Posted by: janvozenilek | February 25, 2010

February 22, 2010 – Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Day 13 – Had the morning free so I got caught up on some editing work and phone calls.  Left for IBC at 12:30pm. Then off to the Czech House where we did two interviews.  One of them was with Karolina Erbanova, who is a speed skater.

Her coach Petr Novak was there with her and after her interview I saw him sitting in the ballroom, watching the other speed skater, Martina Sablikova’s race on tv.  At first I paniced and thought to my self, what is he doing here if she is racing. Shouldn’t he be at the Oval cheering her on?   Only after I noticed that this was not a live tv feed, but a replay that was recorded the previous day. 🙂

Here are a few more shots of the gear we use.  The Sony PDW-700 XDcam camera.

And a sound mixer where we mix the sound from the two wired lapel microphones from the interviews.  Jaromir has been doing a great job with the sound.

Then back to the IBC where we shot a stand-up with Vladimír Drbohlav. Shot it with Canada Place in the background, just as it was getting dark and looked great.   The weather here over this past week has just been amazing. Sunny skies and very warm.

Here are a couple of photos of the display boards that are all over the IBC.

I heard today that Cypress Mountain is really in bad shape and that they have to start trucking and flying in more snow for this week’s events.

Wrapped at about 6pm. I headed out and visited my friends Milan and Romana Vana. Haven’t seen them in a few years so it was great to catch up.  They live on the south side of False Creek, overlooking downtown and at 10:45pm, the fireworks from the Yaletown site are spectacular. Might have to take Milan up on his offer and come back with a camera to shoot it from their roof.

Then I headed to the amazing lights display in English Bay. The display is called Vectorial Vancouver and the lights are controlled by people around the world via the internet. Give it a try. So cool!!! But hurry, it’s only there till Sunday.

I walked around and took pictures till about 1:30 am. It was so beautiful I didn’t want to leave.

— In one of my very early posts, I commented about how many cameras they had all lined up at the Pacific Colosseum for the figure skating, and how they all seemed to be moving in the exact direction.   Now I know why.. each camera is focusing on a slightly different angle. One is catching the wide shot, the other the closeup of their heads… one just the skates…  not too often are the closeups even used in the main program, but they do often play them back in slow motion after the performance.   On the hockey games, certain cameras only follow certain players on the ice.



  1. I always wondered how they managed to get all those great images at hockey games, and now I know! Must be a thrill to work with all that high definition technology – 35 MBs a second! Wow!

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