Behind the Soundstage
Written by Holly on Thursday June 25, 2009
As a money-strapped mom, I don't go to many concerts. Thank goodness for SOUNDSTAGE. The concert is brought to me in my own living room. All of the less-than-enjoyable aspects of a live concert (i.e. finding parking, making polite conversation with people seated near me) are eliminated but without sacrificing the uninterrupted music and live performance atmosphere.
Part of what makes SOUNDSTAGE so entertaining is the excellent use of their 12 high-definition cameras (Sony HD 1080p for those who are interested in such things). They have some cameras held in place by giant tripods, and they have some hand-held cameras (left) that are toted around on the shoulders of strong cameramen (or women, I can't be sure). My husband does this type of work from time to time. If you find yourself at an event with hand-held cameras, watch for the "grip". That's a person who is in charge of keeping the cables from tangling or tripping the cameraman. The grip is sometimes the hardest working person on the crew.
SOUNDSTAGE also makes use of a "Steadicam" (right), which is a stabilization device worn on the torso of a cameraman. It gives him the steadiness of a tripod camera but with the freedom of a hand-held camera. You might see the Steadicam operator walk around in some of the wide shots of the stage.
Another important camera is the jib camera (left). It's used for getting shots from up high in the studio and for sweeping motions, like those that start high and move down low. The jib camera operator uses electronic joysticks to control the jib arm, almost as an extension of his own body. He can pan, tilt and zoom the camera with the controls, giving a unique perspective to the concert that you couldn't get as a member of the audience.
So, while you're watching OneRepublic on SOUNDSTAGE tonight at 10pm, keep an eye out for these cameras and the shots they take. Or, even better, just sit back and enjoy the show.