Producing the Oscars takes an army of technicians and producers, among others. : NPR



A statue of the Oscar is placed for transportation along Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the red carpet arrivals area continued March 25.

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A statue of the Oscar is placed for transportation along Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the red carpet arrivals area continued March 25.

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It will take more than 5,000 broadcast technicians, stagehands and associate directors, among many other professionals, to produce the Oscars this year.

Here’s a glimpse at the large undertaking the production will take this year, according to Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis, an independent full-service communications and narrative consulting firm:

  • 55 cameras are used across the Oscars, pre-show, digital show and international feeds
  • 12 broadcast mobile units and more than 20 technical support and office trailers are used in the production
  • It requires 30 days to load, set up, rehearse and strike the show
  • All electrical power is provided by Los Angeles DWP. In the event of a power failure, a dual UPS backup system is used saving hundreds of hours of generator time and diesel fuel use
  • 14 miles of fiber optic cable are used to support the broadcast infrastructure
  • 1,500 lighting instruments and 18 miles of data and power cable are used to light the show
  • There are over 120 musicians and 80 dancers performing on this year’s show
  • More than 45 presenters participated in Saturday rehearsals. The orchestra rehearses and records at the world-famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood prior to moving into the Dolby Theatre
  • The stage is 120 feet wide and 75 feet deep
  • There’s a 32-foot-wide elevator on-stage that descends 50 feet into the basement to assist in changing scenery
  • The set is embedded with almost a mile of custom LED tape and is covered in 3,500 yards of pleated fabric
  • The on-stage video wall surface totals 2,400 square feet
  • There are more than 3,000 linear feet of red carpet created in custom “academy” red
  • It takes 600 man-hours to install and remove the carpet. The entire length of carpet is cleaned the morning of the show
  • There’s a 70-person COVID team administrating over 14,000 PCR tests for the cast and crew
  • More than 200 countries air the Oscars, many of them live

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