Pranking Ohio Presents: Intercosmic Love


Intercosmic Love is a musical designed to test the limits of brevity in regard to preparation, and tolerance in regard to those in the audience. For one night only, the Pranking Ohio team along with a few actors entertained a group of about forty individuals in the Baker lounge with a story of romance between a man and an alien dog. While this may sound like any ordinary space romance musical, it differs in the fact that it introduces a subtle communistic message in the beginning of the first act that blossoms into full-on communist propaganda by the close. It was a shocking and entertaining experience for our audience. Pranking Ohio is an AVW web series. We are not a pranking show, rather an absurdist comedy show. The now-defunct name was carried over from the previous year. We decided to put on a musical because we felt we hadn’t yet had something to show for our name and efforts, and this was never-before heard of in the AVW community. As well as being a creator and helping conceptualize the creative and logistical aspects of the musical, I ran sound at the event. I rented two excellent Shure boundary microphones from Create Space. While they didn’t play a large role during the play, due to the intimate nature of the Baker Lounge, they were paramount in capturing audio for our film crew that was filming the play. Create Space provided a resource not found anywhere else on campus and for that I am grateful!  ...

The Waiting Room


This project was a collaboration of Theater and Film students, part of the interdepartmental directing class being taught this semester. As a film student in the class, I was assigned two actors I had never worked with before and we were asked to create and shoot a short scene from a piece of open text. We worked out the characters’ backstories and given circumstances together through several rehearsals. The scene we shot was about a Dorito-loving guy who uses his sock puppet to approach his secret crush. As expected, the resulting scene has some absurd and funny moments, but there is something human underneath it all.

Swimming In The Shallows


Swimming In The Shallows is the most recent production staged by Ohio University’s Division of Theater. This script focuses on love and relationship dynamics in the modern world. A focal point of the production was the use of Projections for many scenes. In the context of the play love even exists between a man and a mako shark. Several scenes take place in an aquarium, which is where the kindling of love between man and shark begins. As the Projection Designer and Director of Photography my biggest challenge was conveying the Aquarium and The Shark character in a realistic way. Using Create Space’s GoPro Hero 3 I was able to capture the footage I needed to convey The Shark (played by actor Alex Nicosia) who is both on screen and on stage. Filming took place in a rock quarry located in Circleville, OH. I chose to film here because the murkiness and visibility of the water provided a realistic aesthetic for an aquarium setting and there were live fish swimming around my subject. *Production Still Credit goes to Pace Photographer...

Exploration in Isadora


In the Special Topics in Theater class offered this past Spring semester, we were assigned a final capstone project with a very open-ended format. My partner (Julian Stapleton) and I decided to use this opportunity to explore a piece of software called Isadora (developed by Troikatronix). The ultimate goal of our work was to develop a functional understanding of both live video editing and show control for theatrical applications, as the School of Theater plans to run projections for future shows via the program. We began by simply watching numerous tutorials and reading the user manual cover to cover, and then completing a LOT of experimental programming (coupled with dozens of screenshots, as the demo version of Isadora does not allow for saving files). Some examples of these screenshots can be seen below. For my own purposes, I decided to focus on mapping parameter control of images via MIDI. Isadora is a very open-ended program, and control over settings can be mapped to virtually any kind of control surface, whether that be the velocity of a keyboard note, a knob, a fader, or any other sort of control change function contained within a MIDI surface. The information given to the program with these control changes are then processed in real time, and can range from very subtle to very dramatic. One of my favorite uses of mapping with MIDI was patching the rotation of the projected image to a knob, allowing for very precise and very easy control over image size and rotation. We used the @Lab’s Panasonic Theatre Style Projector for our final installation, which took place on the side of Putnam Hall, shooting into the underside of Glidden Hall. Image and video of this installation can also be found below. This project would not have been possible without the usage of both the @Lab facilities and...


By Chet Miller

Here in the School of Theatre, for our first show, Mr. Marmalade, the director desired to have the titles of the scenes projected during the transition. To accomplish this, we used the standard front projection spot, which has been a go to in that space (We have had projections in that position for all the shows in the last two years) and again worked for us in this show. Since the world we’re inhabiting is imaginary, the set was a popup book. For the projection surface, we would fly in a chalk board and project the white text onto it to look like chalk writing. All the slides were built in Illustrator and exported as png images for the transparent background. The @lab’s 6k panasonic projector is absolutely amazing in live theatre. It’s actually punchy enough to work in a surprising amount of situations. One of my favourite aspects is the fact we can use the internal dowser on it triggered from Qlab in a script cue....



The @lab is currently lending the Ohio University School of Theatre technology to put on a production of Marisol by Jose Rivera. Using a webcam that we borrowed we have been able to do time lapse video of the set painting and lighting focus of the space.

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