On GO/NITRO, even the producers pump iron – by SKYCRON.COM
DID YOU KNOW? The entire crew of GO/NITRO, from the camera crew to the sound to the producers, must undergo physical training as they must be fit to work on the show. The producers must also take physical conditioning and weight training. Dr. Chris Raynor, of Human v2.0 is in charge of making sure everybody is fit for the show. Emily Fulford, co-host, is pictured here undergoing training at Human v2.0 in Ottawa.
The reason? “We’re actually putting you in the middle of the action,” explains Cory Carlick, series producer. “If we’re huffing and puffing running across a CFL field, and we can’t keep up — it won’t make for very exciting television. Plus we’d also look like a bunch of idiots,” he laughs.
“We have special camera rigs that can get very heavy, but we have to be able to be right there with the athletes. We don’t ask them to slow down or ‘can you do this again’. So, we’ve got to keep up. It’s annoying to stop and start for them so we put a lot of roving cameras on the field. This way, no matter what’s going on, we can catch it. The guests love it because since they can just do their thing without stuff getting in the way.”
The rigs have with a lot of accessories hanging off of it. “We have lighter rigs too,” Carlick explains but sometimes we have to fly along with a Steadicam with a bunch of stuff on it, so the complete rig can sometimes be in excess of 100 lbs. I’ve flown Steadicams over the years and still like to do it whenever I can, even as a producer. So I am often running along and I’m on a dragonboat team, but we still have to be fit to keep up.”