Creating an intimate feel for Josh Groban in large performance spaces such as US’s Madison Square Gardens (cap. 18.600) in New York, or the UK’s The O2 (21,000) in London, required a simple setting, says video director Stuart Mercer.
His company, Vis-a-Vis Video, used manufacturer Blackmagic Design to supply an “end-to-end” solution to the video including Blackmagic URSA cameras, Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K for big screen content and backdrops.
“The scale of the production was vast, with a 14-piece orchestra, a five-member band and guest choirs on the main stage,” says Mercer. “However, the staging for each concert was pared back and simple, so that Josh could really engage with each audience on a personal level.”
A 14m wide LED screen formed the backdrop to the main stage and featured live performance footage from Groban and his band, captured in Ultra HD 4K with a system comprising three URSA Broadcast and four Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K.
“Having worked with the URSA Broadcast cameras on a number of big tours, I know they deliver stunning images for arena venues,” says Mercer. “They were the perfect choice for such a huge video screen production.”