Camera Corps has fielded nearly 80 cameras plus controllers, remotely-activated heads and protective covers for the latest series of the popular reality-television programme Im a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. This is being produced in full 1080-line high definition by ITV with technical infrastructure supplied by Gearhouse Broadcast.
Camera Corps has co-operated successfully with us on many television productions, including this very demanding series, comments Gearhouse Broadcast Chief Operating Officer Kevin Moorhouse. Im a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is always particularly challenging for everyone involved, being set at Murwillumbah in the tropical rainforest of New South Wales. Murwillumbah is one of the hottest and wettest environments on the planet. We have to protect the kit from torrential rain and prolonged humidity as well as insects that look on a camera as an ideal place to set up home.
The cameras themselves are a mix of Camera Corps Q-Ball remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom heads, Camera Corps MiniZooms, Hitachi DK-H32, Iconix HD-RH1 and Toshiba IK HD1. The Q-Ball heads come in a fully weather-protected machined-aluminium sphere so the only extra protection needed is to ensure rain doesnt land directly on the lens if they are used outdoors. Each Q-Ball has an integral pan/tilt drive which operates very smoothly and practically silently, allowing live follow-shots of contestants performing their challenges or moving from one location to another. Picture quality from the Q-Ball and MiniZoom cameras is stunning, fully justifying the decision to capture the programme in HD.
Three Camera Corps technicians, Steve Lintern, Cameron McGrath and David Sisson, are working alongside our own crew to install, control and reposition the cameras both inside and outside of the camp. All three have worked with us on earlier Im a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here productions .
Camera Corps MiniShot remote pan-and-tilt heads are being used to allow remote control of the Hitachi cameras, adds David Sisson. Like the Q-Ball cameras, these are operated via assignable joysticks and remote control panels. The Toshiba cameras are being used in a variety of applications including ultra-wide angle shots via Theia lenses of the celebs in the helicopter prior to sky-diving into the camp. As ever, we brought a very wide range of camera mounts and waterproof housings to cater for every scenario from rocky ground and riverbanks to all imaginable varieties of tree.
'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' is a reality television series in which contestants compete to become King or Queen of the Jungle. Originally developed in Britain by Granada Television for ITV and first shown in 2002, it is produced by ITV Studios and licensed globally. Viewers vote by phone for a chosen contestant to complete a Bush Tucker Trial and money is raised for charity with a donation being made from every call. The last remaining contestant, after others have been evicted, is declared the winner.
Gearhouse Broadcast is a leading international broadcast services company. With offices located in the UK, Australia, USA, India and Doha, the company provides a comprehensive range of broadcast solutions including Project Solutions, Systems Integration, Equipment Sales and Equipment Rental. See www.gearhousebroadcast.com
Based on the site of the former Brooklands motor-racing track, Camera Corps (www.cameracorps.co.uk) specialises in providing high-volume support services for reality television programmes as well as very large-scale sports events. The company has achieved a pre-eminent reputation for its ability to acquire exciting and unusual television content from exceptionally challenging environments. The Camera Corps team expands during large-scale events from 16 staff based near Londons Heathrow airport to as many as 200 specialists, including professional climbers who are very experienced at rigging camera systems at height in almost any location.
Accompanying image shows one of the many Camera Corps Q-Ball remote pan/tilt/zoom cameras in place for the latest I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (Photo by Steve Lintern, Camera Corps).