Ross Video Uses Furio Dolly System to Provide Shots of 2018 Tony Awards

Presented by The Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing, the Tony Awards recognize excellence in Broadway theater and are the highlight of the year for everyone working on and behind Manhattan’s famous stages. This year’s star-studded ceremony — the 72nd since the awards began in 1947 — was held and broadcasted live around the world from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10th. Following last year’s coverage, Ross Video again supplied its robotics solution for the live event, with the Furio dolly taking its place at the front of the theater to cover all the action.

Furio dolly used at the 2018 Tony Awards

Commenting on the awards, Bob Muller, Technical Manager for this year’s ceremony, praises the Furio’s impact on the look and feel of the coverage. “Not only is the Furio a beautiful looking robot, but it has the lowest starting lens height of any telescoping column on a remote dolly in its class. This allows us to hide the camera behind the first row of seats at the foot of the stage, and then lift the camera above the attendees’ heads to capture smooth and beautiful images while in motion. After reviewing options that are currently available, this was the one machine that could provide what we needed. It was a success for us in 2017, and we are glad to repeat the performance again this year. The Furio dolly and our viewers at home will have the best seat in the house!”

Bruce Takasaki, Ross Video’s Product Manager for Robotics and Cameras, is proud of the company’s relationship with the Tony Awards. “Ross helps drive many of the world’s most prestigious live events and we’re committed to providing content creators with powerful tools that perform,” he says. “Our robotic solutions open up new creative options with smooth dolly shots and dynamic angles that would not be possible otherwise. We’re therefore delighted that the technical team had again chosen Furio to capture an event synonymous with excellence.”

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