Linus Media Group approached Proshow to film “Tech Trivia”, Jeopardy!-style quiz game show, in our Burnaby studio. Like many productions in the time of COVID, we would need to find a way to cater to a combination of in-studio and remote participants. This meant allowing all participants to buzz in, give answers and see live scores without giving any advantage to participants in the studio.
We set up the studio with a 46ft by 9ft LED wall to display dynamic backgrounds for the show. For the remote players, we placed individual monitors on top of 2D body cut- outs, then used vMix Calls to connect the players to their respective monitors.
In front of the player’s “body”, a digital lectern displayed their name, answers, wagers and score. We used online paint canvases initially for participants to write their name down “live” on the digital lectern. The same canvases were later used to write their answers and wagers (the reveal was achieved by using picture-in-picture cropped for the response, then another crop for the wager).
To level the playing field between the remote players and the sometimes-opponent/host, all players had to buzz in using the online buzzer, and scores were tracked in real-time using live Excel sheet score tracking.
The entire show was shot on four different cameras, including one jib-mounted camera, and streamed to Floatplane (the client’s streaming platform).
The production went even smoother than expected and the client was very happy with the end result. The in-studio presenter was able to switch seamlessly from host to adversarial participant and back again. And the complexity of the project allowed us to push our powerful Barco E2 switcher to its limits, taking advantage of every single one of its inputs and outputs. At time of writing, the gameshow has not yet been launched to the public.
EVENT NAME: Linus Media Group Tech Trivia Gameshow
PRODUCED BY: Proshow Audiovisual
DATE: Recorded March 31, 2021
LOCATION: Proshow Burnaby Studio
- Provide studio space for in-studio and remote participants
- Allow remote players to buzz in and answer in real time
- Level playing field for in-studio and remote players
- Film and stream the show
- Studio space in Burnaby
- Theatrixx xVision 46ft x 9ft 2.6mm LED wall
- Barco E2 switcher
- 3 x Digital lecterns
- vMix Calls
- Install, operation and dismantle technicians
- Onsite backups for all critical pieces of equipment