Inside A Christmas Carol
Every year, our information technology department makes a time-lapse video of the load-in. The crew watches it every year to teach the new folk the order in which things happen and to refresh the series of events for the returners. The camera sits in the back of the house and records .5 seconds of motion video every 30 seconds. Therefore, every second of the video represents one minute of activity on the stage and every minute of video represents one hour of real time. The entire video is 24 minutes - from the first pieces getting brought in to the theater through most of light focus.
It’s fun and educational to watch, especially if you like to skip around a bit (about nine minutes in there is a really great section). Sometimes you see a lot of people standing around doing nothing - that is because we have found it more efficient to have more people on-hand, even if they aren’t working every second. That way, if someone needs to move a ladder or lift something up in order to do the next job, there is always someone there to help - the process never gets slowed down because there aren’t enough hands on deck.
By Adam Immerwahr, Associate Producer at McCarter Theatre, December 4, 2007