Litewave Media loves comedy. We’ve always tried to incorporate humor into our work since we started over 10 years ago; and so, it was an absolute joy to work with one of comedy’s greats last month, Elayne Boosler.
Elayne is a legendary female comedian who has been in the business for almost 40 years. In 1986, she changed the comedy industry when she became the first female comedian to get her own one-hour comedy special on cable. She has written and hosted several awards shows including the Daytime Emmys and the Cable ACE awards. She has also been a guest for a variety of Late Night shows. Our Tampa video production company was extremely excited when the manager of comedian Elayne Boosler hired Litewave Media to film Elayne’s new stand-up comedy act.
The live event took place at the historic theater inside Delray Beach’s Center for the Arts. The event was sold out, and people from around the country came to see Elayne perform. Our Tampa video production crew scouted the location a week earlier to map out camera positions and assess the lighting setup. On Jan 27th, our team arrived early to Delray Beach, Florida in the morning to set up the equipment for the live show. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet Elayne before her performance and review the plan of action. And once she went on, the crowd did not stop laughing for the next hour as she delivered a flawless performance!
The live comedy performance was filmed with 5 broadcast HD cameras from our array Tampa video equipment. Christian Cashmir was the director of photography and operated a Panasonic HPX-170 video camera that was mounted on Litewave Media’s EZ-FX camera jib. Kenny Strawn worked the Panasonic HPX-500 camera to get all the close up shots of Elayne. John Jones went hand-held and filmed a variety of creative angles from the performance. Brandon Hyde shot with an HVX-200 camera to cover the wide shots of the comedy act and Malachi Cull also operated another HVX-200 camera from the balcony. Harold “Pinky” Hood acted as grip and assistant for the shoot. Mike Barnitt captured sound on 6 discreet channels for optimum surround sound mixing. The footage was sent off to David Avallone, Elayne’s longtime editor and producer, to edit the special together in Los Angeles, CA.
The stand-up comedy show will be edited into a DVD, and she hopes to air it on premium cable and on-demand in the near future. Litewave Media was extremely honored to film with Elayne and we wish her all the best for the rest of her tour. Our crew had a blast traveling to Delray Beach, Florida, and we hope Elayne comes back to Florida soon to perform again (maybe even to Tampa?!)