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Brainstorm depicts hung parliament

18 May 2010
Brainstorm depicts hung parliament

With the UK election furore finally dying down, Brainstorm is highlighting its impressive role in providing a full suite of data-driven 2D and 3D graphics for the BBC’s Election Night coverage.

The graphics consisted of an updating tally, lower third flashes, name straps and full-form results showing 3D map location and vote share, change and swing in realtime.

The coverage featured a new U-Touch Touch screen running 3D graphics showing a data-driven map of the UK with the ability to select individual constituencies and show share, change, swing and turnout.

A multi-camera virtual set allowed further analysis using a 3D “swingometer”, a 3D model of the House of Commons and a data table touchscreen that allowed comparisons of possible coalitions and hung parliament scenarios. Multiple tracking systems catered for a 44’ MovieBird crane, camera pedestals and a Steadicam system to be used.

Brainstorm’s software and services were used to produce all of the broadcaster’s live 3D graphics for their television coverage of the 2005 General Elections and local elections in 2006, 2007 and 2008 (virtual studios, lower-third, full-form graphics and maps).

“We have completed another round of live television election graphics for the BBC and are extremely happy with the results,” said Brainstorm CEO, Ricardo Montesa. “We have developed a very close working relationship with the election production teams and all involved work extremely hard in the build up to the shows. The designs provided us with an excellent opportunity to showcase the power and sophistication of our software,” he added.

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