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The Case for Live Concerts

For Princeton Public Lectures, Princeton Talks; Princeton University Concerts director, Marna Seltzer, on the case for live concerts.

Marna Seltzer, Director, Princeton University Concerts, on The Case for Live Concerts on YouTube and Vimeo.

For the full talk please visit the Princeton Talks’ website.


A two-camera setup for Princeton Talks in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Princeton, NJ. December, 2021.

Richardson Auditorium in Princeton University’s Alexander Hall is a one of the most stunning spaces on campus. I have filmed and photographed there many times so it’s always a pleasure to be back.

For Marna’s talk, I worked with the hall’s lighting director to manage the existing lights and then supplemented those with a key light of my own. The key was a Litepanels Astra 6x in a SnapBag Big with a Magic Cloth diffuser. I had a RoadRags II scrim on standby should we need it to lessen the light intensity on Marna’s blouse. The hall lights are all tungsten so my key light’s color temp was set to match.

A Canon C70 as the A camera ready for action with a teleprompter, a 7″ monitor, and a wireless relay to send the video signal to a client monitor. Princeton, NJ. December, 2021.

We had the subject’s chair on one of the hall’s rugs and I added my own sound blankets to tamp down any potential reverb while filming. The A camera was rigged with a Teradek Spark 4K to send the video signal to a nearby client monitor.

The client monitor set nearby for easy review during filming. Princeton, NJ. December, 2021.