Video Adventures recently filmed the Puahi’s Polynesian Dance Company’s Ho’ike 2016. Puahi’s Polynesian Dance Company has been teaching both Hula and Tahitian dance and culture in the Temecula Valley since 1995. Over the last several years, Puahi’s dance company continues to enter her dancers in both Hula and Tahitian Dance Competitions. Puahi’s students have been blessed to be a part of the King Kamehameha Hula Competition under the direction of Kumu Rich Pedrina of Halau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua. They have also been blessed to compete in several Tahitian Dance competitions through Southern California in both Group and Solo competitions. Needless to say, they are one of the best around.
We have enjoyed filming these very colorful dance productions for Puahi over the past 8 years. The two-camera shoot provides us with many options in post and yields the dance studio three end products, or videos.
The first video, of course, is the full length 2-camera edited version that includes all the dance titles and ending credits. And these are the DVDs, Blu-rays and Flash Drives that are sold to the dancers, their family, friends and to the public in general.
The second video we are able to produce is a 3-minute highlight, sales or promo video the dance company can have posted on their websites and social media outlets. We also post these videos on Video Adventures’ YouTube Channel.
And the last video we can provide is a “Dance Review” video. The studio director and all the dance teachers can critique the performances of each of their dancers. This video is an unedited, single angle, single camera shot of the entire stage. The teachers can watch each dancer or group of dancers to see who is out of step, who needs a bit of improvement and who deserves the gold star. This is the view that the live audience sees of the performance.
As always, we film these performances in HD, do a creative edit and can deliver their final video on DVD, Blu-ray or Flash Drives.
And what is always a sad realization when we are filming stage productions for dance companies is, even after they announce “no flash photography or video taping of the performance”, to still see a sea of cell phones and tablets light up across the audience. I understand they want to capture their little darling on video, but they are really diminishing their childs’ performance. Not only is their video probably going to be to shaky, out of focus, over exposed and poor audio (sound): the parents are missing their daughter or son’s LIVE performance. These folks need to put away their devices, REALLY, and watch their kids dance LIVE and not viewing through a cell phone or tablet screen. Just spend the few bucks on the professionally produced video after the show and enjoy your child dancing as the dance studio intended you to…. LIVE ON STAGE.
It’s a win-win for everybody. Parents get to enjoy the kids dancing live, without distractions from these portable electronics. The audience can buy the professionally produced video and enjoy the professionally produced performance at their leisure, over and over again. The dance studio ends up selling more videos which in many cases benefits the dance studio.
Now go enjoy your child’s dance performance, LIVE.