annika Edge, David Slack and David Townsend, who were all preparing the flyers and programmes for the event. While waiting for Louise, a team member of Dreamscope and who I would be collaborating with for the event, I took the time to have a look around the staging area where the announcements were going to be held for the public and journalists. Looking upon the stage and the seating pattern, I took photos of the stage from different angles from the middle of the stage to the top balcony. I would use these photos to show Louise the different angles and opportunities to place the camera.
Once Louise arrived, we both introduced ourselves to each other and I helped her take the equipment into the staging area, which was all placed on a small wheelbarrow, which had one broken wheel. Once we were in the stage room I showed her the photos I had taken and she appeared please with the future planning. We decided to set the camera in the top balcony row to get an over shot of the whole presentation. Once we set up the camera we planned where we would hold the interviews and what to film. We decided to hold the interviews in the corner section near the entrance and stairs leading down to the restaurant as we both thought it looked interesting with all the posters of each show placed on it and it was a quiet section that would help pick up what the person was saying on the mic and not the noises coming from the main bar.
Louise and I worked well with each other, suggesting shots of the venue and the atmosphere. from shots of the Venue's logo and the layout of the event to the growing crowd of enthusiastic theatre goers and some well known regulars such as Actor John Henshaw (Early Doors, The Parole Officer) who is the Director of the 24:7 Theatre Festival. Other attendances were the writers and directors of the pieces like Scallywags Theatre who had brought Martin the Caterpillar along for the showcase.
When the Presentation was about to begin I helped Louise set the camera on the stand and watched as the presentation began. Showcasing the history of the festivals past and how each show and those those involved have grown into better things whether it be touring around England or the actors going onto well known projects on stage and television. Afterwards we were shown a mixture of small performances and teaser trailers for each show which gave the audience and myself the idea of the tone and variety of each one.
At the end of the presentation we used this opportunity to record a few more pick up shots of the event as well as interview more of the audience and team of the Foot in the Door scheme.
At the end of the event, after collecting a lot of recorded footage and the event slowly dying down. We packed up all our equipment and bid farewell to each other and looked forward to working with each other again in the further development and editing of the footage.