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Welcome back to the Eurovision Diary!

My name is Ola Melzig, and I’m the Technical Director for the show, responsible for lighting, sound, staging, rigging, automation, LED, projection and pyro, so I’ll have my hands full, for sure.

Bookmark this page to get your daily updates - they will appear in order of the most recent news first, going backwards. If you've missed any days, there is a menu on the right. We'll stick to the format from previous years, where we post the daily news from what happened the day before, because we work late and don't want you to miss anything from the previous night!

So this is for you, dear readers. WELCOME to our daily lives.    Yours truly, Ola Melzig, Technical Director

April 18

Tere muusikasõpradele!

First of all, I would like to thank my wonderful wife for sharing pictures like the one yesterday with rest of the world. Her shoe account is from now on TERMINATED.

Fight fire with fire..........

By the way! I've a question that has been bugging me for a long time: What was the greatest thing BEFORE sliced bread?

 

1joan

Our new office has those ergonomic tables that you can elevate just by pushing a button, if they are plugged in to an outlet. Joan had a blast when she realized that she could actually sit on the table top, and ride up and down.

 

1cups

Revenge! Thomas told the runner that the plastic cups they sell at the grocery store accross the street would fit in my Espresso Machine. I said ¨no way¨ but he insisted, and the runner went away to buy 200 cups that were completely worthless for anything but building plastic cup castles all over Thomas' desk while he was in a meeting. I'm the eat in creative!

 

1news

 You make it to the front page of the newspaper, and you look like a retard. Good job!

 

1berra

 Bertil is still on track with all our trucks. Tomorrow there are 9 coming from Tait with staging. Awesome!

 

1busstop

The follow spot buss stops are being built and prepped in the practice hall. We have a 2D cam running all the way through the venue, so we had to divide everything in left and right, including the buss stop. So we'll have two of these, with three operators in each, doing the front key lighting. In addition to that, we've 2 on level five for key light on the satellite stage, and 6 back spots, so 14 in total.

 

1radios

Gustav Ehn, also know as Lasse Gurra Aktersnurra is managing all the radios. We've 250 on site, and I've not managed to lose one yet! But I managed to misplace my Segway key twice now, and the actual Segway three times......... Can't win them all.............

 

1CPs

All the pre rigged lighting trusses have been rolled into the arena from the practice hall, and are picked up as soon as their hoists are ready.

 

1hanglights

The rigging in the backstage area is COMPACT! Lighting, sound, video, camera and staging all need a lot of rigging points in this area, and some bits take much longer to get in, and some bits go much faster than estimated. At the 4PM technical production meeting, we were half a day behind schedule. When we left the arena a couple of hours later, we were half a day ahead of schedule. That's how small margins there are!

 

1meeting

The 4PM Technical Production Meeting. At this meeting we gather representives from ALL areas within the production. So it's my Technical Production Team, SVT Managemet Team, Broadcast, Health & Safety, Gaffer, Transports, Venue, Rigging, Stage Management, Staging & Automation, Props and Backline, Sound, Lights, Video, Pyro, and Generators.

 

We put the amp in Champions!

Contact Ola Melzig

  • Europe  +46 704 104 343
  • US +1 719 466 1785
  • ola {at} m-m-pr.com

Contact Joan Lyman Melzig

  • Europe  +46 708 204 767
  • US +1 719 466 1784
  • joan {at} m-m-pr.com