What up music lovers!? Stand in rehearsals are going very well, and it's wonderful to see how it all comes together on stage!
One thing that is kind of crucial when you do television is photographers! So, lets' check them out today.
We got a total of 17 cameras in the main hall, and another 6 in the greenroom.
Here are our 3 main cameras that takes all the frontal close ups and mid shots. You can see an iPad on the right side of the camera handle. This is the individual shot list that each photographer has. We are using a software called CuePilot on Eurovision since 2013. The director's script all their songs on an online platform, to the same time code that we are using for sound, light, pyro, video and automation. The scripts are uploaded to a computer that controls the vision mixer. This is how we can do so exact cutting of camera shots and be able to repeat them time after time.
We have the CuePilot information superimposed to all monitors that we use for viewing of the rehearsals, so everyone always sees the shot number, what camera it is, the duration of the shot, and the time code. This is an extremely powerful tool for us to revieve and handle feedback from all the delegations.
We are using GrassValley LDX 86N series cameras that are running in 1080@50i . That means 1920x1090 with 50 frames per second interlaced frame rate.
All cameras are supplied by NEP Sweden, so they come from faaaaaaaaaaaar away!
Besides the piedestal cameras, we also have Steadicam operators. Here is Daniel, whom is, like most of our photographers , from Israel. He is carrying on the legacy of his father Itzik, a legendary Steadicam operator.
And here is his Norwegian brother from another mother, Tim. The red arrow points at his focus puller Stephanie, while the green one points at a Muppet named Oskar. We'll have a thirrd Steadicam operator in greenroom, and his name is most probably not Sven. But I'll investigate and get back to you as soon as we start with rehearsals in there!
We also have two cranes in our set up. This is the stage right, or camera left if you like, 52ft telescopic Moviebird crane. We have a 45ft on the opposite side. There are also two rails with telescopic heads in the main venue. One in front of our main cameras, and one following the shape of the main stage on stage left.
Least but not last, we have a 2D wire camera system that can fly through the entire hall. Both cranes, rails and the 2D cam is supplied by Opertec.
Over and out!
Tjäääääänare! And welcome to another day in the no drama zone of Eurovision! A very special thanks to my super duper awesome Shira Horovitz whom is running around in the venue taking a lot of pictures while I'm busy with goofing around!
Mr. Mumzig and Mr. Björkskaft has some AMAZING news to give you in a couple of days! Marvin is bitter...........
So, we decided to cheer him up with a goofy look. No success. Still bitter.
So, we tried with a bit more passion. Still bitter! He claims he was focused.........
Here are more focused people........ Lechay, Eyal and Anat enjoying the rehearsals!
What do you get if you take a half Russian, Half German ex-army girl? An awesome floor manager of course! Say HELLO to our Senior Floor Manager Ruthie! Mess with her, and you will dance in the dark, off camera, outside the venue. And you will never be let back in again. Love you girl!
Say HELLO to the Chief of Staff at KAN, Ayala Mizrahi. As you might have noticed by now, this country is FULL of drop-dead gorgeous women.
And say HELLO to our current superstars! The artists for our stand in rehearsals!
These wonderful and talented singers and dancers has practiced for months to learn the lyrics and choreography for ALL the songs in our show. Their rehearsals are done with full production, and it might be the most secret thing going on in the universe at the moment.
We record all rehearsals, and the final take is sent to the delegation, so they can review their song, performed on our stage, weeks before they show up here. It also gives the production a chance to practice all the routines that is involved with handling the routes for all our performers. Here is a happy gang ready to go on stage after their in- ear rehearsal.
As you can see, our audince goes absolutely bonkers!
The venue is an absolute NO PHOTOGRAPHY zone at the moment. But we figured we can give you a glimpse of what is going on, since this image really doesn't reveal any secrets, or tell you what country this is for.
The first one that can guess who it is, wins a signed crew shirt from Modern Talking.
Here is the all time favorite song of Johannes Schau!
Checking back in with you from the epicenter of greatness! I just heard from Yuval Cohen that he'll be ready with the script on June 28, so we are in good hands everybody!
There has been reports about strange Muppets making their way into the arena lately. I managed to capture one of them on film. Let us know if you know who this person is!
Seconds later I found another one. He smelled like diesel, just like the first one! Any information you can give to us about who this is will be greatly awarded with free tickets to the Grand Final!
Sorry! No free tickets for y'all! It turns out that it was our stage crew, headed by our Senior Stage Manager Tobbe Berg and his two ninjas, Oskar ¨Bearnaise¨ Österlie and Henrik ¨Hank¨ Israelsson. Thin about it! What a proper last name Hank has!!!!!
Say HELLO to our Head of Press and International Relations Tal Barnea! He was feeling red yesterday!
Say HELLO to our Tenders and IMS manager Kobi Nussbaum! As you can see, he already picked his favorite host! Lucy Ayoub is clearly his choice!
I can't really show you any stage shots at the moment since we are in stand in rehearsal mode. So, let's take a look in the opposite direction! We use a total of 278 DTS Katana as our main fixture in this area.
We use ROBE BMFL and Mega Pointe as spots over the audience.
Finally, the whole arena is outlined with Sharpy Washes to define the room.
They said it would never rain in Tel Aviv in April........... well...... it did....... and more!
See you mushkins tomorrow!