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Car Share Rig BTS
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With the release of Car Share this week, many fans who have been enjoying the show have also been asking how it is filmed.

On April 11th, Tom Sykes posted an image to Twitter which shows how incredibly complex the rig is which sits in front of Peter Kay and Sian Gibson when they’re sat inside the Fiat 500L. The image originates from 2015, when George Bevir posted the same (and original version) photo to fans via Broadcastnow.

The rig features five cameras set up across the dashboard and windscreen, along with four microphones and a whole host of tech wizardry, giving us a little glimpse at the complex magic that takes place to film the show.

It reportedly took around four months for the rig to be completed, including “three months of camera testing and four weeks testing and refining other kit and building the rig”.

“I’ve been involved with the build of a number of bespoke rigs over the years, and a couple of reality-style shows based in cars and taxis, but nothing quite like this one,” Martin Riley, co-founder of Manchester production company Lion Eyes TV – which looked after the build and operation of the five-camera rig – told Broadcast Now in 2015.

 

In a very detailed breakdown of the rig used in series one, YouTube user The World According to Fluctibus Fludd produced a video on the rig, which can be found below. If you’re interested in how they did it and what complications they had to create it, check his video out.

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