Video Production in Gayland
- Posted on 15th August 2017
- in Entertainment, entertainment books, Video Production, Video Production & Editing
- by Ben
I have blogged a few times about my video production gigs at the O’Neill Theatre Center’s Cabaret Symposium. It was a training for cabaret singers and without going into redundant detail I shot – single handed – fifty-nine hours of videotape in the nine day course about twenty-six of which were with two cameras. But that’s another story.
Speaking of stories; somehow this one got left out of my third memoir, Waiting for Elizabeth.
Because of the necessity of setting up all my gear, hanging mics and arranging my shooting booth I always got to the O’Neill on Thursday, a day before the thirty five or so “Cabaret Fellows” (as the students were called) arrived. Among the Fellows there were usually twenty-three or twenty-four women and the rest were men. In the five years I did the video production at the Cabaret Symposium there was maybe a total of seven or eight straight male Fellows.
My sleeping quarters were in the Farm House, one of the several original buildings arrayed across the sprawling campus. A two-story frame structure of pre-WWII vintage it had been converted into a sort of dormitory that could house about fifteen or so people. And for the first night I had it to myself. All alone in the downstairs bath room was my single, small bottle of shampoo.
If you have read my books you know that I have been in the entertainment business as a singer, actor, director, producer, first assistant director, cameraman and editor since 1957. I am straight but since the early days of my showbiz life I have known hundreds of gay folks and am close friends with many so this is not now nor has it ever been a problem in my life. I tell you this up front so you’ll understand that homosexuality per se is not at issue.
On Friday my house-mates arrived. This wave of newcomers precipitated an invasion of the farm house bathroom by the gay guys’ face and hair products. When I went in to shower before dinner Friday afternoon there was not a single square inch of flat surface (other than the floor) that was not covered with bottles and vials of every male cosmetic product in the known universe.
On sharing a bathroom with ten gay men, an excerpt from “Waiting for Elizabeth”: I now knew what a cute girl felt like when being ogled by the boys. However I took the salacious remarks with good humor and told the men that while I was flattered by their attentions I was definitely not inclined to change teams this late in the game.
For more stories of all aspects of the business of show – including video production – click here and get Waiting for Elizabeth.