I was also studying the new images from our rehearsal which had just been sent to me by our photographer Andrew Forey. I knew that I wanted to have some feedback from the theatre during the seminar about our potential shots for the Resolution brochure. The immediate images that stood out for me were not necessarily the best for marketing as I had to be careful what the chosen image said about our show. A lot of the images I liked were actually quite creepy and looked a bit zombie-like, especially those featuring the performers in the Industrial Revolution costume from the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
During the photo shoot Andrew used hands a lot because the arms photo from our audition session really said something about the legacy to me. It said something about friendship and the joining together of a large group of people to achieve something bigger than any one person. This for me is what the Olympics was about and also what the volunteers are still doing now in their continued performing and supporting charitable causes. However, it also says something about how the 40 odd of us are going to bang our heads together and create a show!
The first thing we had to do was discuss our piece with another choreographer and then we had to each find some words to describe each others' pieces; olympic, colourful, and large! During this initial exercise and throughout the rest of the seminar I realised in Resolution terms we were an extremely large cast and that was one of our selling points.
During one of the breaks I took the opportunity to speak to Caroline Schreiber, Marketing Manager, and Sorcha Hunter, Press and Media Manager who both work in the Communications Department at The Place. I showed the above image of the hands, the one below of Colin and they also glanced at some of the more colourful group shots of the performers. The told me that they like to see faces in the images as faces are more appealing and draw people in. They like the colourful cast shots in costumes as they show lots of characters within the cast. However, they really seemed to like the shot below of Colin.
I spoke to other people that day and got more feedback on the images and consistently people liked the same shot. Although, one person did joke that it had a touch of Mary Poppins or Les Miserables about it!
Collaborators Speed dating evening
Luckily enough, my first "date" was Laura D'Asta, who is a producer in the film industry and generally a very creative person. Laura's production company is called Mind Puzzle Films. We have been friends for a long time (I think we both met dancing at The Place) and talking to Laura was a great way to ease myself into the evening. It is amazing how you soon get into the swing of talking about yourself and your show as succinctly as possible so that the other person has chance to talk before the bell rings! It was a rush against time to talk to everyone in the room and I left with lots of business cards, some really useful contacts, a bit more confidence and a higher temperature!
Written by Rhiannon Brace