Monday, 18 June 2001
MCL London’s newly formed in-house lighting service has seen a busy inaugural month - from serious design, as a stand-alone service, to the supply of services as part of a complete package. In June MCL’s LX designer Nick Whitehead provided complete lighting design and rigging facilities, for a major international retailer’s London conference, as part of the full AV staging service that MCL is supplying throughout the UK. The project - an internal communication event for senior management - required a cost-effective solution converting an existing in-house studio facility into a theatre-style auditorium and dining area. Vision, sound and staging were also provided as part of the complete package under the MCL brand. Nick came up with the well-proven ‘black box’ idea as part of the integrated solution. "We provided the client with a 30m x 20m ground supported truss structure to support the drapes and graphics material as well as the lighting rig," said Nick, "and an LSC Atom - one of MCL’s recent purchases - in conjunction with Avolites dimming, controlled the show."In addition Nick oversaw the lighting design, and equipment supply, for a major UK production agency - their client, a blue chip corporation, held a one-day conference with presentations from directors, including their CEO, to senior management. The stage set, designed and supplied by the agency, consisted of a series of curved white gauze panels. The rig was hung from a 16m wide ground supported truss using MCL’s new stock of Slick Minibeam and programmed on an Avolites Rolacue Pearl - another recent acquisition - controlling a generic rig consisting mainly of ETC Source Four fixtures via 48 ways of Avolites Art 2000 dimming.