So should you use a teleprompter on your shoot? Well, there are three examples that I can give you that are good reasons to use a teleprompter.
The first of which is if you’ve got a lot of information to portray. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you are, or how prepared you are, there’s just a lot of information to get across. And so a teleprompter gives you the words right in front of you. You can read them just as if you are speaking to somebody and it takes care of having to remember everything because the words are right in front of you.
The second one is kind of an issue that comes down to each person. We’ve had people who are very confident in their abilities, and they get in front of a camera and they freeze. So having a teleprompter there is kind of like having a little buddy sitting on your shoulder saying, “Hey, don’t worry, they’re right there in front of you. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.”
And the third one is really just about speed. You see set days are often on time constraints, and so we want to work through them as quickly as possible. If you have a teleprompter in front of you, you don’t have to sit there going, “Oh, did I get everything?” No, you know that you got it because the words are right in front of you.
So, should you use a teleprompter? It’s really a matter of do you have the information in your head, or would you like to have it in front of you when you’re speaking?