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July 11, 2015
Neil Tanner iPhone announcement ABC
Teleprompter Career Gratitude
I’ve been teleprompting professionally for at least 26 years now. I started thinking how cool life is. I just felt it needed to be put out […]
May 11, 2015
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Can’t I just do my own teleprompting?
“Why don’t I just rent your teleprompter and do this myself?” People watch us operate our gear and see that the show is smooth with great […]
May 10, 2015
A speaker using his hands to make a point
“I’m just starting out. Hiring a teleprompter operator is overkill.”
You don’t need to hire a teleprompting professional. But I really recommend not using a teleprompter app on autoscroll by yourself. Just get your spouse, friend, […]
May 9, 2015
Handwritten cheat sheet
The old days of teleprompting
A history lesson on teleprompters from the early 90’s… Instead of bright, lightweight LCD or LED monitors that you can use outside in the sun, running […]
April 2, 2015
Green teleprompting
Going green or bad car day?
Both… I generally try to take mass transit when I do teleprompting in downtown SF, even if it means lugging cases and carts on BART. Today […]
October 8, 2014
Barack Obama and Neil Tanner backstage
Who are some famous people you’ve done teleprompting for?
I get asked this question a lot. I imagine it helps with the pedigree and trust.  I’m proud of my clients over the 20 years of […]
June 1, 2014
Neil with Pendarvis Harshaw
Zen Teleprompting
Teleprompting is a dance. People often assume that the teleprompter operator drives the speed of the speech. They think that we just set the pace and […]
March 1, 2014
What teleprompter equipment do I use?
I’ve seen a lot of changes in the teleprompter industry. When I first started, a teleprompter was mostly limited to the studio. I used my client’s […]
January 7, 2014
Michael Bay’s CES meltdown from a teleprompter operator’s perspective
The awkward Michael Bay teleprompter moment has been shared worldwide, yet it could have been easily prevented. Director Michael Bay spoke briefly at the Consumer Electronics […]
January 6, 2014
How does a teleprompter work?
A teleprompter is the modern version of “smoke and mirrors.” There was this theatrical method called “Pepper’s Ghost” in the 1860’s that used a stretched piece […]
December 17, 2013
How does a presidential teleprompter work?
The presidential teleprompter demystified: no, the audience can’t see your words. When I was a kid, and saw photographs of these glass panels around a lectern, […]
December 11, 2013
Why did I superimpose teleprompter text over the Director’s face?
I’ve wanted to try putting teleprompted script over a person’s face for years. It made sense: put the words for the talent to read as usual, […]

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