Steadicam at the World Cup
Posted 11 June 2006 - 03:58 PM
Posted 11 June 2006 - 06:37 PM
Yes thay are all on cables (silly frequency rules so no links). I also had to provide a load of frequency range modulation band nonsense before they could use our focus system. Even though it uses a legal european band!
I believe at least 8 of the sleds are MK-V units (including one of our rentals). Also Usually they have two ops per game one for each half of the pitch. They are expected to be "ready" constantly they do get a brief break at half time though! Some even do the full match using frontmount vests... I wouldn't do it!
I also believe all the ops are european!
Posted 11 June 2006 - 06:42 PM
Here at the world cup we have 6 venueteams: 2 from germany, two fom england and 2 from france, I think!So no ops from the states!Sorry!
Guido "hope germany wins" Lux
Posted 12 June 2006 - 12:22 AM
PS - I can't believe production isn't going to shut down for the USA vs. Czech Republic game tomorrow. Oh, wait a minute, this is America - what am I thinking? (and it's *production* - what am I thinking?).
Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:11 AM
It would be nice to see some pictures afterwards and read what you guys made of it all. It's unfortunate that it isn't a wireless camera job, the technology has arrived for rackable wireless HD, but clearly as Ant says they're playing ball with the law! I thought another reason for the use of triax also gives the guys in the truck ultimate control over how far the rigs can move, and the area of the pitch they're restricted to. And I suppose they also use the rigs well down the tunnel before the players come onto the pitch, so no possibility of signal dropout if the rigs are cabled as opposed to wireless.
As a point aside, I've also noticed at least two ARRI 35mm cameras filming most matches, from the touchlines, on sticks. Impossible to catch the actual camera type from the fleeting glimpses you occasionally get, but interesting to see. Stand out like anything alongside the ENG guys and stills photographers!
Great work, looking forward to much more of the same!
Posted 12 June 2006 - 07:59 AM
Shaun Savage (English), Iberio Cruz (French I Believe), Fiachra Judge (Irish), Nick Bennet (English), Bruno Vilde (french) thats all I can remeber at the moment. Chris Isn't there this year.
The 35mm Film cameras are probably there for sponsers of players (Nike, adidas etc) for use in there adverts.
Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:38 AM
Posted 12 June 2006 - 06:39 PM
Posted 17 June 2006 - 11:22 AM
Just got a few minutes spare before my usa v italy game and can enlighten you to some of your queries.
6 crews on the WC, 2 from germany,france and britain. The brits are using their normal sky/itv footy ops i.e. Jim Littlehales,Hugh Richards, Steve Mitchell and myself. roland katz is operating for the germans and will be doing the final with another german op.
All crews apart from the german ones have focus pullers (normal UK setup) and cable bashers, our Genios and Aladins are working perfectly.
Because of the uncertainty of HD radio cameras being available, a decision was made over a year ago to stay with cabled HD cameras. I don't think its a frequency issue.
No transporter systems here either.
Coverage consists of teams out, anthems, match coverage and end of game pitch shots. No interviews before or after game, break at half time and take it easy untill play comes down your end. Loving every minute even with a front mounted vest!!
Four 35mm cameras have been with us on 2 games so far, they are filming "Goal 3".
Posted 19 June 2006 - 11:15 PM
USA over Ghana!!!
Posted 20 June 2006 - 05:50 AM
Are you guys all using the thin yellow triax flexi-cable from vest into the camera? I'm assuming this works even with the HD rather than SD Thomson/Grass Valley cameras?
Posted 20 June 2006 - 09:43 AM
The thin yellow triax cables were made by Mike Scott in the UK and can be used with the HD Thomson/G.V cameras.
Will try to post a few photos later.
Posted 23 June 2006 - 10:10 AM
Here are some photos of a well functioning HD wireless camera we use here in Germany at the world cup (not the games but all kinds of other things!).
You don't wanna do a whole game with this big f...ing piece of...!It weighs about 32 pounds and is extremely long! Easy to knock out you focuspuller when trying to make quick turns and knock out yourself when trying to go dj!!Not a lot of fun there!!
Guido "give me back my triax" Lux
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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:38 PM
Nice Pics, more if Riquelme is on it...
Sorry for next Friday: Argentina 2, Germany 1
Posted 25 June 2006 - 04:07 PM
i have to agree the shots are really bringing something into the homes of the viewer,and i have to say that the people who hire me for sports are watching these very kool steadicam shots,and can't wait until our soccer season begins,the world cup has opened some eyes, thanks guys i can pay my rent now LOL you guys plain rock,best wishes
Bo - thanks for the update. I think using Steadicam on the sidelines is a great idea - very dynamic and definitely enhances the experience. I'm enjoying the Steadicam shots as much as the games! Let the other ops know we're cheering them on as much as the teams playing.
USA over Ghana!!!