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Client: Chris Lewis Media

Award winning Olympic Producer Chris Lewis provides TV coverage of this prestigious Equestrian event for Badminton Television for worldwide distribution and which is broadcast in the UK on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and on the BBC website.

85 of the sport’s top riders and horses were present for the world’s premier Three Day event and Cloudbass were charged with providing graphics coverage of the 30 fence Cross Country Trial on Sunday and the Show Jumping on Monday.

As well as providing live coverage graphics Cloudbass also created rendered graphics for the Edit Suite. Name supers for the riders and horses, together with the 30 fence ident graphics and a number of full frame standings graphics were delivered to the editing team. They were responsible for creating a 90 minute highlights package of the Cross Country to lead into the live coverage of the final stages of show jumping during the two hour broadcast on BBC Two on the Monday.

A busy Sunday saw transmission of all horses as they tackled the 30 Cross Country fences which took the leaders over 11 minutes to complete. Linking to official timekeeper HS Sports, Cloudbass designed and developed new software.  This enabled us to provide standings graphics after the Dressage stage and name supers with penalties brought forward from Dressage for the coverage of all horses starting the Cross Country phase. Also with three horses on the course at any time it was vital for Cloudbass to inform the viewer of which horse was on screen and which fence they were approaching.

We also named each horse as it finished the Cross Country and (for top horses) identify the target points they were trying to beat by creating and animating a Current Leader with score graphic as the key horses galloped towards the final fence, racing against the clock.

With a course map supplied by Pinpoint, Cloudbass overlaid the fence details every time any of the Pinpoint maps were used to explain the next obstacle facing the horses.

By the end of Sunday’s six hour broadcast Cloudbass had named all competitors on the course and the final standings after the Cross Country phase graphic showed World, Olympic and European Champion Michael Jung of Germany 3.7 faults ahead of New Zealand’s Jock Paget. Indeed the top six were covered by less than two fences (8 faults) as the competition went into Monday’s Show Jumping phase.

For the Show Jumping phase all horses go in reverse order of their scores. In the morning we named 45 horses in and 45 horses out of the arena, as we identified the rider and horse, their points after the cross country and the current leader’s score prior to their jump and again identified the rider and horse after their round in conjunction with HS Sports score graphic. With horses ranked 65th to 21st jumping in the morning session Cloudbass established an ideal part of the course to insert the Current Leader graphic for any horse still in with a chance of taking the lead and this was discussed and agreed with by production. As horses swung round the long turn with three fences to go this was animated in the top left of the screen with HS Sports clock and faults graphic running in the right.

In the afternoon the top 20 horses rode in reverse order with the BBC Two broadcast fronted by Clare Balding joining the coverage live with the top 8 horses to ride. After a clear round by second place, the final rider Michael Jung had to go clear to become the first German to win Badminton. In dramatic fashion he was clear and inside the time as he jumped the final fence but as he landed the front pole fell, leaving New Zealander Jock Paget as the Winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Trials 2013.

Of Cloudbass Graphics contribution to the broadcast Executive Producer Chris Lewis said:

"The first time I came across Cloudbass was when I was putting together a crew to cover the equestrianism at Greenwich for the Olympic Games. It was not only complicated but required working quickly, accurately and under great pressure. They came through with flying colours and I would not consider any other company to provide graphics for any of my programmes. They are simply excellent."

Chris Lewis, Executive Producer

Acticle Published: 06/06/2013

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"I would not consider any other company to provide graphics for any of my programmes. They are simply excellent."
Chris Lewis, Executive Producer

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