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#1 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:13 PM

Does anyone know who the 3 (by my count) operators are on the 2013 Billboards Music Awards show in Vegas? A well blocked handoff between 3 lengthy Steadicam oners pacing Taylor Swift from the dressing room to the stage just aired. I'm glad I saw it because it was technically sound, but I'm not proud to say I watched a Taylor Swift performance top to bottom. Especially great job by whoever was operating in the basement hallways. Lots of lighting and music cues to hit in various rooms and he nailed it.

Too bad the video shaders couldn't get the colorimetry on the robotic pole-cams to match the rest of the compliment. That stood out big time to my eye.

Thoughts?

Edited by Mike Germond, 19 May 2013 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:55 PM

Wow the shot is on YouTube already. It's an unofficial source so it might be pulled down later, but for now you can see the opening Steadicam sequence (ignore the music)..

 


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:33 AM

Here are the names of 3 ops who I would believe at least 2 out of the 3 names are the operators.

 Manny Bonilla

 Rob Vuona

 Tore Livia


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:39 AM

Here are the names of 3 ops who I would believe at least 2 out of the 3 names are the operators.
 Manny Bonilla
 Rob Vuona
 Tore Livia


Dave Eastwood, John Perry, Jeff Mulstock and Andrew Jansen belong on your list
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:41 AM

Does anyone know who the 3 (by my count) operators are on the 2013 Billboards Music Awards show in Vegas? A well blocked handoff between 3 lengthy Steadicam oners pacing Taylor Swift from the dressing room to the stage just aired. I'm glad I saw it because it was technically sound, but I'm not proud to say I watched a Taylor Swift performance top to bottom. Especially great job by whoever was operating in the basement hallways. Lots of lighting and music cues to hit in various rooms and he nailed it.


Dave Eastwood did the shot and it was pretaped he picked up the live shoot
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#6 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

 

Does anyone know who the 3 (by my count) operators are on the 2013 Billboards Music Awards show in Vegas? A well blocked handoff between 3 lengthy Steadicam oners pacing Taylor Swift from the dressing room to the stage just aired. I'm glad I saw it because it was technically sound, but I'm not proud to say I watched a Taylor Swift performance top to bottom. Especially great job by whoever was operating in the basement hallways. Lots of lighting and music cues to hit in various rooms and he nailed it.


Dave Eastwood did the shot and it was pretaped he picked up the live shoot

 

 

Pretapes! I don't know why that didn't cross my mind since I pull it over on viewers every day. I guess that means they did a good job. So then maybe there were only 2 ops, Dave cutting to Dave for the first 2 segments, then cutting to a 3rd operator walking her to the stage. Thanks Eric.

 

Does anybody know how many operators were on the show in total?

 

If it was Dave in the basement, good work buddy! I love the fast preceding moves through doorways and around corners, especially with the clothing rack and actors flying in from just off camera. Normally I'd think you used some lens to make them look closer, but you looked pretty wide so it must have been a tight squeeze! And the whole 360 sequence in the "production office" with the choreography and timing, through it all he kept a pretty dead-nuts horizon. At first the lead room when she rolls out of the office in the chair struck me as an "oops" in timing, but I can see how you'd need it when an amped up backup dancer is running at you with a little blonde girl in an office chair. So if it was an issue, good cover ;)

 

Now I want to know about the wireless equipment :)


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:26 AM

Dave Eastwood and Tore Livia were the Ops and the wireless system was the Link to my knowledge

 

Tore and Dave can elaborate


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:06 PM

Lots of chiming in here by guys who don't know what they are talking about. Drew Jansen did the pretape. Dave and Tore the main show, hard wired.
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#9 Andrew Jansen

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 01:37 PM

Thanks for setting the record straight Kris !! :-)


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#10 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:06 PM

So I guessed right after all. Three ops total.
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#11 Andrew Ansnick

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:48 PM

Lots of chiming in here by guys who don't know what they are talking about.


But Kris, isn't that what this forum is for?

Congrats to Drew, Dave and Tore on a great show! Also, it was good seeing you again Kris and meeting your son at Cinegear.
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#12 RonBaldwin

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 01:19 PM

I know Drew did the pre-tape, but I thought Eric and Jerry did the live show?


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