Presidential: France 2 will be inspired by Disney for the results

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – While TF1 has chosen to sacrifice its traditional election night spread The visitorsFrance 2 imagined a completely new device this Sunday, April 10, on the occasion of the presidential first round. To liven up your evening, the public service was inspired by the cinema to offer a real show, as you can see in our video at the top of the article.

extended reality way Gravity

France 2 will use extended reality (XR) for the first time on French television. Specifically, dVery high resolution screens project a scene, which moves as the camera moves, for added realism. If the name of this technology means absolutely nothing to you, you should know that you have probably already seen movies that use it.

It is the case of Gravity in 2013, in which George Clooney plays the role of a cosmonaut aboard the ISS. In this science fiction film, the actors were placed in a screen cube on which the stage was projected. An alternative to the good old green backgrounds.

It’s this movie and later. the Disney+ series, the Mandalorian, who inspired the artistic direction of France Télévisions. “Inside GravityI was captivated by the special effects when the space station is destroyed and you can see the reflection of the debris on the retina of the actors”, he explains to the HuffPost Arnaud Vincenti, artistic director of France Télévisions, who worked on the project.

In the case of election night, this technology will allow Anne-Sophie Lapix and Laurent Delahousse to appear face to face while the two hosts will be in two different rooms. Anne-Sophie Lapix will lead the debates between political figures on the traditional set at 8 pm, while Laurent Delahousse will walk through the great hall of France Télévisions to comment and analyze the results region by region.

A device from Roland Garros and the VI Nations tournament

The other novelty is the use of a spidercam in a news program. This cable-mounted camera is well known to sports fans as it is normally used for football matches, rugby matches or during the Roland Garros tournament.

France 2 has decided to install it in its lobby on election night to embed augmented reality elements in the image, such as the results of the last presidential elections or abstentionism.

For the record, this is not the first time a device has been found deployed for sports broadcasts on election night. The best known example is still the famous motorcycle by reporter Benoît Duquesne that had chased Jacques Chirac through the streets of Paris, after his victory in 1995. A device directly inspired by that of France TV in the Tour de France, which had offered this sequence that has become cult, check below.

To succeed in proposing such a device, around 50 people worked for nine months on the project, 90% of which was carried out thanks to internal skills.

The board was designed using of a metavar. A digital universe in which technicians and decorators have immersed themselves thanks to VR headsets to better arrange it. Once again, this is a great first for the public service.

At a time when TF1 will be doing the bare minimum on election night in the first round, the work of France Télévisions is obviously noticeable. By “breaking the codes, we want to try to rejuvenate our viewers and attract a new audience”, explained Michel Dumoret, director of the national editorial office of France Télévisions, presenting the device for the two towers.

A nice snub to the far-right candidates who demand the privatization of the public service… at the very moment when it (still) fulfills its mission.

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