It doesn't hurt that the actors give you better expressions and gesture than you'll ever find in a non-actor model. Or that highly professional costume designers are doing your wardrobe for you. Or that set builders are making things look great. Don't forget that you've got a lighting designer making your images look ultra dimensional. Did I mention that you'll be helping a group of dedicated artists fill the seats and keep working in the field that they love? Did a I mention that theater people throw the absolutely best parties imaginable?
But the real reason to shoot for a great theater in your city is the fact that you have a front row seat for the best drama, comedy and musical performances I can imagine. I'll tell you a secret: Belinda and I hardly ever go to movies anymore because live stuff is so much more exciting. A movie is the same. Over and over again. But in the theater every performance is absolutely brand new. A different interpretation. And every night the actors put everything on the line. No retakes. No retouching.
Watch the backgrounds and keep an eye open for good color contrasts. I love white on white with silhouettes in the background. And I love stuff that moves.
And not much beats actors on roller skates. The moment before the kiss is more exciting than the kiss because of the anticipation. The lead up to a punch is more exciting than the punch. And the lead up to implied sex is better than the stage version. There's more emotion in wanting than there is in getting....
I go to a lot of theater. I shot this play on Tuesday evening and the night before I was shooting a Shakespeare production at Richard Garriott's place (yeah. I'm name dropping. Really, Shakespeare...) but when Zachary Scott Theater pulls out all the stops and does a big production musical comedy....well, they had me and my cameras at "Hello." If you live in Austin and don't go see this you're either on life support or you don't know the highest and best way to spent your entertainment resources.
It's all worth it to see the reigning master of Austin theater, Meredith McCall, as.........The Drowsy Chaperone.
If you fancy yourself to be a photographer. If you want more exposure. If you need some other art in your life. Find a theater to support. They'll thank you, but.....you'll thank yourself.
( I love the shot just above. It's not my shot. It's the best collaboration of a marketing director, a photographer, a prop master, a costume person, a lighting designer, a set designer and a great acting talent. Beats sitting at home.)