Film & Television Directory

Broadcast Industry News

Submit News Item
01 August 2011

Polecam Proves Its Live-Stage Transparency With Kings Of Leon

Kings Of Leon, one of America's most popular rock bands, has completed a highly successful European stadium and festival tour with Polecam's narrow-profile compact camera crane.
KOL chose the Polecam system for its ability to provide dynamic long-reach closeups of the band from the stage front without obscuring the audience's view of the live performance. The band's Touring Video department uses a Polecam in the skilled hands of operator Michael Cordier.
Phil Woodhead, Head of KOL's Touring Video department, explained: "As the tour continues, we are having to adapt to every new venue. It's okay when we are running our own stadium show because then we call the shots. When we go to festivals, however, we have to work very closely with local TV companies who may be shooting for broadcast. Each festival site manager said 'No' to the Polecam at first but, once the rig was in position and there quite obviously were no sightline issues or safety issues, we were given a wholehearted 'Yes'.
"I was actually congratulated at the Roskilde festival in Norway for being the first person to be allowed to use a long-reach jib anywhere near the stage or audience. I'd love to say it was because of my wonderful wit and charm, but it was all down to the fact Polecam does what its manufacturer claims. If we had used any other type of job we would have been screwed.
"Touring operator Michael Cordier knows the rig very well and his interaction with the band is great. Before we began using Polecam, the band members were shy and backed away from cameras. They now actively use Polecam as in effect their personal performance to camera. This is great for me as the director because the shots just keep getting better.
"Michael not only operates Polecam but is one of the best LED-screen techs around so he is always needed after the show to help de-rig the displays. It takes him 15 minutes to de-rig Polecam safely and securely. That would be impossible fast with any other camera support system of comparable reach.
"Polecam has proved very cost-effective for touring. There is always the need to multitask and Polecam fits in to that protocol very well. I look forward to keeping the Polecam name high on the list of many tours to come."
The KOL deployment includes four Toshiba IK-HD1 minicams. These and the Polecam are all operated from a single remote control panel which saves a lot of space in the racks.
(KMcA)



Bookmark and Share
Top Stories
30/07/2014
SuperSport Installs Calrec Console
30/07/2014
Broadcast Networks Partners With Ross Video
30/07/2014
Globecast Provides Satellite Infrastructure For The Tour de France
30/07/2014
Wohler Provides Solution For France Télévisions' Monitoring Needs
30/07/2014
ATG Danmon To Promote Products At IBC
30/07/2014
Coronation Street Implements New Grading Workflow
29/07/2014
Channel Five Show Uses Forscene
29/07/2014
Riedel Equipment Used At Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014
29/07/2014
Square Box Systems To Display CatDV 11 Software At IBC
29/07/2014
German OB Service Provider To Set New Standards In Live Production
Industry News Archive


SEARCH NEWS

Search News
SuperSport Installs Calrec Console
Broadcast Networks Partners With Ross Video
Globecast Provides Satellite Infrastructure For The Tour de France
Wohler Provides Solution For France Télévisions' Monitoring Needs
ATG Danmon To Promote Products At IBC
Coronation Street Implements New Grading Workflow
Channel Five Show Uses Forscene
Riedel Equipment Used At Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014
Square Box Systems To Display CatDV 11 Software At IBC
German OB Service Provider To Set New Standards In Live Production
Harris Sentence Will Not Be Referred Over Leniency
Ofgem Reveals Electricity Providers Price Control Measures
60 Jobs To Go At Cardiff Insurance Company
BoE Reveals New Bonus Reclaim Rules
Public Fight Off Attacker In Attempted Rape
Ebola Outbreak Threat To UK - Hammond
Driverless Cars To Be Allowed On UK Roads Next Year
£10 Diesel Car Charge Considered For Central London
14-Month-Old Attacked By 'Bull Terrier-Type' Dog
PM To Meet Families Of MH17 Victims
Other News In Brief
Regional Film and Video Broadcast News
abc

Flagship Media Group Ltd,
Unit C3, 6 Westbank Drive, Belfast,
BT3 9LA, Northern Ireland
Tel : (028) 90319008
Contact : Click Here

Bot / Local
31/07/2014 08:24:58