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The Voice UK

The Voice UK

The new year sees BBC’s The Voice return to our screens for a third series with pop-icon Kylie Minogue and Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson joining Sir Tom Jones and Will.I.Am in the four red chairs.

Shooting Partners were chosen as shooting kit supplier and technical support for all things VT.

Location shooting took place at BBC Media City in Manchester and began with Blind Auditions stage.

Sony PDWF800 kits were supplied to three PSC crews who were all covering act interviews simultaneously in the studio atrium. Producers were able to monitor both vision and audio from the studio gallery thanks to three rock steady wireless links. Wireless monitoring was essential due to the fast paced nature of the shoot and sheer number of production personnel on set.

After chatting with presenters Emma Willis and Marvin Humes contestants were ready to face the four coaches and began the long walk down the studio corridor towards the stage.

DOP Roger Laxon made use of the F800’s ‘Slow and Quick’ mode for these sequences which were all shot at 50P.

300 self shooting kits

Those lucky enough to be selected for the ‘Battles’ round of the competition began rehearsals at Loft Studios in London. Acts would enter the room in sets of two and were guided by their coach as they attempted to out sing the opposition. This part of the show required a more stylised look and so four Canon C300’s were supplied. Shooting Partners also provided three 50 inch plasma televisions so that feeds could be monitored at different points throughout the studio complex.


Each camera feed was firstly fed to a 17 inch Panasonic monitor which was used as a reference for the DOP. Other such popular monitors include the TV Logic range that can double as reference monitor and top viewfinder for static shots. A loop out from each monitor was then taken and fed through a Decimator Quad Split to display all four images on one single feed. A HDSDI Distribution Amplifier was then used to send feeds to the viewing gallery, artist green room and production office.

Audio feeds were supplied by the sound desk and monitored in each room using our Genelec speakers.