Behind the Scenes: Dancing On Ice Skating Cameraman | New



Dancing On Ice used a skating cameraman combined with a stabilized, remote-controlled broadcast camera to bring viewers closer to the action.

Figure skater Jordan Cowan wears the “Ice Cam”, which he holds on a Ready Rig with a Newton stabilized distance head – provided by Alan Wells Camera Services. The Sony HDC-P50 broadcast camera and Canon HJ14 lens are controlled remotely by cameraman Dominic Jackson through a Newton control panel on a normal operator’s desk.

Cowan, who has competed for the United States National Figure Skating Team and has created on-ice video productions in the past, got involved after a friend told him about the need for the UK show: “I contacted the producer and showed him part of my recent video. fabrications. They liked it and hired me for the 2019 season, making me the very first skating cameraman for a live TV skating show.

In the past, cameraman Jackson used spiked shoes to film on the ice with a Steadicam, and originally envisioned a push cart with a remote stabilized camera head to make this more dynamic. However, that was ditched for the portable approach, which uses a custom Ready Rig with carbon fiber mounts so it can carry Newton’s heavy setup.

It was then installed on Cowan’s body upon his arrival from the United States and tested with the Dancing on Ice production at his RAF Bovingdon studio with camera supervisor Lincoln Abraham and director Nikki Parsons.

The final system weighs 15 kg and includes an RF system for data communication, a Boxx Link for video, batteries and a monitor. Jackson and Cowan are also able to talk to each other over a radio system and maintain line of sight so Jackson can see where the camera is in relation to the dancers.

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Cowan said: “Dominic has been a vital part of the show for me and his experience working with Nikki [Parsons, the director] was priceless. We work closely on the helmet all weekend through rehearsals and the show. Dominic taught me everything I needed to know to work in a live multi-camera broadcast situation and taught me how to translate Nikki’s shot maps. He has also been a great mentor and I am fortunate to have learned so much from someone so experienced in live television.

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As a result, the Guild of Television Camera Professionals nominated the pair for an award in 2019, and Cowan commented, “The Ice Cam has revolutionized Dancing on Ice and has given the public a new way to enjoy the true experience of skaters from. speed on ice. The 360-degree shots also allow us to see the back of the studio and the audience for the first time, which the show’s set designer really enjoyed as he always strives to create a 360-degree experience.

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“In December 2020, another UK show, The Real Full Monty on Ice, also brought the Ice Cam with me skating and Alan Wells himself behind the NEWTON controller.”

For the 2021 season, Cowan highlighted the continued development of the technique: “I want to keep pushing myself into the professional world of TV and film, because I believe in seeing skating on TV, in movies and in shows. live television is going to be so important to the future of the sport.


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