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Archive for July, 2014

OB – Diamond League Athletics, Glasgow [BBC] – Jimmy Jib

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In July I was fortunate enough to be asked to rig and operate Jimmy Jib for the BBC’s Host Broadcast coverage of the Diamond League Athletics event at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The stadium, which is Scotland’s National Stadium, is home to many high profile sporting events – the Commonwealth Games upcoming being the main one this year – and is a venue which we visit annually in March for the Scottish Communities Cup Final coverage for BBC Scotland, which I operate Steadicam for.

The athletics coverage is host broadcast coverage, with a world feed and domestic feed, with separate field mixes as well, plus BBC-specific cameras to cut in, as well as packages and VTs, which play out over the host broadcast coverage.

The Jimmy Jib was rigged to 18ft, on a platform in the standard position at the end of the back straight, providing coverage of the whole back straight, 200m start area, and final turn into the home 100m straight.

With a 22x lens, tight angles all the way from the 1500m start area were available, with intricate zoom, focus and framing work to do, in addition to sweeping moves at low and high angles around the curve of the track.

The stadium looked beautiful and is all set for the Commonwealth Games – with several thousand miles of camera fibre cables already in place, thanks to the Visions riggers!

Written by Steadi Facilities Ltd : July 15th, 2014 at 4:16 pm : Posted in Latest Credits

Live Events – Royal Marines Beating Retreat – Steadicam

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This year is a sad year in some respects as our annual event in December, the British Military Tournament, is this year not happening. We have provided Steadicam and RF Facilities for the last four years on this huge annual national event at Earls Court, and it will be a quiet December without it.

Continuing on the Military theme, I recently worked as Jimmy Jib Assistant for BBC’s OB coverage of Trooping The Colour, outside Buckingham Palace in London. In addition to that, I also operated Steadicam for two days at the other end of The Mall at Horse Guards Parade, for the Royal Marines Beating Retreat event.

With a Gigawave RF Link on board the camera, our feed was sent to LED screens and recorded both as a TX and isos for editing and future programme production.

Steadicam coverage included arrival of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, marching bands, presentation of The Colour and crowd segments.

Written by Steadi Facilities Ltd : July 9th, 2014 at 3:43 pm : Posted in Latest Credits