Sabbath Queen Livestream
Global AV Group is proud to work with Lab/Shul, an "artist-driven, everybody-friendly, god-optional, pop-up experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC and reaching the world". On the third Friday of every month, Global AV Group collaborates with the Lab/Shul ritual team in order to broadcast its monthly "Sabbath Queen" service to a worldwide audience.
To produce the broadcast, Global provides a team of three: a camera switcher, an audio engineer, and a camera operator. This allows Global to capture the service from a variety of engaging camera angles while ensuring that the musical and spoken-word portions of the services sound clear and pleasing to the online audience.
"We're going to be working with Global for a very long time"
Executive Director, Lab/Shul
Filming in the Round
One of the unique challenges of capturing Lab/Shul's ritual team is that the team performs in a circle. This means that without careful blocking, there would always be somebody's back in the shot. In order to mitigate this obstruction, Global suggested that the circle be slightly modified into a semi circle which allows for clean shots of the ritual leaders and musicians.
A camera on a robotic head allows the camera operator to remotely control the camera's position and highlight each ritual leader and musician as appropriate during the broadcast. A second camera on a tripod is deployed differently for each broadcast depending on the location and on whether or not the ritual will have any in-person audience attending. Sometimes, this camra is used to capture a wide-angle shot of the ritual team and at other times it's used for closeups of audience members, musicians, or ritual leaders.