Low Cam Coverage – Capturing the true drama of the action


"The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."

To encompass the excitement of the race, there has to be much more coverage at ground level, otherwise you negate the speed of the horses, the Crown Jewel of your show.

"The course is seen with its emerald sheen, by the bright springtide, renewed like a ribbon of green, stretched out between the ranks of the multitude."

EQUI-VISION'S basic reasons for low camera coverage are: all humans, ponies, horses are of different heights, but the contact point is the 'eye' (the Philips Ambilight eg.) - likewise the camera must follow the same principle. High camera shots are fine for 'scene sets', overall view or positional 'sky cam' pictures, but it is ground level coverage which gives the true drama of the race, or equestrian event. 

"And he whispered to the horse, Trust no man in whose eyes you do not see yourself as an equal."

Event Organisers and Television Production Companies need to become much more conversant with what is now required, from not only the sports perspective, but the VIEWER who is the armchair spectator. Now with digitalisation, the viewer can be the Director/Producer/Cameraman and Jockey/Rider, experiencing the speed, thrills of unleashed Horse Power - that drives this magnificent athlete - THE HORSE - where grace is laced with muscle and, strength by gentleness confined. 

"Pegasus Royal – culture supreme in mettled breeds, goes forth to claim ascension.  A vibrant thrill marks jockeyed skill, in massed and swift contention.  This marathon of thoroughbreds born of majestic things, stands in the realm of sovereignty, the sovereign sport of kings."

The televising of horse events of all types requires inside knowledge to secure the best results, because it is a sport unique in its subtlety and complexity, which is lacking in todays TV coverage.