Blackmagic Design - Adelaide Fringe

Heartstone-Kitney Productions broadcast over 30% of the Adelaide Fringe Festival’s digital program with the Magie noire Studio Camera 4K Plus and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and ATEM Mini Extreme ISO mixers.

HKP is an award-winning Adelaide-based production company specialising in plays, cabarets, immersive events and theatrical digitisation. During the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the company took the opportunity to implement a hybrid broadcast model. To this end, it created Boîte noire en direct, a broadcast service that has given metropolitan and regional theatre companies in Australia the opportunity to continue to operate without relying on ticket sales. To date, its workflow has been used to broadcast 52 shows during the Adelaide, Edinburgh and Hollywood Fringe festivals in 2021.

Conception de la magie noire products, such as the new Caméra Blackmagic Studio 4K Plus, Caméra de cinéma de poche 4K et Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro models, plus ATEM Mini Extreme ISO mixers, are at the heart of its proposition. DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, colour grading, visual effects and audio post-production software was used to finalise each of the pieces.

Blackmagic Design - Adelaide Fringe

Blackmagic and Fringe

Over 7000 artists took part in the recent Frange d'Adélaïde, the world’s second largest annual arts festival. To ensure that everyone had access to the shows, even those unable to attend due to travel or COVID-19 restrictions, HKP decided to live stream the shows and offer them to the world via its platform. Tom Kitney, co-founder of HKP, notes that thanks to the “portability, flexibility of use and excellent image sharpness” of the Magie noire equipment, the production company was able to “train a number of smaller technical production teams without sacrificing any quality.”

Blackmagic Design - Adelaide FringeFor example, during the staging of Lewis Major’s Espaces entre nous et Épilogue dance shows, broadcast live during the Adelaide Fringe Festival and available via the HKP platform, the production company used two Caméra Blackmagic Studio 4K Plus units, a Caméra de cinéma de poche 6K Pro and three Pocket Cinema Camera 4K models, alternating between them with the help of an ATEM Mini Extreme ISO mixer. The stream was stored on the device in order to process the images further. A 4K UHD version of the shows was then created from the footage recorded in Blackmagic RAW format.

Both shows were broadcast from the Monsieur Robert Helpman Theatre at Mount Gambier, a large auditorium with a traditional proscenium located in the South Australian outback. During the filming of the shows, a number of wide shots and close-ups were included which required flexibility on HKP’s part with regard to camera placement and operation. However, the Magie noire solutions proved to be flexible and reliable tools for both Chaton and Joanne Hartstone, artistic director, who also notes “the freedom the local screen brightness and contrast controls give our operators to enable them to pick out performers in the darkest of blackouts before the lights come up.”

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Pour • 24 Mar, 2022
• Section: Bassin versant, Étude, Postpro