NOS PyeongChang Vandaag 2018 was broadcast by the NOS daily during the Winter Olympics 2018. In this popular studio program, millions of fans followed live the major sporting achievements of the Dutch participants in South Korea. The studio program was part of a winter programming of the NOS on the Dutch broadcasting system NPO1. It was also part of series of set designs I delivered in 2018 on behalf of the NOS.
‘In set design for television, there are a wide variety of ways to catch the attention of the viewers’
The starting point in the set design
My starting point in the set design was to taking the set as a whole including the walls, the built-in screens, the roof and the studio floor. The client’s wish was to place a panoramic window in the background. In the first place to be able to display the live images from various Olympic locations in the large background. Secondly, to give the viewer a feeling at home as if the images were broadcast live from South Korea. FABER Audiovisuals supplied the LED screens and the TV screens. The decoration for the studio floor consisted of lines inspired by a skating rink.
The desk design
The most of the presentations were hosted behind a desk specially developed for this event. In the design I have taken into account that 1 to 2 people could stand behind the counter or sit on a stool. In general, designing and making presentation furniture for television is almost an art form. Each counter is unique and made by hand, whereby the beauty of the form and the materials come to its full expression. The traditional wood joinery methods, the materials used and the high-quality finish reinforce the identity. Sometimes it seems as if everything is allowed, “good taste” is irrelevant. But in this design for the presentation of the Olympic Games, the functionality of the desk was just as relevant as the design.
Angle of view
The studio broadcast was done with more than one television camera. The multiple-camera setup stond on the floor and were on wheels. Adjusting the angle of view and distance of the camera while keeping the host in frame resulted in differing camerashots.