Aaron Tveit’s thrusting hips and Vanessa Hudgens’ courageous performance after her father died the night before weren’t the only great things to come out of Grease Live!. Viewers also noticed the high production value which saw elaborate scene changes and sweeping camera movements. While the production crew made it look easy, a video inside the control room tells a different story.
Associate Director Carrie Havel uploaded the clip which shows her counting the beats and cueing different cameras. "Every shot in the show was designed and scripted by our director Alex Rudzinski. My job was to execute that plan," she wrote.
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. #GreaseLivePosted by Carrie Havel on Monday, February 1, 2016
To get a better sense of what she was doing, here’s a side-by-side comparison of what you saw on camera versus what was happening behind the scenes.