What It Was Like In The #GreaseLive Control Room

If you've ever wondered what it's like in the control room of a live tv production, Carrie Havel, Associate Director of GreaseLive has given us a sneak peek.

She posted the below video on her facebook page on Feb 1 and it's already had close to one million views in a few days.

A lot of people have asked what it means to be the Associate Director on a show like Grease Live.  Here's a peek behind the curtain.

Posted by Carrie Havel on Monday, 1 February 2016

Carrie's complete description posted with the video reads as below:

"A lot of people have asked what it means to be the Associate Director on a show like Grease Live.  Here's a peek behind the curtain.  Every shot in the show was designed and scripted by our director Alex Rudzinski.  My job was to execute that plan.  You hear me calling shot numbers and camera moves carefully coordinated with the music.  My head stays in the script and Alex, to my right, keeps an eye on cameras to adjust framing and pacing. #GreaseLive".

And how did they create the car chase scene - for a live production? GreaseLive's Director, Alex Rudzinski, let's us all in on the secret with the below video:

Grease Live! - Car Chase, how we did it - live.So many people have asked how the car chase scene was filmed live. Here's a little peek. We had 150 cues in 100 seconds, we had wireless speakers in the cars so the actors and crew could hear a 100 count which you can hear on this video. every department including the actors had different cues to hit at different points in the timeline. Lighting, audio, camera, staging, special effects etc. For those 100 seconds we didn't have any mics live, just sound effects and music.overhead projection and a cameraman suspended in the air achieved the aerial shots, go pro cameras on wireless video links gave us the in car footage. Danny's car was remote controlled to move at the end, it had a special electric motor and baby wheels under the car to move it as gas / petrol engines are not allowed on soundstages.

Posted by Alex Rudzinski on Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Alex captioned the video with the below:

Grease Live! - Car Chase, how we did it - live.So many people have asked how the car chase scene was filmed live. Here's a little peek. We had 150 cues in 100 seconds, we had wireless speakers in the cars so the actors and crew could hear a 100 count which you can hear on this video. every department including the actors had different cues to hit at different points in the timeline. Lighting, audio, camera, staging, special effects etc. For those 100 seconds we didn't have any mics live, just sound effects and music.overhead projection and a cameraman suspended in the air achieved the aerial shots, go pro cameras on wireless video links gave us the in car footage. Danny's car was remote controlled to move at the end, it had a special electric motor and baby wheels under the car to move it as gas / petrol engines are not allowed on soundstages.

Well done Carrie and Alex, an amazing job and thank you for the insights!

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