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Camera Corps Teams Up With IMG Productions

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Camera Corps has teamed up with IMG Productions to deliver a project for the BDO World Darts Championships.

Simon Wheeler, Executive Producer/Director, IMG Productions, said: "Channel 4 UK secured an agreement in summer 2016 to become the new terrestrial home of the British Darts Association's 2017-2018 BDO World Darts Championships. We produced the live coverage and managed the technical resources. Keen to try something new for the event's 40th year, we approached Camera Corps to deliver an advanced style of tracking shot showing players entering and exiting the stage. Camera Corps has long experience of capturing sports action in a really eye-catching way and proved highly efficient. The shots were excellent, offering stable tracking and insightful shots of players connections."

Barry Parker, Commercial Manager, Camera Corps, added: "The challenge was to televise each player's entrance plus the audience reactions as contestants walked towards to the oche prior to commencing each game. We proposed locating our recently developed low-level track behind the player’s walkway. This was fitted with an Egripment 205 remote head, Hitachi DKH-200 camera and Fujinon 12x4.5 lens. It formed an ideal solution and integrated well with the existing camera coverage. Working closely with IMG, the OB provider, set builders and the venue, our senior track engineer James Woods provided and operated an 8 metre section of track. The track was mounted at head height and semi-concealed so that all the audience could see was the camera lens. Used across the finals weekend, it proved to be a smooth, quiet and unobtrusive system providing memorable shots of players and fans as well as adding to the overall coverage both in HD 1080P and upconverted to 4K for BT Sport's coverage."


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