Elation Rayzor 760 debuts at Super Bowl
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
super-bowl-liii-halftime-show1Half-time in Atlanta
USA - Los Angeles-based Elation Professional’s home team Rams might not have come out victorious in Super Bowl LIII but the company was a winner nonetheless as its new Rayzor 760 LED wash/beam light played an integral role on the American football championship’s celebrated halftime show.
Held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and broadcast live on CBS, the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show featured a headline performance by Maroon 5, along with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. Production design was by Bruce Rodgers of Tribe with lighting design by Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees for what is traditionally the most-watched musical event of the year in the USA.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show marked the live show debut of Elation’s Rayzor 760, a LED luminaire with seven 60W RGBW LEDs, five to 77° zoom, continuous pan and tilt, and new SparkLED technology.
Barnhart, who has lit over 20 Super Bowl Halftime Shows and says he was happy to audition the fixture, positioned 45 Rayzor 760s in an impressive 60-yard row behind the large M stage at field level. “When we layout a Super Bowl Halftime light plot we look for different layers that give us effect, scale and diversity,” he stated. “When Eric Loader showed me the new Rayzor 760, I immediately told him I had a place for them on the Super Bowl.”
Barnhart placed the Rayzor 760s on a field truss all the way upstage, close to the first row of seats. “I wanted to use the 760 to colour the air in the background, which becomes a nice layer to offset the beams in the foreground,” the designer explained. “We also used the continuous pan and tilt to give a different tool for tempo and scale. The quickness of the LED engine also allowed us to dual purpose the fixture as a strobe.”
Other Elation lighting fixtures were used elsewhere in the stadium, namely the company’s new feature-rich Artiste Picasso LED profile moving head, employed as front key lights on the CBS Sports stadium broadcast studio, and the Colour 5 Profile LED ellipsoidal spot, which was used on the field set.
(Jim Evans)

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