NEWTON sliding in front of the audience
When Swedish television produces its most prestigious live shows, NEWTON enables a discreet rail cam in front of the stage, without disturbing the show for the 10.000 people in the audience
SWEDISH EUROVISION QUALIFICATIONS 2017 – 2019
By Ljud & Bildmedia and Dagsljus
The Rail cam system
Ljud och Bildmedia and Dagsljus are two Swedish rental houses for film/TV production that own NEWTONs, which they both have supplied with rail cam solutions to the Melodifestivalen tour in recent years. In 2017, NEWTON was mounted on a Egripment G-Track system with a telescopic tower travelling along a 20 meter rail track between the seat rows of the audience. In 2018 and 2019 a similar system was instead placed just in front of the stage. Due to the telescopic tower and the discrete features of NEWTON, the camera could be lowered below the stage while not on air and still be discreet while on air. This gave the technical director access to a moving low angle SONY P1 camera with Canon HJ 14 lens, right in front of the performers, without disturbing the line of sight for other cameras nor the audience on site.
At these shows there was also a NEWTON system on cable cam, that you can see more about here.
Melodifestivalen 2017 was the 57th edition of the annual Swedish music competition, selecting the entry of Sweden to the Eurovision Song Contest later in the year. These ambitious qualifications consist of a 6 live show tour around the country and in 2017 this took place between 4 February and 11 March. Organized and broadcast by the Swedish state television (SVT), these events on average have 3.3 million TV viewers, a third of the country’s population, ranking these shows as the most watched programs on Swedish television.