In the beginning of the year of 2015, ORF, the Austrian national broadcaster, released some digital simulations of how the stage would look like. It's actually not that different from the final stage, except the final one has plexiglass stairs in the front.
Vienna-Austria, Welcome again to the land of Eurovision during the kingdom of 2015. In this post we're going to talk about the stage! Yay!
This year, the show is broadcasted not only on eurovision.tv, but also on Youtube with better quality! The videos below will be available as the show starts!
Also, Eurovision is making an alternative broadcast in International Sign Language. Shake your hands and learn how to sing without voice! All shows are available on this Playlist
Stay tuned for the blog, because I'm preparing a very special post about ESC for next week!
I think that the only emoticon that can show what I feel about music videos from movies is this one: ":S".
First of all, I'm not criticizing the movies that actually make MV from songs of the soundtrack (I guess every company does that), I think it's a very smart way to promote a product, sometimes even before it's release. And right now there's some movie soundtracks that I really apreciate like "love me like you do" by Ellie Goulding for 50 shades of Grey, or even "boom clap" by Charli XCX for the movie The Fault in Our Stars. There's many more I like to listen every now and then.
"So what's the problem?", you may ask. Well, when I see a music video from a movie, I get the sense I saw a video mix of the movie with the best and most dramatic moments... Sometimes, the music video just doesn't have any sense, because the way the images were mixed; and the singer is usually in similar locations to the ones that were shot for the movie... There's some MV, that I just prefer to listen to the audio.
Those MV almost look a like a music-trailer of the movie...
And now that I said what I thought about this subject (got me tired, lol) I'll share this music video from the movie "Pitch Perfect 2" (oh, the irony of this post haha), the song is called "Flashlight" and is performed by Jessie J. I really like the bokeh in some scenes, and I just wonder what is digital in there because there's just too many round circles of light in certain scenes to be real... I WANT A MAKING OF TO SEE IT! Oh, and those reflections on the eyes (like the ones on the vid thumbnail) are bit creepy... but my interest is just on knowing on how that was achieved! Overall the images are very sharpen with interesting color patterns!
If you watch movies or television, you certainly see images that you know were shot in front of a green screen or a blue screen, like the weather forecast and the news channels + plus a lot of movies. But have you ever wondered about the history of this technique and how it was made in the 19th century and how it evolved? I'll let you with some interesting videos about this subject!
And here's a short version about the beginning of green screen before the computer's era.
I also share the trailer of Mary Poppins, from 1964, where the technique of the "sodium vapor process" was used. (Learn more about this technique in the first video of this post, at 10:30).
Although this is a thing of last year, it's actually a nice experience! The DJ David Guetta release is music video "Dangerous" with the option to see it with a second screen. No, it's not playing the same video twice; it's kind of a dizzy experience while you are trying to look at the phone and at computer screen at the same time. But it's cool and I've never seen such a thing like this before, so today I'll give you the "Dangerous Experience"!
The way it works is really simple:
David's team also made a BTS, you can see it below.
One of the most interesting topics referred on the BTS is the explanation of how they made the close up shots of David inside the car.
Yesterday (7th of March), "Festival da Canção", the national Portuguese selection for ESC was held in the studios of RTP in Lisbon. Leonor Andrade was elected by televoting. She became known in the TV show "The Voice Portugal".
Here it is her live performance with the song "Há um mar que nos separa" (There's a sea that separates us).
Watch the performance here http://media.rtp.pt/festivaldacancao/videos/leonor-andrade-ha-um-mar-que-nos-separa/
And this is the studio version of the song
Here's a video of Leonor when she participated in "The Voice Portugal"
If you're a fan like me of Melodifestivalen (haven't I told you?), you may be asking yourself "what does the live audience see at the arena?".
Well, probably the best seat is the sofa at home because we must not forget that this is a TV show, so the target are the people watching on their screens. Of course it's great to be part of it live, and who knows, you may appear in the end on one of the songs clapping and cheering for your favorite artist!
I've compiled some videos captured by fans during this year selection.
You can watch them below, or save the playlist on Youtube to see later, because if you haven't seen yet, I also have a Youtube channel called "PPG" where I post some of my work. To visit it click on the Youtube icon in the upper bar on the blog or at the side bar!
I nice way to teach people how to greet others!
This was what the cameras showed http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/2661259/dolly-style-hello-hi
If you like to watch sitcoms, you've probably stepped on a show called " The Big Bang Theory". The story goes around 4 physicists which are a bit awkward when it's about to interact with other people. Plus there's a girl who lives next door called Penny who shows them how little do they know the world outside the laboratory .
Currently the show it's on season 10.
Because I like to watch the show every now and then, I though it would be nice to share with you some behind the scenes footage.
(I thought the laughs we hear we're added in post production, but it actually is recorded live with an audience! See more about that below)
Take a look in the wardrobe for Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg)!
Please note that the videos may not be available on all platforms and may not be available all the time.
What do you think of the show? Which are your favorite sitcoms?
(Ok, first of all, yes, I'm going to talk about "old" stuff from the Eurovision Song Contest, and let me tell you, it's not going to be the last time! It's nice to look back at some of the best memories from the contest, remember this is just one of my favorites, there's many more! )
Usually after the countries announce their representatives, some countries decide to promote their entry with a customized music video, while others just send their live performance video. Some music videos look like they were made almost by amateurs, while others look very professional. That's the case of the Romanian entry in 2010 "Playing with fire" sung by Paula Seling and Ovi.
Stand-ins, in the case of the Eurovision Song Contest, are local artists or students who practice all the performances, including the songs (even the ones spoken in the native languages) and the choreographs, and then perform them on stage so that the camera and lighting technicians, and the rest of the crew can practice and test if the camera angles are good or if it is need some tweaking. Stand-ins practice by watching videos sent by the delegations. By having stand-ins, delegations don't need to travel so soon to the hosting country. In this way the national broadcasters spend less money in their staying. The performances are recorded and sent to the delegations to see if they agree with want is being made.
At ESC 2013, in Sweden, an interview was made to some of the stand-in artists of that year. They have even performed the songs in live concert outdoors. Here's the interview and some of the concert videos.
There's not much information about these rehearsals because they happen before the contest weeks, in the period when everything is being mounted and tested, and the arena is getting complete (it's not allowed to capture images during this time). But there's always some leaking footage.
The video below shows the rehearsal at ESC 2013 of the French entry. It's sung by the Swedish singer Ellen Benediktson (she also got known in the Melodifestivalen 2014 with her entry "Songbird", she ended up in 7th place in the final.)
Note that the video may not be available after the publishing of this post.
And here's the final performance by Amandine Bourgeois, live at ESC 2013 Grand Final!
Here's a tip: if you're crazy, play both videos at the same time to see the differences!
What do you think of those poor guys and girls who work so much but in the end people won't see them? Would you like to be a stand-in for the ESC? (You could know how the show is going to be even before the press releases!!!)