Step Up or Step Out in Johannesburg

Friday, 3 August 2012

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Step Up or Step Out in Johannesburg
Blond Productions were commissioned to supply the lighting, sound, screen and design for the second season of the show (photo: Mike Schmucker, Studio 88)
South Africa - After the success of the lively dancing competition, Step Up or Step Out, Blond Productions were once again commissioned by their client Endemol South Africa, to supply the lighting, sound, screen and design for the second season of the show. The television broadcast for e-TV was shot over a two-week period and returning for a live finale at Sasani Studios, stage five, in Johannesburg.

Christiaan Ballot, Peter Riek and Ryan Lombard from Blond used ESP Vision to come up with a concept and then asked Dreamsets to assist with the final set design. Dreamsets came to the party and produced an exceptional dance floor which incorporated LED strips.

Lombard programmed on a grandMA full-size. For pre-production he asked for the music and content of the show and then plotted on ESP to give the client an idea of the final product and to ensure both client and supplier were on the same page.

"Pre-production makes it easier, especially with visuals," said Ballot. "We overlay with effects and then work the lighting around the pictures. We also incorporate grandMA visuals. With the visuals we have these days, lighting has gone back to its original purpose of colouring in."

Said Lombard: "The grandMA is an awesome console, it's quick and I didn't struggle." After the first episode ran without a glitch, he had confidence in the material and could relax and enjoy the rest of the production. The challenge is to please the director and everyone else, but it was a lot of fun."

There was no set construction. The show was kept clean yet eye-catching with a DJ table, audience table and screens positioned on trussing as a backdrop. "Eventech supplied the truss and helped us set up," said Ballot. "We decided to go with a lot of LED and moving lights."

Robe ColorSpot 700s were hung from the roof and positioned on the trussing (of the screen), providing rays of side light and gobo work on the floor. The 575s were put on the legs of the trussing, two per leg, for effects and gobo work. Robe 250s were positioned on the corners and behind the audience, further complimenting the ambience.

(Jim Evans)


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