Teleprompters and laptops in the rain. Expensive electronics and water. What could be better?

Still, when I’m asked to come up with a solution, I’m happy for the challenge.

I’d like to share some solutions and best practices for teleprompting in the rain or other wet conditions, like boats.

One event was for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 inauguration as California Governor in Sacramento. We were told the weather forecast and that I would need to place my camera teleprompter on a jib.

Giant 55 gallon contractor garbage bags are your friend. I wrapped the camera as well as the jib motors in such a way that any rain wouldn’t pool (affecting the weight and balance.) I also had to prevent any water that might drip down cables to the monitor. I bought clear plastic bags to cover the monitor screen.

Everything worked perfectly. Luckily, it stopped raining after the event, so tear-down was easy. I still had to let the cases and other exposed gear dry out for a few days… so, perhaps I’d suggest hazard pay or an extra gear charge if I did this again.

An associate of mine, Aaron Ralph Thomas, sent me these lower images of his experience, teleprompting in Delaware. He asked me about solutions for operating a presidential teleprompter in the rain. I repeated the clear plastic bag suggestion and a few other tips including having cables drape lower so that any rain wouldn’t enter that way. He used the tips, made a few modifications to his system, and everyone was happy. Good job Aaron!

For boats, I’d do the same: wrapping everything a little tighter since the spray would come from more directions, and be extra careful with the sealing, and rinsing because of the salt content in the water… depending on where your boat is.

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It’s all fun and teleprompter games…

I recently worked for a PC company that refuses to see Apple products in their facility.

So, much like the days when we’d read comics hidden in our science textbooks—I present my solution:

I simply placed my Macbook Pro behind an open PC laptop in their studio. So there!

To the client, their authority is complete while they get the awesome teleprompting experience they expect.

Yay, everyone is happy.

We play games even in adulthood 🙂

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Teleprompting drama with millionaire donors.

Film director James Cameron is on stage in front of hundreds of wealthy X PRIZE Foundation donors. He’s reading a speech from a teleprompter in order to raise funds and awareness. People are listening attentively and writing checks.

What you don’t know is that just hours before the live event, the in-house teleprompter system failed. The producers had selected an employee with only marginal prompter experience and operating flawed teleprompter software. When it became apparent this vital part of the evening’s fundraising event was not going to perform, the producers reached out to their contacts and found us. Luckily, we were close by with gear and were able to be there in minutes. We interfaced with their existing equipment, met with the other presenters, and were able to format a master script in time for Cameron’s performance. The event was a success, and sizable funds were raised for a worthy project.

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The CEO of Kaiser Permanente is sitting in a TV studio, reading from our camera mount teleprompter. Three takes later, he’s off to catch an important flight.

What you don’t know is that he was kept waiting for hours while another company’s teleprompter repeatedly failed. And, once they developed a work-around, their teleprompting software failed. The production company then called us. Since we store over 20 teleprompters at our office, we were able to drive directly there. We met with the camera operator and producer to assess the situation. We then quickly set up our teleprompter, loaded their script file, and re-formatted it for teleprompting. We did one rehearsal to make sure the CEO was satisfied. Just three takes later, “It’s a wrap.”

The CEO was able to make his flight, the production company got their shot, and they didn’t waste a whole day’s budget.

What is that level of reliability and peace of mind worth to you?

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Barack Obama outdoor Teleprompter

Our special teleprompter system makes it easy for last minute script entry.

Barack Obama walks up to the lectern at an election rally in 2008.

He delivers his speech with grace, power, and emotion. He reads off our outdoor presidential teleprompter while giving numerous ad libs to the crowd.

What the audience doesn’t know is that we were handed his script only a few minutes before. We normally prefer 30 to 60 minutes before an event to edit scripts into the most readable teleprompter format. However, that day we flew through his script to triage the editing for best use of the available minutes.

It was his staff’s trust in us and our decades of experience that let them deliver the speech moments before he took the stage. He connected perfectly with the audience, and later that year, Barack Obama became our country’s 44th President.

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