Lighting News

PRG XL Video at the National Television Awards

Monday, 20 February 2017

UK - Each year, the very best in television is recognised at the National Television Awards. Taking place in late January, the awards, which are voted for by the British public, honour television shows, actors and presenters in a range of categories. Producers Indigo TV bring together a variety of technical suppliers to support both the glamorous red carpet arrival space and the awards at The O2 in London, which are broadcast live on ITV.
Continuing a long-running relationship, PRG XL Video supplied both video and lighting technology for this year’s event. Video account manager Paul Wood has worked with Indigo TV’s Andy Bates for a number of years, and this year supplied the production team with the main LED backdrop made up of ROE Visual 7mm LED. The screen is used for all the main title logos, category information and video clips in the hall.
Playback footage was driven by two of PRG XL’s Catalyst media servers, with a PPU forming the link between the live camera footage and the four large IMAG screens located around the O2. These screens used 30k and 14k Barco projectors, and ensured the audience in the arena got a close-up view of the presenters and performers reactions as the awards were announced.
Paul Wood commented, “It’s great to work on the NTAs once again. Andy and the whole Indigo TV team put together a fantastic looking show each

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New Linear Flares blast NBC’s World of Dance

Monday, 20 February 2017

USA - NBC’s World of Dance is currently in production for a 10-episode rollout this spring. Tasked with painting the stage for The Biggest Dance Competition in the World, lighting designer Oscar Dominguez of Darkfire Lighting Design brought his signature kinetic energy and a palette that included 24 Solaris Flare Q+ LR linear fixtures.
“I’m in love with these new Flare LRs,” says Oscar, “they’re a versatile, violent, shootable weapon! Brighter than the original Flare (which says a lot!), we put a few fixtures in the aisles and the rest in the air. They’re the ultimate in accent lighting, as a wash, strobe, or blinder, and pixel-mapped for special effects.
“The technology of these Solaris fixtures never ceases to amaze me: they keep outdoing themselves, improving on perfection. They’re very nicely designed and of the highest quality. They will always be a part of my arsenal.”
The new Flare Q+ LR was first seen on Dominguez’s hit show, The Voice and his special, New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.
World of Dance is produced for NBC by Universal Television Alternative Studios and Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions.
(LSiOnline)

 
 
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Illuminating Capability Brown with SGM

Friday, 17 February 2017

UK - Using ground-breaking LED technology from SGM, an interactive light commission entitled IN LIGHT: Illuminating Capability Brown’s Landscape, was created by light artist Laurent Louyer from Creatmosphere.
In November 2016, various celebratory events took place in 120 different parks and sites all across the UK. This was to mark the 300th anniversary of renowned British Landscape Architect, Capability Brown, an historically important figure known as “England’s greatest gardener”. Many of his more than 170 park designs still exist today. Amongst these is Compton Verney, which also houses an independent national art gallery.

Compton Verney celebrated Capability’s legacy and brought it to life through a light ‘spectacular’. Compton Verney’s curator, Penelope Sexton, had the idea to create an event outside on the grounds using light as a medium. She got in touch with Laurent Louyer and asked him to carry out the job. Louyer said about the assignment:

“I had the simple brief to ‘respond to the Capability Brown’s landscape’. So basically, I had creative carte blanche - which is a dream come true as an artist. I found the trees, water and architectural elements to be the crucial cornerstones of the garden, so I put them in focus. My aim was to get people to play and engage, but also to educate them about the lan

 
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Claypaky tops leader board at Wargaming Fest

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Russia - An exclusive Claypaky rig of almost 300 moving-head fixtures delivered the high-impact lighting for international game developer and publisher Wargaming Group's highly anticipated debut video game event Wargaming Fest in Moscow's Expocentre.
Production and lighting designers Maxim Martynov and Jevgenij Juhnevich of Moscow-based production company MAX \ MAX Productions specified 81 x Claypaky Sharpy, 56 x Claypaky Stormy CC, 46 x Claypaky Mythos, 22 x Claypaky Alpha Profile 1500 and 76 x Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20 supplied by Russian rental and production outfits Arlecchino Techno and MF Group.
"The work during the preparation period of the show was extremely detailed," says Max Martynov. "We discussed every second, every costume and every colour with the Wargaming team. This design tenacity followed through into our desire to achieve the 'perfect lighting quality' through extensive pre-programming and the selection of Claypaky fixtures."
Throughout Wargaming Fest audience members were encouraged to take part in real-time video game tournaments that were live streamed across the globe. Lighting designer Jevgenij Juhnevich created an immersive lighting environment using the Mythos and Alpha Profile 1500s to unify the show's live gaming tournaments, musical performances, product demonstrations and 20,000 strong live audience.
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Chauvet rig reflects spirit of Louis tour

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

USA - Magical is a word that is often ascribed to Louis The Child’s spacey, ethereal sound. It also accurately describes this EDM duo’s phenomenal career path.
Their focus instead is on creating music that captures real moments, or as they once put it in an interview, “songs that are going to become the soundtrack to your life”. This spirit is very evident on the duo’s current tour, not only in its music but also in its immersive and highly original lightshow designed by Kendall Clark and programmed by Andrew Roman, using all Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Creative Production & Design (CPD) of Austin, Texas.
Like the music of Louis The Child, the lightshow on the group’s sold-out 21-city tour, is powerful, evocative and very approachable. “The lighting really reflects the music and what these artists are all about,” said Justin Jenkins of CPD. “Kendall’s design manages to be complex without being complicated. It isn’t just massive for the sake of being big; every fixture in the rig has a purpose and it contributes to telling the story we want to tell.”
A big part of this story telling comes from the 18 Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures in the rig. “We have a lot of these fixtures in our inventory, and we use them often because there are so many looks you can create with them,” said Jenkins. “They are a truly unique fixt

 
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Bandit backs Randy Travis tribute show

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

USA - If the impact of a man is measured by those who love him, Randy Travis is larger than life. Bandit Lites donated a lighting package for 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis where Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss, Kane Brown, Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, Alabama and others honoured the man Garth Brooks said, “totally saved this music and this format.”
Part of the proceeds from the marathon tribute went to the Randy Travis Foundation which supports stroke research and rehabilitation. Three years ago, Randy Travis was gearing up for a two-week run when lighting designer Thom Roberts got the call that Randy had been hospitalized.
“Two days later he had the stroke, and that was that,” said Roberts. “Due to some experiences earlier in my career, I hate to use the word "family" when describing a road crew and band, but it really does fit and it always felt like something was unfinished, never having had that ‘Last Show’.”
For this tribute, Roberts harkened back to the direction Randy and, then manager, Elizabeth Travis gave him back in 1995: This is not a rock and roll show. It is country music. “I have always taken that to mean they did not want a lot of flash and trash, random movement or unnecessary changes. I tried to maintain that aesthetic, and to keep the show deliberate and fai

 
 
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Time for Robe and Holiday on Ice

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Europe - The Holiday on Ice Time show is back on the road with a new creative team and a new look, with lighting and visuals designed by Jeffrey Goes from Amsterdam based creative design practice Live Legends - and a lighting rig featuring over 170 Robe moving lights.
Holiday on Ice producer Kiki Venhuizen and new executive producer Jay Smith contacted Live Legends when looking for a new integrated design that would encompass lighting and video visuals for the re-launch of Time (the original show name was Speed), which has been a big hit with audiences throughout Europe.
Live Legends’ work embraces all sectors and genres – concerts and live music events, TV and theatre productions, corporate and industrials, but this was their first ice show.
“Holiday on Ice was looking for a fresh approach,” said Jeffrey who has been using Robe products in his work for about four years, and it’s now one of the go-to lighting brands for him and others in the Live Legends’ design team.
Time’s set elements include a large inflatable which wraps around parts of the trussing mother grid, and also a moving bridge that runs up and down the ice, which were already in place when they came on-board, so lighting had to be positioned around and work with these.
The show includes a lively and diverse mix of music, from orchestr

 

The Week in Lighting & Sound

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Keeping Music Live - London mayor Sadiq Khan has welcomed government proposals to safeguard live music venues by strengthening the ‘agent of change’ principle. It comes weeks after the mayor’s office announced the rate of small music venue closures has slowed, with numbers in the capital staying the same for the first time in a decade.
In its Housing White Paper, released this week, the government outlined plans to amend the National Planning Policy Framework and strengthen the agent of change principle. This means that developers must take into account existing venues when building nearby and be responsible for ensuring their properties are adequately soundproofed.
Implementing the principle was one of a number of recommendations made in a report published last year on how to tackle the decline of grassroots music venues. Welcoming the step, Khan described it as an integral part of protecting venues. “It’s completely unfair that a venue, which may have existed in an area for decades, should have to incur the cost of a new neighbour moving in, which can often result in its closure,” he added.
Winner Takes All - Adele proved the big winner at the Grammy Awards 2017, taking a clean sweep of the major categories and receiving five trophies. The British singer won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her third album 25

 
 
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Chauvet panels create ‘disappearing’ wall

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

USA - History runs deep throughout the Lone Star State. Perhaps nowhere in Texas is this more evident than in the little town of Granbury. A look at the well preserved 19th century homes and original frontier storefronts that line the downtown district make it easy to see why Granbury bills itself as “The Place Where Texas History Lives.”
Although the people of Granbury celebrate their rich history, they also have their eyes firmly fixed on the future.This balance between the time-honoured and contemporary was evident recently when the local Acton United Methodist Church installed a massive new LED video wall in its traditional sanctuary.
Made with Chauvet Professional C6 Panels, the 26’ wide by 10’ high wall engages worshippers with crisp and colouful contemporary images, as well as text and IMAG video. Yet, when it’s not in use, this high-tech wall “virtually” disappears, leaving the original architectural lines of the sanctuary undisturbed.
Technical director Heath Ramsey used the technology built into the C6 panels, (which were supplied by Sound Productions of Dallas) to make it appear that the church’s video wall disappears when not in use.
“The panels are attached to the wall behind our stage using Superstrut channel,” he said. “However, before we installed them we took an image of the existing wall. Then we cropped the

 
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PR Lighting upgrades Beam models

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

China - PR Lighting has launched upgraded versions of two of its products, and has now released the XR 330 Beam II and XR 250 Beam II.
While the XR 330 Beam II is equipped with the Osram Sirius HRI 330W lamp the XR 250 Beam II houses a Philips MSD Platinum 11R 250W lamp to produce a laser-like parallel beam.
These products are designed to meet the requirements of small and medium installation applications. Rich in features, they are compact and easy to maintain and install.
Features include: colour wheel with 13 colours; fixed gobo wheel with 16 gobos and rotating gobo wheel with 12 gobos (three prisms and frost wheel. The fixture also contains: electronic strobe (0.3-20 fps); Dimmer (0-100%, linearly adjustable); Motorized linear Focus and Zoom.
The Head movement offers 540° (pan) and 270° (tilt), with auto position correction, and light angle of 3°.
Functions of the control include adjustable pan and tilt speed; fixture and lamp usage time display with DMX wireless options.
Both products are of modular construction, housed in high temperature resistant engineering plastics (IP20).
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Lorraine Nugent joins GDS architectural lighting team

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

UK - GDS has announced the appointment of Lorraine Nugent as business development manager for its architectural lighting team. Lorraine is a highly qualified and widely respected architectural interior designer, who has worked with a host of high profile companies including Concord Lighting and Jaguar Cars. Her role will comprise a whole-project approach which will see her involved on both the sales and design side of the team.
Matt Lloyd, managing director, GDS, comments, "As we expand the scope of applications for GDS products, it's essential that we bring on board team members with both technical expertise and specific market experience. Lorraine is exactly the person to take GDS's products further and deeper into the architectural lighting sector.”
Lorraine Nugent looks forward to her role, "GDS's status in the theatre-lighting world is of the highest order and the products are superb - a fact reinforced by their many awards. The potential for their placement within the architectural lighting field is huge and I believe that my know-how and understanding of this sector can really take GDS forward. I'm full of enthusiasm for the task and really pleased to be joining what is clearly an excellent team."
(Jim Evans)

 
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New general manager at Nashville’s Gear Park

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

USA - Gear Park, Nashville’s full-service facility that specializes in storage of musical and stage equipment for artists, has announced Steve Powell as the new general manager.
Steve joins the team following 18 years of working at Bandit Lites. “I have always enjoyed new challenges and have been given many rewarding opportunities at Bandit Lites,” he says. “I am excited to be part of Gear Park and am looking forward to growing this business.”
Gear Park's goal is to provide clients with a safe, protected, and comfortable space, to not just store equipment, but to work on the gear all while in a user friendly environment.
“Our location is quiet and secure, away from the traffic of metro Nashville but with easy access to I-24,” says Powell. “There is a large amount of space to pull gear out of a locker and work on it. We have secure lockers, climate controlled suites, and open floor space for large sets and other gear.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Solaris Flare IP lights Sculpture Sur la Mer

Monday, 13 February 2017

Canada - What better way to adorn a new Canadian seaside shopping mall than with a 45ft stainless steel and glass leaping salmon sculpture? Located near Vancouver, BC, the Tsawwassen Mills Mall opened last October and every night since, shoppers have enjoyed just such a noble work of art, brightly illuminated by a Solaris Flare IP RGBW outdoor LED wash fixture.
“The challenge was to bring out the colours of the dichroic glass ‘scales’ covering the fish’s metal skeleton,” says Chris Moreno of ShowTech AVL in Burnaby, BC. “Each two-foot square glass panel has natural hues which are quite evident in daylight. We wanted to achieve the ‘sunlight’ effect at night but LED fixtures we tried fell short, creating hot spots and making the glass look merely transparent.
“We found the perfect solution with the Flare IP HD RGBW outdoor wash. The Flare has the ideal combination of extremely bright and even output with a wide and precisely controlled colour palette, giving us exactly what we needed to make the glass panels really ‘pop.’”
Moreno adds, “Getting the colours right was pure art. Prior to the opening, we sat with the clients and a four-channel DMX controller, adjusting the RGBW until everyone was 100% satisfied. Custom firmware was supplied by TMB, allowing us to store and retain the colour settings onboard! ‘Set it and forget it

 
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PixelFLEX joins the congregation on a grand scale

Monday, 13 February 2017

USA - Located in Minneapolis, MN, Substance Church is a dynamic multi-site church that believes in doing things a bit differently by pushing the limits of the congregation’s expectations to build a stronger community.
In holding true to their foundation, they recently underwent a LED video installation at their Northtown Campus with one of the largest LED video walls in any house of worship known today. Led by Adam Frey, technical director for Substance, the church wanted to complete their full production design with a high-resolution and virtually flicker-free LED video solution, so they chose FLEXTour LED video from PixelFLEX, installed by REACH Communications, Inc. of Champlin, MN.
“The project on a whole was a new lighting, projection and LED video installation for our auditorium that was built about a year ago, and this was the final piece of the design for the new space,” began Frey. “Ideally, we wanted an LED wall that could be easily reconfigured for future designs, and we also needed the most flicker-free performance with a high Hertz rate for our live streaming video.
“We looked at a number of different LED video manufacturers, but when spoke with PixelFLEX they were able to both work within our budget and provide us with the exact type of LED video wall we needed to complete our new worship environment.”
Getting the project

 
 
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Dylan Jones joins DWR Distribution

Monday, 13 February 2017

South Africa - Dylan Jones has joined DWR Distribution as both draftsman and IT support, and in time will also assist in media server development.
“I love drawing,” said Dylan, “It’s taking nothing and making it into something. Drawings help you set up everything before you do a project or event, and saves so much time.
“Over the last year, Dylan had attended Vectorworks training sessions at DWR and on all occasions, was one of the top students. When our previous draftsman at DWR, Callie du Preez, let us know that he wanted to further his studies in a different direction, Dylan immediately came to mind. He fits in like one of the family. We will all miss Callie but know that he is a talented individual who will hopefully always be in our lives and we wish him well.”
(Jim Evans)

 
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Total Show Pro goes with Robe

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mexico - Merida, the capital of Yucatan State in Mexico is a thriving, buzzing hub of culture and industry, rich with Mayan and Colonial heritage and a lively contemporary arts and live performance scene.
Based on the north west of this picturesque city is Total Show Pro, a full technical production company delivering lighting, sound, video and staging - design and equipment - founded by Claudio Pasos four years ago. Shortly after this they invested in their first Robe moving lights with 10 x LEDWash 600s and then in 2015 added 10 x Robe Pointes to the inventory.
There are three main project divisions to the company, the first one deals with weddings, which is a massive business in the area with so many beautiful locations and architectural masterpieces as well as the Gulf of Mexico coast only 35 kilometres away.
The second division deals with the corporate event and brand activation marketplace, which is also extremely busy for all the same reasons – the fabulous places, buildings, gardens and event spaces plus the great energy and vibes of the city – everyone wants to be in Merida!
The third sector in which the company is actively engaged is providing productions for live shows, concerts and music festivals.
The warehouse is just five minutes out of the bustle of the old town city centre and they now have 18 full time staff and natural

 
 
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Serpro Producciones invests in Mavericks

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mexico - Serpro Producciones, one of the largest audio and lighting rental companies in Mexico, has taken a major step toward increasing its ability to serve customers by adding 90 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures to its inventory. The company invested in the RGBW LED moving washes after carefully evaluating a wide variety of options.
“We looked at a number of different alternatives, and it became very clear that the Maverick MK2 Wash was the best choice for us and our customers,” said Edi Sosa, the company’s lighting manager. “We were impressed by the Maverick’s compact and rugged construction, as well as the power of its LEDs. Its optics are also amazing. Other fixtures that we looked at had lenses that were similar in shape to the Maverick’s, but they are hollowed. The lenses installed in the MK2 Washes are completely solid.
“The lens design makes a big difference, because it means that the MK2 Wash’s colour blend and the sharpness are unmatched,” continued Sosa. “Plus, the 7°- 49° zoom range makes these fixtures extremely flexible for any application. Another thing we like about the fixture is that its variety control protocol options make it easy to adapt to any programming style."
Serpro Producciones already has its new Maverick MK2 Washes slated for a number of high-profile applications. The fixtures have been

 
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Hawthorn celebrates 30th birthday in style

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UK - Hawthorn celebrated turning 30 in style on Saturday 4 February, when more than 500 clients, suppliers and colleagues partied the night away at the company’s Leicestershire headquarters.
The full service technical production company drew on its expertise to transform its 105,000ft warehouse space into a glamorous party venue where guests enjoyed a night of fun, food and drink.
Guests were kept well entertained throughout the evening with live entertainment, as well as fun including karaoke, retro games and roving entertainers. Delicious food was served by Smart Hospitality and guests were treated to a menu of special themed cocktails kindly donated by Ambersphere.
Chris Green, lighting designer for the event, made full use of the in-house inventory, showing off fixtures such as the Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 & K10, Alpha Spot QWO 800 and over 100 pendant lights with squirrel-cage lamps. Green’s desk of choice for the evening was a Tiger Touch Pro.
To make sure audio for the evening was on top form, Rob Allen, Hawthorn’s group head of sound, installed eight boxes of d&b V tops (four aside), T10 front-fills, T10s in cluster format as delays and six Vsubs. These were run from D80 amps and a Digico SD8 desk with Stealth Core2. Monitor speakers were Martin Audio LE1500 run from Powersoft X4s.
The company was formed in 1987 aft

 
 
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Mike Billings creates colour arc with Ovation

Thursday, 9 February 2017

USA - Time: its passage and the way it shapes our lives, is at the heart of Gulf View Drive, the third and final drama in Arlene Hutton’s classic Nibroc Trilogy, which follows the lives of a young couple over a decade during the post-World War II era. Helping to convey this evocative theme at the Rubicon Theatre’s production of the play is a powerful Mike Billings lighting design that creates a visually rich and textured sense of time’s inexorable flow with help from the Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC colour mixing ellipsoidal.
“Early in the design process, the creative team discussed the colour arc for this show, which was incorporated into costumes, scenery and, of course, lighting,” said Billings.
“The show is set in 1953 Florida. It starts off very warm during a hot day. Then as the story unfolds, things become more tense, which we convey by using cool colours. At the conclusion, the mood becomes bright and warm again as conflicts are resolved over time. The playwright used time of day and weather to underscore the emotional quality of the scene. We show a broad spectrum of times and weather changes in the show, which made my job as a lighting designer fun.”
Contributing greatly to Billings’ enjoyment were the six Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidals he used. Arranged on taildowns, the RGBA-Lime fixtures were hung at an a

 
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Robin Hood and the LEDWash 800s

Thursday, 9 February 2017

South Africa - The Joburg Theatre has invested in seven more Robin LEDWash 800s to supplement their existing stock and which have been the workhorses on productions like Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, the new pantomime adventure from Janice Honyeman which ran until 30 December 2016.
“We chose the Robin LEDWash 800s two years ago because of their popularity amongst visiting companies,” said Enos Ramoroko, technical manager at the Joburg Theatre. “The lamp shaper is quite handy for theatre, and we have received positive feedback from lighting designers who love their output and colour mixing.”
While the Robin LEDWash 800s were a hit on Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, they have been used on all shows performed at the Mandela Stage over the past year with highlights including Supreme Divas and Burn the Floor, the ultimate ballroom sensation.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Bandit’s Venue One hosts Taylor X video shoot

Thursday, 9 February 2017

USA - Bandit Lites provides its clients access to its Venue One rehearsal facility, consisting of virtual programming suites, accommodations for 80,000 pound hang capacity, bus parking and easy access. Up and coming urban pop dance artist Taylor X utilized the space for her recent music video shoot for the song, No Ceiling.
In addition to using the Venue One rehearsal space for the shoot, Bandit Lites supplied VL 3000 Spots, GLP X4S, Martin Atomic Strobes, and ETC Source Four Pars, giving lighting designer Erik Parker the tools to tailor a high energy look.
“My role in this shoot was to add the ‘rock and roll’ effect in the video with moving lights, but the looks were much more about lease-flare and how the lights interact with the lens than what an audience member would see,” said Parker. “For a live production I try to make large pretty pictures to be seen from the front row and back of arena alike, whereas for a music video shoot my aim is to make the viewfinder look epic, which brings everything in much tighter than for a live experience.”
Even with the video calling for multiple scenes, Bandit’s expansive Venue One facility allowed for all scenes to be built within the 8,000sq.ft space, while still leaving room for both a Bentley to drive through and space for the dancers to rehearse choreography.
“I took their vision i

 
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Light Bytes first edition now on sale

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UK - Wayne Howell, CEO of Artistic Licence and inventor of Art-Net has announced the publication of the first edition of his book Light Bytes - Inside Art-Net and sACN.
The book - a practical reference on the Art-Net and sACN lighting protocols - was launched in preview edition at the 2016 PLASA London show. Already enjoying strong sales, the book has now been updated to cover the latest version of sACN (E1.31-2016), and includes a foreword by Iain Ruxton, design associate at Speirs + Major.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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