Illuminated Video Workshop at PLASA
Thursday, 23 August 2001
The Illuminated Video Workshop, the Screenco-led consortium that presented two days of innovative show magic at Three Mills Island studios last winter, is set to stage the successful workshop again at the PLASA Show. Situated in the ‘AV Gallery’ of Earl’s Court’s Top Deck, Screenco’s Mike Walker has pulled together the same top-flight technical support teams from the premier event. WAlker explained: "Judging from the number of calls from people who had been unable to attend the January event, the reputation of that two-day spectacular had really spread further than we could ever have imagined. We have been inundated with calls from people, who realising that they had missed out on something special, asking whether we would ever be running it again."

Walker’s first calls were to Edwin Shirley Staging, who agreed to provide their lozenge-shaped Orbit stage - with the dome at each end - and to Chris Beale at SSE Hire, whose provision of the Out Board TiMax sound spatialising system had been one of the highlights of the event. He also contacted Simon Whittaker at Stage One Creative Services - who will again be providing their Q-Motion system to track the 15mm and 25mm Screenco modules on vertical excursions and spinning rotations - and technical director Adam Wildi. Both instantly pledged their support. Peripheral AV equipment will be provided by Screenco’s sister company, Creative Technology, who will supply plasma screens, Electrosonic Vector image processing and Doremi digital video disk recorders.

The PLASA event will also feature brand new products such as Catalyst, the WWG-designed projection attachment from High End Systems, and described as the ‘holy grail’ for lighting designers. The Top Deck presentations - which will alternate between Ambient and Band sets on the hour - will see Catalyst attached to a high-output Barco G10 projector. Catalyst alone will stretch the imagination of lighting operators Nick Jevons (Super Furry Animals and Reef), and Habs Akram, whose creative input at Three Mills Island was key to its success. One of the more electrifying pastiches is likely to be the virtual surround processing characteristics of TiMax zig-zagging through space in sync with Jevons’ use of fast-graphics triggering.

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