Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – 9

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I want to show some more images of the scene. This is how tall the wall of cubes is – notice the figures in the right hand corner.

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The floor of the scene is also a multimedia screen. The V-shaped part with the circles in it is filled with water as a tribute to the halls history as a ship yard. The circle is where flames, steam and fire works come out. The two ‘run ways’ leading from the center can be used both as part of the performance or as here, in the case of Conchita Wurst, as a screen.

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By the time Spain was rehearsing ‘Dancing in the rain’ in the last round of open rehearsals I think most of us thought we’d seen it all but there was an audible gasp when huge rain drops began beating down and collect at the bottom of the cubes. The song is not my personal favorite but the effect was!

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Finally one of the dreamy blue images I first created by accident and later added to my collection on purpose. Already this is history. The last rehearsal I attended was a dress rehearsal yesterday – the last one open to the press – and rather to my surprise 6000 kids had been brought in to create an authentic mood.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – 6

Karin OttI miss the stage – the whole space in fact. I haven’t been able to go in for two days now and I miss it. Who says there’s no such thing as magic? Look at these flames. See that small person next to them? The flames must be about 4 meters high. I felt the heat from them from where I was standing. Probably not a good idea to combine them with a wind machine, though. Singed hair smells nasty.

So while I’m waiting to go back in tomorrow – or out? Perhaps it’s a portal 🙂 Let me share with you a few more glimpses of the technical equipment that makes the wonders come alive.

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This is not a particularly great shot but it shows the control center in front of the stage as well as people watching the performers. If you can’t make out the array of television cameras on rails, don’t worry. I have second one.

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This part of the control center is halfway up the seating area. The two different backgounds (cubes and back wall) have been programmed for 37 different performances.

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Another view of the television cameras right in front of the stage. By default the space is dark blue. It makes it possible to create some dreamy, surreal images, this being one of them. And here’s another slightly surreal techy image to end today’s post.

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