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Fox Footy weighing up trial of camera angle sweeping international sport


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, 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.

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