Zoom can be a great tool for studio and performing arts. But don’t try a 1:1 translation from physical to virtual. Consider rather the unique medium that the virtual space provides.
Encourage students to use unique and engaging virtual or physical backgrounds. They can design sets, so to speak, and use them as a backdrop for performances.
Note: if your system does not meet the technical requirements to use the virtual background or it looks fuzzy, using a green screen can help. A single, solid colored sheet of fabric can work as a makeshift greenscreen. Here’s Zoom’s guide on virtual backgrounds and greenscreens.
Encourage them to make creative and effective use of lighting and camera angles. They can use multiple devices to achieve multiple camera angles and focuses. For example, one camera can focus on a face and another can focus on the movement of hands.
Here are some other creative uses of Zoom:
- When staging performances, consider using “gallery view.” The various screens can be used to create a narrative flow. (This approach is used on Instagram for image visuals. With Zoom you have the ability to do this with video. The only caveat is you can’t control the screen arrangement live. You have to edit in post-production.)
- Develop unique opportunities for audience interaction and engagement
- Use the re-naming function creatively
When using Zoom for class activities, remember that there can be delays and lags. Plan for interruptions should they happen.
Want to see how others have used Zoom in the classroom? Check out how this theater group used Zoom.