Manchester Arena 2019
Manchester Arena 2019
Monster Jam is an adrenaline-charged family entertainment event featuring some of the most famous trucks in the world, with world-class drivers behind the wheel. The event combines live action monster truck racing with scoring based upon audience interaction.
The brief required us to provide a video solution to enhance viewing for all those in attendance. For health and safety reasons, the audience were located in upper tiered seats further from the action. We were required to manage all video content throughout the event, with the implementation of a live scoring system for the truck drivers. Additionally, we needed to provide a broadcast camera package for the event.
A challenge for the event would be the incredibly tight schedule, as the race track would need to be laid after the production build.
Our video solution included a flown quad LED screen video wall in the centre of the arena. This was placed in an optimum position to ensure that all those in attendance would get the best possible view of the live action, in high resolution.
To integrate the live scoring system into the production, we used a combination of Barco processors and media servers which would allow for real-time presentation, letting audience members keep up to date with driver points. The use of the Barco servers also allowed our technical team to cut between different visuals, such as the live race, the scores and additional promo content for the event.
Our video package also contained multiple broadcast cameras which were used to film the event, and our PPU which fed the cameras’ live feed into the flown screens.
To ensure that the tight build schedule was achieved, a multi-man crew was used with additional prep of equipment undertaken before the event. This allowed the build to be completed faster, and freed up more time for the racetrack to be laid, ensuring that the event ran to schedule.
The feedback from the organisers was excellent, with the initial briefs vision coming to fruition. The combination of thorough project management, forward planning and high spec equipment culminated in the production being executed flawlessly.
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