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The Life of a Genetic Counselor-Sarah Primeau-Keilman

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

We are proud of Sarah Primeau-Keilman

Day in the Life- Testing for Peace of Mind 

What Does a Cancer Genetic Counselor Do? 

As told by Within editor Katie Halloran

542370154_a8575631cc_nOrganized for the day with her pink folders for her patients, Saint Mary’s Cancer Genetic Counselor Sarah Keilman meets me in the morning to preview her day. A one-person department, Keilman sees herself as an integral part of The Lacks Cancer Center team, working with the oncologists and surgical staff to provide patients information about genetic testing, coordinating the tests between Saint Mary’s lab and the labs around the nation that perform the genetic tests, and following up with patients on whether or not they have a genetic mutation.

Since June 2011, Keilman has been working at The Lacks Cancer Center,providing patients with information regarding the genetic testing, including which tests they may qualify for and which ones would be reimbursed by Medicare or their insurance.“Without insurance, the initial genetic test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome costs $3,400,” said Keilman.
Patients come to Keilman in a variety of ways. Some are self-referrals, who wish to find out if they have a hereditary condition that could be passed on to their family members, while most are referred by the cancer center and from Advantage Health physicians, but she has begun receiving some patients from Mercy Health Partners, as their site doesn’t have a genetic counselor.
“Most of what I see at is the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 screening for our Comprehensive Breast Center. Since we have known for 15 years that these genes work to suppress breast cancer tumors, it’s the most well-known and commonly ordered test,” said Keilman. She has noticed an increase with colorectal hereditary testing as well, thanks to Dr. Larry McCahill’s referrals.

Genetic testing is available for a variety of cancers, including, but not limited to,:

  • Colorectal
  • Breast
  • Kidney
  • Pancreatic
  • Some brain cancers and
  • Adrenal.

A master’s degree-trained professional, a genetic counselor can order the tests and is also trained in the psychological aspect of dealing with patients who are undergoing the tests. Knowing much about the genes and why they do what they do, Keilman is poised to answer any question that comes up.

Her first client for the day is a breast cancer survivor, anxious to undergo the testing, as she worries about her daughter’s and son’s propensities for cancer. A 30-year survivor, she was referred to Keilman due to her young age of being diagnosed with cancer. Keilman first begins with “tell me about your health history,” and listens to the patient, who remembers more in person than what she had filled out on the forms. Keilman then directs the patient to discuss her family’s health history while she takes notes.

Keilman draws a family tree featuring each grandparent, parent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle and children and grandchildren of the patient, and indicates which ones have had cancer. “This helps me see the trends within the families, when it’s simply illustrated,” said Keilman. Several of the patient’s family members had developed cancer at a young age. “This shows to me that your case is strong enough to move forward with testing, and that it would be covered by Medicare,” says Keilman to the patient.
After discussing all the options, the patient eagerly wants to move forward with the test. “I want to find out, so I can help the rest of my family, and especially my daughter,” the patient tells Keilman.

Keilman escorts the patient down to the Stat Lab in The Lacks Cancer Center, where she gets her blood drawn for Keilman to send it to Salt Lake City, Utah, where the testing will occur. The results will take two to four weeks to come back to Keilman, who then will tell the results to the patient. She is assisted by Phlebotomist Dawn Detweiler, who “loves working with Sarah. She is such a joy to be around.”

Keilman’s second patient for today has been recently diagnosed, and was referred by Saint Mary’s breast center surgeons. Unlike the first patient, after looking at her family history and her own health history, there was nothing to indicate to Keilman her cancer was hereditary. “We typically look for three things – young age of onset, the cancer to be on both sides of your body, and more than two family members to have the cancer,” explained Keilman. “Nothing in your records indicates a hereditary link for your cancer,” she told the patient, who was relieved that her children wouldn’t be at higher risk for cancer due to a genetic mutation.

“That’s the best part, helping people better understand their risks, and how they can combat the scary world of cancer,” said Keilman. “If they are identified, they can begin getting family members tested and screened, and hope to avoid the cancer for future generations.”


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Primeau Productions: Your 2012 Video Shepherd

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

file8521267302466Even though our headquarters is outside Detroit Michigan, a city that is experiencing one of the worse recessions ever in the history books, Primeau Productions is growing and thriving.  Video Shepherd is one of our new products we are launching in 2012 that will help save you time and money.

We are very passionate about video and have 30+ years of video production experience that began in Detroit Michigan and has now expanded around the world. We want to help you make the right video decisions that will help grow your business by getting more Internet visibility using digital video.

The idea for the term ‘video shepherd’ came from our client Jean Houston-Shore.  She asked me during a phone conversation if Primeau Productions would be her ‘video shepherd’. I loved the idea and have put her request into a subscription-based service offering.

What is a ‘Video Shepherd’ in Detroit Michigan going to do to help you in Australia or another city in the United States? Distance does not matter with video because digital video is universal and formatted the same regardless of geography.

Back in the days of analogue video, there were geographical considerations video production companies had when formatting the final video product.  Europe was PAL formatted; the USA used the NTSC format and other countries like France and parts of Australia used SECAM.

Today almost all video is viewed on the Internet.  This Internet-based digital video can be very confusing.  In fact, on average we receive 10-20 phone calls and 20-40 emails each week from existing clients asking us video related questions.  Questions like:

Why does my video look small on YouTube? Why are there ads at the end of my video on YouTube for my competitors? Can I use video from a DVD in my marketing video? The company I hired to record my presentation in Miami wants to send my video electronically, how do I download it?

How do I index my video for better search engine optimization? Are titles important when posting my video on Yahoo?

Primeau Productions can save you a lot of time and money. The proper use of video will help you get more business from the Internet.

Monthly cost $25

Here is what is included:

– Help from us to help you understand digital and Internet video

-A 15% discount on all video production services like professional video editing, video recording, standard definition to HD conversion, YouTube clip creation, recording Internet video webinars, Skype interviews and other web cam video activity as well as any other professional video activity that you need.

-Video storage and back up advice for various networks like Vimeo, Viddler and YouTube

-Periodic “easy to understand and read” email tips on how to effectively use digital video to get more business

-Instructions on how to add more video to your website

-Instructions on how to correctly format, encode and distribute Internet video

-Opportunity to email our tech support as often as you like to ask video related questions

Call 800-647-4281 to sign up.  You may cancel at any time because in this ever changing world, you may discover that video is not for you. You may also discover that video may be the key to recession-proofing your business.

Primeau Productions Video Production in Mexico: A True Miracle

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

102000105_cdc11ff559_nTo keep up with our growth, Primeau Productions, LLC retained the services of Hannah Zachert and Tim Meehan in 2011. Hannah is an excellent addition to the Primeau team with her expertise in graphic design and writing. Tim Meehan has a synergy that has kindled in Primeau Productions in so many ways.

When were stuck while trying to negotiate and complete our video production for the Napoleon Hill Foundation “The Master Key to Success” 13 part video series in Spanish, Tim Meehan led Primeau Productions in a direction. Primeau Productions goal is to help get Napoleon Hill’s message out through these videos to one of the largest and fastest growing market sectors in the world.

Meehan helped convince Primeau Productions that the project of translating these videos was worth the time and financial investment during a trip to Chicago last June when I presented at Notre Dame University for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in Chicago on Internet marketing.

Taking the lead, Meehan found a translator in Myra Mexico, Judith, who is a teacher and speaks fluent English and Spanish. Judith did a wonderful job translating our summer intern Madeline Meehan’s transcripts of video 1-10 and Rachel Witucky’s transcripts 11-13 that were created from the English Master Key videos.

The DVD master has been authored and we are ready to go to press. Notre Dame University has placed the first order of DVDs. Don Green, Chairman of the Board of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, has requested another 300-400 sets.

Primeau Productions does have a contract with the Napoleon Hill Foundation for licensing the video and distributing it in Spanish form globally.

Meehan suggested a trip to Mexico to record the voice of Napoleon Hill to assure all translations were perfect. We decided to stay in Puerto Adventures at Blue Caribbean Resorts, who is a client and friend of Primeau Productions. The gated community of Puerto Adventures is a beautiful destination about 45 minutes south of Can Cun Mexico. Blue Caribbean Resorts provided a beautiful 4 bedroom 2 and a half bath condo on the Caribbean for us at no charge. Blue Caribbean is one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever been to and had the privilege to work with.


Our trip to Mexico to record also has parallel karma. After serendipitously finding Judith and having all 13 video scripts translated to Spanish, Meehan posted an ad on Local Gringo (Mexico’s equivalent to Craig’s List) to find a Spanish voice talent. We planned on having to fly in someone from Mexico City, Merida Mexico or Cancun Mexico.

We received one reply to Meehan’s ad from a woman who knew somebody who had done voice work in the past. She referred us to David Nunez and introduced Meehan to David via email.

The really amazing part of the story is that David happened to live right in Puerto Adventures, a 5 minute walk down the beach from where Tim and I stayed at Blue Caribbean Resorts. While finishing up the Napoleon Hill Spanish recordings during our weeklong visit, we got to know David Nunez. David has two master’s degrees, one from Harvard and the other from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a marine biologist.

David chooses a life in Puerto Adventures, leaving the American fast track behind. Today David is a Biology teacher at a Puerto Adventures private school. David Nunez also founded a nonprofit organization to help repopulate the bay in Puerto Adventured with bottom feeding sea creatures that have been absent for many years due to over fishing. We accomplished our goal of recording a perfect Spanish voice of napoleon Hill and met one of the most interesting and resourceful people who has become a friend and ally of Primeau Productions. Thank you to Blue Caribbean Resorts and David Nunez for helping Primeau productions deliver Napoleon Hill’s message to the Spanish speaking population.

David Nunez has authored two books about the under water world of the Caribbean.  Both books are available on Amazon:



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A Historic Day for Space Travel-Richard Branson

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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Read the full article here:

Virgin Airlines Space Station


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Is It Still Elvis Presley? Cast Your Vote

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Camera360_2014_2_7_073257_jpgLast Monday I did another radio interview for Elvis Express Radio about the newly discovered Elvis song. Joe from the network called me about 10 am EST and asked how I knew this song had Elvis Presley singing.  I explained to him that I did forensic voice identification and compared the vocal to similar types of Elvis songs from around the same time. ‘What Now My Love’ was one of the songs I used as an exemplar, which is the second step when I conduct voice identification. In this case an exact exemplar could not be created for obvious reasons so we went with songs that were recorded around the same time and had similar vocal innovation.

We would like to know what you think about the new song.  Do you believe it’s Elvis Presley?

Joe from Elvis Express radio told me during my interview that he had been an Elvis fan for 40 years and he believed that “Living to Love You” was not sung by Elvis Presley.  I told him that I respected his opinion and we concluded the interview.

I did not think much of it because I have been an audio engineer working with world renowned and local musicians and artists as well as a forensic expert for 27+ years.  Of course I could be wrong; there is always a margin of error in any voice identification.

Today I received an email from the lawyer handling the sale of the song.  Her update is very interesting.  She hired author Tom Grace who is an Elvis expert to listen to the song and review the documents.

Tom has positive feedback regarding my forensic analysis.  After he listened to the tape he confirmed that it had to be Elvis for a different reason than my forensic voice analysis determined.

‘No one would try to make a tape to sound like Elvis with such a poor arrangement’ was his first comment.  The instruments were all out of balance including the piano. Tom said he could hear the piano and he believes he knows who the piano player was and who was playing the guitar and base.

He has researched the date and time that everyone was together and came up with February 24, 1965 in Nashville when they were recording the soundtrack for the Elvis movie “Harum Scarum.” There are three recordings documented from 11:00 p.m. to Feb 25 at 1:00 a.m.

He does not know what was recorded other than they worked on one record which was for “Harum Scarum.”  The recording was not put on a reel and must have been direct to acetate because there is a popping sound in it.  It was not copy written until 1976; a letter to Albert Lee states copy writing does not normally occur until the song is published.

Speculation is that Jimmie Crain heard that Elvis wasn’t doing well in 1976, so he checked and found the song had not been previously copy written by RCA . He apparently decided to copy write it before something happened to Elvis.

Tom Grace will be publishing his findings and the lawyer representing the sale of the song, Violet Hinton, has contacted WWMT TV 3 to interview Tom Grace in a follow up story.

If you believe this song is Elvis Presley, hit the like button on the article link on Primeau Productions’ Facebook page. You can also email us at Primeau@PrimeauProductions.com.

Bangalore Nithyananda Tape Not Genuine – Forensic Expert Ed Primeau

Monday, December 5th, 2011

4547483498_086b709089_nFollowing in the footsteps of journalist Vir Sanghvi and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who got a ‘clean chit’ from foreign experts in ‘Radiagate’ and ‘Amargate’, Swami Nithyananda had hired a US expert to prove that the video tapes showing him engaging in sex with a woman were fake.

Forensic Expert Ed Primeau with is word on audio and video Forensics.
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Professional Speaker Demo Videos Tips

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

11077487943_fe5a3851df_nWhen you’re a professional speaker, your demo video is one of the most important marketing tools—second only to your website. Any successful professional speaker today on the speaking circuit has a well produced, effective speaker demo video. But, what makes a great speaker demo video?

Grab the viewer’s attention quickly by keeping in mind who will be viewing your demo video. Corporate decision makers move through demo videos quickly and want to be drawn into your video immediately or they move on to the next candidate. Your demo video could qualify or disqualify, so make it like a movie—tell a story and engage the viewer immediately.

Your video has to describe your expertise, credentials and experience using voice over to explain why you are the right candidate for your topic message.

The following professional speaker demo video tips will help save you money and understand the video production process.

Be careful not to over state in a voice over your message. It is more appropriate to show instead of tell when it comes to your message. Whenever possible, include video clips of your message and include stories. There are always exceptions however: try to keep your clips to 3-4 minutes each so the viewer can feel as though they were in the room.

If you interact with the audience, show it in the demo. If you bring the audience on the stage, show it in your demo. If you are funny, add humor clips; if you are not funny, don’t try to be funny.

Try to use more than one digital video keynote presentation. If you only have one that looks and sounds good, than use one. In the past I told professional speakers to use as many stages as possible, but the market has changed and almost all viewers look for quality. Make sure you qualify the video recording company before you hire then to record your presentation.

When deciding to video record your keynote presentation, choose events that have nicely lit and decorated stages whenever possible. Of course, high quality footage with a basic stage is better than low quality or no video at all.

If you can afford it, use two or even three camera angles. The third camera could be locked down and have no camera operator. In the edit suite, we can edit the third camera to add movement to the demo video clips more so than with one or two cameras. We live in the MTV generation where viewers are used to seeing multiple camera angles. Plus, this switching of cameras in your demo video clips adds energy.

Use the built in camera microphones from camera two and three to capture the audience reaction and mix audio accordingly in the edit. It’s great when the viewer has the full sound perspective as if they are right in the same room

The speaking industry is experiencing a major transformation. It is more important than ever to make sure your demo video is the best it can be so you get more bookings. Your financial investment in your demo video is more important today than ever!

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New Elvis Presley Song “Living to Love You” Follow up: Just the Facts

Monday, November 28th, 2011

file0001254508928Three weeks ago WWMT TV Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek called to ask if they could hire me as an audio forensic expert and conduct a voice identification on a song thought to be recorded by Elvis Presley. The following day they were at our studio with three versions of the song “Living to Love You”. I did complete voice identification and concluded that it was Elvis Aaron Presley singing the vocals.

Although the song was an odd song for Elvis to sing, RCA records has finally confirmed this week that the song was recorded in the RCA studios in Nashville Tennessee. The story on WWMT TV was correct at the moment. The interview I did on WXYZ TV had some false information because they did not do their homework as well as WWMT did. I take partial responsibility.

Monday of last week I was on the Mitch Albom Show WJR 760 am here in Detroit. I called Violet Hinton, the attorney handling the sale of the song for the family, and got the new facts.

Here is my interview with Mitch Albom:


Here are the recently released facts:
• The song is called ‘Living to Love You.’
• It was written by Jimmy Crane in 1965. Crane also wrote other songs for Elvis.
(The song was written for the film ‘Harum Scarum,’ however, it did not fit in with other tracks for the movie, so the song was dropped. Also written for the film was ‘Harem Holiday,’ which Jimmy Crane collaborated on with Peter Andreoli and Vince Poncia, Jr.)
• The song was recorded in the RCA Studio of Nashville, Tennessee in February of 1965.
• The pianist playing on the song was either Tiny Brooks or Floyd Cramer.
• Years later, in 1976, Jimmy Crane was conversing with Albert Lee regarding to the song. They agreed upon releasing the song, and Crane went to pursue getting the copyright back from RCA. This proved to be difficult, due to RCA not having a record of the song as it was omitted from the Harum Scarum soundtrack. However, Crane did succeed in acquiring the copyright in the end. However, the song was not released at that time.
• The contract regarding the song was signed that year, in 1976, by Albert Lee, his wife Delores Lee, and Jimmy Crane. The second contract was signed in 2009 and it extended the agreement between the three parties.
• Jimmy Lee became ill and passed away. Albert Lee, the producer of the song, decided that he wanted the song to get out, however, his studio was broken into and a lot of equipment was stolen. As a result, his wife moved what remained to their attic. Here the ‘Living to Love You’ track would remain for several years. Albert Lee passed away at age 93.
• The items pertaining to the song: the actual tape (which was created in 1968) and the signed contracts will all be auctioned off at Christie’s.
• The lawyer handling the sale is Violet Hinton (269-986-2368).

Subscribe to this blog because we hope to post a portion of the song “Living to Love You” in a few days.

New Elvis Song Discovered

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

SAMSON TXM20 1000w POWERED MIXER-SLIDERSNearly thirty four years after The King’s death, a new song has been discovered and confirmed forensically to be the king himself, Elvis Presley. Ed Primeau was contacted by Mike Chesney of WWMT TV 3 the CBS affiliate in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Michigan to use his voice identification expertise to confirm the song is genuine.

Ed Primeau is president of Primeau Productions, LLC based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan, as well as a well-respected audio and video forensic expert.

The TV crew arrived about 10 am last Tuesday and gave Ed the three versions of the song “Living to Love You” which was written by a deceased Grand Rapids resident and performed by Elvis Presley.  The crew filmed Ed’s forensic investigation and then interviewed him about his conclusion.

Ed’s theory is that while in the Detroit area in 1976, Elvis had an interest in this song whose lyrics made their way to the King prior to his visit.  According to Primeau, “Elvis liked the song and recorded a demo, which is what we have in these recordings.”

The three versions are vocals and piano only and do not sound like an Elvis song, which may be a huge reason why the song was not recorded and released.  Primeau referred the film crew to Gary Graff, an icon rock journalist and Billbord magazine columnist who is a friend of Primeau’s and local Metro Detroit Area resident.  He also confirmed the song to be Elvis himself.  Graff also commented on Primea’s forensic credentials and conclusion in the video interview.

There are three criteria for conducting voice identification, critical listening skills, electronic measurement and visual inspection of the sound wave.  “Living to Love You” was compared to two other Elvis songs recorded around the same time that served as an exemplar of Elvis Presley’s voice.  The vocal tone, vibrato and style of singing is an identical match to Elvis Presley.

Traditionally, a voice identification test includes the forensic expert making an exemplar of the person in questions voice to compare with the recording in question. Since Elvis is dead, Primeau used the two songs the TV crew provided and he agreed on them as exemplars.

Primeau noted the vibrato resonance and style matched Elvis Presley’s.  Primeau went further and downloaded a sample of an Elvis impersonator from the Internet and compared that voice to the recordings in question.  Using digital spectrograph technology, Primeau compared the two known Elvis songs, the three takes of “Living to Love You”, the impersonator and a Neil Diamond song.  The spectrographic readings confirmed Primeau’s opinion and displayed the obvious results for the TV crew.

The significance of this new song by Elvis Presley is that it will stimulate fan interest in existing Elvis material and fetch a generous amount of money at auction, should that ever happen. It has been a long time since the king released any material and his estate Graceland is yet to comment on the discovery.

WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit also picked up the story about the new Elvis song and interviewed Ed.

How to Record Great Video Footage Every Time

Friday, November 4th, 2011


In this article, I would like to communicate some tips and techniques to help you get great live speaking footage every time.

Introduction to the producer or director

The first thing you must do is meet your producer or director.  Who is in charge of the video portion of your event? One way to meet this person is to ask your meeting planner for an introduction. Another is to call the facility where you will be speaking and ask them to introduce you.  Either way, meeting the producer or director of your event is the first step in getting great footage.

You want to begin by thanking them for meeting with you.  Tell them you are glad to have their professionalism for your video recording.  Tell them your main purpose speaking to this group is to give their audience the best information and value about your expertise.

Tell them that you understand it is crucial that your wish for a perfect video recording does not interfere with the live audience.

Live Video recording

Assure them that you are comfortable if they have to stop you for an unexpected reason if something should go wrong with the sound or video.  Let them know how important it for you to have footage of this speaking engagement.  Ask them for their suggestions, but remember, they are busy like everyone else.  Don’t talk their ear off.  Rather, earn their respect.  They are like the chief in the kitchen preparing your food.

Keep in mind as professionals, they charge for their services accordingly.  Ask them in advance about any fees associated with you getting a clone of the digital video footage they will be recording.  Ask that they do everything possible to make the footage they record first class.

The Rehearsal

If at all possible, rehearse before you go on either the day of or the night before.  This includes checking the lighting for even, consistent lighting; wireless audio microphone radio frequency drop outs; or interference and equipment functionality.

Test record a 2 or 3 minute section of your presentation and play it back. Listen to the audio through headphones and view from your confidence monitor or viewfinder.  Listen carefully for hums or buzzes.  Absolutely no hums or buzzes should be acceptable.

You will hear room noise and HVAC (heating and cooling) systems.  There is not much you can do about that since it is a hotel or meeting facility and not a sound stage!

About Digital Video Equipment

Most Digital cameras are tapeless.  Format transfer is one of the hardest parts of using your live digital video footage.  Try to get your footage in full quality Quicktime format (.MOV file format).  If there is a charge for that, it’s probably worth it.  Here’s why;

Various manufactures of digital video cameras use their own proprietary encoding.

Production companies like Primeau Productions who will be creating your speaker demo video will need to convert that proprietary footage to use for editing in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro or Avid.  More than likely, it will be more cost effective for you to have the live production company do the format conversion.

If Primeau Productions does the conversion, we will have to search the Internet, locate the proper converting software and reformat that live digital video in our studio before beginning your demo video editing.  More than likely, it would be better to have the live production company do the conversion since they have done it before and have the process down.  After all, it’s their equipment.

What other Equipment Should You Expect?

(2) 400-600 watt lights minimum. More than likely, you will be on a general session stage with plenty of lighting.  FYI- white light is best for video.  Suggest they not use any color fills unless those colors compliment your skin color.  Sometimes blue or red fill lighting will make you look better on camera.

Is it possible for them to have a back up wireless microphone to use in case your main microphone should fail? Microphone failure is probably the number one reason your video could not turn out.

Audience reaction microphones


Our client Steve Rizzo always speaks to the production team before he delivers his presentation to request that audience microphones be strategically placed around the general session room to pick up the audience reaction.

This signal from these microphones should be sent to an isolated channel on the video recording; separate from your main speaking microphone.  That way the post production company or editing team can mix the sound during the editing session.

You can also use the camera microphone to capture audience reaction/applause and assign to the isolated track or use the B camera to record audience reaction (if you have the luxury of a 2 camera recording).

The Room Set Up

Do what you can to make sure the room and stage look good on video.  Sometimes the littlest things will make your video look sloppy. Are there tables that can be moved off the stage to give you more room? Anything you can do or say to keep wait staff and other persons from walking around during your presentation?

If you Hired the Crew to Video Record Your Presentation


Recommend a stage direction if you have a choice.  Position it away from kitchen doors and exit signs.  Windows and mirrors could also similarly ruin your shot.   If possible, recommend that they build the room set up from the rear forward. Give as much distance from the wall behind the stage if possible.  It will then be out of focus.  If there is a drape, please make sure your outfit does not blend in with the drape color.

In the back of the room, set up two risers for the main camera;  One riser is for the camera and one for the camera operator.  (Avoid footage that is shaky.) Double this for two cameras.

What does the shot look like in your viewfinder or monitor?

As a video producer, it is my preference to NOT have a center aisle if at all possible.  It adds energy and value to your video footage to see the audience in the shot, even if it is the backs of their heads.  If this is not possible, place the camera to one side or the other in the rear of the room instead of shooting straight up the middle, center aisle.

People are becoming more sensitive to having their group’s faces on camera for your video.  Be considerate and make sure what your clients protocol is not violated.

Take into consideration what the camera shot will look like from each back corner location.  If you choose the back right corner because there is electrical outlets readily available, turn the camera on using your battery to take a quick look at the shot before setting up to stay at that location.  What do you see in the viewfinder?  If there are undesirable exit signs, thermostats or kitchen doors in the shot, move the camera so they are NOT in the shot.  Pipe and drape may be worth the investment if you are not happy with the back ground look.  Beware, black drape sucks out light but looks better than royal blue and maroon.

Types of Camera Shots

Try to arrange your camera “A” shot to have audience presence.  If the stage is too high then have your “A” camera capture you on stage.  Get a variety of slow push in and pull out shots so your entire recorded speech does not look the same. .

Ask your camera operator to shoot as if their camera were live all the time.  You do not have to constantly move in and out…just occasionally.  Medium body shot (waist up) a majority of the time.

It is important that you have movement in the video. If you move around a lot on stage, let the camera operator know.  It’s best to stay with a medium to wide shot if you move around a lot while speaking.  Do not be as concerned with zooming in and out. If you move around a lot on stage, then the camera operator does not have to do a lot of zooming in and out.  Ask them to use their professional judgment.  The fact that you spoke to the camera operator and told them what you are looking for will increase your odds in getting great footage.

Hopefully the room is large enough so the video does not look too compressed and busy.  We know this may be out of your control. However, when you arrive and realize the room is too small, ask if your program can be moved to a larger room.  One out of ten times one is available and we move.  The more room, the better the footage!

If we are shooting more than one camera, we get a variety of interesting shots with camera two.  Some would include larger audience shots; others would be four, three, and two person audience shots.  Make sure nobody in your shots is sleeping, looking bored or picking their nose.  Find the audience members enjoying themselves and get it on tape. When recording audience shots, stay on the shot for a minimum of 15 seconds—stay longer if you anticipate a punch line.  Get as many audience members as possible so all your audience footage does not look the same.

If you are comfortable, get some other shots of you walking on stage, taken on stage from behind you with the audience in front; side angle shots; quick pans to the audience and back; and shots we could use for a montage or transition or edit.  Wide shots from the rear of the room showing the IMAG (image magnification screens) are also desirable.

If your client is video recording one camera and you would like to add another, ask for permission to bring in another camera operator that will record all “B” roll shots as outlined above.

When you hire a second camera operator, ask them to keep their camera in manual iris and focus.  Set the iris once for the stage area and adjust only if necessary.  We do not want video footage that comes in and out of focus constantly throughout the presentation which is what auto focus will do because you are moving around.


Although lighting is not as crucial as back in the Beta camera days, but it is still important.

If you are bringing in your own crew, lighting should be done from far room left and right as close to the stage as possible.  Back of the room lighting will cause shadows behind you.  Place your lights extremely wide so that the shadows are out of the shot.

By placing your lights close to the front of the room and wide, the shadows will be far left and right behind the performer.  When you are shooting, these shadows will be out of your shot because you are not shooting extremely wide shots.  Try not to have any shadows in the shot.  If necessary, use back lighting to help accent the performer and remove any shadows.

Place the (2) lights against the walls stage left and right and use sandbags or grip tape so if they are bumped they will not fall over.

Use back light a bit for depth near the back extreme side points of the stage so the lights do not get in the shot.


Please give your live producer or director complete amnesty.  Ask them to help you look your best.  Make sure you don’t have any stray or fly away hair strands before performing.  Women, this is especially important for you. How does your lipstick look?

Men, is your tie straight?

I know this may be uncomfortable but I promise you we will not mind the feedback.  Take one final look in the video monitor before you begin your presentation to make sure you look great.


You are using this footage to produce a promotional or demo video that will get you business.  It is crucial that the footage look exciting and interesting.  PLEASE do all you can to avoid empty seats in any of your video shots.

If we are using two cameras, make sure the second camera (if shooting audience faces) does NOT show empty seats.

Hide all lavaliere wireless microphone wires; make sure to always use fresh batteries.  Please ask the production crew to let you know if something on your person is not right.

If you use a lavaliere microphone, make sure the microphone capsule does not rub against your jacket, tie or scarf.

Photographer Notification

If the group has hired a photographer, please meet with the photographer, introduce yourself, and ask they not get in any of your shots.  Of course you can’t help the flash going off.  In fact, that looks kind of cool in the video.  However, it has to be understood that they stay out of the video by not walking through your shots.

This entire process should not take you more than one hour including a rehearsal. Primeau Productions believes this is time well spent to do everything you can to make sure an excellent opportunity to get great video footage is not missed. All great speaker demo videos begin with great footage.

One final thought; if you hate being photographed, try to convince yourself you like to be photographed.  Based on our professional experience, we have found that if people hate being photographed or video recorded, their footage will probably look bad.  If you embrace the video recording process, smile and love the camera, the audience will love you in the room and at home.

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