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ITV Granada Reports Shows Off its New View
ITV’s BAFTA award-winning Granada Reports recently relocated their studios into the UK’s new MediaCityUK in Manchester. According to programme director Mike Sergeant: “The relocation of the ITV Granada Reports News Studio from its Quay Street site to the 4th floor of the Orange Tower in MediaCityUK presented a fantastic opportunity to feature the view over Salford Quays to the Lowry Theatre and the Imperial War Museum as an iconic backdrop to our Regional News Programme.”
''Operationally this presented a number of technical difficulties," says project manager Dave Wyatt who stated that one of the major tasks was “figuring out a method to control the variable light levels outside relative to the lighting on the news set itself.”
Rosco VIEW, a unique two-part window control system consisting of wide width polarising panels installed on windows and a matching polarising filter for the camera, ended up being the solution they chose to control the exposure of the external light as seen through the window. The scope of the project involved thirty, custom-cut Rosco VIEW window panels, six Rosco VIEW motorised camera filters and a Rosco VIEW Graphic User Interface that allows the control room to rotate all of the camera filters remotely and ‘dial-in’ the exact window exposure they need at that exact moment.
London-based Scena Productions conceived, designed and installed a custom frame system to meet landlord requirements by avoiding any penetrations to the window mullions, which allowed the Rosco VIEW panels to be installed quickly and easily in front of the studio windows.
A decorative strip that attached to the frames magnetically added the final touch which was to replicate the internal appearance of the windows.
Mike Sergeant concludes: “There is no doubt that Rosco VIEW enables us to balance the exposure of the 'outside world' backdrop relative to the studio set and we are delighted with the end result.”
25th July 2013
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