I have a production of four plays at the Henley Fringe at the end of this month (July 2013) and on at least one night I'd like to film the show. I have at my disposal a 600D and a Sony DV, the Sony will be on a tripod at the back for the wide shot, the 600d will be doing close ups from the left on one night and the right on the next. The venue is a loft area over a pub, which is rather large I gather, not sure if the sound and lighting board will have any external mic inputs, I guess it will but I am assuming I won't be able to use it as Fringe staff often don't want to get involved in writers recording their plays by connecting up gadgets to their precious boards (and who can blame them).
So what's my options here?
Been thinking about getting a H1 and dangling it from a rafter in the centre of the stage at just over head hight. Although I could do this with a Omni directional mic and feed that into any kind of recorder, including I suppose a laptop. I also have a USB mic that I could in theory link to a 10 metre USB cable and plug that into a laptop, but not sure if 10 meters is still going to be enough distance to reach the back of the room.