Once the government announced a UK lockdown, most television productions were either put on hold or cancelled altogether, but with millions of people indoors watching television during this challenging time, the demand for new content is higher than ever.
One production company that adapted its show format to deliver entertainment to the public when they need it most is So Television, who continued with plans to broadcast The Graham Norton Show, but in a new and innovative way. The production team called upon Procam to install a temporary green screen studio into an isolated location, allowing them to continue making the legendary talk show remotely, whilst abiding by the government guidelines. The remote studio meant that Graham could continue to record the weekly show, without a studio audience or any production and camera crew present.
Two Procam technicians rigged a 3-camera green screen set-up into the location, which took a little longer than usual to ensure social distancing guidelines were met. “The safety of the talent and crew was our number one priority at all times. We recognised the need to keep the show going, offering the UK public some entertainment during challenging times, but understood we needed to adapt the format of the show to keep everyone involved safe. We are grateful that Procam Projects could help us keep the cameras rolling in the safest way possible,” said Graham Stuart, Managing Director, So Television.
Procam prepped, delivered, and rigged 3 Sony FS7 camera kits with Canon L series Zoom lenses and Sound Devices PIX-270i recorders into the location. A green screen was installed, and lit using a mixture of lightweight, LED Aladdin lights including the Bi-Flex M7s, Bi-Flex 4s, and the Bi-Flex 2s. The show is recorded weekly, with interviews held via Zoom, which are captured using a separate PIX recorder. Once each show is complete, the footage is sent on to the post-production team working remotely. The temporary studio will remain in place for the remainder of the Graham Norton series, whilst the lockdown guidelines remain.
Dan Studley, Group Technical Director, Procam Projects said, “we were thrilled to assist So Television with this remote, bespoke studio set-up, to offer the UK public some much-needed escapism in entertainment during tough times. It is fantastic to see productions adapting to find creative and innovative ways to keep producing content safely.”
Series 27 of The Graham Norton Show is broadcast on Fridays at 9 pm on BBC One, from 10th April 2020. You can catch up on previous episodes on BBC iPlayer.