Camera Corps, part of Vitec Videocom, has once again supplied its speciality cameras, controllers and expertise to the production of the latest season of Im a Celebrity¦ Get Me Out of Here. Contracted by Gearhouse Broadcast, who supply all of the broadcast technical infrastructure for the show, Camera Corps equipment and expertise has been engaged since 2008.
Camera Corps supplied almost 80 cameras to the production, including a number of its Q-Ball remote-controlled pan and tilt camera systems with high quality built-in optical lenses. Other speciality cameras supplied included Minishot remote heads, HD Mini Zoom cameras with infrared mode, Hitachi DK-H32, and Toshiba IK-HR1s and IK-HD1 mini cameras.
The company also provided weatherproof housing for all of the cameras, as well as bespoke mounting brackets, and control systems, such as joysticks and RCP control panels.
The cameras were used to film the celebrities in camp 24 hours a day during their stint in the jungle, as well as during the Bushtucker Trials, and were controlled from the production gallery located over 800 metres away.
Camera Corps technicians were on site for two weeks to complete the rigging of the cameras, and a further week for rehearsals. Once filming began, the technicians remained on site, maintaining the cameras and carrying out additional rigging for the trials and other challenges as required.
David Sisson, Camera Corps senior technician, says: It is not a normal job. The jungle is incredibly hot and humid and one of the challenges is the weather. Whereas the cameras can cope with the rain, it is the storms and lightning that can cause issues. Thats why its crucial for us to be on site so that we can ensure all of the cameras are working 24/7, so that airing of the show can take place.
Weve been working on the production for the last several years and, as a result, we know what to expect and how to deal with any issues that occur.
The show, now in its 14th season, was filmed on location in a tropical rain forest in New South Wales, Australia. The first episode aired on 16 November on ITV, the finale and announcement of king of the jungle, Carl Fogarty took place on 7 December.