My very first video assignment at Berkeley Rep was to record Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Associate Artistic Director Les Waters describing the season to Berkeley Rep board members and donors in a beautiful private garden.
Getting to know a new camera can be a bit bumpy. Every camera has different settings, and different buttons in different places, etc. Berkeley Rep's camera is a Canon XH A1, which is a truly sweet piece of equipment. However, I hadn't really gotten to know it yet... It has a "stand-by" button RIGHT next to the zoom. So, right in the beginning of Les Waters' description of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), I was adjusting my frame, and managed to bump the stand-by button. Recording suddenly stopped and I was baffled. I thought I'd run out of tape, or that my battery was faulty. Unfortunately, while fumbling around, I missed the meat of Les's description. He talked about how the play is surprisingly sweet and delicate, and still very funny and very bold -- with its giant old fashioned vibrators...
You'll have to take my word for it that it was really great.
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