ESC 2011 in Dusseldorf – great technical work

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The Esprit Arena is passed to the NDR and start the construction work for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Dusseldorf. And so begin huge technical work of the superlative.
Here is a report of the NDR:

The stage of the Euro Vision Song Contest 2011, the designer Florian has re-designed. In Germany, for example, the studio designs come in many ARD shows (“Echo”, “Anne Will”) “Wetten, dass …?” Or for “Our Song for Germany” by him. Internationally, he has, for example, the appearance of shows like The X Factor “or” MTV Europe Music Award “was coined. In 2009 he received the British Royal Television Society Judges Award, the 2006 German Television Award in the category Best Art Direction.
To supply the material for the ESC stage, at least 40 trucks to 38 tons each are necessary.

The stage on the football field, the arena will have a diameter of 13 meters. Behind the stage for the two semifinals and the finals a 60 meter wide and 18 meters high with 520 LED wall light elements will be that creates the right atmosphere for the artists. Audiences can sit in the hall almost everywhere around the stage.

This will be a huge television studio with space for about 35,000 people out of the arena can Dusseldorf, the entire football turf to be removed – a soil layer of 40 centimeters thick. This area is filled with sand, then compresses, then be laid on the ground heavy plates, so that the stadium inside for trucks + cranes is passable.

During the show, 25 cameras are in use. This includes four camera cranes, two Steadycam and two wireless, portable cameras. For an overview of the entire arena under the cover provide a so-called “Spidercam” that can be controlled at any position in the hall, and a rail camera that can be lowered to twelve meters. Moreover, in the ESC stage completely surrounded by a camera on rails, plus a “High Speed ​​Rail-and Towercam” comes from the stage.

The show is produced entirely independently of the “normal” grid: 35 km power cables and eight diesel-powered electricity generators with a total capacity of 6 megawatts to supply the arena and the associated television sector.

Overall, the ESC shows used 90 microphones, hand-held microphones and headset microphones. The amplifier output will amount to a total of 350,000 watts.

A particular challenge for the engineer is the long reverberation time, the Dusseldorf Arena, because of its size. In order to reduce the echo, are hung throughout the hall panels.

Before listening to television viewers and spectators in 43 countries of the live singing on stage, he was already in four containers, which are next to the hall was mixed – two for the pros, two for the final mix.

To provide the artists optimal conditions for the samples and shows that there is a special “in-ear sample space. Here the artist decide the best for her monitor mix and improve further after each sample – so make sure that they hear themselves and the half-playback buttons during the performance of the ear as much as possible. The settings are saved for every 43 acts on personal memory cards, which are then read into the display panel of the main stage.

To transport the hall light, the LED technology, the rigging – the suspension of light, sound, etc. – and the units to power about 120 trucks are needed each 38 tonnes. The lighting rig is equipped with more than 2,200 units. This includes over 1100 mobile, automated lights and 1,000 other multifunctional spotlight, such as LED lights that are mounted on a truss of more than seven kilometers length.

The light in the public space is also part of the production. So colorful and lighting effects are included in the hall of the stage lighting, LED strips extend far into the audience area.

Ca. 80 container house next to the arena including the technicians, the director, the vision mixer, the control room, sound control rooms and the team of the European Broadcasting Union and the Company Digame responsible for the international tele-voting.

For the approximately 2,500 journalists from all 43 participating countries, the 7,000-square-foot athletics hall next to the arena will be transformed into a press center.

In the implementation of the shows around 100 service providers from home and abroad are involved.

The first semifinal of the international competition show ProSieben and a festival on Tuesday 10 May, at 21.00 clock. The second semi-final is on Thursday 12 May, transmitted live on the first clock at 21.00. There, on 14 see also May from 21.00 clock in the final.
For more information about the Eurovision Song Contest in www.eurovision.de €, the official site for ARD € Eurovision Song Contest, and www.eurovision.tv, the website of the EBU.

NDR Press

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