Eurovision 2015: all you need to know about the grand final and how to build your own bridge
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS – The show beings with a video of the Vienna Philharmonic playing music by Mozart and Beethoven in the Garden of Schönbrunn Palace. The journey continues through the beautiful cities and landscapes of the country accompanied by specially composed music by David Bronner.
During the journey we meet hundreds of locals, young and and old, finishing in Vienna when the Sphere – theme artwork for this year’s contest – floats through the roof of the the arena. Then we can hear Udo Jürgens’ Mercie Cherie – the very first Austrian Eurovision Song Contest winner.
To reveal even more – the sphere will take different forms during the shows, from oversized glass beads to human-formed circles! The clip that starts in Vorarlberg is currently being produced across Austria by West4Media.
INTERVAL ACT FOR THE GRANFD FINAL
During the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, the internationally renowned percussionist Martin Grubinger will take the stage during the interval act. For his performance he has composed a unique piece that combines classical music with big band music, choral singing with percussion. The nine-minute program will include 40 instrumentalists as well as the Grammy-winning Arnold Schoenberg Choir.
“In this show we want to present how fascinating and diverse the Austrian music tradition is”, Grubinger says, pointing out that he is especially please with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir being a part of it.
BUILD BRIDGES YOURSELVES
This year you have the chance to be a part of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final through a “video bridge”. Find out how! Based on the success of the Building Bridges photo action, creativity is now in demand. A flying snowball from Iceland to Australia, someone from Ireland frightening an Italian with a bucket of ice water, or a marriage proposal across the continent… the host broadcaster of this year’s contest, ORF is looking for original video connections between two people in different countries.
Contact friends or acquaintances abroad you’d like to “build bridges” with. Do you share an idea for a video? Or connect with someone who already has the first part of a ‘video bridge’ out.
Film the first part – ideally before a typical background, like a tourist attraction, in the mountains or at the sea.
Ask your partner to continue the video – and try to find perfect connecting points!
Load the uncompressed videos (both parts separately) onto the ORF platform video.ORF.at and enter all of your contact details. Instructions and Technical Requirements
For the videos to be used in the Song Contest show, please note some technical details: Film your entry in the best possible quality of your mobile phone or your camera (ideally, Full HD 1920 x 1080, 16:9) Avoid pans and moving around; film your “video bridge” as much as possible without camera movements. Leave about ten seconds of buffer time at the beginning and at the end of all videos. Do not use additional background music. Send the video directly from your phone to video.ORF.at or transfer the finished files from your phone or via cable from the camera to the computer. Please do not use apps as often they reduce the quality of the videos automatically. To check, you can assemble both videos into a finished “video bridge” – but for submission it‘s not necessary. Last day to send your videos is the 30th of April. Have fun building bridges. Be creative!