Over 400 feet of camera track and a large inventory of camera support equipment were fielded by The Camera Store (TCS), a Vitec Group company, for the high-definition broadcast coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
“Glastonbury is one of the most popular events in the annual broadcasting calendar, comments David Fader, Operations Manager at TCS. “Given the festival’s rural location and the unpredictability of British weather, it can also be one of the most challenging as camera crews and their equipment have to be ready for anything from a rainstorm to a mud bath. The big-name stage music performances take place under cover but others are held out in the open. Precise camera movement is a vital ingredient for television directors so offering mountings that go on rail is an integral part of our business.”
Working closely with Arena Television Ltd and SIS LIVE, TCS supplied two of its own-design fixed and tracking Skquattro pedestals, 14 Vinten Osprey Elite pedestals, 15 Vinten Vision 250 pan and tilt heads 11 Vinten tracking skids and nearly 2 kilometres of SMPTE grade camera fibre.
Set-up commenced on Monday 24 June in preparation for the event’s five-day duration at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. The 26-30 June festival itself attracted very high attendance, all 135,000 tickets selling in a record 1 hour and 40 minutes from first going on sale.
Highlights of the festival were broadcast on BBC 2, including a two-hour Glastonbury debut by the Rolling Stones which achieved an estimated peak audience of 2.6 million viewers.
Glastonbury is the largest green-field festival in the world, requiring extensive infrastructure in terms of security, transport, water and electricity supply. The majority of staff are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of pounds for good causes.
A division of the Arena Group based at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, Arena Television provides outside broadcast support services for events such as sport and stage music. Its sister company Arena Aviation specialises in aerial filming and helicopter charter. See www.arena-tv.com.
About SIS LIVE
SIS LIVE operates the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and is the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK. The company offers complete broadcasting solutions including global distribution, satellite internet and IP provision, special camera systems, wireless camera solutions and broadcast systems integration services. See www.sislive.tv
Established in 1996 and based in West London, The Camera Store (a Vitec Group company) draws on many years of experience as television cameramen to guide clients in their choice of equipment. It has a large stock of standard equipment, including pedestals, tripods, heads, crane arms, lighting, fibre-optic cable and camera-support accessories. The Camera Store offers a countrywide rapid response delivery and collection service embracing large or small items. It is always ready to meet the challenge of improving existing kit or developing new production tools. See www.thecamerastore.co.uk
About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.
Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.
Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera. See www.vitecvideocom.com