In the spirit of not relying on a mega-thread here's a new thread for a few observations on Strictly!
I don't think it's been commented on here but whilst there hasn't been much in the way of updates to the layout of the set (with the exception of the Covid-related changes), I thought it was worth mentioning how they've clearly done a lot to improve the way parts of the set appear on screen.
Firstly, the steps either side of the orchestra and onto the floor appear to have improved LEDs/screens driving them. Previously, they lit up and changed colour but they appear to be able to do much more detailed effects/graphics than before, fitting in with the other screens within the studio much better.
Secondly, really interesting to see them go in on VR this series! Some of it has been a bit questionable (the elephant or whatever Bill Bailey appeared next to early on was a bit strange) but beyond that there have been a lot more subtle uses of the technology which really improve things. They already use the lighting on the dancefloor incredibly well, but I was particularly struck tonight by the effects used for HRVY and Jannette's dance.
At the start of the dance tonight the effect on the dancefloor was to make them look like they were sat on the top of a highrise building. They've done this before but it was always a static shot so that the perspective illusion wasn't ruined. But tonight, the perspective neatly changed with the shot (similar to Jeremy Vine's VR during the Scottish independence referendum coverage) to match the camera move. Very nicely done and a feat to deliver no doubt!
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