A few weeks back, we wrote about “Crew in a Box,” an all-in-one remote production system that has allowed a number of major brands and networks to complete projects under COVID protocols with a plug-and-play package that allows front-of-camera talent to film high quality footage while connecting remotely to filmmakers and crew that are controlling every aspect of the shoot.
Leading creative technology manufacturer Blackmagic Design has announced it has teamed with Crew in a Box with its Pocket Cinema Camera 6k and ATEM Mini Pro switches being the heart of their plug and play remote production solution. (This set-up is similar to the technology used at last year’s 72 Emmys ceremony that allowed the nominees to live stream into the telecasts.)
From the Crew in a Box press release:
Built around Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to provide high quality footage, each Crew in a Box comes equipped with the camera, a built in teleprompter and Interrotron that allows direct communications with talent, a three foot wide three panel LED light and professional microphones. On camera talent simply opens the box and plugs it in, automatically connecting the system via the Internet to a remote team of filmmakers who control every aspect of the shoot. During the shoot, the project’s director will appear on the integrated beamsplitter glass, which the camera is shooting through, to direct the talent. Camera control, switching between feeds and graphics insertions are all done remotely using ATEM Mini Pro.
The system envisioned and brought to reality by award winning filmmaker and Clio winner Ira Rosensweig, Cinematographer Dallas Sterling and Computer Programmer and Westworld VFX Artist Jeremy Fernsler debuted at CES earlier this month.
In December, Crew in a Box won the 2020 IABM BaM Create Award, bestowed by The International Trade Association for the Broadcast & Media Industry, to honor the best technological innovation of the year in all of broadcast and media creation and acquisition, the judges saying, “Crew in a Box is a product for our time and might change the way talking heads are shot in the future.”