Behind the scenes at the Tim Horton's Brier
The Brier is one of TSN's biggest productions of the year. From the crew to the cameras to the cables, many don't realize what it takes to get the curling event on the air.
Vic Rauter has been the voice of curling for 26 years. He says the production takes a lot of work. "It's all really a nice choreographed curling ballet."
And with 10,000 metres of cables, 50 microphones, and 18 cameras, Rauter isn't joking. There are microphones and cameras placed at every angle on the rink, as well as a TSN crew of 60 people working from morning to night trying to keep the show moving.
But Rauter says the technical worries are just one side of the production. Events like this one can take a toll on participants' health. "We're swimming in sanitizer this week, trying to stay healthy, taking our pills, taking our cough medicine, sucking on our lozenges… That's the problem with these events. There are just so many games in such a short period of time we just try to stay healthy."
One flu bug or technical glitch could mean disaster for the broadcast. Earlier this week three overhead cameras went down.
But most viewers will never see the chaos behind the scenes; because the experienced crews, who have been working together for years, make the whole process look easy.
And as long as the crew stays healthy and the equipment keeps working, they aim to keep it that way.