Lighting News

sararifleman2photocreditdavekallawayChauvet helps create Manhattan mood
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

USA - New York City may be over a thousand miles away, but local company, JEM Productions, created the look and feel of Manhattan jazz club at its warehouse- turned-studio in Wausau, WI, as it hosted a livestream fundraising show by the Sara Rifleman Trio.
The performance by the Wisconsin-based musicians was the latest in a series of livestreamed shows emanating from the lighting and audio company’s makeshift studio. It was the smoothest production to date, according to Joe Ellis, president of JEM Productions.
“We’ve been doing these for weeks now, ever since the Covid-19 shutdown started,” said Ellis. “I think we’re getting familiar with this process! Our lighting and production crew did a really great job creating the look of a classic New York jazz club on the set. Sometimes, the simpler the look, the harder you have to dig into the art of design. This was a great exercise for us. With jazz, the musicians really carry the dynamic and we fill a supportive role.”
Helping Ellis and his team fill that role was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R2X Spot, Rogue R2 Wash, STRIKE 4 and COLORado 1 Solo fixtures. Washing the livestream set in deep purples and cool blues, which played off well against brick wall images on video panels, the JEM team created the smoky vibe of underground jazz haunt.
Shadows of the musicians and their instruments created by low angled side lighting added to the depth of the scene, while columns of warm white light from the STRIKE 4 fixtures endowed it with a sense of urban excitement. “Our goal h

robe-clc-live-stream-facility-screen-shot-2020-05-21-at-1007CLC delivers streaming service from home
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

USA - Chicago-based Charles Ford and his business partner Brandon Clark from Creative Live Control have developed a professional streaming production service - lighting, audio, cameras and broadcast - that meets all the social distancing requirements, can be installed and run by the two of them.
While the challenges of producing special high impact lighting for community lighting projects like Chicago Unite at Night have been stimulating and fun, Charles and Brandon also need to generate some business as all their touring work has currently been cancelled, so they hit on the idea of the professional live streaming service.
The living room of Charles’ condo has been transformed into a pop-up studio space and after a couple of test runs, there is a queue of local artists lined up to visit and use the facilities.
Brandon completed all the networking, internet and broadcast elements and lighting - using six Robe Pointe multipurpose moving lights from locally-based rental company JRLX, while Charles programmed and created visual content.
“Basically, it was as much kit as we knew we could safely run in a set up like this with limited power. Pointes offer a massive amount of options and in a small space we only use a fraction of their intensity, but their presence makes a huge difference in the quality and look of the stream.”
During the broadcasts, Brandon runs the streaming and lighting from one laptop and a grandMA2 light and Charles takes care of audio on another laptop, cutting the cameras via an M-BOX media server and a gran

 
 
dillon-francis-coachella-2019Erik Mahowald lights Dillon Francis with GLP
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

USA - Bending Lite Productions’ Erik Mahowald has enjoyed a long tour of duty with American electronic musician and DJ Dillon Francis, noted for popularising the ‘Moombahton’ genre - a fusion of house music combined with reggaeton.
Last summer, Erik conceived a lighting design for Coachella 2019 based around 60 GLP JDC1 hybrid strobes, but with the intention of bringing it to major headline events following the reveal.
Working alongside creative content director and VJ, Mario Adato; production manager, Nathan Rebolledo and tour manager, Mike Finn, Mahowald programmed the lighting to animate a set that combined complementary surround elements with creating big moments of drama to produce a high-octane party vibe for audiences to become immersed in.
In the centre of this was Dillon Francis himself, performing from an elevated booth, housing his CDJ setup. The production team also implemented several other automated performing platforms for his trademark piñata to rise from behind him during his song Candy.
Using heavy back lighting to create powerful looks Erik Mahowald projected a combination of low light and full blast looks depending on genre. “Dillon plays a large library of genres in 90 minutes and it is important that we take each one of those and curate a mood for each,” he says. “We break this up into around 15-minute sections, and within each we come up with a world for the content to live in.
“The lighting is important because it brings a huge amount of visual energy to the room. We used the JDC1 in abundance sole

 
dorchester-maestra-groupGoboPlus.com supports #NHSGobosTogether
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

UK - GoboPlus.com continues to operate in these difficult times with reduced staff numbers, but remains determined to support to its customers with a continued service of both custom and stock gobos. In recent weeks the company has seen a huge increase in gobos celebrating the NHS. Goboplus.com responded by designing a range of NHS gobos for its website and has seen this move mushroom into an online campaign which is steadily growing week by week.
“We have received orders from across the UK from many customers who have been expressing their support on Thursday nights as they #clapforcarers in celebration of the commitment and strength being made by all front-line staff,” says GoboPlus.com’s Paul de Ville. “We have been sharing these pictures on social media in the hope that the message will spread far and wide to show how proud we are of all the hard-work going on across the UK, and the incredible risk that all front-line staff are taking at these times. We are overwhelmed by the number of photos and comments we have received and would like to thank all our customers for sharing these images with us, and for their ongoing support in these hard times.”
The NHS gobos have been spotted in a wide variety of locations across the country from churches and leisure centres to hotels and private houses. PA Entertainments lit up no less than five football clubs in South Yorkshire, including that of premiere league Sheffield United, while Maestra Group illuminated The Dorchester hotel in London where they also congratulated Captain Tom on his 10

 
 
bdirectiipanelxlACT Lighting adds UV-C disinfecting products
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

USA - The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for UV-C lighting products offering reliable disinfection, even from coronaviruses. ACT Lighting has announced that it is distributing UV-C lighting devices from Luxibel as well as the GSUV product range from Golden Sea.
“ACT Lighting has begun to distribute UV-C disinfecting devices from our suppliers, which are ideal for use in production environments of all types,” says Aaron Hubbard, regional sales manager at ACT Lighting. “We are delivering a myriad of products from both manufacturers geared toward the permanent installation markets as well as portable solutions ranging from smaller, consumer level applications to theatres and arenas.”
Luxibel, the professional AV lighting brand of AED group, which has its headquarters in Belgium and offices in The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK, currently offers four UV-C products that can be wall, ceiling or tripod mounted. B HYBRID is a direct and indirect disinfection unit and B AIR is an indirect disinfection unit; both take care of 24-hour air disinfection in the presence of people and animals and eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungal and mould spores in the air.
B DIRECT is a single direct UVC radiator with reflector and B DIRECT II is a double direct UVC radiator with reflector. They disinfect air and surfaces, up to 22 and 38sq.m respectively, prevent secondary infections and eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungal and mold spores in the air. Luxibel products are shipping now.
Goldensea UV products are manufactured by Golde

 
spafforddrivein1Working with the elements at Phoenix Drive-In
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

USA - Just as it does at outdoor festivals, nature can work with or against the LD who lights a drive-in concert. Matt Collier got a taste of both on Saturday, 23 May when he lit a two-hour show by jam band Spafford at the Digital Drive-In outside Phoenix.
The brilliant orange sunset that filtered through the feathered clouds at the start of the show served up one of those breath-taking spectacles that happen on special evenings this time of year in the dessert. Along with this gentle touch, however, nature also showed its harsher side with some strong southwest winds.
Drawing on his extensive experience touring the festival circuit with Spafford and other bands, Collier adroitly handled whatever Mother Nature dished out, incorporating the colourful sky into his design for the drive-in show, while also coming up with a substitute for the fog he planned to use before the wind rendered that impossible.
Helping him accomplish this feat was a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and Rogue R2 Wash fixtures supplied by Hardwired Productions. “Just doing a show outside in Arizona in the early summer is a beautiful experience,” says Collier. “The sunset was stunning that night, so I tried to integrate some more unique colours to match the vibe of the natural setting with some cool tones from the MK2s and R2 Washes.”
As for not being able to use the fog as planned, Collier relied on the performance features of the Maverick fixtures to texturize the 40’ by 10’ stage. “Unexpected things always pop up outdoors,” he said.

 
 
tsl-2020-05-31t091735TSL develops Covid-secure control system
Monday, 1 June 2020

UK - TSL Lighting has developed a Covid-secure remote control lighting system.
The Basingstoke-based company devised the solution in response to a project brief from digital web streaming pioneers Beings Broadcast, on behalf of creative agency Collider.
“The COVID-19 lockdown has required companies across the event production industry to look at new ways to deliver client communications,” says TSL’s Loz Wilcox. “When the message is important, it’s imperative that this is delivered in a slick, professional manner and sometimes this can be tough to do outside of the normal production environment.
“TSL was contacted by lighting designer Paul Cook, who required a lightweight and easily transportable lighting solution. There were multiple needs: no bulky flight cases which might not be suitable for a home broadcast, simple setup that could be achieved by someone from a non-technical background, and the ability to control it all remotely to ensure lighting levels for camera balance could be monitored during the presentation.”
After exploring various options, TSL created a package using their Litepanels Astra 6X Bi-Color LED Panels and a pre-configured laptop as the interface to the remote lighting controller. Once the client receives the lighting and control package, they connect the colour-coded system by following the supplied instruction manual and simply connect the laptop to the local network or WiFi.
Once connected, the laptop automatically logs on to TSL’s central server, and onwards to the remote console, enabling the l

 
the-elation-hour-square-logo-3Lighting designers join Elation Hour
Monday, 1 June 2020

USA - Lighting designers Sooner Routhier, Cory FitzGerald and Travis Shirley are set to share their insight into concert and live event lighting on the 3 June Elation Hour.
Routhier counts artists like KISS, Muse, Halsey, Mötley Crüe, and Depeche Mode as clients, while FitzGerald has lit some of music’s biggest acts like Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez. Shirley has designed for names like Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Linkin Park.
The session is hosted by Elation national sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs on Wednesday, 3 June 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
See how to register here.

 
 
claypakygrammys5-credit-alex-talbotClaypaky Xtylos debuts at Grammy Awards
Monday, 1 June 2020

USA - The 62nd Grammy Awards became the first major broadcast event to utilise a large complement of Claypaky Xtylos fixtures when lighting designers Bob Dickinson and Noah Mitz of Full Flood Inc. deployed 60 Xtylos for Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s duet, Nobody But You.
In addition, 118 Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures were part of the main set rig and the dish stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. PRG was the lighting vendor.
The show’s creative producer Raj Kapoor asked the lighting designers for a lighting installation that would separate Shelton and Stefani from the band and enfold them as they performed the romantic ballad.
“Raj was looking for lighting as architecture to surround the duo,” says Mitz. “We first thought of Mythos 2, but when we realised Xtylos would be available we made the switch.”
He notes that Xtylos had been on the LDs’ radar since last summer. “We were impressed by their colour rendering, colour intensity and the tightness of the beams. We were looking for an opportunity to use them.”
Lighting director Madigan Stehly designed a series of custom carts for the Xtylos, the first moving head light with a laser light source. The Xtylos formed a pencil-beam cage of architectural positions between the duet’s verse and choruses starting with a lacy lattice look and transitioning to a straight aligned grid.
“The carts aligned the fixtures in a perfect grid, covered the joins and made everything accurate and repeatable. Xtylos was a perfect match for that performance; they delivered

 
crosschurch1Cross Church campus installs Chauvet
Monday, 1 June 2020

USA - The new Cross Church DFW satellite campus that sits on 27 acres on the busy Blue Mound Road is reflective of the dramatic expansion that has taken place in North Fort Worth recently. Parent church, North Richland Hills Baptist, opened the spacious satellite in September 2019, after two years of planning, to reach the increasing number of worshippers settling in the area.
Reflecting the forward-looking orientation of the new campus is an AVL system designed and installed by Paragon 360. Outfitted with the latest audio and video equipment, the new system is used to broadcast services and events to lobbies and classrooms throughout the expansive Cross Church facility, as well as to the North Richland Hills Baptist home base, strengthening the connection between the two campuses.
Helping to ensure the quality of those videos is a stage lighting rig that features Chauvet Professional Ovation and COLORdash fixtures.
Paragon 360 installed 19 Ovation E-910FC RGBA-Lime colour mixing ellipsoidals, all with 36ﹾ lenses, in front of the stage, relying on their flat, even field of light and 2800 to 6500 K color temperature to provide supportive lighting for broadcasts as well as for worshippers who experience services live at Cross Church.
“Ovation ellipsoidal have been our go to fixture for front light for several years now,” said Matt Dean, lighting lead at Paragon 360. “We use them on almost all of our installs, whether there is going to be video or not.”
The Paragon 360 team positioned the Ovation E-910FC units 40ft from the stage

 
 
robe-mgg-light-the-sky-johannesburg-dji0085-pMGG Lights the Sky in Johannesburg
Monday, 1 June 2020

South Africa - On the evening of 19 May, Mark Gaylard of technical production company MGG and his crew of 20 replicated a version of the South African flag using 214 lighting fixtures, predominantly Robe, at the company’s premises in Johannesburg.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, MGG has thought on its feet and adapted to the new environment, becoming an ‘essential service’ provider by offering a virtual studio for broadcasting and streaming. Other activities have included assembling information noticeboards, developing a hands-free door opener, and producing essential PPE kit like masks.
“I wanted to shine our lights in solidarity for South Africa, and I wanted to reach out to Robe and the other various #TogetherWeAreStronger and #LightTheSky projects,” Mark explained. “Also, I wanted to highlight the plight of the thousands of freelancers in our industry, many of whom are reliant on food vouchers provided by the #FeedOurCrew initiative.”
Kevin Rieck, head of drafting at MGG was asked to draw the South African flag which would be outlined in the extensive car park area. “We had previously split our staff into teams to minimise risk and properly social distance, and so had to rely on all departments this time to do the setup.”
General manager Denzil Smith and operations manager Rianda Van Burick measured out the flag shape using tape, and the lighting fixtures were then deployed within the design.
The Robe elements included 24 x LEDWash 1200s, 32 x LEDWash 600s, 16 x Spiiders, 22 x Tetra2s, 14 x BMFL Blades, 10 x Pointes

 
ayrton-and-litenordic-teamsAyrton appoints distributor for Sweden, Denmark & Norway
Monday, 1 June 2020

Europe - Ayrton has announced the appointment of LiteNordic as its new exclusive distributor for Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The new arrangement takes place with immediate effect in Sweden and Denmark, and from 1 July in Norway.
Formed in January 2018, LiteNordic is a ‘young’ lighting distribution company with many years of industry experience due to its team of skilled and knowledgeable individuals. LiteNordic identifies as a Scandinavian operation with offices and sales teams in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and a comprehensive network of partners in all three countries.
“We work closely with influencers such as lighting designers for live and corporate events and installation projects,” says Espen Bechmann, LiteNordic’s sales manager for Norway. “And as Norway, Sweden and Denmark are small countries, we work alongside partners in many fields in each country to ensure the end user gets the right solution for each project.”
Two years after its formation, LiteNordic had been looking to expand its product portfolio and found Ayrton matched all its criteria for LED moving lights.
“Ayrton has been on our radar for a while,” says LiteNordic CEO, Magnus Lönden. “They are innovative company with an original and extremely versatile product line, and we like the team - it was a perfect match for us.”
Ayrton’s Jonas Stenvinkel agrees: “A company is made up of the people who work and manage it and, with that in mind, LiteNordic really stands out on the Nordic market with their professional, pure-distribution approach. The

 
 
ivo-ivanovski-general-manager-arri-lightingARRI strengthens lighting business team
Friday, 29 May 2020

Germany - ARRI has appointed Ivo Ivanovski as general manager lighting business unit, effective 1 August, 2020.
In this position, Ivo Ivanovski will be responsible for demand creation including the areas of product management, application engineering, service, sales, and marketing. He will support long-term ARRI colleague Markus Lampier who will continue to focus on operations at ARRI Lighting. Ivanovski will report directly to Markus Zeiler, executive board member of ARRI.
Ivanovski studied electrical engineering at the University for Applied Sciences in Aachen and began his career at Targetti Lighting in Italy where he pioneered the use of LED technology in the field of general lighting. Soon after completing his MBA studies, he continued his professional career at Osram Opto Semiconductors.
Markus Zeilercomments, “We are thrilled to be able to welcome Ivo Ivanovski to our team. I was privileged to be able to work with him as a business partner during ARRI’s successful LED SkyPanel platform ramp-up; Ivo’s drive, talent, and leadership will certainly fit right in at ARRI Lighting.”
Ivo Ivanovski adds: “From the moment I was introduced to ARRI I admired the uniqueness of the products and the level of innovation. I am very enthusiastic and truly honoured to be part of #teamARRI.”

 
lit-live2LIT Live returns with Chauvet Professional
Friday, 29 May 2020

USA - Funk/rock fusion quartet Katastro played to a near-empty LIT Lighting warehouse, as part of the COVID-19 driven LIT Live livestream shows. Much of lead singer Andy Chaves’ on-stage fluency is due to his natural talent and experience, but some of the credit must also go to the warm, welcoming vibe that Chris Broadman and his team have created at their warehouse turned livestreaming studio in Tempe, AZ.
This is the second incarnation of LIT Live for Brodman, Cody Lisle (also of LIT), and Rodger Pugh of Devus Designs. They began collaborating on the livestreaming programme early in the pandemic, but closed up shop after the governor of Arizona declared a general lockdown.
In May, with the crisis easing and restrictions lifted, they restarted LIT Live – and as they’ve moved forward, they’ve picked up new bits of knowledge with every step along the way.
“We are viewing this as a learning experience,” said Brodman. “We are developing new skills regarding livestreaming. We did this the first time around, as well as during the time we were locked down - and we’re doing it today. All of us are learning to think outside the box and communicate with each other on a more human, empathetic level. I feel like LIT and our partners in the community have strengthened immensely -- and that makes us happy!”
Playing a role in creating the inviting looks of the LIT Live shows, which generally run between 60 and 90 minutes, are Chauvet Professional STRIKE fixtures, which, like the rig’s collection of Maverick and Rogue units, were drawn fr

 
 
robe-melodifestivalen-2020-mel2020-3Robe lights Melodifestivalen 2020
Friday, 29 May 2020

Sweden - Since 1959, the Swedish Eurovision entry each year has been chosen via an annual televised talent competition, known since 1967 as the Melodifestivalen, organised by public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR).
In 2002, the Melodifestivalen upped the ante further in terms of a selection event and started touring to six key cities around Sweden with a final in Stockholm, this year at the 65,000-capacity Friends Arena. The finale broadcast is among the most popular programmes on Swedish television.
Top Swedish LD Fredrik Jonsson of Eyebrow Designs has lit Melodifestivalen since 2002, capturing all the glamour, glitz and drama.
This year, he enlisted the help of 168 x Robe moving lights (upped to over 300 for the final show) including MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s and six BMFL WashBeam follow spots running on four RoboSpot remote BaseStations.
Each year he imagines a new and original lighting design. Keeping the show looking fresh and relevant is one of the main challenges and a task he enjoys.
This year, the producers wanted a large open stage look to set the scene, so they could use more and bigger props for the songs to give each an individual look.
Set designer Viktor Brattström opted for a huge projection surface as the backdrop, which was divided into three sections – in a geometric horseshoe shape, with content fed by eight laser projectors.
So, the first starting point for lighting was to take this into consideration as the main visual element onstage in ad

 
pike-towerCDS helps the Pike Tower turn blue
Friday, 29 May 2020

UK - Thousands of people in Chorley and Bolton witnessed Rivington Pike turn blue last on Thursday 21 May in tribute to the NHS and other key workers.
The Pike Tower, one the area’s most prominent landmarks, was bathed in a brilliant blue glow from a number of LEDJ Spectra Par 15Q8 Exterior Fixtures as part of the weekly ‘clap for carers’ initiative.
The event was the brainchild of Chris Beesley and his company CDS Events UK with support from another local firm Paul K Sound, as well as United Utilities, Rivington Heritage Trust and Chorley Council, which owns the Pike structure itself.
CDS’ Chris Beesley said, with so many public events cancelled because of lockdown, the firm’s traditional workload had tumbled so they had hit on the idea of lighting up buildings for free to raise a smile. One recent cancelled event was the Rivington Terraced Gardens’ Festival of Light, which couldn’t take place because of social distancing restrictions.
“That’s where I got the idea. I love the terraced gardens. I grew up playing there as a kid. We’ve lit up quite a few buildings in blue across Chorley during the lockdown. It’s all for free. I just like to see people’s reactions. There’s not much good news at the moment so if we can make people smile, that’s it, job done as far as I am concerned.”
The two-hour light show saw all four sides of the Grade II listed structure adorned with messages of support for carers from the people of Chorley, United Utilities, Rivington Terraced Gardens and Chorley Council.
At almost 1,

 
 
ghana-heroesPR out in force for Accra COVID-19 concert
Friday, 29 May 2020

Ghana - Accra recently staged its own ‘behind closed doors’ Ghana Covid-19 Heroes Concert in order to raise funds for both UNHCR, to help protect refugees from the pandemic, and the National COVID-19 Trust Fund. It was also a way to thank all frontline workers who have risked their lives in saving others.
Charterhouse Ghana, a one-stop production house, staged the event, in partnership with Ghana Music Awards Foundation, at The Grand Arena, located on the premises of the Accra International Conference Centre. It was transmitted to audiences through television (TV3) and through social media streaming.
WABlighting, run by Ernest Awuah, was brought in to handle the production design and drew heavily on fixtures from PR Lighting. “PR is rated number one brand in Ghana over all others due to its explicit features,” he explains. Both Wablighting and Charterhouse Ghana hold inventory, giving the possibility of a considerable resource of moving lights from the Chinese company.
For this production, the XR 350 BWS (combining Beam, Wash, Spot in a single unit), XR 330 Beam, equipped with a Sirius HRI 330W lamp and three prisms, and XLED 1037 (containing 37 x 4-in-1 10W RGBW LEDs) were used in the production. These were suspended on a single goal post truss, placed both on overhead and upstage.
The challenge facing Awuah was lighting an empty auditorium but capturing the same dynamic as if the arena were filled with people. “The most paramount requirement was to obtain excellent visibility,” he said. “This meant working with design ideas thr

 
artistic-controlluxControllux to distribute Artistic Licence in Benelux
Friday, 29 May 2020

Europe - Having enjoyed a business relationship for years, Artistic Licence and Controllux have announced a formal distribution agreement for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Founded in 1968, Controllux is a leading name in the distribution of professional lighting equipment. With many experienced staff, the company provides comprehensive supply and support for respected brands in the theatrical, broadcast & film, entertainment and architectural markets.
Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell comments: "Our broad range of lighting control and infrastructure products will nicely reinforce the Controllux emphasis on solutions. Both companies have been trading for many decades and bring customers the reassurance of experience, quality and reliability. Artistic Licence designs and manufactures all its own products in the UK - something that we are very proud of - and I think many people will be surprised at just how competitive our pricing is across our latest DMX512/RDM, Art-Net/sACN and DALI ranges."
Lex Oudshoorn of Controllux adds: "Our broad network encompasses many different fields of specialism, and we are always looking for brands that will add extra value for our customers. We are delighted to be the official distributor of the Artistic Licence range in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
“Artistic Licence is a well-known A-league UK manufacturer and will amplify our product portfolio with a complete range of DALI, sACN and, of course, DMX512 hardware devices. “More and more, we are seeing a shift from box-moving to turnke

 
 
irkutsk-academic-drama-theatre3LPD and Elation support Siberian theatre
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Russia - Despite its relative solitude in Russia’s vast Siberian region, the city of Irkutsk is a thriving seat of culture that embodies all the best of Russia’s storied theatre tradition.
Irkutsk boasts an impressive number of theatres and Irkutsk Academic Drama Theatre of N.P. Okhlopkov, the oldest theatre in Eastern Siberia and the cultural hub of the region, epitomises that artistic vitality. Founded in 1850 and currently celebrating 170 years as a cultural institution, the theatre recently worked with Light Power Design (LPD) to upgrade its stage lighting to an automated lighting system from Elation Professional with lighting control consoles from Obsidian Control Systems.
Established in 1986, LPD focuses on sales and installation of professional lighting and sound equipment and has served as Elation’s Russian distributor for several years, enjoying exclusive distributorship since 2019. The company completed a full lighting and control design for the drama theatre encompassing nearly 200 Elation lighting fixtures – nearly all of them LED – with control from innovative Obsidian Control Systems lighting consoles.
“We are always looking for modern, high quality and innovative products and technologies and therefore our decision to invest in Elation wasn’t accidental,” commented Mikhail Morozov, managing director at LPD. “The management of the theatre was looking for a very modern solution based on LED technology and at the same time fixtures with a perfect color mixing system and very silent.”
t was also important, he

 
drive-in1Festwiese Apolda offers drive-in alternative
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Germany - Last year, music resonated throughout the Festwiese Apolda. Stars from Germany and around the world journeyed to this central German setting to perform. These sounds went silent following the Covid-19 lockdown.
For weeks, the pastoral fairgrounds remained void of public entertainment. Happily, that changed on Friday 15 May when Studio D4 launched Autokino Apolda, a pop culture throwback to the 1960s-style American drive-in, but with a decidedly high-tech touch provided by a bright 10m by 6m LED video screen built with Chauvet Professional F4 IP panels supplied and installed by Materie Event Production.
“The panels give us brilliant colours and sharp definition thanks to their 4.8 mm pixel pitch,” said Heiko Ullrich of Materie Event Production. “The black body of the LEDs means that we have great images even during sunlight. This was important, because the client needed vibrant colours and high contrast during the daylight as well as at night.”
Autokino Apolda offers a full schedule of movies, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, and Spiderman. The pop-up drive-in opens every day, seven days a week. Since the panels will be left outdoors for the long run (likely as long as to Covid-19 lockdown lasts), their IP65 rating is essential.
A combination of two Novastar scalers, a Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, a Sony Blue-ray player, and three Decimator MD HX feed the video wall content. “The control we get is excellent,” said Ullrich. “We can run 120 panels on just one scaler.”
The

 
 
astera-floating-lotus-img0633Astera for Floating Lotus yoga streaming
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Australia - Nalini Tebbey owns and runs Floating Lotus, a yoga studio based in Helensvale, on Australia’s Gold Coast, offering a busy weekly schedule of 36 yoga, pilates and meditation classes.
Recently, helping to create a harmonious ambience in the studio have been six Astera Titan Tubes.
The business had just moved into a tranquil new premises with large windows, lots of incoming natural light and panoramic views, a fully conducive environment for relaxation and concentration, when the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdown meant the doors had to be temporarily closed to the public. Ever resourceful, Nalini started streaming her classes.
The Studio space needed additional lighting to keep up the quality and style associated with Floating Lotus. Nalini wanted her broadcasts to look polished and professional and Astera Titan tubes were recommended, and then sourced from the ULA Group, Astera’s Australian distributor.
“I needed good skin tones and lighting that added a subtle glow, not too harsh, just a very nice quality of light,” explained Nalini.
Six Titan Tubes are placed in an arc on the floor around Nalini for a typical streaming session.
This installation is further enhanced by the elegant appearance of the Titan Tubes themselves, which look comfortable in the geometry of the yoga space. From some camera angles the lights are on show, so the aesthetics of the fixtures themselves were also important.
Keeping her business running via streaming and social media during the lockdown has been crucial, commen

 
maskedGLP illuminates The Masked Singer
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Germany - In March and April, German TV network ProSieben broadcast the second season of the TV show The Masked Singer (TMS), in which celebrities sing whilst wearing imaginative full-body costumes. Whoever receives the fewest votes per show must remove the mask and disclose their identity. In the meantime, the jurors, Ruth Moschner and Rea Garvey, along with a guest judge each week, speculate over the course of six live shows as to the identity of who might be hiding behind the masks.
Lighting designer Arkin Atacan from atacan design turned to various lighting solutions from GLP to ensure that the lovingly designed costumes, comprising dragons, sloths, robots etc,. appeared to optimal effect on the television screen. Arkin, who mainly specialises in the TV sector has been in charge of the Endemol Shine production since the first season last year.
The stage concept by Florian Wieder was key to his lighting design. "The set includes many straight lines and polygons," explains Arkin. "Wherever possible, I try to continue these design lines so that both the set and lighting function as a coherent unit, which in turn makes the overall picture look much more homogeneous and larger."
The set itself consists of two 8m high masks covered with fabric, the mouths of which are fitted with linear LED elements, which serve as an entrance tunnel. Added to this are a 12m wide LED back wall, a stage in the form of a double rhombus with a 5x5-meter LED floor, the public stands and the rate panel.
The lighting design remains largely unchanged from show t

 
 
koiKnight of Illumination Awards 2020 cancelled in USA and UK
Thursday, 28 May 2020

UK/USA - The organisers of the 2020 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards have announced the cancellation of both the UK and the USA events due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the entertainment industry.
The difficult decision has been reached following extensive discussions between the committees of both the UK and US versions of the KOI Awards: The Fifth Estate and KOI co-founders Durham and Jennie Marenghi, along with the ALD and STLD in the UK and Live Design/LDI in the USA.
All parties explored various possible options to secure the events, including virtual, live streamed/webcast ceremonies and postponed or scaled-back ceremonies. However, these ideas were ultimately deemed not to be viable for 2020.
KOI-UK and KOI-USA executive committee member Sarah Rushton-Read of The Fifth Estate comments: "This has been a challenging decision, given the unpredictable nature of this global crisis, which has hit the KOI community very hard. Many have lost their businesses, their employment, their sources of income. Skilled creatives are taking jobs in other sectors and others are retraining. Many have no idea when, or in what capacity, they might return. While we have every faith that the industry will bounce back, it will be a different landscape for some time to come."
She adds: "We believe the KOI Awards mission is to bring a meaningful value to the lighting and video design community by providing independent design awards, judged by respected critics and experts. Just as importantly, it provides a valuable opportunity for the whole lightin

 
artisticsunDial quad optimised for ETC Mini LED
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

UK - sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold Award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, demonstrates just how good the dimming achievable with an ETC Source Four Mini LED can be. Artistic Licence used its photometric lab to create a custom dimming curve for the fixture, with impressive results.
The Source Four Mini LED from ETC is a miniature version of their classic stage spot. It uses a 12W LED and some clever optics to provide impressive projection, aimed at the museum, retail and restaurant markets.
It has an onboard LED driver that can be controlled with mains phase dimming - as such, it is compatible with the sunDial quad dimmer. Curious to see the results, Artistic Licence trialled the Source Four using sunDial's default linear curve. The dimming was excellent, but limited to the central 70-80% of the DMX512 range. Additionally, the linear curve provides limited control over the critical low light end of the curve.
Artistic Licence then used its photometric lab to create a custom dimming curve for the Source Four Mini LED. The ability to upload custom dimming curves is one of the unique features of sunDial quad (see below for a full description). Artistic Licence maintains an ever-growing library of dimming curves on its website, available to sunDial customers as a free downloadable resource.
The Source Four Mini LED curve spreads the response over the entire DMX range and adds a logarithmic response to improve low level control. The results show the ETC product off to its fullest potential, with a response that should satisfy the most

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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