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Welcome to the Eurovision diary 2019

April 12

Good morning sunshines! Sorry for the late post of April 11! I had some problems with the Youtube link for Erik's birthday. It's not like I'm a technical person you know.......... I'm doing an extra big update today to compensate for that. So shut the cluck up! :-)


Apr12 1

Say HELLO to all our suppliers that are already here! Tarmo gathers them for a technical production meeting every day at 14:00 in our main conference room. Right now we have the following suppliers on site: Pyroman- Pyro. Stage Kinetik- Automation. PRG- Video & Rigging. Litecom-Lighting. Powershop-Generator Power . Agora - PA Sound and Opertec- Special Camera. Great to have you all here, and thank you for all the hard labour you put in to make this happen!


Apr12 18

Here is a happy camper that will blind you with his performance! Say HELLO to our lighting designer Ronen Najar! We'll get back with a full report of what him and his team is doing in the Wysiwyg cave in a couple of days. 


Apr12 19

And here is our other lighting designer! Say HELLO to Dakar Azulay. Dakar and Najar teamed up for the task of delivering sparkling and spectacular lighting looks for the show. And from what I can see in Wysiwyg, they are on the right way for sure!


Apr12 17

Say HELLO to one of our multi camera directors, Amir Ukrainitz!


Apr12 12

Shay Bonder! Say hello to our technical manager for video. The virtual studio has been renamed to BONDERLAND! He is, in many many ways, my new partner in crime :-)


Apr12 13

And it's up to poor Avital Friedman to keep an eye and coordinate these 4 fine men. There is actually 5 of them, but our second multi camera director, Sivan Magazanik, was funny enough to not be in the studio when I was down there yesterday. Avital had send him home with a massive pile of homework. Don't mess with this girl!


Apr12 5

Say HELLO to our Operation Manager Elad Mainz! He is well known in Israel for his pretty shoes. According to himself. I have no opinion..........


Apr12 2

But when our Site Production Manager Shulamit Bonder heard about Elad's shoe claim, she had this reaction.


Apr12 15

Say HELLO to some more members of the operation team! Noa is our front desk operator, she also is keeping our crew app updated, Michal is the office manager and Marina is our food stamp lady!


Apr12 3

There are rumors about the Litecom night crew wanting to have a meeting with me after my claim that their country, Latvia, sucked at icehockey......... Well, here is a guy that represent a country that is even worse at that game! Say HELLO to our Pyro Designer Markku Aalto, from Finland! 


Apr12 9

To be quite honest, Israel is not that great at Icehockey either. But that does not stop these brothers to smile! Say HELLO to Doron and Eyal from Irgunit that builds our stage and grandstands!


Apr12 10

Speaking of - The grandstand build started today. And it goes with the speed of lightning. There were already seats in these sections a couple of hours after I took this picture!


Apr12 16

But they were still stored outside when I was taking my daily photo tour.


Apr12 4

The Powershop boys are busy pulling cables. And they should be, since they have more than 30km of powerlock to pull. I'm sure they enjoy the 28° outside!


Apr12 14

Some of the cable is pulled up to the M floor where we have 3 dimmer cities for lighting.


Apr12 6

The curtain track is also in place.  This will be used as a layer that we can pull in front of the lighting wall, just as we did last year in Portugal.


Apr12 7

The massive revolving video panels are almost done. Only 4 to go! We use ROE CB5 panels for the columns. The CB5 is a black face LED panel with 5,77 mm pixel pitch. This is the most high res video wall we have ever used in Eurovision. It will look amazing!


Apr12 8

Here is the massive back structure of the panels. This side will be covered with mirrors which will give us a very big and different layer in our set, when we spin the walls 180° . It will look poptastic!


Here is the first test! First you'll see the side to side movement, and then a 90° revolve. Awesome!


Apr12 11

We even got the audience screens up! If you've ever done video on a Eurovision, you KNOW that these babies will move a couple of times before everyone is happy. It's the law................

Have a great weekend you all! The diary takes a break over the weekend, and will be back on Monday with more fun!!!!!


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