Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Slow TV is More Than a Webcam - #2

Outside Broadcast Gallery - NRK Monsen Minutt for Minutt
Image Credit NRK
This is a better view of the custom Outside Broadcast Gallery, as featured in this Summer's NRK Slow TV season with Lars Monsen.

You can clearly see the different camera angles with the set up on both back-packs, aerials, minus the sun screens. (See the other view here).  

Innovation, pushing yourself, overcoming challenges. 

I am aware that I may be disregarding times when Slow TV can be a single camera angle or a webcam, so I am reflecting on how I show that here.

But bear in mind Norwegian Slow TV didn't get established and make Slow TV 'a thing' without lots of thought and production quality.

Credit to NRK for the image.


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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Slow TV is More Than a Webcam - #1

Boldly going where TV hasn't gone before - 
it's an Outside Broadcast Gallery, but not as we know it
Image Credit NRK
If I asked you to picture an outside broadcast gallery for allowing the curation of the best images and sound, and allowing them to be transmitted into the required media channel, you would probably picture a big truck with a long desk with faders, buttons, screens and lots of production crew standing or sliding around on rolling chairs.

This here is the outside broadcast gallery with two backpacks for four weeks of Slow TV with Lars Monsen walking out in various Norwegian wildernesses. Especially designed and constructed for the project (and I am confident  will show up for future projects).

The backpack with the canopy contains the multiple video streams from different cameras allowing the producer (who often walks much closer behind) to select the image to transmit. There is also the frame with aerials to transmit signals among the crew and relate the broadcast signal to triangulation transmitters on mountain tops nearby to get the images to the national TV network.

The gallery backpack and producer's backpack also have vents to help keep the electronics cool and drip-pipes to allow for any condensation to exit.

Norwegian Slow TV has required innovation to make it happen. We'll see much more of this backpack and ensemble in future posts.

Credit to NRK for the image.




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Friday, 19 October 2018

Netflix and Chill Slow TV #1

Netflix and Chill - Slow TV Northern Passage
There is quite a bit of Norwegian Slow TV on Netflix. 

Last night's viewing: a 58 minute overview of the 5 1/4 day Hurtigruten boat broadcast where a documentary becomes a national celebration, moments of beauty, joyful tears, thousands of uninvited but welcome participants, a phone call from the prime minister, a wave from the Queen of Norway, and a culmination in the fullest epic sense. This is one of the behemoths of Slow TV, if you get your head and heart around this, you'll get to love Norway and understand Slow TV a bit better.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Slow TV is More Than a Webcam - Introduction

What if I told you Slow TV is more than a webcam
When you know "Slow TV" by the qualities which established it, it's a frustrating thing to see it understood by so many as a single camera production, and that only.

Simple productions outside Norway offering less than the Norwegian high quality production and projects, give an unevenly weighted perception that anything with a camera on something for a long time is 'Slow TV'. And if you don't like webcams or long single views, then Slow TV must be really boring, really cheap and not require much effort.

Sometimes something very simple and cheap may gain dynamics of Slow TV. But Slow TV, well made, correctly framed in its story (yes, there is a story), has in its production quality something worthy of a major national or international event with the calibre to attract a massive audience. Really, really.

The Norwegians who create the shows which came to be called "Slow TV" require many people to make their productions, multiple cameras, technological innovation and challenges.

When Slow TV is given the proper treatment, it attracts an audience which cares about the subject, it relates a story, has moments of stunning beauty, has times of being mundane, but it can have such a sense of an epic journey which compels (the ferry journey and reindeer migration spring to mind).

I'll be posting many pictures over some indefinite time ahead with a short paragraph to demonstrate that Slow TV is More Than a Webcam #MoreThanAWebcam.

Prepare to adjust your perception accordingly and come down the rabbit hole to a new universe of understanding and appreciation of Slow TV done properly.

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

NRK Grieg Screenshots

Back in June, NRK broadcast the complete works of Grieg as a national celebration of his music, The Soundtrack to Norway, some may feel. The timing of its transmission didn't fit well for me, so, I only caught a few minutes of it on my phone. As a lover of classical music and Slow TV, this was disappointing - anyway, here are a couple screenshots from those couple minutes.


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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Interview on BBC Radio Wales about Slow TV

A short interview on BBC Radio Wales about Slow TV in general ahead of the Visit Mid Wales #realmidwales livestreams on Facebook.


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Slow TV Comes to Wales - Real Mid Wales

Visit Mid Wales will be doing some Slow TV style livestreams during October using Facebook Live at their broadcast platform.

The livestream hub is HERE on Facebook, and will be live 0900 to 1700 BST (British Summertime - GMT+1)

October 16 (Tuesday) - Lake Vyrnwy, Llanfyllin
October 17 (Wednesday)- Machynlleth, Ynys Hir RSPB Reserve
October 18 (Thursday) - Hafren Forest, Blaenhafren Falls
October 19 (Friday) - Mwnt Beach, Cardigan

I don't as of yet know if it will be single camera, static, moving or interactive in any way; I'll post more details as and when I have them.

I am discussing Slow TV on BBC Radio Wales Good Morning Wales on 10th October at 6:50am.


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Saturday, 1 September 2018

I Want Some Proper Slow TV

I really wish Slow TV was properly understood and therefore properly made outside Norway. It can be so much more. This is how I sometimes feel.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

NRK Sommer - Lars Monsen Minute by Minute


NRK Sommer 2018 - Hardangervidda - Image NRK
And so it has begun. The NRK Summer 2018 Slow TV schedule with Lars Monsen - this year it's live hiking in a number of Norwegian wildernesses. I love this stuff. Slow TV as only NRK do. More about "the how" tomorrow.

Over the next four weeks there will be live TV shows in the daytime. In the evenings, it becomes summertime from places on the road, in the same way as in previous years. It will be Slow TV during the day and show with guests, artists and audiences in the summertime in new places every night. Watch the transmission over the internet HERE.

"I am looking forward to it! Nature experiences are about a good time. Transmitting mountain tours minute by minute is simply brilliant", says Lars Monsen.

Once more NRK stretches Slow TV to something new, pushing broadcasting boundaries. The project manager is again Thomas Hellum, who has been at the centre of slow television, both by train and boat so far. And now by hiking.



NRK Sommer 2018 - Hardangervidda - Image NRK
Earlier in 2018, understating the task Thomas Hellum points out, "To transmit directly, minute by minute, from mountain areas where barely mobile coverage is mildly challenging".

Lars Monsen is keen on the fact that very many may want to go hiking with him and NRK. Could it be we could have a long time of struggling to light a fire with damp kindling? "In a regular TV show, maybe we only show five seconds when I light up a fire. Here we can risk it takes an hour... People will understand more", Monsen says.

Everything must be carried, too. While the previous Slow TV broadcasts have meant long journeys and far distances, everything becomes different when moving on foot and the equipment must be worn.

"On the map, our travels are only a few small lines this summer. Nevertheless, we will showcase unique mountain and hiking areas. We Norwegians love the walking culture in the mountains, and we are looking forward to displaying the Norwegian Mountain World as live broadcast television", says NRK Project Manager Thomas Hellum.

So, if wet kindling and televised walking in the rain doesn't dampen your spirits, brace yourselves for several weeks of Walking with Slow TV this summer.

Week 1: 12-15 July Hardangervidda
Week 2: 18-22 July Jotunheimen
Week 3: 25-29 July Vesterålen
Week 4: 1 - 5 August Indre Troms

Hardangervidda:

  • Thursday 12.7: Monsen goes from Dyranut to Stigstuv. 
  • Friday 13.7: Monsen goes from Stigstuv to Rauhelleren.
  • Saturday 14.7: Monsen goes from Rauhelleren to Heinseter.
  • Sunday 15.7: Monsen goes from Hein to Tuva.
Jotunheimen:
  • Wednesday 18.7: Monsen goes from Bøvertun to Sognefjellshytta.
  • Thursday 19.7: Monsen goes from Sognefjellshytta to Fannaråken.
  • Friday 20.7: Monsen goes from Fannaråken to Skogadalsbøen. 
  • Saturday 21.7: Monsen goes from Skogadalsbøen to the tent camp in the Flesdal valley.
  • Sunday 22.7: Monsen goes from Flesdal to Øvre Årdal. 
Vesterålen:
  • Wednesday 25.7: Monsen goes from Nyksund to Stø over the mountain.
  • Thursday 26.7: Monsen goes from Stø back to Nyksund along the coast.
  • Friday 27.7: Monsen crosses Breitinden to Guvåghytta. 
  • Saturday 28.7: Monsen crosses Lynghaugtinden to the tent camp at Korselva. 
  • Sunday 29.7: Monsen goes from the tent camp at Korselva over to Bø. 
Indre Troms:
  • Wednesday 1.8: Monsen goes from Rostadalen to the tent camp in the Isdalen valley.
  • Thursday 2.8: Monsen goes from Isdalen to Gappohytta.
  • Friday 3.8: Monsen goes from Gappohytta to Goldahytta.
  • Saturday 4.8: Monsen is a day trip from Goldahytta to Treriksrøysa. 
  • Sunday 5.8: Monsen goes from Goldahytta to Gálggojávri. 
NRK Sommer 2018 - Hardangervidda - Image NRK
Above information shortened from the main NRK post (in Norwegian) HERE.

Norwegian Tourist Board information (in Norwegian) HERE.

Many thanks to livnomes on Instagram for bringing this Slow TV project to The Slow TV Blog's attention, and also to Albert Solberg, also on Instagram for reminders.


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Grieg Minute by Minute, Opus by Opus

NRK's Grieg Slow TV Logo

Broadcast starts this evening, 15th June, 17:30 CET / 16:30 BST. Official website in English at this link, show page at this link and official Facebook event page here.

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The countdown to NRK's Grieg Slow TV has well and truly begun. What will be the celebration of a composer with national resonance, "the soundtrack to Norway", is live on Norwegian TV on June 15th.


"Grieg Minutt for Minutt" translates as "Grieg Minute by Minute" and will be a chronological progression through all of Grieg's 74 opuses. A detailed breakdown of each opus is on the official event website.

If you're thinking "THIS CAN'T BE SLOW TV! IT ISN'T A PRETTY PICTURE!", Slow TV isn't just about a pretty picture. It's about taking the time it takes to show something in its own pace, in full. If that includes a pretty picture, well, that's nice. But it's also about a sense of completeness and allowing the subject to be in its own pace. If that's racing car quick for Formula 1, or snail slow for snail racing, its appropriate for the innate pace of a Slow TV subject.

A translation from griegminuttforminutt.no reads:

"Grieg minute by minute - this year's big TV event! June 15, 2018, it is 175 years since Edvard Grieg was born. We mark the day with the world's longest Grieg concert, 30 hours live on NRK!

A classical music festival in Bergen! Grieg minute by minute is an outstanding opportunity to experience Grieg's production from opus 1-74, performed by the best of Norwegian music life. Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg's home, will be open throughout the event and a center for the big crowd party. There are also great events and experiences in Grieghallen, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, choirs and other musicians. The Broadcasting Orchestra also contributes great music from Store Studio. Perhaps there will be touches from other parts of the country too!

What you now see on the website is just the beginning - a taste bite. The list of artists and Grieg opus numbers is updated continuously.

The program runs from the afternoon of 15 June until midnight 16 June. There will be night concerts in the Grieghallen, 24 hours a day at Troldhaugen and a folk party all summer night. Do you want a night of Peer Gynt in the Grieghallen, have breakfast at Troldhaugen with the wonderful cello sonate or experience the string quartet in the gray light at Nordåsvannet?"


Extensive and developing information on the performers in NRK Grieg is here.

The Full Works Concert indeed... NRK Grieg is announced.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

NRK Operaen

In April, NRK broadcast a Slow TV focused on a day in the life of Oslo Opera House; lots of good music, public participation, flag waving and no doubt, a warm up and test run for Grieg Minutt for Minutt, coming up on June 15th.

All images from and courtesy of NRK.




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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Classical Music Slow TV - Grieg

Imagine a 30 hour long Grieg playlist...
Get your Grieg playlist to hand. One of the Slow TV shows in development for broadcast later this year is a marathon play through of all Grieg's 74 opuses.

I've long thought of a substantial work of classical music as a perfect illustration for the complete-feeling of well made Slow TV. Somewhere between Handel's Messiah or Wagner's Ring Cycle


The UK radio station Classic FM has The Full Works Concert which often allows a work to be expressed more fully than the popular few minutes that make it onto compilations. Which illustrates visual media quite well - it's edited down to the most exciting, stimulating shots and takes, which keeps attention but then extracts a lot of other good moments. And that sense of wholeness.

Speaking of wholeness, June 15th this year marks 175 years since Grieg was born, and so, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK2 will be showing a 30 hour live show of his work. Now, that is a Full Works Concert.

Different locations are currently hosting the production including Grieghallen in Bergen, NRK's studio in Marienlyst in Oslo and Grieg's hometown of Troldhaugen.

The success of Slow TV in Norway owes a lot to tapping into subjects and themes of regional and national identity. This certainly keeps up the trend - NRK producer Thomas Hellum comments that "This is the soundtrack to Norway". 

Starting as an idea on Facebook seems fitting when bearing in mind the use of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" in "The Social Network" film about the creation of Facebook. There is also a Facebook event page for the broadcast 

It isn't the first time Slow TV has been themed around music; in 2014 the entire 899 hymns of the Norwegian Hymn Book were sung live over two and a half days.

Concerning #NRKGrieg ,The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra page reads:

"Most concerts take place in Bergen. The orchestral works will be performed at the Grieghallen and the Large Studio of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra Orchestra (KORK), while the main emphasis of the works - piano pieces, songs and chamber music in general - will be performed at Troldhaugen. "

"We start at 18:00 on Friday 15 June...  Peer Gynt in stage version around 0100 Saturday, Rondane at sunrise, Holbergsuiten for lunch Saturday, Haugtussa for dinner, and finally Psalms - Grieg's last opus - at the tomb at Troldhaugen late Saturday night.
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Slow TV takes a hike in Norway

Last year's 8-hour-hike Slow TV setting the pace for this year
It looks like NRK's Slow TV is going for a jolly good hike in Norway this summer. Several of them. And in keeping with previous Slow TV shows, we can expect hours of it, too.

Last year we had Besseggen Minutt for Minutt, an eight hour live hike, which no doubt was some pre-production for this year's much longer walking-in-Norway project.

Over four weeks in the summer there will be long televised hikes at Hardangervidda, in Jotunheimen, Vesterålen and Innre Troms. Norwegian adventurer Lars Monsen will be leading the way in some of Norway's spectacular landscape. 


Maybe think Bear Grylls going all Crocodile Dundee on Walkabout in Norwegian wilderness live on TV. Though it remains to be seen if we'll get the presenter picking out semi-digested apple from bear faeces to add to a campfire dish.

Five days a week over the four weeks there will be live TV shows. In the evenings, it becomes summertime from places on the road, in the same way as in previous years. It will be Slow TV during the day and show with guests, artists and audiences in the summertime in new places every night.

"I am looking forward to it! Nature experiences are about a good time. Transmitting mountain tours minute by minute is simply brilliant", says Lars Monsen.

Once again NRK stretches Slow TV to something new, pushing broadcasting boundaries. The project manager is again Thomas Hellum, who has been at the centre of slow television, both by train and boat so far. And now by hiking.


Exactly where it will go, will first be determined after NRK has "tested" and seen where coverage is and where live TV can be broadcast. Understating the task currently in preproduction, "To transmit directly, minute by minute, from mountain areas where barely mobile coverage is mildly challenging" points out Hellum.

Lars Monsen is keen on the fact that very many may want to go hiking with him and NRK. Could it be we could have a long time of struggling to light a fire with damp kindling? "In a regular TV show, maybe we only show five seconds when I light up a fire. Here we can risk it takes an hour... People will understand more", Monsen says.

Everything must be carried, too. While the previous Slow TV broadcasts have meant long journeys and far distances, everything becomes different when moving on foot and the equipment must be worn.

"On the map, our travels are only a few small lines this summer. Nevertheless, we will showcase unique mountain and hiking areas. We Norwegians love the walking culture in the mountains, and we are looking forward to displaying the Norwegian Mountain World as live broadcast television", says NRK Project Manager Thomas Hellum.

So, if wet kindling and televised walking in the rain doesn't dampen your spirits, brace yourselves for several weeks of Walking with Slow TV this summer.

Many thanks to livnomes on Instagram for bringing this Slow TV project to The Slow TV Blog's attention.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Ghan - Slow TV in Australia Only

The Ghan Slow TV
Australia is currently broadcasting its first Slow TV Sunday evening (for them) prime time TV.

Available on SBS On Demand in Australia only (courtesy of geoblocking) or SBS Australia Facebook page sometimes with a small inset box with studio chat and banter taking centre stage.

Shame - Norway's Slow TV goes out online without geoblocking when it's live and serves as a fabulous advert for its landscape and cross-country and around-country travels.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

BBC Slow TV for Christmas - a Slow Odyssey: Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah

In The Radio Times - it isn't Christmas without one
UPDATE FOR BROADCAST: Wild Wanderings will be shown on BBC4 on Wednesday 27th December at 9pm GMT.

The BBC media centre reports on a new Slow TV offering for Christmas 2017:

"Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah: a Slow Odyssey".

As a very special Christmas treat, BBC Four is taking viewers on a magical and mysterious journey into the natural world - by riding on-board three incredible animals. Unfettered by human camera teams, the audience will be transported deep into these different animal worlds - land and sea and sky.

Using the latest on-board wearable technology, pioneered by leading Scientists and the BBC’s Natural History Unit – Three Cheetah must work together in their search for prey, navigating the Bushveld of Namibia. A green turtle comes face to face with the residents of Indonesia’s most beautiful coral reefs. Whilst a White tailed Sea Eagle soars above the rugged West Coast of Scotland, battling the force of nature.

With embedded graphics giving further insight into the animals’ worlds, their adventures and encounters turns into an immersive and mesmerising experience".

It adds to the wider portfolio of the BBC's Slow TV collection which includes All Aboard! The Bus Journey and All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride.

Also in December, 12 hours Supermarket Slow TV from Finland,  and anticipating a 3 day train journey across Australia.

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First Published on 29th November 2017, updated 16th December 2017.

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