Each year in the Netherlands the army opens up one of its barracks to demonstrate to the public their various units and their operational skills at home and abroad. The Army Days use a reoccurring formula consisting of shows, demonstrations and lots of hands-on activities for the visitors. United Broadcast Facilities is the facilitating partner for the Army Days and this year the event was even broadcasted on their own digital television channel!
Facilitating the Army Days is part of a bigger agreement that United finalised last year with the Defence’s audiovisual service (AVDD). United Broadcast Facilities provides a range of facilities for the Army Days, which include two fully equipped OBVs; one for the large demonstrations and the other for the smaller ones. Apart from this there is also an ENG team for the remaining activities on the festival site. Furthermore United also provides the required large screens and additional smaller equipment for the VIP tent coming forth from the one-stop-shop principle.
The launch of the digital television channel was new this year. A frequency for digital transmission was obtained for the duration of the event, which made it possible for their own channel to be received within a 2.5 kilometre radius of the transmitter. Seven information points were located around the site in tents where the programme also could be seen on screens. Visitors could also follow the channel on a gigantic LED screen above the barrack’s entrance. United Graphics came up with the design for this digital channel using the defence’s corporate design. Sub-editing was carried out in the outside broadcasting unit for the big demo, in order to coordinate the digital channel.
UBF Postproduction and UBF Decor (set design) also worked alongside United Broadcast Facilities’ Cinevideogroup, Unicam and Graphics on the Army Days. The editors from Post mounted a few film clips that ran in the information tents. Decor had previously designed a superb table for the Defence that was used in one of the tents during the Army Days.