ABC’s “The View” opened its Thursday, August 4, 2022 edition which featured key talent announcements kicked off the show with a three-minute rolling drone shot that took viewers both behind the scenes and on stage.
The shot, which appeared to have been captured in one take, began in a backstage area with large out-of-place palm tree sets (ironically the backstage “SNL” segments feature everything from llamas to dancers in the background) and a small audience.
The entire sequence was accented with a variety of ambient audio that changed depending on which part of the building it was captured in, including what sounded like an audience coordinator reminding those in line to do so. silence their cell phones in the first scene.
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This was followed by backstage banter between the crew in what appeared to be a break room or similar area. The craft then flew toward the ceiling as a crew member adjusted a lighting unit while passing what appeared to be a storage area for cushions.
As the drone flew around what appeared to be an informal backstage rehearsal for a beauty segment, the show’s announcer could be heard reading a script on makeup. Around this time, the crew can also be heard searching for moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
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Next was a look at a make-up area where co-host Joy Behar could be seen getting ready and heard refusing to wear a “stupid” yellow flower.
He then walked up the stairs as Sara Haines came down them, flying alongside Sunny Hostin trying to make a decision about her wardrobe while wondering where her legal notes were. Luckily, they were found in an upstairs office and someone could be seen grabbing them and running back down to the studio, all while the drone continued to buzz.
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The craft then passed through the control room with appropriate background banter added before descending back to studio level and flying, impressively, through the bottom of a utility cart.
At this point, Goldberg was found – standing near the space where the hosts were preparing to exit and, upon receiving their cue, they entered the studio to seemingly start the show.
The drone continued to circle around the studio, including above the audience, while showing the manipulated and boom camera units the show uses when the co-hosts came out on set.
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The drone, which apparently wasn’t quite calibrated to the refresh rate of the set’s main video wall (given that it exhibited some weird color distortion), then landed on the iconic table, where Goldberg could be seen “crushing” on it. Haines appeared briefly wondering why Goldberg “broke” it before Goldberg’s damage apparently caused the device to black out.
It is likely that the “dying” drone was simulated by adding video glitch effects.
It also appears that the segment was pre-recorded with all the hosts wearing the same wardrobe either earlier in the day or a day before.
A key giveaway to this was that audience members changed between the drone shot and the start of the show.
although it should come as no surprise that this was done given that the significant planning likely went into the continuous shot which was to be perfectly timed with, perhaps, added audio post-production.
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Drone shots done in one take or simulated to appear to have been shot that way have been used for a variety of productions in the past, including an ESPN production in January 2022, a holiday shopping special Peacock in December 2021 and the regular opening for CBS’ “The Late Show.”
“The View” and its production offices are filmed at the same New York facility that houses “ABC World News Tonight” and other productions. For the first 17 seasons, he used Studio 23, located on the 300 block of West 66th Street.
In 2015, the show moved upstairs to ABC’s main campus (whose main address is 77 West 66th), taking over spaces previously used by the ABC-produced syndicated talk show “Katie” featuring starring Katie Couric.