October 5, 2014 at 6:27PM
Using a tele-prompt to help non-actors keep focussed on looking straight at the camera.
Read on this blog about an innovative way of using a tele-prompt, rather than just using it for scrolling pages of text, they also use it to display the interviewer there so as to help non-actors keep their eyes focused on the camera instead of having their eyes dart all over the room. Anybody here doing this trick?
"Often we’ve tried to get amateur talent or professional corporate people to look down the barrel and talk to the camera. It’s very hard for them to do and if you’re not a presenter and used to that kind of thing it’s very disconcerting. The classic thing that everyone knows in the industry is that the talent’s eyes will flick off the lens or they look at the director or anything. So to keep our amateur talent presenting down the barrel, we use an auto-cue and send a video stream from another camera with the interviewer, onto the auto-cue instead of sending the usual text. It means that the subject can look you in the eye, so they’re not just looking in the lens, they’re literally looking someone in the eye, they feel a human connection and it just makes for a much more natural performance. It gives them a sense of confidence, it holds their focus, everything about it wins. It’s the best way to get talent to look down the barrel."