The tapes were made by setting up a camera (or two) before each performance, pointing it towards the stage, turning it on, and leaving it there unattended. In some cases I also recorded a separate audio track with a decent stereo mic. There are several problems with this approach:
- The camera is stationary, so any zooming or panning has to be applied after the fact. This makes for blurry closeups.
- The autofocus is often confused by stage lighting changes.
- Each performance is slightly different, so synching lip movements can be tricky. I got it wrong in several instances.
- The mic in the camera is not as good as the separate stereo mic, and the sound quality varies depending on where the camera is placed. So only The Fairy Princess has good sound.
Eventually I'd like to create a video or sequence of videos covering an entire show, for watching in a YouTube playlist, for example. I made studio recordings of Hansel and Gretel and The Fairy Princess (and I hope to do so for The Elves and the Shoemaker), so it is possible that I could use that material for the soundtrack.