Panasonic Canada announced as official sponsor for Skycron’s Go/Nitro
Panasonic Canada named official sponsor for Skycron’s Go/Nitro
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 3, 2017
Skycron proudly announces Panasonic Canada as a key sponsor for the new Bell Media sports series GO/NITRO. Produced by SKYCRON, co-hosted by goalie Emily Fulford and Olympic dual gold medallist Carolyn Waldo, the show’s distinctive look gets a huge boost with Panasonic’s renowned imaging technology.
Part of the sponsorship deal involves special use of Panasonic’s state of the art line of cinematic and television cameras, including the Varicam LT. A key component of the show’s distinctive look is the use of V Log-L, allowing flexibility of exposure for maximum effect in post-production.
Mike Fawcett, Panasonic Canada’s National Business Development Manager, agrees. “We’re very excited to work with the SKYCRON team on this show. It is a great partnership because of their long history with Panasonic’s broadcast line. It’ll be very interesting to see the high speed capabilties of the Varicam in the hands of the Skycron production team.”
Go/Nitro is the latest production in the Varicam’s impressive lineup of productions lensed with its distinctive look, sharing the same pedigree as HBO’s Orange Is The New Black, and another Bell Media production, FRONTIER, airing on the Discovery Channel.
“I’ve long been a fan of Panasonic’s broadcast line,” says series producer Cory Carlick. “In fact, when SKYCRON first started, we were an all Panasonic shop.
The visually heavy show contains extensive special effects that detail not just the sports but how the body reacts, right down to the muscle. SKYCRON has a visual effects unit that quietly provides high end movie magic to television commercials and corporations in the US. That in-house expertise was also used for GO/NITRO.
“When you see how the body works, you understand why it works,” says Carlick. “The Panasonic cameras allow us to film in full 4K as well as in super slow motion, at a level other cameras can’t do easily, or at all. So we can show a runner’s muscles at normal speed and slow it right down. We then take that footage, bring it in the computer and spin a virtual camera wherever we want in 3D, and show graphics that line up exactly to show you how the muscles work. The footage also just looks amazing.”
Waldo, Fulford and Carlick, all equially comfortable behind the lens, worked closely with Panasonic to polish the look.
Go/Nitro will be shot entirely on Panasonic cameras in 4K for delivery to Bell Media.
“On the road, we’re filming with the new 4K DVX-200,” says Carlick. “For slow motion and more cinematic stuff, we’re using the Varicam lines.”