UK - For the last 93 years, the Blackpool Dance Festival competition - probably the most globally acclaimed international bastion of ballroom dancing - has ensured that the genre continues to have a relevant role in popular culture in the UK and beyond.
This year, 3,000 couples from 60 nations competed in the event. Providing them with a stylish and sophisticated visual background was a lighting design by Oliver Wilkinson of Arranpaul that featured 10 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Spot and16 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, and 32 Q-Wash 560Z-LED washes.
Wilkinson has been part of the Blackpool Dance Festival for six years, but in 2018 it was his chance to design the event. He strove to bring a new level of smoothness to his efforts. “We have provided equipment to this event since 2012, and each year we set the bar higher for ourselves,” he said. “This year, I wanted to change things up a little and worked with Arranpaul's operation manager, Tom Beattie, to bring that little extra to the party.”
After two weeks of intensive designing and calculations, Wilkinson and Beattie decided upon an extensive collection of Chauvet fixtures in order to create a mixture of classic ballroom dance lighting and architectural lighting to accentuate the prestigious Victorian-era Winter Gardens venue.
For the actual dance performances, Wilkinson specified 10 Rogue R2 Spots, mounted on the balconies, to create various effects using the fixture's built-in gobos and zoom feature.
"The R2 Spots provided great atmosphere during the performances, and I was abl
UK - Martin by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology will be at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) on 20 November for a showcase of the latest Martin products, including the award-winning MAC Encore Performance, MAC Encore Wash and new JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
Demos will begin at 11am, 2pm and 4pm in LIPA's Art School Studio Theatre.
This will also be an opportunity to discover details of the recently announced MAC Allure Profile LED moving head and ELP LED Ellipsoid Series.
UK - Star Events has released a video highlighting the company’s work for British Summer Time Hyde Park (BST) as the festival stretched to accommodate Roger Waters’ Us+Them performance (read the production report in LSi September 2018), the first of its six sell-out shows this summer.
With Waters’ production requiring more than 1,000m of LED screen, 110 tons of production and no performance box, Star redesigned the entire Great Oak sub-structure and super-structure, increasing the width of the stage by 20m.
Shot by video production and promotion company In The Bag, this look behind the scenes focuses on the Star team building the Great Oak, panning across the Vista hospitality structure, the Barclaycard Stage, brand activations for Barclaycard and Samsung, the main entrance arches and site wide overlay. Watch the video here.
Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events, comments: “To achieve what Roger Waters needed, while still enabling the other five major BST Hyde Park shows, was challenging to say the least. This film is a stirring document of Star working with a promoter committed to providing the very best for artists and audiences.“
USA - The recent AES New York 2018 Convention saw over 300 brands of audio equipment manufacturers and service providers showcased alongside a wealth of free events.
Held on 17-20 October at the Javits Centre in New York City, the education and peer networking event once again proved an invaluable resource for audio engineers, producers, students and other audio professionals. Meyer Sound co-founder John Meyer was the Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer.
John Monitto, Meyer Sound's director of business development and sales manager, Northeast, says: “This past AES convention drew some of the top audio professionals who we value as a manufacturer. The convention was well attended by those professionals who visited the exhibit booths, demo rooms and the workshop sessions. Meyer Sound featured a two-channel and 5.1 listening room with our newly patented Bluehorn System, which received a high level of traffic and very positive comments. We were also proud that our co-founder, president and CEO John Meyer, was honoured as the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecturer."
Piers Plaskitt, CEO of Solid State Logic, comments: “SSL is one of the only console manufacturers in the world that is active in the Studio, Live and Broadcast industries. We always look forward to AES in NY, as it is guaranteed to deliver a great turnout across all segments of our business. 2018 was no exception, and we were busy right through the last hour on day three. Throughout the show we had a queue of people waiting to audition Fusion, our all-analogue stereo outboard processor
USA - Mountain Productions has acquired full-service event production company ROC-OFF Productions.
As part of the transition, ROC-OFF has relocated from its Davie office to Mountain Productions’ facility in Palm Beach, Florida. Core staff, including founder Jose Roche, will remain at the company.
Ricky Rose, CEO Mountain Productions, comments: “Over the past two years, Mountain Productions has been expanding our network both domestically and internationally through the addition of three new offices in Los Angeles, Dublin, Ireland and Palm Beach. With our combined expertise and industry knowledge, ROC-OFF is a natural addition to the Mountain Productions’ suite of brands and a key component to our expansion into Latin America, while enhancing our service base across Florida and the South.”
Roche adds: “Since 1998, ROC-OFF has been an industry leader and will only grow stronger as we enter into this new chapter in our journey. By joining Mountain Productions, we are creating an amazing combined team, driven by the same core values that will only be a complement to our existing capabilities and culture.”
ROC-OFF and Mountain Productions have collaborated on various projects over the last 20 years, including on world tours for Columbian pop star Shakira and on Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. ROC-OFF has also worked on corporate and sporting events as well as for broadcast companies such as Telemundo and Univision. It also sells and rents out used and new equipment.
UK - The UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28bn in 2017/18 and its value is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.
The study - said by PLASA to be 'the most comprehensive study of the entire entertainment technology industry in many years' - is available to download from plasa.org. It delves into each market sector’s performance and also looks at the effects of macro-environment trends and employment.
According to the findings, all sectors have experienced growth, particularly AV and audio, which represent 38% and 27% of the market share respectively. AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including architectural and retail. Audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.
The suppliers surveyed showed a positive sentiment about the future of architectural & commercial, concert & touring and themed attractions; performing arts, DJ and studio sectors were also listed. The future of the industry is also positive, with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.
PLASA managing director, Peter Heath, comments: “It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape. And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live enter
Indonesia - The 2018 Asian Games Opening Ceremony, staged in Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium, saw LD Yves Aucoin to deliver an impressive lighting design.
The OC of Asia’s largest sporting event featured a general cast of around 4000, produced by Scott Givens and Libby Hyland working with Indonesian creative director Wishnutama Kusubandio. Staging direction was by Michael Pena working with Indonesian choreographers Denny Malik and Eko Supriyanto, and the breathtakingly visual extravaganza was produced by live event specialists FiveCurrents.
Montreal based LD Aucoin specified 270 x Robe BMFLs to be a major part of the lighting rig.
“It was BMFLs or BMFLs,” he says. “They were the only fixture option for a selection of key positions around the venue.”
These high-powered fixtures once again proved their ruggedness and reliability as they performed without a hitch in the sweltering heat and intense humidity. Sixty of the BMFLs - supplied by a number of different companies - were a new purchase by locally based PT Energi Sembilan Perkasa from Jakarta.
Josh Zangan’s set design was dominated by imposing rolling green hills and a smouldering volcano, complete with streams, fountains and lush foliage detailing the wonder and magic of nature, surrounded by deep blue seas. This was 350 ft. wide, 96 ft. tall and 80 deep and filled one side of the stadium. The entire set surface was projection mapped together with all the visible field of play.
The 270 x BMFLs - comprising 120 x BMFL Spots and 150 x BMFL Blades - w
Sweden - Each year in October, the Swedish town of Alingsås near Gothenburg turns into a fun lighting event, attracting more than 80,000 visitors from around the world. For this year’s Lights in Alingsås, six groups of talented lighting and electrical students created beautiful light installations under the professional guidance from seven established lighting designers using over 50 fixtures from SGM Light.
The almost 400-year-old Swedish town Alingsås started off mainly as an iron trade city, which later turned into a city for the textile industry.
In the city river, the manufacturers would wash out the colour of the textiles, giving the name for the first site for this year’s Lights in Alingsås, Färgeribron (Dyers’ bridge). Led by Nielsen and van der Velden, this team focused on the visible energy from the water as well as the communal energy, greatly inspired by waves.
Using the S-4 fixture from SGM Light, the team was able to create a creative installation that encouraged visitors to interact and be a part of the light art. “We hope it touches your heart and energizes your spirit,” said one of the students.
Steven Rosen, president and creative director of Available Light, was the group leader at the light installation at the town’s cemetery that dates back to 1834.
“A cemetery is a place where people can go to stimulate their memory of their loved ones,” explains Steven Rosen about this installation that played with spiritual energy. Steven explained that, to him, a cemetery is not only a pl
UK - On 6 November (Tuesday), A.C. Entertainment Technologies’ specialist film & TV sales team will be showcasing its broadcast lighting solutions at the KitPlus show, MediaCityUK Studios, Manchester.
Chroma-Q’s Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white (2,800K - 6,500K) wash light will be shown for the first time. The fixture is specifically designed for broadcast and film applications.
Studio Force II complements the Cine Gear Expo award-winning Chroma-Q Space Force tuneable white (2,800K - 6,500K) LED space light/soft light source, which has been adopted by leading television studios and specialist rental companies, including the Marjan Television Network, Aurora Lighting and Pixipixel.
Quasar Science's Q-LED Crossfade Linear fixtures have the benefits of a self-ballasted variable white LED source in a compact, low profile form factor. Q-LED Crossfade Linear lights provide three-point subject lighting to general area lighting, making them ideal for lighting actors or environments. They can also be used as a direct replacement for fluorescent tubes in traditional fixtures.
Using LumenRadio CRMX wireless technology, RatPac's AKS system allows users to control lighting fixtures directly from their mobile phone, tablet or PC. The Cintenna wireless receivers can plug directly into the back of the lighting fixtures themselves, and require no additional rigging hardware.
Tourflex Cabling - AC-ET's in-house custom cable assembly service - can produce all popular types of power, signal and multicore cables used by the broadcast se
Estonia - The Ugala Theatre in Viljandi is one of a number of state-funded theatres and a major premium quality producing house.
The most recent round of refurbishment at Ugala in 2017 resulted in a new stage machinery system for the 300-capacity main house, which also means they can now configure the space in any format.
With this new versatility, they decided the time was also right for some new moving lights in the rig, and after a lot of consultation, decided on 10 x Robe DL7S Profiles and 10 x BMFL Blades.
The town also has the only technical theatre training facility in Estonia which is a department of the Tartu University, and happens to have a Robe moving light rig!
Mari-Riin Villemsoo is one of the venue’s four person lighting technical team, who are all also lighting designers in their own right, and she reports that having these new moving lights in the inventory is making a major difference to their day-to-day operation. Mari-Riin has been working full time at the theatre for a year and before that, worked as a freelance designer after graduating with the Lighting Design & Technical Theatre qualification from Tartu University.
The DL7S Profiles are used for front lighting, a task for which the shutters are “perfect” says Marie-Riin. The output is also suitable for their needs. “Using moving lights here for front light saves huge amounts of time”.
Above the stage, the use of conventionals is limited, so once again moving lights bring greater flexibility and efficiency.
She likes the colours in both
USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the initial sponsors for the 2019 New World Rigging Symposium, taking place on 19-20 March 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville.
Returning as the Platinum Sponsor is Stage Rigging, a theatrical rigging company that provides rigging services for tours, corporate and special events. Chris Schmidt, vice-president and general manager of Stage Rigging, says: “Stage Rigging is thrilled to once again be part of the New World Rigging Symposium, a great place for riggers that want to achieve higher trims.”
Additional sponsors for the 2019 event are: Gold - J.R. Clancy; Silver - Kish Rigging; and Bronze - H&H Specialties, The Light Source, Motion Labs, Reed Rigging, Sapsis Rigging, and Stagemaker.
One Gold sponsorship, three Silver sponsorships, and two Bronze sponsorships are still available. Please visit www.esta.org/nwrs_sponsorships or contact email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
The New World Rigging Symposium offers riggers and those with a vested interest in rigging a unique opportunity to explore the complex issues and demands placed on today’s rigging industry. The 2-day symposium will include sessions on a variety of technical and workplace related topics and will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. Registration for the Symposium will open in early November.
Hungary - Located on the banks of the Danube near the Chain Bridge with a view over the famed Buda Castle, the Marriot Budapest is a popular tourist destination.
Earlier this autumn, the hotel hosted a gala for Russian pharmaceutical company Garant Optima in its main ballroom. Lending an extra air of glamour and excitement to the event was a bright, fast-moving light and video show featuring Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures supplied by Mobile Audio and Light kft.
“The goal of the organisers was to create a bold international nightclub atmosphere,” comments Mobile Audio and Light technician András Praksch, who installed and ran the lighting system for the event. “We were able to do this with help from the Maverick MK2 Spot, which provided a lot of colour and brightness.”
A total of 10 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures were used to energise the gala. Praksch positioned four of the 440W LED movers on the event stage, two next to the giant LED wall and two on the front corners. The remaining six units were placed on truss totems, three to each side of the stage.
Praksch adds: “The Maverick fixtures and LED wall combined to create powerful looks so that guests at the gala could forget they were in a hotel ballroom and feel as if they were partying in a world-class nightclub.”
USA - The Kinnick Wave is an event that happens at every University of Iowa Hawkeye home game. The newly-completed Stead Family Children’s Hospital is adjacent to the Hawkeye’s 69,000-seat Kinnick Stadium, and someone suggested on social media that after the first quarter, everyone in the entire stadium should turn and wave to the children in the hospital.
To kick off the 2018 season, AV integration and live sound production company Sound Concepts brought in a portable Danley Sound Labs system for the half-time show. The show featured the Pat Green Band performing Wave On Wave with the University of Iowa and Northern Iowa University marching bands while fans did the Kinnick Wave.
A few years ago, Sound Concepts oversaw the installation of a massive Danley J5-4015 Caleb Horn that covers all of the seating in Kinnick Stadium, and its tight pattern control was selected in part to keep sound off of the children’s hospital. The company’s owner, Marvin Smejkal led both the installation and live sound reinforcement for the special Pat Green Kinnick Wave halftime show.
“The Pat Green Band set up on a temporary stage in the south end zone, which was in place before the game,” explains Smejkal. “They were flanked by about 90 representative members of both universities’ marching bands, which we also mic’d. The majority of the marching band members performed farther up field without reinforcement. Our job was to wheel in (in 1:30 seconds from call of halftime by the officials) a portable Danley system just in front of the band near the
USA - Three teams of lighting programmers competed in High End Systems’ annual Hog Factor USA Collegiate Competition held during LDI on Friday 19 October in the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
With three Hog 4 lighting desks up for grabs, the finalists performed a lightshow to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody using the latest in HES LED technology on the stand rig. The performances were judged by a panel comprising Howard Ungerleider (LD, Rush, Rod Stewart and Van Halen), Seth Jackson (creative director and production designer for Barry Manilow, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood), Scott Barnes (film lighting programmer) and Patrick Hayes (LD/programmer with The Decemberists).
Team Sola Tartan (under the leadership of professor Todd Brown) claimed first prize - a Road Hog 4 console – for Carnegie Mellon University. Runners-up Brown Sugar of Southern Methodist University received a HedgeHog 4X console for their school and third-placed The Pig Ears took home a Hoglet desk for California State University - Long Beach. Each student received an ETC Student Nomad software package and dongle.
Since its origin in 2015, HES has held its Hog Factor competitions at various trade shows. The next edition of the competition is taking place at the upcoming Production Futures in the UK on 7 November in Production Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.
USA - For nearly 50 years, the GMA Dove Awards have honoured those who have achieved excellence in Christian music. Held at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University on 16 October, the night featured a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites and performances from Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Rebecca St. James, Rascal Flatts and Tori Kelly.
Due to the venue, the event is scheduled around the existing Lipscomb University athletic schedule, which requires the production team to rely heavily on pre-planning logistics from how trusses are suspended to how the crew will physically handle set changes between the artists’ performances.
“Bandit Lites’ exceptional prep process was brought to bear to allow us to bring in a small but rather complicated lighting rig and support structure in a quick and efficient fashion,” says Scott Moore of Go Live Productions. “To facilitate this process, there was a day allotted for pre-rigging the system and then a day and a half of volleyball tournaments. Then we had a day and a half to get the entire system up and 100 percent operational. Crew chief John Lucksinger, and technicians Jimmy Murray and Sam Morgan did a fantastic job of installing the system and having it ready for the design team.”
The theme of this year’s show was Reverent Wonder and lighting designer Mark Carver worked to communicate this dramatic motif through timing and intensity, saying “Lighting programmer Andre Petrus and media programmer Chris Lighthall were crucial in this execution.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 1
USA - The winners of the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) have been revealed.
An independent jury picked 18 lighting and video designers who were ‘knighted’ for their creative talent across Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events at a gala ceremony attended by 300 professionals in Las Vegas on 20 October.
The winners are as follows:
The DTS Award for Projection Design: Finn Ross & Adam Young for Mean Girls
The ETC Award for Dance: Al Crawford for Victoria
The Altman Award for Plays: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer for The Iceman Cometh
The Elation Professional Award for Opera: Joe Levasseur for Cellular Songs
The Robe Lighting Award for Musicals: Tyler Micoleau for The Band's Visit
Live for Broadcast
The Philips Vari-Lite Award for Awards Shows: Robert Dickinson & Travis Hagenbuch for 90th Academy Awards
The Green Hippo Award for Set & Video Design: Michael Figge for The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
The SGM Award for Unscripted Series: Noah Mitz for America's Got Talent
The ARRI Award for Scripted Series: P.J. Dillon for The Alienist, Season 1, Netflix
The Ayrton Award for Entertainment & Events: Al Gurdon for Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
Concert Touring & Events
The MA Lighting Award for Club: Sarah Landau for Fever Ray Tour 2018
The disguise Award for Video Content: Bob Bonniol for GM World In
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced its innovative Martin MAC Allure Profile LED moving head. MAC Allure products were designed to support the special performance lighting needs of rental and install clients, including concert/touring, TV shows, corporate, houses of worship, concert venues, nightclubs, and cruise ships.
Also at LDI, Harman re-introduced the ultra-creative potential and ease of use offered by its Martin P3 Visual Control Solution, which is integrated into the MAC Allure Profile and soon other Martin fixtures.
The Martin MAC Allure Profile is the first fully-featured moving head to combine a proprietary, solid state RGBW additive colour mixing engine, a seven-segment pixelated beam and onboard P3 and DMX controllability that lets users swiftly alternate or mix between control protocols. The overall feature set further includes dimmer, strobe, color mixing, gobos, iris, prism, zoom, focus, pan and tilt.
“Until now, there hasn’t been a truly efficient way to integrate solid state (LED) color mixing into profile fixtures,” comments Markus Kluesener, Harman Professional Solutions sage lighting product manager. “We decided to address this need head on and asked our engineers to come up with a game changer. They came through with an all-new, proprietary, color-mixing light engine that exceeded our expectations for efficiency.”
Additionally, the MAC Allure Profile includes a pixelated beam divided into seven individually-controlled, full colour segments (pixels). This gives lighting designers new options for cr
USA - Signify has announced the launch of the new Philips Strand SPX LED WW, a high-output, warm white LED profile spotlight fixture which offers a powerful, energy efficient alternative to existing models. The SPX LED WW was officially unveiled at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas.
The SPX LED WW is targeted primarily at applications such as education, houses of worship and themed environments. It has been designed to meet the requirements of consultants and specifiers looking for quality, efficient and reliable fixtures to serve as straightforward replacements for conventional profile fixtures. Dimmable either via DMX or via a conventional forward phase dimmer, it provides a smooth, stepless fade right down to zero - the perfect dimming credentials for performance lighting.
The SPX LED WW uses the latest energy efficient warm white LED light engine to produce an output equivalent to that of a 575W fixture. Its beam is crisp and precise, directing light only where it is intended. Thanks to the SPX filter frame system there is zero light leakage, so no additional masking is required. With reduced fan noise, the SPX LED WW is also quieter in operation than comparable LED fixtures.
The SPX LED WW uses the same proven, high-precision, high-performance gate and lens sets as the renowned Philips Selecon SPX Profile fixtures, with secure locking shutters, while other lens sets can be used via an adaptor plate. It also employs a Philips Selecon ‘box’-style gel colour holder. DMX connection is via familiar, robust XLR connectors.
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USA - Elation Professional (stand 931) will reveal three new luminaires at LDI 2018 - the Artiste Monet, Proteus Profile and Smarty MaX.
The Artiste Monet is a full-featured, 45,000lm LED Profile fixture a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via its SpectraColor engine. The new SpectraColor array uses traditional CMY colours but also adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colours. Elation says that combined with variable CTO colour correction, the Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve from theatrical pastels to the purest reds, blues or greens ever produced by a colour mixing system.
The Monet houses a full blackout, four-blade framing system with unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control that allows shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming for transitions, projections and aerial effects not previously possible.
The Proteus Profile is a IP65-rated LED Profile fixture offering “outstanding projection quality in any environment”. Providing up to 45,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Proteus Profile is suitable for any outdoor application requiring superior output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunningly precise gobos and colours.
Elation will also preview the Smarty MaX, an extreme-output, beam/spot/wash hybrid moving head featuring the new Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 400 lamp.
USA - City Theatrical is launching its new Multiverse wireless DMX system at stand 2815 at LDI in Las Vegas this week (19-21 October).
The Multiverse system can broadcast up to 10 universes of DMX data from a single transmitter while producing less radio energy compared to other single universe systems.
The launch will include the introduction of Multiverse SHoW BabyTM, City Theatrical’s fourth generation of the original plug and play wireless DMX transceiver system, and feature the Multiverse Module, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Transmitter, and Multiverse Gateway products. Discussions and live demonstrations of the technology will take place on stand every half hour.
Every product in the Multiverse system is built around a tiny radio, the Multiverse Module, which can carry up to five universes of data depending on the frequency used. Multiverse Transmitter and Multiverse Gateway products use dual band operation to simultaneously broadcast on different bands (2.4GHz and 900MHz in the Americas) to either spread their radio signals across these two bands or to avoid the overcrowded frequencies.
The system utilises a patent-pending method called MDMX which can reduce data transmission by over 90% while still allowing perfect fidelity. Multiverse also uses a non-interfering RDM system, MRDM, to allow both DMX and RDM to operate simultaneously.
The new system also features Auto Dynamic Limited Burst to automatically save unneeded radio energy by designating only the DMX slots needed to broadcast.
Meanwhile, Multiverse’s SHoW Key s
USA - ESTA will hold its Happy Hour for Behind the Scenes charity event on the opening night of The NAMM Show 2019, on Thursday, 24 January, from 6pm to 8pm on the Platinum Patio at the Anaheim Marriott.
Tickets are on sale now at www.behindthescenescharity.org/btshh and proceeds go directly to the Behind the Scenes charity.
The event is sponsored by Altman (Executive); IATSE and NAMM (Diamond); Ultratec (Platinum); Barbizon, Hayden Productions, H&H Specialties, Reed Rigging, Sapsis Rigging, Stage Rigging, and Stage Equipment and Lighting (Gold); Taylor & Taylor (Silver); Earl Girls, InCord, iWeiss Theatrical Solutions, and Osram (Bronze).
The Behind the Scenes charity provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or injured, or to their surviving dependent family. Grants are tailored to each individual and uses include basic living or medical costs and funeral expenses. Behind the Scenes brings help and hope in times of great need.
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) is holding a recruitment event on 1 November at the company’s High Wycombe headquarters, seeking experienced lighting professionals with a background in theatre, touring, corporate or rental to join the team on both a freelance and a permanent basis.
The company says there are opportunities for lighting freelancers to work across a calendar of tradeshows and events around Europe as well as permanent positions for lighting professionals.
The informal event will include an introduction to AC-ET, a tour of the facilities, and a talk about current vacancies. As well as meeting the team, there will be an opportunity to discuss the roles one-on-one with experienced AC-ET staff.
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV or call 01494 446000.
USA - At this year’s LDI show, CAST Group (stand 2255) will demo the latest from wysiwyg, BlackTrax and also present a new native software for broadcast. The company will also launch its global training programme.
CAST will present release R41 of wysiwyg in the USA for the first time. On stand, the new BlackTrax V2.3.3 will be at the heart of a presentation designed by Dream Laser that will combine tracking with lighting, media interactivity, moving projection mapping, 3D positional audio and camera tracking for broadcast. Lighting for the demonstration - which will include the opportunity to get hands-on and will feature live performances and interactive games - will be powered by Luminex; media support will come from disguise and Notch; L-Acoustic will provide 3D positional audio; and projectors and PTZ cameras will be from Panasonic.
Meanwhile CAST’s new broadcast software, code-named Herald and powered by BlackTrax, will also be demo'd.
Andrew Gordon, director of business development at CAST Group, comments: “This is the first time that we’ve shown the software publicly. We’ve been testing it with focus groups in the broadcast and production market - and we’ve had an overwhelming response.
“Our goal with Phase 1 of the system is to aid in the automation of broadcast with the function of not only camera control, but also to become an aggregate control suite for all cameras on a production as well.”
“Herald’s node-based editor is a user’s dream. For the first time in broadcast software dedicated to cameras, the qu
USA - The Claypaky Sharpy Plus and the Claypaky Axcor Spot 400 will make their international debut at LDI 2018.
Sharpy Plus is billed as “the first true 100% hybrid unit, able to be a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight”. It fits a new Osram Sirius 330W X8 lamp and weighs only 21.6kg (47.6lb). All its functions are extremely quick. A linear 3° to 36° (1:9) zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in Spot mode and in Beam mode.
The Axcor Spot 400 provides the medium-power applications with compact, bright, LED moving spotlights, complete with “every device you need for exceptional projected visual effects”.
The Axcor Profile 600 stands out for its versatility, its high-level performance and the superior quality of its light. The luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about 25% if necessary thanks to the Boost mode, says the company.
The Hepikos is an innovative hybrid wash/beam light that combines low power consumption with colour quality, without compromise, in its highly compact body.