This week the theme of this year’s Eurovision postcards was revealed in-full. We did know that there have been filming going on in picturesque Italian hotspots over the last couple of months, and that entrants of this year’s contest were doing all sorts of things in front of green screens in their home country, but we did not know “why” yet. Yes, there is a drone involved with the name “LEO”! Excited? Read more below!
What is a Eurovision postcard?
The Eurovision postcards are the 30-40 second videos that are shown before every song to introduce the competing country and its entrant. The postcards also allow the stage crew to make changes on the stage, i.e. installing props. In previous years the Eurovision postcards were either about the home country of the entrant, the country that hosted that year’s contest, or had a special theme, i.e. the arts in a certain country.
Last year’s postcard of Måneskin
The organization of this year’s contest revealed in their handbook that drones have been used to shoot imagery of picturesque hotspots in Italy. This imagery will be combined with CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery), so that it looks you see everything from the perspective of a drone with the name “LEO”. This drone will be summoned by the presenters of the contest every time a new contestant will enter the Eurovision stage. This means that we get some sort of a San Remo set-up, during which every entrant is introduced by a presenter while walking to the stage.
Then the drone LEO will show the surroundings of the entrant’s postcard location, and at the same time the drone will take pictures of the entrant in that particular environment. After, LEO will scan the images that have been made, and there will be a beam that comes from LEO the drone’s machinery to show a video of the entrant and LEO interacting with them. All the postcards will end with a shot of LEO flying over Italy.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 10th (Semi-final 1), 12th (Semi-final 2), and on the 14th (Grand Final) in Turin, Italy.