20 cameras at this year's Eurovision Song Contest

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Twenty cameras will be involved with the live broadcast of the semifinal and final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Three of them in the greenroom, seventeen in the hall itself. Twelve of the seventeen cameras in the hall will be able to move. Sven Stojanovic, for the fourth time director of the Eurovision Song Contest, told this in an interview with eurovision.ua, NTU's official Eurovision Song Contest website.

Equipment from Sweden and Ukraine
As Stojanovic is from Sweden, one might wonder how much equipment comes from Sweden. “There won�t be a lot of Swedish equipment, only a couple of trucks. For example, I always bring my control board, and the cameras will also be from Sweden. Practically everything else will be Ukrainian, systems for moving cameras, booms, tracks et cetera. In general, 90 percent of the equipment will be Ukrainian”, the director said.

“The level of contemporary television equipment that is used by NTU and other Ukrainian companies amazed me. I was not expecting this from Ukraine”, Stojanovic answered when eurovision.ua asked him about his first impressions. Stojanovic brings five camera men from Sweden, just as the stage manager and control board operator. All the others will be Ukrainians; most of the camera men, nearly all the people behind the stage and all the camera assistants.

The expansion of the Eurovision Song Contest influences almost every aspect of the organisation, also for the director. Stojanovic“39 songs takes a lot of time and energy (…). For every song you have to find a different approach, specific to the song, taking into account its emotion, language, choreography and costumes. It's the main challenge of the Eurovision Song Contest; to make every song unique”.

On schedule?
While problems with ticket sales and accomodation might suggest things are seriously wrong with the organisation of this year's contest, it's remarkable that most people working behind the scenes are a lot more positive about the organisation compared with previous years. “You can never be on schedule when you are working on the Eurovision Song Contest! Things are not that bad as they were in previous years. We did good shows in Riga and Istanbul, and this year in Kyiv we will do better”, the director said.

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