CBGB contracted BMG to produce, direct and provide live video production services and technical management for the 2014 CBGB Music Festival, an all-day live event production in New York’s Times Square. The contract included providing production services for a Billy Idol concert, staged several days before the festival, which BMG later integrated into the final edited program. BMG partnered with iDEKO Productions, who provided all permitting, staging and power for the event.
The live event production required our team to shut down over seven city blocks in the heart of Times Square in New York. Stages were set up on the north and south ends of Times Square to accommodate ten bands performing throughout the day. BMG was responsible for providing all live video production services for the event, which involved covering all musical acts on both stages for the entire duration of the festival. The north stage events were shot using three cameras: one jib and two handhelds. Footage from the north stage was recorded internally and edited together post-show. Events at the south stage, designated as the main stage, were shot with nine cameras: one jib, two handhelds, two hard cameras and four GoPro cameras. All coverage of the south stage was switched in real time from a production truck. All cameras and the switched master were ISO recorded.
BMG had full responsibility for all technical aspects of the live video production. This included budgeting, broadcast consulting, production logistics, technical support and equipment, operations and technical crew.