I've been tasked with filming an elementary/middle school production of "Annie" in less than two weeks. The performance will last about an hour. There will be two evening performances with the same cast. Some key performers will be miked. I have one HV20 and various sound recording gear.
I've never done anything quite like it, so would appreciate any advice.
Here's what I'm thinking so far:
1. Use cinemascope aspect ratio to match the stage's shape. This will be made easier since I have an anamorphic lens which I've used successfully in the past.
2. Film both performances and cut them together. I am thinking of doing a long shot covering the whole stage one evening and then closeups the next.
3. Record sound separately as well as in cam. This improves fidelity, allows escaping crowd noise, and aids continuity. I have a Zoom H2 as well as a digital 12 track and several good quality xlr mics. I was thinking at least two mics aimed at different parts of the stage and maybe get a feed off the sound system as well.
4. Get some crowd reaction shots somehow to cut in. Also get applause shots at breaks (if there are any).
5. When editing, mostly use the audio from the night when I shot closeups to ensure good syncing.