U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Nov
30
1997

Mexico City pre-show - More meetings.

Mexico City pre-show - More meetings. More cameras, more lighting for more atmosphere.

Mexico City. Much of the day I spent with Allen Branton and Bruce Ramus, in further on-site discussions about how best to handle lighting the TV broadcast. Its an interesting process, in that the goals are somewhat different from doing a straight live show. When you watch a live show in a stadium, you can take in the whole show and feel what the event is about. When your only access point to the show is watching it on TV, its a different matter. Unless you make a point of showing the TV audience what's going on and give them context, they'll have no idea of what the big picture is - the show could be coming from anywhere. To achieve this goal we are adding about a dozen more cameras and a lot more lighting. Again, in a stadium if the staging or the building isn't lit specifically, you still have a sense that its there - you can feel it. On TV if something doesn't have a light pointed at it, you can't see it. Much of the lighting is to make the audience visible to the TV cameras, so U2 appear to be playing to a heaving sold out stadium crowd, rather than in somebody's basement. It takes a lot of effort and experience to make it work, but almost all of this team has worked together before on numerous occasions, so there's a common direction and spirit to what we're attempting. So far so good.

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