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In June, I had the pleasure of operating Steadicam on Ellie Goulding’s new music promo for the US. The promo is for her UK hit ‘Starry Eyed’, which was shot on the ARRI Alexa, which I’m working with a lot at the moment – there are also Alexa bodies on set at ‘Bound’ (BBC Drama being shot in Sheffield, which I am currently doing Steadicam dailies on)
We posted some information about the background to the Ellie Goulding shoot in a previous blog.
Here is a link for the completed promo on our YouTube channel, currently being screened in the US. http://www.youtube.com/user/steadifacilities?feature=mhee#p/a/f/1/fBf2v4mLM8k
In July 2011, the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision team undertook another test day for our unique Steadi Tracker – the Steadicam Motorbike solution. Designed with Cycling and Marathon coverage in mind, our system comprises of a Steadicam system hardmounted onto a Motorbike. This provides hugely versatile tracking solutions, and provides constantly-usable Steadicam tracking shots at the traditional three-quarter angle used for race coverage.
The arm is hardmounted via a plate onto the rear of the Motorbike via a custom plate. For maximum flexibility and operator comfort, we have now also designed a safety brace, comprising of speedrail, which doubles up as a mounting position for an external monitor. The hardmounted monitor is used as a substitute for the usual Steadicam monitor, and provides a 100% viewable image, no matter what angle the motorbike is travelling at.
With our design work now finalised, we will be producing a high-profile showreel in coming weeks, and also launching a brand identity and web presence – watch this space…
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing with semi-regular work in Scotland, making a change from the usual football OBs, in June we travelled to Edinburgh for Steadicam dailies on the BBC Comedy ‘Pram Face’ for TX initially on BBC3, followed by BBC2.
Shot on the RED MX, with Superspeeds and the ARRI LCS onboard the rig, our sequences were a part of the script, set amongst a public event organised by Run Scotland, and presented the challenge of shooting with two units, in a public area – which required a combination of skills including spacial awareness, a multicamera OB mentality of avoiding the ‘A’ camera, and the stamina required more often on a broadcast as opposed to a Drama or Feature. With sequences involving running, jogging and parallel tracking, plus some low mode angles, it was a tough but productive day, which went well.
We have been continuing our work with England Athletics, and we have three Championship events at Bedford which the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision team are covering across the summer.
The first of these events was a resounding success, with a 7-camera PPU, including HJ40 long lens, Steadicam, Jimmy Jib and minicams, in addition to 2 x RF Cameras and fixed camera positions in the stands. With coverage as live, with web uploads throughout the two days, web hits alone grew to 10,000+ on the first day. Equipment and facilities provided included:
- 5 x SDI Camera Channels
- 2 x 16:9 SD Minicams
- 6 x atmos mics
- Radio Comms
- 2 x RF Camera systems
- Power, Camera, Audio cabling around the 400 metre track
- 6 x Camera Operators
- 1 x Vision Director
- 1 x Racks Engineer
- 2 x Editors
- 1 x Production Manager
- 5 x MacBooks
- 1 x PPU
- …and a LOT of cabling!
In June, we shot the promo for Ellie Goulding’s track ‘Starry Eyed’ for the US audience, on location in West London. Shot on the ARRI Alexa, including low mode running shots, performance pieces and tracking shots, I was fortunate enough to operate Steadicam for the vast majority of the promo, with the exception of some handheld sequences inside a car.
The final of the UEFA Champions League at Wembley in May provided plenty of work for our London office.
On the Friday before the match, we provided a full HD RF Camera system with full telemetry (Camera Control via RCP, and tally signal), which I operated handheld for the VIP dinner for officials, at the Roundhouse in Camden which included interviews, the trophy presentation, speeches and a performance of 8 tracks by the band Texas.
On the day of the match itself, we moved across to the Wembley Stadium complex, and with a full Steadicam rig, and another RF Camera system with full telemetry, we provided coverage within the VIP area at the Arena for pre and post-match entertainment and analysis, including panel discussions, music and freestyling footballers.
In addition to our Steadicam rigs and RF Camera links, our specialist camera support department, Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision, now has a full Jimmy Jib available for use. Most recently, the Jib has been used in 18ft arm reach configuration to cover Athletics, Half Marathons, and most recently an awards show at London’s Roundhouse in Camden, the venue for this year’s annual City & Guilds Awards.
Coverage of the walk-ups of winners, winner’s photographs, beauty shots of the room, and coverage of the band on-stage were all providedby our Jimmy Jib, as a part of a 4-camera HD PPU.
I was lucky enough to be part of the coverage of one of the final matches of the Scottish Premier League season once again, this year at the Kilmarnock v. Rangers match, broadcast in HD on Sky Sports with a 16-camera OB, including
2 Steadicams, operated by Hugh Richards and myself.
Following the usual warm up, players out, handshakes, first half and second half, and after a game which finished as a 5-1 win for Rangers, the celebrations began on the pitch as Rangers had won the SPL title.
With the trophy flown in by helicopter, on the ground we covered celeb
rations with the players, the trophy lift, and capturing the emotional and happy moments as the players celebrated with supporters.
After covering a full match, continuing to cover celebrations and running up and down the length of the pitch is a true test of stamina – and good fun (at the time!)
Following on from our coverage of the runBritain Reading Half Marathon, in May the Steadi Facilities Cameras & Vision crew were on location in Bristol to provide coverage of the Bristol 10k Road Race. With coverage including Steadicam, Motorbike and marked positions along the course, and helicopter coverage from Flying TV, we produced a highlights edit of the event, which is online at http://www.youtube.com/user/steadifacilities#p/u/7/qMROn_8r6Po
Occasionally, it makes a nice change to work as Focus Puller, and whatever format of camera and production type it may be, it is a good way of keeping ‘on your toes’. Most recently, I was working as Focus Puller / AC on a shoot featuring parkour ‘free runners’.
Shot on the RED MX, with Paul Mortlock (Operator) and James O’Hara (Director/Producer), with Zeiss Superspeeds, we shot from a variety of angles and locations as the artists ran, jumped, and threw themselves from one place to another. Needless to say, it was hard work keeping up with them!