The 2013/2014 snooker season runs from June 2013 to May 2014, with tournaments held all around the world. For the European part, snooker rights-holder IMG decided to team up with United to provide all necessary recording facilities for the Eurosport broadcasts. A lovely assignment, and one which United is exceptionally proud of!
United already recorded all tournaments in Sofia (Bulgaria), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Fürth (Germany), Mühlheim (Germany) and Antwerp (Belgium). At the end of January, United travelled to Berlin (Germany) and then on to Gdynia (Poland), with one of its 9 multi-camera OB units, a technical crew and two operational production leaders. The camera crew – three Belgians, a German and an Englishman, both slomo operators and the self-switching directors, were all hired by IMG. They are not only familiar with the game and the rules of play, but with the players too. Five cameras, three of which are manned, are set up around the snooker table designated as ‘the television table’. The other two cameras are mounted, one for a top-shot which puts the table in the picture, and the other provides a total-shot of the room. Sometimes, Eurosport broadcasts 12 hours of back-to-back snooker; United is then on the go, non-stop, from half past nine in the morning until half past nine at night. The five cameramen rotate shifts with the three cameras. The directing, slomo and light editing people also rotate shifts. The atmosphere in the international group is fantastic!