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Last week we did a “family style” shoot and streaming at the UDC Law School’s 2022 hooding ceremony. Several things went awry at the worst possible time and I almost broke down trying to put things back together again. The plan was to stream the event and up until two days before it, I had been thinking that the projector on stage would screen the live stream but what they actually wanted was a separate slideshow that had not been put together at that point to play.

I scrambled then to get the slides together and had Truth, who had now come on as an intern this summer, on the job of operating the output into the projector. She pulled through for us big time, being a smooth operator without having rehearsed her cues beforehand. I’d say it was because she’s a Woods but I’m not to keen on that meaning much of anything other than kinda smart but strange.

I ran a couple of cameras, moving them at different stages of the event. Excel helped on the main camera, my friend and “all things video” partner, Rasheed, ran the show, operating the Blackmagic 4k Switcher and talking to the camera ops on headphones. TyAndre and Hamilton were on the other cameras doing all the right things. Erica was the “voice of god”, announcing the main instructions and names of those who graduated.

Leading up to the event on the day of the show, so many things felt like they were going wrong. The production seemed to balance on the smallest of details, but we made it through thanks to each person involved. Most important, the client, UDC School of Law was satisfied. They are a group of dedicated professionals doing the work to make UDC a world class school. We hope to work on more projects with them in the future.

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