Gallery: Under Investigation with Liz Hayes

Supervising Producer Gareth Harvey turned to rear projections for an “immersive” environment for true crime show.

How does Under Investigation with Liz Hayes achieve its look with rear projections as the panel discuss unsolved crimes?

Supervising Producer, Gareth Harvey, explains he wanted a unique, realistic and “immersive” environment for the Nine show.

“I wanted both an ‘organic’ feel to the set-background and also an immersive environment for the panel discussion,” he says.

“I didn’t want the ‘video’ look of a green screen set and originally thought of using LED panel-wall. I then did a test shoot using projectors and immediately decided they provided the ‘look’ I was after. Discussing with the company that provided the test projector, they spoke very highly of the top-end Epson projectors – so we made contact with Epson Australia. I also wanted the studio monitor and screen to have the same look and so also decided on rear-projection for that element too.”

Harvey’s primary requirement for Under Investigation was to have projectors powerful enough to illuminate a large studio without the projected image being washed out by the studio lighting.

“It was also critical to have ultra-short throw projectors, so that the projectors could be close to the studio backdrop and allow the set and cameras as much space as possible without interfering with the projector beam,” he adds.

The series uses two EB-1755UNL projectors fitted with ELPLX02 ultra-short throw lenses for the backdrop and an EB-L1505UHNL projector fitted with an ELPLU03 short throw lens, for the rear projection screen.

8:45pm Monday on Nine.

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