It may seem that there are few items needed to operate a teleprompter. Just the teleprompter, right? Well, not quite. Here are a few tips on how to be an effective and engaging teleprompter operator —
Keep in mind that as a teleprompter operator, you’ll more than likely be carrying extra equipment. This could range from cable adapters to gaff tape, as they are essential to ensuring a seamless shoot where proper repairs can be made.
A sturdy tripod is also necessary for a teleprompter shoot. Always check your tripod thoroughly before filming, the last thing you want is a tripod leg to slip and startle the on-camera talent.
You’ll also want to make sure your output contrast is high when transcribing the text. It’s always best to have white text on a black background, as this is better for the lit talent’s readability.
Prepping the talent:
When preparing the teleprompter for operation, a few key practices need to be addressed. You need to be sure that the talent is comfortable with the setup before they will be ready to start reading from the teleprompter. You’ll want to adjust the teleprompter according to the subject’s eye line and height.
You’ll also want to learn the talent’s reading pace, as this will help establish a strong pace for the teleprompter. Last, but not least, it may be helpful to encourage the talent to read through the script prior to the shoot. This will help them take in full lines at a time which helps avoid eye movement on camera.
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