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Capturing the London Eye epic stunt W hen Jon Richards, director of The Incredible Mr. Goodwin, a new U.K. television program chronicling the feats of the well- known daredevil and escape artist Jonathan Goodwin, was tasked with capturing Goodwins escape from the EDF Energy London Eye ferris wheel for the shows season finale, he needed a fail-proof production system. To this end, he utilized the new Gold SpectrumTM Wireless Kit and AB Direct VU handheld confidence monitor/COFDM diversity receiver from Anton/Bauer®, Eye and the area surrounding it, not to mention the clearance to fly a helicopter over and above the Thames to get the shot, says Richards. Once confirmed, Richards and his production team utilized multiple cameras to help capture the daredevils attempt, including three Sony F3 cameras equipped with Sound Devices PIX 240s to maximize the resolution bit rate, Canon 5D Mark IIIs, GoPros and a HELI-cam with a Canon 5D as well. The Sony F3’s were strategically placed on a nearby hotel balcony overlooking the EDF Energy London Eye, with one camera placed within Goodwins pod, as well as one on the ground to capture the onlookers. The technical WORLD NEWS challenge for me was how could I see what is going on when I’m stuck in the capsule with the stunt team 60 meters off the ground with my cameras a great distance away, says Richards. Procam, realizing that there were range difficulties on set, helped organize the collaboration with Anton/ Bauer. Anton/Bauer then sorted me out with this new monitoring system, which included the Gold Spectrum Wireless Kit and AB Direct VU monitor which was lightweight and easy to carry around. For the early-March stunt, Goodwin was hung upside down and trapped in a straitjacket 200 feet off the ground from one of the EDF Energy London Eyes capsules, and had only minutes to escape from a burning rope attached to the pod. We started prepping this epic stunt about a month or so in advance, we had meeting after meeting to secure the TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 77 MAY 2013 | 27 TV-BAY077MAY13.indd 27 02/05/2013 21:18