a low profile telescopic rail dolly system with the NEWTON stabilized head
The compact remote camera head enabled close-up moving shots of the performance, in front of 100,000 spectators
SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT SCHÖNBRUNN 2018 & 2020
By MAT & Blackcam Systems
MAT – Mad About Technology is a German manufacturer of support systems for camera movement in the international film and TV industry. Since the foundation in 1976, the company has developed several renowned rail and tower systems and in 2014, they received an academy awards for technical achievement. MAT also do assignments with their equipment and for the Schönbrunn concert, MAT supplied 2 camera systems for the live broadcast production which used 16 cameras in total.
To capture close up dolly shots of the orchestra, MAT installed a 22 m track alongside the stage, but to make this solution discreet for the on-site audience, the track was laid underneath the stage floor. On the track, MAT mounted a MAT-Lizard Dolly® with a MAT-Towercam XS+®, creating a remote-controlled dolly with a telescopic tower reaching from ground up to eye level of the opera singer Anna Netrebko. With a NEWTON stabilized head holding an Ikegami HDL45e box camera with a canon HD 14×4.3 lens, the whole system enabled stabilized dolly shots in 2 dimensions, while being a very discreet solution for the seated audience.
In 2020, Blackcam Systems was assigned this job and brought 2 B60 remote controlled dollies with telescopic towers and NEWTON heads. They were placed both in front of and in the back of the stage, moving discreetly during the live TV broadcast.
We use NEWTON on various dollies, but especially in these kinds of situations since NEWTON delivers stable and smooth footage, while being very small in comparison to other remote stabilized heads.
Andreas Schuler, MAT, 2018
Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn is an annual outdoor concert at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria and is held since 2004 in the early summer. The concert is performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, founded in 1842 and considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world. The event in the castle gardens draws a crowd of around 100,000 people every year and 80 TV stations around the world are broadcasting the production, from the host-broadcaster ORF.
2020: First shot is from the telescopic rail cam in front of the stage
2020: Back of the stage
2020: Front of the stage
2020: Front of the stage