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TCS Skquattro captures The Voice at Salford Quays

19 April 2013
TCS Skquattro captures The Voice at Salford Quays

A Skquattro pedestal from TCS formed the basis for creative new shooting techniques during production of The Voice UK in early April. Blind auditions for the second series were shot for the first time in HQ1, the 12,500 sq m Dock 10 studio at Salford Quays, for transmission on BBC One. "The Skquattro pedestal was high on my wish list of camera support mountings for the studio recordings of The Voice – The Blind Auditions," comments camera supervisor Phil Ingamells, working alongside director Richard van’t Riet. "The Skquattro, made by and rentable from TCS, offered us fantastic possibilities for new shots that would not have been achievable on another camera mounting. I wanted full control of the camera and ped whilst being able to crab, in vision, at variable speeds. This unique mounting, a Vinten Quattro ped column mounted on a skatewheeled-based skid, gave me, the operator, an extensive range of options. "We laid 15 metres of track with a 90% curve in front of the coaches’ chairs (they only spin their chairs upstage once they’ve decided they want the act they’re listening to) and then crabbed across to their positions; this enabled us to keep two shots and singles with focus pulls to and from the acts in the background. Production were delighted with these new variations in shots. Using an HJ14 lens also gave us an exceptional 4 shot from a variety of heights and angles with seamless in-vision moves between positions."

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