UK - Distribution company Ambersphere Solutions has announced a streamlining of its product portfolio.
Ambersphere MD, Glyn O’Donoghue, comments: “We have decided to dedicate our moving light offering to Ayrton Digital Lighting. It has been a real privilege to witness the innovation coming from the Ayrton development team and to experience the exceptional product-reliability first hand. We are very excited about the future working exclusively with Ayrton moving lights”.
O’Donoghue continues: “To allow us to focus solely on Ayrton, we have decided to cease our distribution relationship with Claypaky. However, we remain dedicated to providing ongoing service and support for all of the equipment we have sold”.
“I would like to thank the Claypaky team for working exclusively with Ambersphere for the past eight years in the UK and wish them all the best for the future.”
UK - Lighting control manufacturer and specialist Zero 88 is all set for some serious networking and interaction in the highly convivial environment of PLASA Focus Leeds, taking place at the Royal Armories on 14-15 May.
The team including Jon Hole, Tyler Holpin, David Catterall, Edward Smith, Nathanael Orr and Charlie Madsen will be on Stand N-B12 and is looking forward to welcoming current and future professionals from all sectors of entertainment technology.
After successful take up and listening to feedback from previous years, Zero 88 is again providing free 75-minute training sessions through Tuesday 14 May on its award-winning FLX lighting console. Sessions start at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00. Places can be booked in advance to guarantee a space via email@example.com - and guests can also feel free to drop in too.
“PLASA Focus Leeds has always been a valuable place and space for us to meet and greet,” comments Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole. “As well as many customers and friends we know, there are always new faces and future professionals who are already invested in the industry. The atmosphere is lively, friendly and vibrant and we look forward to being part of the buzz.”
It will be the first UK trade show for four new and truly multifunctional products from Zero 88: Betapack 4 - one product with six dynamic variants; the ZerOS Server - one product with three different uses; new Data Distribution products - the first of a complete new range, and the latest ZerOS 7.9.5 software release for all ZerOS consoles.
UK - Martin Dudley of Martin’s Lights has invested in the new Martin by Harman ERA 300 Profile, with six units already in action on the current Newton Faulkner tour.
Supplying lighting design and lighting equipment hire services, Martin's Lights recently celebrated its 25th birthday. Current and past clients of owner Martin Dudley include Newton Faulkner with whom he has been working with for 13 years, James Morrison (as lighting director for lighting designer Cate Carter), Heaven 17, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Magazine, The Specials and many more.
Having owned Martin fixtures a very long way back in the ‘DJ Series’ days of Magic Moons, Starflashes and Jem smoke machines, and of course experience of the countless Martin fixtures in the lighting rigs of venues and festivals, the new ERA 300 Profile modern day LED successor to the MAC 250 recently caught his attention.
Martin Dudley explains: “I had been looking specifically for a colour-mixing moving spot fixture for a little while that would suit the scale and level of touring that we regularly do, so I was immediately interested when I saw the ERA 300 announced. The other features - two gobo wheels, colour wheel, zoom, iris and prism, also caught my eye. ”
The ERA 300 Profile is a compact LED moving head, designed to be easy to handle and rig, and take up less truck space. It includes professional features, including CMY colour mixing, 1:2 zoom and 9,500 lumens of output.
“I actually chose the ERA 300s for the James Morrison tour that we just finished,” continues Martin, “al
Europe - Hayden Borgars has covered a broad spectrum of shows during his career as a lighting designer, including various music genres, corporate, dance and theatre.
Most recently he joined forces with American rap artist, Hoodie Allen (real name Steven Markowitz) for a British and European tour, at venues ranging from the 700-capacity Garage Glasgow to 2,000 Shepherds Bush Empire. Travelling with him throughout was an inventory of GLP X4 Bar 20s and JDC1 hybrid strobes, supplied by rental company, Siyan.
The tour was set up essentially as a pre-album promo tour in advance of Hoodie’s next album release this month.
Given the nature of the venues, Hayden simply assembled a powerful and scalable GLP floor package, giving him both versatility and big looks. He admitted he had been eager to use the JDC1s for some time, and his hunger only increased after GLP UK’s David Stewart introduced the three-facet low profile hybrid out in the real world, at Bring Me The Horizon’s Alexandra Palace show.
“It’s the first time I had seen them used in a show and I was hugely impressed,” he says. “I also sent a video to Hoodie and he reacted the same way. It’s such an aggressive strobe that it immediately came to mind when I was planning this tour.”
He programmed the fixtures in Mode 3 (68 DMX channels) with pixel chasers, blinders and beam effects, and also used them to wash the stage. He set them stage left, stage right, either side of the drum kit and on risers, with the X4 Bar 20s also on the ground at the back of the stage.
Zimbabwe - Minister Michael Mehendere recently hosted a Night of Worship at UFIC Mutare, filling the venue with worshippers and beautiful music. Well known throughout Africa, Mehendere has worked with some of the best musicians on the continent, as well as being a senior pastor at the renowned United Family International Church.
For the Night of Worship, it was important the lighting helped transport the audience visually in the same way Mehendere’s gospel-driven music did spiritually. Blessing Bero of Events Evolution was tapped for lighting design, with Tatenda Rushwaya running the board for the show.
Using a mix of Chauvet DJ fixtures, Bero focused on creating warmth for the show through washes and special effects that would fit seamlessly with the inspiring and celebratory theme of the event.
“UFIC Mutare has a good stage, but it is not very large, so it was important to create depth by alternating patterns of shadows and light,” says Bero. “I used eight EVE F-50Z Fresnels, rigged on the balcony of the venue, to wash a warm feel of light for backing vocalists and some band members. The spill of light from that angle worked as side warm wash for the leading vocalists as well. For main FOH lighting, I used six EVE E-100Z spots for all the leading vocals and MCs.”
The flexibility of the EVE fixtures helped the Events Evolution team create varied looks throughout the service. “We like their manual zoom, which was allowed us to create an even field of light while we changed the coverage area,” says Bero. “The crisp edges of t
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied the award-winning StageSmarts smartPDU power distribution system to creative technical production company, WCE-AV, to provide power management for its new lighting inventory.
WCE-AV works with some of the UK’s most high-profile conference, live event, exhibition, roadshow, and fashion show clients. Its end-to-end service covers everything from set & stage design through to lighting, AV, power & rigging equipment.
After recently upgrading all of the company's lighting inventory to modern LED-source fixtures, company director, Wayne Whitson was keen to find a power & distribution system which would offer maximum protection for the considerable new stock investment.
Wayne approached one-stop technology supplier, AC-ET, who he had purchased equipment from before, to suggest a suitable solution. Peter Loosemore in the company's lighting sales division recommended the StageSmarts smartPDU, a next generation intelligent power distribution solution which has been designed to provide a new level of functionality, reliability and safety.
In keeping with the latest 'smart' technologies, the smartPDU provides simple and highly accurate real-time load monitoring of each individual circuit - either via status indicators on the unit or remotely via any web-enabled device - enabling users to identify a potential problem before the circuit breaker trips.
Wayne invested in two smartPDU 48-channel systems for the company's production needs.
He commented: "The smartPDU has give
Italy - The Colosseum in Rome is one of the world’s busiest tourist attractions, with over six million visitors per year. Now, under the management of archaeological park director Alfonsina Russo, it has once again become a venue for all kinds of events.
Last year, visitors to the Colosseum were treated to a spectacular show, Sangue e Arena, at nightfall. This international collaboration between Canada and Italy offered a totally immersive experience, in English and Italian, with lights and remarkable holographic video effects at the heart of the ancient monument. wysiwyg was at the centre of all the action.
The Sangue e Arena project was the result of a close collaboration between Italian company, Electa Editore under the direction of the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo. Graphics eMotion and Lumin-ART gave life to the Colosseum, a world heritage site. Canadian company, Lumin-ART, are avid wysiwyg users and supporters of CAST Group of Companies Inc.
Shouldered by an array of talents, Lumin-ART met several needs of Sangue e Arena, Roma Coliseum. With the help of his team, Simon Gauthier, who acted as lighting designer, took care of design, programming and rendering of the lighting aspects of the production through wysisyg. Simon teamed up with Graphics eMotion to project historically accurate animated pictures and 2D/3D models reminiscent of the era on the outer and inner walls of the Colosseum, as well as on a see-through, hologrammatic screen. The experience is compounded by lighting and sound effects.
Ireland - Picture This played a record five sold out nights at Dublin’s 3Arena. This beat U2’s four nights and offered a lively, show-stopping performance to 60,000 adoring fans.
Helping make everything at the 3Arena bit look that bit more special was production designer Liam McCarthy, who spec’d over 150 Robe moving lights for this extravaganza, delivered by Irish rental company Just Lite Productions, and featuring 37 BMFL Spots, 36 Spiiders, 46 Pointes, 16 LEDWash 600s and 16 SuperSpikies.
Liam worked closely with the band and created some initial set and visual concepts based on their ideas of initially wanting a circular video screen - which was developed into two curved screens. Video content director Darragh McAuliffe and the team from content producers Algorithm were commissioned by Just Lite’s Paul Smith with input from the band. The IMAG camera mix directed by Brian Judge was also a big part of the show’s overall visuality.
The LED screen was split into two elegant curves. The curved theme continued with a circular video floor and drum riser.
Both these curved screens were on a Kinesys automation system and they moved in and out at strategic points in the show.
The 16 x Pointes on the centre circle were joined by 12 on the back of the circular floor, and the other 18 on the three upstage trusses where they were used for some spectacular ‘light wall’ effects.
The Spiiders were spread between the downstage trusses for key light with 12 upstage on the floor and 18 on the back-wall trusses. The BMFL Spots were p
France - Ayrton has announced Levante, the company's new compact 300W LED wash, is shipping with immediate effect.
Weighing just 22kg, Levante is a miniaturised version of the Bora wash light, which matches the dimensions of Mistral and Diablo. With Levante, Ayrton has created a wash luminaire that can actually sculpture light, and added a high-transmission diffusion filter to the zoom lens group to erase the edge of the beam without changing its angle. A variable linear frost system allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision, says the company.
Delivering a light output in excess of 20,000 lumens (Levante-S) through its 138mm frontal lens, Levante’s optical system is specially developed for optimum wash applications. Its 13-lens proprietary optical system features a zoom ration in excess of 9:1 and a 6.3° to 58° zoom range, and produces a uniform flat beam that ensures a perfect colour mix regardless of the colour combination selected.
Levante’s many features include a barndoor module that allows shutters to be positioned freely across 100% of the surface area, a CMY colour mixing system, a variable CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours. In addition, a 15-blade iris diaphragm and a wheel with seven indexable rotating gobos are supplied as standard.
Europe - Astera’s new Helios range of LED tubes is now shipping following “record presale orders”, reports the company.
The new Helios tube was unveiled at the recent Prolight+Sound and has all the features and functionality of the popular TitanTube utilising the stable and well-respected technology. It offers “outstanding concept continuity in an even more transportable package - a neat and powerful little tube which can be mounted virtually anywhere”.
Like all Astera products, Helios comes with an assortment of accessories to cover every rigging and positioning need, wish and necessity.
The IP65 rated Helios has eight pixels and is half the size with half the battery weight of the TitanTube, but with the same high CRI and TCLI of 96 for skin tones and detail.
With up to 20 hours of battery run-time, it’s a suitable option for areas like pop-up dressing rooms, fashion show makeup stations and well as for the close-lighting of faces, and in larger quantities, for rooms, sets and other spaces.
The tuneable white range is from 1750K – 20,000K and can be very simply dialled in on the tube or set from Astera’s App.
Eight tubes fit into Astera’s Helios Case which can be used for charging and transportation. It holds the same useful and practical sets of accessories as the Titan Tube case (16 eyebolts, 16 holders, eight floor stands, 16 x bolts, all included with the case) together with eight Wing Plates.
There is a compartment for an ART7 AsteraBox CRMX (which interfaces between the lights and the control App
UK - Elation Professional will be exhibiting on stand N-D31 at PLASA Focus Leeds tradeshow, taking place 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries.
The lighting manufacturer is also a Gold Sponsor and a Show Bar Sponsor at the show, which will be the first UK trade expo since Elation appointed Entedi Ltd as its new UK distributor
Elation will be showcasing the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, a wash/beam and profile LED luminaire with a top-of-the-line design package that premieres as the brightest LED profile on the market. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and its IP65 protection means it can be used exposed on outdoor shows.
Elation is also highlighting two new luminaires in its award-winning Artiste line of theatrical grade moving heads. The 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and an innovative SpectraColor engine that produces the most vibrant primary colours ever produced by a colour mixing system.
The Artiste Picasso is one of the brightest (23,000 lumens) and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures available. Feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more), a 620W LED engine combines with advanced optics to produce a crisp yet uniform output while staying whisper quiet.
Also showing is the Proteus RAYZOR 760, an IP65 version of the RAYZOR 760 LED wash effects luminaire with patent-pending Spark
USA - Jen Fok says that she enjoys making “large gestures” that mix colour and shadow, evidenced by her work as the lighting designer on Qui Nguyen’s family saga Vietgone, which is running at the Boston Centre for the Arts from until 25 May.
An Emmy Award-winning writer, Qui recounts the story of his Vietnamese parents, who met in an Arkansas refugee camp following the end of the war in 1975. His play is a delightful mashup of hip-hop, romance, road trip, Kung Fu and myriad other elements that make up the mosaic of life. Scenes morph radically during the telling of this story, and Fok’s lighting never fails to keep pace, thanks in part to its evocative colour changes, made with help from Chauvet Professional COLORdash Par-Hex 12 fixtures, supplied by High Output.
Positioned on the third Unistrut position, the RGBAW+UV LED wash fixtures were instrumental in creating some fast colour changes. “I used the COLORdash units primarily as a backlight system for the deck,” she says. “They also really shined during the play’s Asian hip-hop numbers with quick colour changing and nice colour fades. The UV was also really great for some isolated moments. I haven’t used the effect of UV a lot in my previous work. However, in this play it gave a really cold and ghostly feeling when paired with other systems.”
In a multi-dimensional story that jumps quickly from Saigon, to a refugee camp at the Fort Chaffee military base in Arkansas, the lighting served as a thread that ran through the play and helped inform the audience’s sense of time, plac
Hungary - For Event is based in Budapest and is among Hungary’s leading technical production and equipment rental specialists, working across multiple entertainment and event sectors including music festivals and concert touring, live events, exhibitions and corporates.
The company was the first in Hungary to invest in Robe MegaPointes in early 2018. Before then, they were also the first rental operation with BMFLs in Hungary - of which they have purchased more in the last year together with 24 x Spiiders and 26 x ParFects.
The For Event brand was founded in 2011 by Gábor Glatz, a well-known Hungarian rock musician and celebrity who also runs another successful company, GDP, dedicated to providing full creative scenic and décor services.
For Event’s focus has always been on providing additional technical value - both in design and equipment - lighting, sound, rigging and staging, in particular to capitalise on the buzzing live events scene in and around Budapest. The city is replete with amazing venues and spaces embracing classical, historic, funky and modern.
The last 18 months has seen a dramatic increase in For Event’s lighting and sound rental departments, which has included all the newest Robe investments, which have been delivered by Hungarian distributor, AVL Trade.
“We like to be innovative,” states Gábor, who has been using Robe products in his various commercial entertainment technology enterprises for some years - dating back at least a decade to the days of Robe XT scanners and the ColorMix 575.
UK - Stage Electrics has installed and commissioned the power distribution and data systems, including 40 Socapex and data connection facility panels, in the Hippodrome Casino London, ahead of the Casino’s critically acclaimed production of Magic Mike Live, a spin-off live-version of the major motion picture.
“We went from concept to installation in less than two weeks, we were called in to provide the Casino with the necessary infrastructure to meet the technical requirements for the show,” commented Stage Electrics’ project manager Tim Sachno. “The whole installation was delivered on a very tight time scale, including the design and manufacture of over 40 bespoke facility panels.”
Stage Electrics has a long-standing relationship with the client, V&A Productions. “We’ve worked with V&A Productions in the past, mainly on equipment sales.” continues Sachno. “However, they knew of our capability to provide high quality installations in very short time frames, so they asked us for support in the completion of the project.”
Stage Electrics’ installation teams rose to the challenge and provided the Hippodrome Casino London with the required technical systems in record time, ready for the UK debut performance of the show.
UK - White Light has supplied the lighting equipment for Night of the Living Dead LIVE! which is currently spooking audiences at The Pleasance Theatre, London.
Based on the George A. Romero film, Night of the Living Dead LIVE! tells the story of a group of strangers holed up in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. With hoards of the undead approaching, will any of them make it out alive? The show is lit by Nic Farman, who comments: “I hadn’t actually seen the film version prior to working on the show but I allowed myself to watch the first 20 minutes. This was so I could get a feel for the style of the cinematography, but also not become fixated on recreating the film on stage from a lighting point of view.”
Despite not wanting to be an imitation of the film, the production did remain true to the Romero classic. Nic explains: “The interesting thing about the show is that we’ve tried to recreate it as if it were a black and white film. The designer Diego Pitarch has created a monochrome set of the interior of the farmhouse in which the action is set. The costumes are all black and white and the actors are in make up to appear greyscale. My brief was to buy into that concept and to keep us in a black and white world, which was quite daunting, especially as creating a rich colour palette is often part of my work.”
He continues: “The first act stays quite faithful to the film, but as the show moves forward, it becomes a number of ‘what if’ scenarios. As a result, towards the end I was able to start sneaking colour back in
UK - Following the death of lighting designer Bryan Leitch last month, Backup chairman John Simpson has written an open letter to the industry charity’s supporters.
“You will have read with great sadness that Bryan Leitch, the legendary production and lighting designer passed away peacefully on Tuesday, 23 April. His work over 30 years covered many of the top artistes and his encouraging advice along the way brought so many young and talented designers and technicians into our industry.
“Over the last few years, whilst still working, he embraced his role in Backup as that of an ambassador but more importantly he engaged with those in our industry who were suffering from degenerative and life-threatening illnesses. His calm and supportive presence and regular contact, no matter what time of day or night, meant so much to those who faced exhausting treatment and recovery.
“He, himself, was no stranger to this as he suffered from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed some nine years previously. He received a Knight of Illumination award for his work a few years ago but Backup will remember him as a Backup Knight in shining armour who willingly and with compassion stepped forward and helped those in need.
“Whilst in hospital recently I talked with Bryan and Tracey, his wife, about Backup and Bryan was still so supportive about our charity. She and Bryan recognised how much Backup does for people in our industry who fall on hard times through long term illnesses and how much our financial support can help in such times of family crises.
Columbia - El Lugar de Su Presencia (The Place of His Presence) is a neo-charismatic Christian denominational church in Bogota, currently headquartered on two sites in the Castellana district of the capital city.
These two venues are on opposite sides of the same road. The first arena was built in 2005 with a capacity of 3,000, and in 2017 the new building was constructed to contain an overflow congregation of up to 1,500 people.
They have Robe Spikies, LEDBeam 150s and ParFect 150s installed in these two main venues, where all-things technical are looked after by technical manager David Zamora, who is also a lighting designer.
David has worked there for six years and manages a full-time technical team of around 50 - covering all aspects of these two auditoriums - from staging to IT - plus five other sites around Bogota. They have around 400 volunteers regularly involved in sound, lighting, cameras and the video elements, staging weekly worship services across all these sites.
With so much interest in technical elements amongst the many volunteers, the Church offers a valuable potential opportunity for budding future industry professionals to get fully hands-on with the kit.
El Lugar de Su Presencia is also well known for its ‘house’ bands which are active in the worship sessions and at other gigs with an independent fanbase. The eight or so weekend worship sessions accommodate around 45,000 people.
Robe moving lights were chosen for the two main arenas because “they get worked extremely hard and so we needed strong and r
Europe - Will Chandler side-hung 10 Chauvet Professional Next NXT-1 panels on poles behind diamond-shaped band risers for Hayley Kiyoko’s European tour, which concluded on 3 March in Madrid. The symmetrical diamond-on-diamond design created an engaging, balanced look on stage and served as a supportive backdrop for the 2018 MTV Push Artist of the Year’s famed dance moves.
“This show is a mixture of very powerful, beat heavy songs and some slower, more subtle moments,” says Chandler. “Especially with having dancers on this tour, I wanted to be able to create some really bold hip-hop moments with blocks of light, and also to be able to have a lot of the rig disappear into the background during slower dance solos. We toured last year with various designs incorporating LED strips, but with this version of the show I wanted to break up those lines into bolder blocks of intense light.”
Chandler credits the Next NXT-1 units in his rig with helping him achieve his design goal.
“First of all, these are incredibly powerful fixtures with the ability to create some epic aerial effects with their narrow beam angle,” he says. “For dance breaks and similar moments, I used them for strobe/blinder effects, which helped give us a hip-hop vibe. Also, I really enjoyed using the NXTs to create some sizzle effects.”
Designed in Los Angeles for rehearsals before the start of the European tour on January 29, the rig did not include video panels. This brought a focus to the pixel-mapping capabilities of the Next NXT-1 fixtures.
Poland - Fans from across the globe turned the Polish city of Katowice into the epicentre of esports in late February for the Intel Extreme Masters tournament. Included in the large lighting and video package used by Warsaw-based technical event production company ARAM were full colour SixBar 1000 and white light DTW Bar 1000 battens along with Fuze Par Z60 luminaires, all from Elation Professional.
Intel Extreme Masters is one of the biggest esports events in the world with a modern multimedia Champions Stage designed especially for the tournament. Held 28 February - 3 March at Spodek Arena in Katowice, players and teams from around the world competed in a variety of games for a prize pool of $2.5m.
The Electronic Sports League (ESL) sanctioned event, sponsored by Intel, is not only a hot ticket to come by, it attracts a huge online audience as well. “Every year we try to introduce something new to the stage look so both the online audience and live audience will be amazed and have a great experience,” said Michal Mrzyglocki, COO and set designer at ARAM. “This year, we set the bar high and I think we managed to meet expectations.”
This year’s design featured large LED screens and a renewed lighting design that featured 650 lighting units. A signature of the 2019 Champions Stage was a scaffold structure used as both a support system and design element. Framing several LED screens positioned behind the teams were meter-long SixBar 1000 battens with 6-color LED multi-chip and a discreet, narrow profile that makes them ideal for outlining
USA - In the continuing effort to release quarterly software updates to the Hog 4 operating system, High End Systems has released Hog 4 OS v3.12 software.
Hog 4 OS v3.12 brings support for ETCnomad Dongle/Gadget II, as well as minor improvements including XML Import/Export of custom fixtures, Carallon-sourced fixtures, Custom Lock Screen Image and hiding of PIN dialog and Capture Presentation CITP connectivity (requires Capture 2019).
Console product manager Sarah Clausen comments: “We're very excited to bring Hog 4 PC to the ETC nomad family. Users of our Educational package will now have yet another control system option to expand their horizons. Professional users will enjoy the new options for data distribution using Hog 4 PC and the ETCnomad USB key.”
Europe - The last nine months has seen major changes at the new Prolight Concepts HQ with the openning of a larger warehousing and office complex allowing for an even greater stock holding and more efficient dispatching.
Now the company has introduced a new catalogue, listing This, in turn, has allowed expansion of the product range, hence the requirement for the new catalogue.
The marketing and purchasing departments have been working hard over the last three months to get the catalogue ready. The Big One just got even bigger, with over 2200 products featured and the introduction of multiple distributed brands including LDR, Lynx Pro Audio and The Confetti Maker.
The new 2019/20 catalogue has arrived and will be officially released at PLASA Focus Leeds.
Andrew Jeffrey, managing director comments, “Our 2019/20 catalogue contains over 2,200 stock lines; this along with our new distribution facility and increased inventory of over £4.5m allows for immediate same-day dispatch of customer orders.”
All products are now also online to view as part of the company’s e-catalogue - visit the company’s website for more information.
USA - Robe MegaPointes were used to dramatic effect on the most recent US tour by multi-instrumentalist French Kiwi Juice (FKJ).
Lighting and production designer Stu Dingley was delighted when approached by FKJ’s management and asked if he would create a design for the artist known for his elegant loungy music and funky visuals.
He chatted to FKJ at the start of the design process. The artist was open to ideas, however as a keen videographer with terabytes of content available, he really wanted to get selected elements of this right at the essence of the live show… to tie everything together visually.
With that in mind, Stu immediately thought of MegaPointes which he wanted to use for some very specific effects - shadows and silhouettes - to balance artfully in juxtaposition with the video images. He needed brightness, accurate shuttering and a beautiful quality of light.
They decided against an upstage video screen - it was a bit too standard - instead choosing some transparent silk drapes downstage for the main projections.
The idea was to contrast and play with shadows and silhouettes in the context of the front projected video images and fill in some of the gaps with lighting accents and looks. As FKJ plays multiple instruments, the silhouette / shadow idea was also a fun and playful vehicle by which they could highlight the different instruments.
Stu sourced a selection of fabrics from ShowTex which were sent to LA where they built scale models and looked at how the projected images appeared. These were recorded and sent t
The Netherlands - Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, a 400-capacity venue in the city of Heerlen not only hosts a diverse programme of music from pop and hip-hop to metal, blues and everything in between, it also holds regular club nights with DJs and serves as a location for corporate presentations and other events.
As Nieuwe Nor was getting in bigger acts with greater lighting needs, the venue’s existing discharge-based lighting rig was proving outdated with limited features and colour choice, as well as restricted output. “It just couldn’t deliver some of the things guest LD’s were looking for,” says Youri Gidding, head technician at the venue. Having to replace lamps every year was also taking a bite out of the tech budget, he says, and as the contract with their previous supplier was ending, the time was right to upgrade.
“Since we get a lot of different kinds of acts in, the lighting we required needed to be feature packed,” states Gidding, who was responsible for the entire lighting system upgrade including design, fixture choice, rigging, plots and patching. “We needed something that could create lots of different moods and looks, something that could, for instance, do wide spots with break-up gobos or animation effects for slow intimate music but also punchy beams and fast switches between looks and colours for club nights or a metal band.”
Gidding says he also wanted to move away from discharge-based fixtures in order to avoid lamp changes and lower the power consumption. Furthermore, he says the fixtures needed to be reliable and fr
USA - It was still 32 days before the Cubbies kicked off the 2019 baseball season, but as one of the coldest winters in memory drew to a close, a group of 400 Windy City rock fans jump-started summer on the 20th annual Chicago Music Cruise, a weeklong Caribbean excursion on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of The Seas.
Organised by local rock icons 7th Heaven, the cruise featured a group of leading Chicagoland bands and radio personalities. When cruise-goers weren’t walking the ship’s promenade or dining at its restaurants, they were packing its theatre to dance to a relentless procession of rock and country tunes. Keeping pace with the hard-driving music notes was a dynamic and colourful Zach Scott-designed lightshow, run with a ChamSys Maxi Wing and ChamSys Extra Wing Compact.
“Given that space is always an issue in a cruise ship environment, I wanted something with a small travel footprint that would still give me enough power to run a 22-universe show with no hiccups,” says Scott. “I’ve been running shows with the MagicQ MQ 500 Stadium, but size was an issue here. It was also very important that whatever I used had the ability to be up and running quickly from show to show. Having used ChamSys for a long time, I knew that it would do the trick.”
In addition to his Maxi Wing and Extra Wing, Scott’s system included a MacBook Pro and Elo Touch Screen. “The MacBook Pro running the MagicQ on PC was the core of the operation,” he says. “I received plots a couple of months prior to the cruise, which gave me ample time to build the rig