Alexa on Teleprompter

The 5 Benefits of Hiring Teleprompter Operators in the Bay Area

[st_row id_wrapper=”elm_59e8909ee6030″ ][st_column span=”span12″ id_wrapper=”elm_59e8909ee5feb” ][st_text 1=”#_EDITTED” wrapper_padding_top=”0″ wrapper_padding_left=”0″ wrapper_padding_bottom=”0″ wrapper_padding_right=”0″ wrapper_bg_opacity_slider=”” id_wrapper=”elm_59e8909ee5f93″ ]Choosing the appropriate equipment for your production such as a teleprompter is essential for a successful event. A second factor that requires consideration, is how well the speaker and teleprompter operator work together. These two elements could ultimately make or break your presentation. Why use a…

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Barack Obama and Neil Tanner backstage

Who are some famous people you’ve done teleprompting for?

I get asked this question a lot. I imagine it helps with the pedigree and trust.  I’m proud of my clients over the 20 years of teleprompting. It’s always an honor to hear who I’ll be working with next. Even though I’m closely contributing to their speech and performance on-stage, I may not have direct…

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What teleprompter equipment do I use?

I’ve seen a lot of changes in the teleprompter industry. When I first started, a teleprompter was mostly limited to the studio. I used my client’s crazy proprietary “remote” teleprompter system that would give a composite video out, but only display to the operator 3 tiny lines of text. So, I learned to be veeeeery…

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Michael Bay’s CES meltdown from a teleprompter operator’s perspective

The awkward Michael Bay teleprompter moment has been shared worldwide, yet it could have been easily prevented. Director Michael Bay spoke briefly at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) to introduce the new large screen curved displays from Samsung. The talk was streamed live. Michael was supposed to read from a downstage monitor (DSM.) Apparently,…

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Why did I superimpose teleprompter text over the Director’s face?

I’ve wanted to try putting teleprompted script over a person’s face for years. It made sense: put the words for the talent to read as usual, but also superimpose the friendly face of the director to nod, smile or just be the focus. It’s the combination of an Interrotron, VoxBox or EyeDirect with a traditional…

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Teleprompting for Graduation or Commencement

I have a long history with commencement (aka graduation) ceremonies. This is because I used to play saxophone in the marching bands for both my high school and university. At least once a year, we’d perform ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ over and over while the seniors walked to receive their diplomas in the graduation ceremony. So…

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Teleprompting in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese

Tonight was a blast—teleprompting for a local community hospital, in Chinese! It was an example of working together as a team to help the client with something that was quite unique. The client had requested Mandarin, Cantonese, and the ability to handle traditional Chinese characters. I realized that while three of my team had worked…

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Going wireless with a Steadicam teleprompter

Shooting with a Steadicam Teleprompter while the talent walks and talks requires a wireless solution. This was a fun shoot. The director and agency were from England and kept using the British term for the teleprompter, which is “Autocue.” This was a challenge, not because of the accents:), but because the shoot called for the…

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