MUNCH — (MunichNOW Arts & Culture) — Entity Theatre, Munich’s English-language theater group, has been busy rehearsing their upcoming shows. We were finally able to track down the two very busy directors Kate Scholes and Adriane Richter to ask them about the making of the trailers for Entity Theatre’s spring production of one-act plays – Commencing by Jane Shepard and Being Norwegian by David Greig.
MunichNOW: Entity has been making trailers for its productions for some time, but this time you’ve done things a bit differently. Can you tell us about that?
Kate: Entity normally films one trailer per play. It’s a nice way for people to find out a little bit more about the show than they can from a poster or flyer. Adriane and I are directing two one-act plays in April, so we needed two trailers. Then we thought, as we have two characters in each play, why not have one trailer per character? So, we decided to make four trailers, that’s one each for Kelli and Arlin in Commencing, and Lisa and Sean in Being Norwegian.
MN: How did you decide on the style of the trailers for Commencing and Being Norwegian?
Adriane: As part of the rehearsal process, actors explore the background of their characters –what are their characters’ life experiences, what were they doing that led them to the situation in the play, and so on.
Kate: The plays share a common theme of awkward first dates. We wondered what might have happened to each character just before the dates. So we came up with the idea that each trailer is a prequel to the date, from one character’s perspective.
Adriane: Kelli and Arlin’s date was planned, so we see them getting ready for the date, whereas Lisa and Sean meet by chance in the pub, so we see them plucking up the courage to talk to each other.
MN: Is there anything else special about the trailers?
Kate: Because we wanted to film realistic prequels, we could not film in a rehearsal space or theatre. We needed a bathroom, a stairwell and even a pub! That meant we had to find the right locations and even more importantly, get permission to film there. We are extremely grateful to all the people who gave us the necessary contacts, let us invade their homes and also to all the crew and extras who sacrificed their free time to hang out with us on the set for hours.
Adriane: When we filmed the trailers for Sean and Lisa, we had the absurd situation that 17 people met in a pub at 7am on a Saturday morning, completely sober and rather tired, but we all had a lot of fun! And yes, those drinks are all non-alcoholic.
MN: How long does it take to make a trailer?
Adriane: We aim for each trailer to last between 90 seconds to 2 minutes, but it takes a lot, lot longer than that to make a trailer. When we have unlimited time to film, it’s nice to experiment with light, angles and sound, so the shooting can take up to half a day per trailer. Shooting on location was different though; we had to set up, shoot and clear out within a limited timeframe, which meant we had to plan everything very carefully in advance, to make the most of our time on location.
Kate: Making trailers is about much more than filming. It also takes time to find a location and time when everyone involved is available, source the props… And then after the filming it takes hours of editing the visuals and mixing the sound. But it’s worth it when you see everyone working together and you have the end result – which in our case is four trailers.
MN: You mentioned filming and editing. Are there other technical aspects you needed to take into consideration when making a trailer?
Kate: We created storyboards – simple drawings of the camera angles and what is in each shot – to show the cast and crew what is required for each scene. This makes things run more smoothly on the day of filming, and also helps when editing the footage together.
Adriane: The storyboards were especially useful in our case because two of the trailers involved an unusual ‘point of view’ filming technique and the other two required lots of different angles. One of the trailers is a mini-musical with a dream sequence, so that was fun but tricky. Luckily our crew have experience in filming and sound recording and they also have the necessary equipment, which meant they were able to do a fabulous job.
Commencing and Being Norwegian
18 to 21 April at Pepper Theater, Thomas-Dehler Str. 10, Neuperlach Zentrum (PEP Einkaufszentrum). Tickets for Pepper
26 to 28 April at Theater Heppel & Ettlich, Feilitzschstr. 12, Schwabing Tickets for Heppel & Ettlich
Tickets cost 18 Euro (12 Euro for concessions) plus booking fee.
Commencing is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Being Norwegian is presented by arrangement with Casarotto & Associates.
This is an amateur performance in English.
Entity Theatre is an international, amateur English-language theatre group located in Munich. We have members aged 18 and upwards from all corners of the world, and we welcome people with diverse backgrounds to participate in our activities and performances. Although we are an amateur group, we take what we do seriously and we have a reputation for putting on fantastic shows with excellent reviews.
For more information, visit www.entitytheatre.com or contact us at [email protected]