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31/07/2008

E/T/C Paris Is Unighted

Projection specialists E/T/C Paris supplied Christie video projectors, an Onlyview control system, an extensive video camera package and a digital outside broadcast van for the sensational "Unighted" event, staged at the Stade de France stadium in Paris.
Hosted by France's legendary club promoter, Cathy Guetta, the event "unighted" 5 of the world's best known DJs - David Guetta, Carl Cox, Tiësto, Martin Solveig and Joachim Garraud - in a swirling, high energy multimedia mix of aesthetics and emotions and 45,000 were there to enjoy the party!
E/T/C Paris was asked onboard by long-time collaborators Skertzo, who were chosen to create the show's scenic elements and image design.
In addition to the video projection and Onlyview system, E/T/C provided equipment and crew for all the image capturing and relaying elements of the show.
A total of 23 cameras were used - 5 broadcast (including 1 for aerial shots), 2 wireless handhelds, a wireless Steadicam, 4 remotes and 11 mini-cams - to record all of the evening's action. Footage was fed to the OB truck for processing and transmission back to the various projection, plasma and LED screens distributed around the venue.
The stadium's playing field was transformed into a huge dancefloor for the occasion. Right in the centre of the action was the impressive DJ/VJ booth, a 6 metre high by 13 metre wide 2-tiered revolving structure wrapped in Barco OLite LED tiles. E/T/C/ rigged 8 of the mini-cams around the platform to record the DJs and the clubbers surrounding them.
Three additional mini-cams were mounted inside the helicopter in which Cathy Guetta made her spectacular entrance. Once the helicopter had touched down outside the stadium, a handheld unit followed her as she sashayed her way along the hot pink carpet leading into the stadium.
Above the DJ booth, a 15-metre wide heart was suspended from the stadium roof, onto which 4 Christie Roadie 25K projectors installed in the stands beamed video sequences and animations throughout the night.
Twenty custom designed palm trees, built from special trussing, were dotted around the dancefloor and strung with various lighting fixtures and LED elements provided by Procon. E/T/C's remote cameras were installed in four of the trees, capturing footage of the public below.
In each of the 4 corners of the dancefloor was a 2 metre OLite-clad cubic podium, on which dancers, fire-eaters, acrobats, aerialists and other performers entertained guests as they grooved the night away.
The Stade de France's two daylight LED screens along with a network of 30 plasma screens positioned around the venue were utilised for relaying live and recorded camera footage from the event, plus other visuals, messaging and advertising.
The broadcast and handheld cameras were strategically positioned around the stadium, and a studio was set up where the DJs were interviewed as they finished their sets, along with other VIPs who attended for the event.
(KMcA/JM)
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