PRG powers Pepsi Halftime Show production with end-to-end solutions
The Pepsi Halftime Show has always been associated with PRG’s technical and logistical expertise, and this year was no exception. In addition to lighting, rigging, networking, camera, broadcast equipment and structure, PRG also contributed to the coverage of the big games of 2022 through tested proprietary workflows , a passion for excellence and their team spirit.
Pre-show lighting and rigging
Once again, the Los Angeles-based creative team Production Club designed the custom light show and display featured in NBC Sports’ coverage ahead of Sunday’s game. PRG provided the lighting and rigging for these moments thanks to technical producer Tim Fallon.
PRG sent six lighting technicians, a rigger, a fiber network engineer and a project manager to the site. The lighting control included six GrandMA2 consoles distributed on site and more than 300 luminaires, with the entire system integrated into SoFi’s internal single-mode fiber network.
Twenty-two Solaris Flares and 44 Martin Rush Par 2 surrounded Zedd for his pre-match DJ set in the endzone. Lighting designer Griffin Behm lined the SoFi stadium tunnels with pipes, drapes and hundreds of GLP Impression X4 Atoms and sparkling Arris Skypanels, which created a paparazzi effect as players emerged from their locker rooms. When they entered the field, 16 lights from the Arrimax cinema on the Roadrunner stands went out.
Motion picture cameras and engineering at halftime
Music’s most-watched stage hosted a heavy lineup of West Coast hip-hop legends, including Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Mary J. Bligeas well as surprise performances by 50 cents and Anderson Paak. PRG was there to elevate and capture the action with proprietary camera workflow, engineering and lighting solutions.
After his successful half-time debut last year, director Hamish Hamiltonand producers Jesse Collins and Aaron Cookagain turned to sole ownership of PRG 35LIVE! multi-camera system to achieve a stunning visual result.
The 35LIVE! The workflow replaces a traditional multi-camera approach using 35mm cinema cameras and film lenses, powered by broadcast engineering and a fiber system. Stephan Paridaen, CEO of PRG, says: “35LIVE! is an example of how PRG can help its clients to provide a unique workflow, integrating various technical specialties, inventories and expertise. Because PRG provided this solution for the halftime show, 112 million viewers discovered these top artists in an aesthetic more closely associated with cinema than sports television.
Getting 13 cine cameras powered up, color calibrated and ready to go in six minutes flat took Cooke’s team six months of planning. Technical Supervisor James Coker pushed for Venice cameras on the show due to the more streamlined workflow that could be achieved with the model. Coker assembled a team of hand-picked technicians, including system engineers, ACs and second ACs, while designing a setup that allowed each Venice setup to seamlessly connect to the control room. The camera signal passed through the Multidyne V series, feeding IP camera control, video signals, PGM feedback for operators, audio referencing and Cmotion cPro iris control/button solos. Additionally, Multidyne Juice-60 transmitted the signal via SMPTE fiber, eliminating the need for local power or battery power.
PRG was enlisted to build a control room inside the NFL Media Center, specifically designed for the stream of the halftime show. The control room featured a large Evertz router system, along with an AJA Kumo router and FS-HDRs that enabled live color grading on all 24 cameras.
“We used one of our larger flypacks for this event,” explains PRG Technical Project Manager Brian Barnett. “The Brute system includes an Evertz EQX-16 288 x 862 router, an EMR audio router and VIP-X multiviewers, as well as Cobalt UDX and DA. Additionally, we had 26 AJA FS-HDRs to provide camera format chat and apply LUTs for live color grading, which you don’t often see in this app.
PRG’s camera order included 2 camera engineers, 13 Sony Venice cameras, an assortment of Fujinon and Canon lenses and the 35LIVE! lens control and auxiliary accessories. DP Dylan Sanford worked closely with Hamilton, Chief Video Operator John Hurleyand SAID Matt Conrad and Terrance Ho to compose the best look by incorporating a hint of live color.
One of the rarest pieces of equipment in the field was a Fuji 35-700MM lens. This unique 35mm super long lens features a PL mount and a T-stop range F2.8 (35-315mm) to F4.8 (up to 700mm). It fills a very specific need with its longer focal length, allowing the capture of further distances without sacrificing stop loss when fitting to a B4 body lens.
Morgan Kellum of PRG supervised the camera and control room side in close collaboration with Technical Producer Tim Kubit and Technical Supervisor Chris Sullivan. Kubit and Sullivan had the enormous task of connecting the cinema cameras, NBC broadcast cameras and other miscellaneous feeds in multiple control rooms using (6) Ereca Stage Racer 2 systems and a plethora of multi-channel Tac Fiber supplied by PRG. PRG’s Matt Puthoff managed the implementation of the broadcast led by Chief Engineer Warren Chong and Engineer Joe Daleki who, alongside Barnett, were instrumental in managing all ends of the control room. They were supported by engineers Johnny Bagtatlyan, Sam Sanchez, Izzy Zuniga, Bobby Arias, Kelly Nixon, Dave West, and Marc Belhumeur.
PRG also provided the lighting for Al Gurdon’s design. It was a huge amount of equipment, including cables, networks, power, infrastructure and more than 600 lightsincluding 4 proprietary PRG GroundControl Longthrow units, all controlled by 4 grandMA2s and one grandMA2 Lite.
The halftime show is famous for setting up in around six minutes, making it one of the most stressful moments on television. With the world watching, there is no room for error. During installation, eight light carts were deployed and positioned in the field. PRG’s 400 Series Power and Data Distribution System was used to quickly connect the field carts, ensuring that everything went according to plan. In addition to the luminaires, each rolling cart housed 1 full S400 rack and 1 half S400 rack for a total of 144 junction boxes, with the overall system comprising over 30 Super Node™ PRGs.
“PRG has proven that we are at the top of our industry, not only when it comes to lighting, but also when it comes to camera, networking and broadcasting,” says Jens Zimmermann, Head of Global Sales at PRG. “We were hired for this job because we bring our decades of expertise in the worlds of film, music and sports. No other company can so consistently deliver cinema-style cameras in a live environment. »
- Executive Producer: Jesse Collins
- Event Producer: Dave Meyers
- Supervising Producer: Aaron Cooke
- Director: Hamish Hamilton
- DP: Dylan Sanford
- Co-executive producer: Dionne Harmon
- Lighting Designer: Al Gurdon
- Production designer: Bruce Rogers
Half-time cameras and broadcasting
- Technical Producer: Tim Kubit
- Technical Supervisor: James Coker
- Main Video Operator: John Hurley
- SAY: Justin Wells, Matt Conrad
- Video: Terrance Ho
- Band Operation / EVS: Mark Katz
- Technical Director: Morgan Kellum
- PRG Account Managers: Matt Puthoff, Brian Barnett
- Camera engineers: Vince Warburton, Derek Wojtkun
- AC Chief Camera: Adam Kirschhoffer
- Lead Engineer: Warren Chong
- Principal PRG Engineer: John Bagtatlyan
- PRG Project Manager: Michael Lai, Don Burkhart
- System Engineers: Sam Sanchez, Kelly Nixon
- 2n/aSystem Engineer: Joe Daleki
- PRG Systems Support: Israel Zuniga, Robert Arias
- PRG systems engineer: Mark Belhumeur
- Offsite Technical Support: Dave West
- Head of the PRG preparation floor: Jose Orozco
- PRG Preparation Technician: Katelynn R. Lapka
- Head of PRG Operations: Nick Casas
- Vision Mixer: Rod Wardell
- Media Server Programmer: Jason Rudolph
- LED Media Servers: Tim Nauss
- PL: Bill Saltzer
- Cameras: Tore Livia Jr, Jose Rosero, Kevin French, Sean Flannery, Keyan Safyari, Allen Merriweather, Jeremy Freeman, Kary D’Alessandro, Helena Jackson, Tayler Knight, Mike Carr
- Chief Utility: Bill Greiner
- Utilities: Billy Butler, Angel Vazquez, Tony Arpaia, Matt Cleveland, Frank Maronski, Arron Tubb, Paul Morales, Byron Harris, Chad Lovegren, Chris Stotelmyer, Robert Brown
- Steadicam: Robert Lorenz, Drory Yelin
- Fiber Tech: Kit Donovan, Sean Macgregor
- RF Tech: Maxwell Butler, Trevor Deell, Craig Hallas
- AV: Randy Hermes
- Senior Assistant Camera: Adam Kirschhoffer
- AC: Matt Stenerson, Dan Schroer, Juan “Nito” Serna, Tiffany Aug, Candace Higgins, Mike Farrell, Ryan Guzdial, Joseph Arthur Soria, Gus Bechtold
- 2n/a AC: Matt Leslie, Lamont Reeves, Neo Arboleda, Daniel Ash
- Grips: Greg Hoffman, Joe McKenna, Cruz Bernal, Gene Rivera, Phil Sperry,
- Lighting directors: Harry Forster, Ben Green
- Lighting Director/Programmers: Eric Marchwinski, Mark Humphrey
- Build/Tech Programmer: Vanessa Arciga
- Media Server Programmer: Jason Rudolph
- Media Server Technician: Tim Nauss
- Conductor: Alen Sisul
- Field Director: Jason Uchita
- Best Boys: Dennis Sisul, Chris Latsch, John Cox
- Best Boys / Pursuits: Adam Hagin, Damon Isaacks
- Best Boys in the Field: Mikey Smallman, Robbie Spehn
- PRG Technical Lead: Robb Minnotte
- PRG Senior Technicians: Matt Genezcko, Mark Klopper
- Pre-Vis Tech: Nick Couaette
- Project manager 22 degrees: Marie Turner
- PRG Account Managers: Tony Ward, Patrick Osuna
- Stadium Lighting Technician: Kyle Arnold
- SoFi Stadium Local 33 Chief Electrician: Chris Lopez
- Fiber/Stadium Cable Management: Nathan Wilson, Larry Ganson
- Home Team 33 on the pitch: Daisy Toledo, Jarret Jackson, Ivan Padilla Robles, Ryan Shull, Elija Dhanifu, Brian Cooper, Gerardo Vizcarra, Brian Hoch, Kevin Sanchez, Vernon Bennett, Gustavo Mejia, Kevin Steele
- Spot Operators: Jon Gosselin, Jesse Escamila, Mark Villa, Jacob Dewilde, Orland Gonzalez, Mark Dyson, Luna Manzano, Izabella Antolin, Joe Dominguez, Jaime Aguirre, Terry Hashimoto, Stanley Williams, Alvin Tresvant, Marco Rodriguez
- Local Work: IATSE Local 33
- PRG Fiber Network Engineer: Michael Dodge
- PRG Project Manager: Bryan Barry, Jason Winfree
- PRG Account Manager: Bobby Allen
- Technicians: JR Harris, Luis Collazo, Wade Cotton, Thomas Walls