Moonlighting recently assembled the first multi-camera, remote studio in Africa through its sports content division Moonsport, significantly lowering the costs of production for remote & multi-venue filming.
While rugby is a relatively small sport compared to soccer on the continent, there is a growing base of players and fans. The Rugby Africa Cup (** see below) required a Production Service where 20 games were filmed in 12 different countries, but on minimal budgets.
We kept the entire production team in our office in Cape Town with only the camera function happening on the ground in the country where the game was played. We used the Cloud to transfer the image from the ground to the studio. Philip Key explains, “The camera plugs into a modem that has 8 bonded SIM cards which allowed the full HD signal to reach Cape Town within one and a half seconds. Here we added the commentary, graphics, stats and audio mix, before streaming the signal via Facebook and YouTube to an internet audience wherever they may be.”
We kept costs down by flying one producer with the modems to the country where the game took place. In some cases, we flew an additional person as the primary cameraman but mainly sourced local cameramen. Additional cost savings were achieved by amortising the budget of the studio crew. We filmed matches in Ghana and Cote D’Ivore in one day by scheduling morning and afternoon games, accomplishing both within a 10 hour studio day.
“The process was remarkably efficient and the quality of the production uncompromised” remarked Philip. “ We look forward to the next 16 games in the middle of 2020.”
As for relevance to commercial productions: we can also use the system to provide a remote Video Take Off facility on our commercial productions if needed by our clients. It’s probably not any director’s choice to have head office calling the shots from afar but the system could provide a solution for clients who are an integral part of the production process but cannot travel to the shoot.
** The Rugby Africa Cup: Starting from November 2019, 16 teams will compete in the new Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) with an aim to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in 2022. For all information on the RAC, visit www.rubgyafrique.com