Panasonic Supports Production of “Disney’s Broadway Hits” at Royal Albert Hall

The new Disney concert celebrating over two decades of stunning Broadway shows received its European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October, supported by Panasonic 4K broadcast cameras including the VariCam LT Cinema, AK-UC3000 Studio and AW-UE70 PTZ.

The two-hour concert of Disney’s Broadway Hits featuring music from such award-winning scores as Aida, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, premieres on Sky Arts Network on December 21st and is available to audiences throughout the United Kingdom as well as to worldwide subscribers of Sky Arts. Panasonic professional 4K cameras comprised of 13 VariCam LT 4K cinema cameras, two AK-HC3000 4K studio camera systems and five AW-UE70 4K integrated pan/tilt/zoom cameras captured the concert of musical hits that have delighted millions of children, parents and grandparents.

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“As the TV production designer and director, my objective was a cinematic look, a visually stunning product to match the magic of the music: I don’t think we could have accomplished such spectacular results had Panasonic not jumped on board as our camera partner,” he added. “I was extremely pleased with the quality of the 4K cameras and how they performed, especially in view of the amount of product involved, and the variety of shots and points-of-view that was required. I venture to say that this camera arsenal made my vision of the concert come true.”
– Jay Hatcher, Broadcast Video Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

During the week leading up to the concert, Hatcher’s team was also shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the performers preparing for the live show. Panasonic and VER worked together to configure four of the VariCam LT packages for single camera ENG field shooting. The VariCam LT is so agile, the 4K camcorder was able to be utilised throughout the massive Royal Albert Hall, while the lightweight Super 35 sensor camera was ideal for handheld, Steadicam, jib, crane, drone, gimbal and overall cinema verité work.

According to concert DP John DeMaio, the VariCam LT was so agile, it was able to be utilised throughout the massive Royal Albert Hall (image courtesy Dean Offord, Panasonic Broadcast Europe)

“The concert was gorgeously lit with a rich colour palette a la Disney, but lights were kept down on the audience, which numbered close to 5,300, so as not to undercut the viewing experience. I don’t know of many cameras that could have pulled it off with such great success, capturing the effects of sumptuous lighting that changed from song to song, while at the same time not disturbing the audience.”
– John DeMaio, Director of Photography, Disney’s Broadway Hits

In addition to his DP responsibilities, DeMaio supervised post. Editing for the Sky Arts broadcast was done in Adobe Premiere Pro, and color correction in DaVinci Resolve.

“We’d shot an ungraded 4K master in V-Log, so we didn’t realize the full effects until after the color correct. Details jumped off the screen and brought the show to a whole different level–basically, our jaws dropped.”
– John DeMaio, Director of Photography, Disney’s Broadway Hits

The VariCam LT on a Steadicam on stage to capture musical performances (image courtesy Dean Offord, Panasonic Broadcast Europe)

An AK-UC3000 studio camera was placed at front of the house shooting toward the stage (image courtesy Dean Offord, Panasonic Broadcast Europe)

VariCam LT and UE70 PTZ cameras shooting the Disney choir (image courtesy Dean Offord, Panasonic Broadcast Europe)

A VariCam LT was placed on a 30-foot jib in the upper gallery to capture stunning shots (image courtesy Dean Offord, Panasonic Broadcast Europe)

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