It’s a goal celebration, but perhaps like you’ve never seen it before.
Footy-starved fans who tune in to watch this week’s pre-season community series matches might be treated to a very different look at the game.
It can be revealed that Fox Footy is considering sending a cameraman and a “spotter” on to the field of play after goals to get closer than ever to the stars of the show.
Under a “potential trial”, the broadcaster would use a Steadicam – a large camera stabiliser mount that isolates the camera from the operator's movement to allow for a smooth shot.
In a document seen by SEN.com.au, the AFL has informed clubs that the broadcaster could be entering the players’ space after a goal is kicked.
The league states that a “spotter (would) run out with camera operator to ensure safety” and “always keep a safe and respectable distance between players/officials.”
The AFL also points out that the “crew will wear masks at all times on the field of play.”
Steadicam has been a raging success in the NFL, English Premier League and rugby codes, while also playing a key role in how talent shows like Dancing with the Stars is brought to the screen.
It has been used in the AFL, but never inside the boundary line while a game is being played.
Carlton and St Kilda kick off the AFL’s AAMI Community Series on Thursday night at Marvel Stadium.