October 20, 2015
By Rechelle Tangcangco
Neighbours DOP Steve Scoble and the F55 camera on the set of Neighbours
Sydney, Australia – First broadcast in 1985, Neighbours has become an Australian icon and the longest running drama series in Australian television history, launching the careers of stars like Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Delta Goodrem, Natalie Imbruglia, Guy Pearce and Margot Robbie. Recently the show moved to shooting with Sony PMW-F55 large sensor 4K cameras.
Steve Scoble, Location DoP for production company Fremantle Media on Neighbours since 2006 explained, “The Neighbours location unit had previously been using Sony XDCAMs and they were nearing the end of their lifecycle. A search began for new cameras that needed to satisfy more technical and creative options to facilitate fast moving tightly scheduled drama. Research was conducted on a variety of cameras available.”
The Neighbours team decided to go with a larger sensor format as the current 2/3″ PDW-700 had been around for some time.