Futurelights in action with Universal Events
Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Futurelights in action with Universal Events
Coe-tech has recently supplied Futurelight moving head luminaires to Hertfordshire-based technical production company Universal Events. Owned and run by Steve Butcher, the company has been providing sound, lighting and AV equipment and design for a wide array of events since its formation two and a half years ago. Universal services all its contracts from stock and doesn’t sub hire in or out. Butcher first saw the new Futurelight MH660 (spot) and MH640 (wash) luminaires in autumn 2000: the time was right for a moving light investment, and he sought a bright, reliable versatile fixture. The Futurelight 6 series met the spec at exactly the right price, so Butcher bought nine of each type in November 2000, and quickly followed up with another purchase of five more wash fixtures and six of the new MH860 spots earlier this year.

Recently, Butcher utilized his full Futurelight rig at the Global Pensions’ European Pensions Awards show at the Le Plasa Hotel in Brussels. Universal Events came onboard to provide an imaginative lighting design by their client, event company Slice Events. For the Brussels show, the set was designed by Butcher in conjunction with Nick Joyce from Slice. It consisted of a ‘skeleton’ set with projection screen material attached to the rear of it - forming several ‘skins’. Two data projectors were placed behind the set for projecting graphics, logos and live camera feeds, and the rest of the boxes were lit by the Futurelight fixtures - one placed behind each box. This not only produced a great 3D depth to the stage, it allowed the colour and texturing of the set to be instantly flipped. Butcher rigged additional MH660s onstage, focused on the presenter area of the set, for picking out him and the various award winners as they came up to receive their prizes.

Recently, Butcher’s full complement of Futurelight heads were used as primary lighting instruments for the aftershow parties on the Robbie Williams’ summer stadium tour. Universal was working for Epson, sponsors of the tour, and the fixtures excelled themselves in a nightclub style. Other high profile Futurelight events for Universal have included annual conferences for Marks & Spencer and the UK Youth Parliament, both at the Cumberland Hotel, London; the Grower of the Year Awards gala dinner at Telford International Centre, featuring a 75ft wide by 18ft high set, and the launch of the Nintendo GameBoy Advance, with a 17ft high replica of the console at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

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