USA/Europe - The High End Systems Lonestar offers the brightness, quality and performance of ETC’s bright white LED framing fixtures in a more compact and powerful package. With 15,400 lumen output and a rich feature set, Lonestar is designed for lighting systems in small to medium-sized venues. The luminaire’s colours, powerful zoom, full curtain framing, diffusion and prism effects make Lonestar a versatile and affordable tool for designers who want maximum performance from a mid-sized automated fixture, says the company.
Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner comments, “With the Lonestar, we aggressively reduced fixture size and cost to make a luminaire that fills the needs of venues of all sizes and design aesthetics. With punchy output, framing, and a full complement of effects and colour capabilities, Lonestar will bring high quality and professional feature sets to a size and price where professional quality was formerly out of reach.”
Tania Lesage, brand manager for High End Systems, adds, “Lonestar is a simple yet powerful mix of three ingredients: an impressive feature set, ETC’s quality service, and a great price tag. From upgrading your lighting in churches or clubs to switching your school stage to all LED, Lonestar does any job in the most effective, reliable, and economical way. We are very excited to bring this product to the market.”
USA - Main Light has hired Steve Nancarrow to be the rental executive based at the new Main Light West in Las Vegas, NV. Nancarrow’s responsibilities will include business development and client interfacing with professional production companies on the West Coast.
“I'm honoured to be here. Main Light has an excellent reputation in the business and everyone here is among the best,” says Nancarrow. “That is what I love about this industry, first and foremost, the people in it. It's a vast industry but it's a small community representing that industry and you end up seeing the same professionals over and over again. Professionals who are highly dedicated, highly professional, and highly skilled, and that certainly includes the people at Main Light.”
Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, LLC notes, “Steve is a great fit for our Main Light team. He knows the business, he has great relationships with so many people in the industry, especially on the West Coast, and he is committed to getting customers what they need to make their show a success. With his almost three decades of experience in a busy production house, Steve really brings a deep understanding of our customers and I know he will provide them with Main Light’s highest quality of customer service. We all welcome Steve to the Main Light team.”
Nancarrow previously worked for 27 years at PRG Las Vegas, most recently holding the position of entertainment lighting representative.
UK - Visitors to stand E-23 at PLASA “won’t believe their eyes or ears” when they see - and don’t hear - Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Silens 2 Profile and the Ovation Rêve fixtures, says the manufacturer.
Described as “see all, hear nothing from curtain to camera”, both fixtures are expected to generate a loud and enthusiastic buzz among those involved in theatre and broadcast lighting as a result of their high output and performance features.
“We’re creating an immersive environment at PLASA that’s all about exceeding any one viewer’s perspective,” explains Michael Brooksbank, managing director of Chauvet Europe. “With ABTT merging with PLASA, we know that there will be a greater theatre presence at this year’s show. Broadcast professionals should also be well represented; and our team is eager to introduce these visitors to two products that are ideal for their markets.”
This enthusiasm is easy to understand when looking at the Maverick Silens 2 Profile. Already impressing with its performance at Paris’ Louis Vuitton Foundation, the 560-watt profile fixture features a completely fan-less design, which allows it to operate in absolute silence, while delivering impeccable colour consistency. Further distinguishing this product are its customised optics, variable CMY+CTO colour mixing, +/- green adjustments, and a host of other features, including animations effects, static gobo wheel, and emulated red shift.
The Ovation Rêve will also be impressing with its “best of both worlds,” design that combines th
UK - Cabaret venue Proud Embankment in London’s West End was determined to have a high-impact post-Covid reopening. One of the first venues to open its doors after the second lockdown, Proud had undergone a renovation, with a major investment in its production values and the installation of 14 new Robe Pointe moving lights.
The new Pointes were specified by Proud Embankment’s in-house lighting designer Jack Knight and purchased specially for the venue by regular lighting supplier, North London rental and installation specialist, Halo.
The Pointes are a completely new addition to the existing house lighting rig and are positioned all around the stage with several on a goal post at the back, from where they provide the main effects lighting looks.
Robe’s highly versatile Pointe was an easy choice for Jack. “It is a properly ‘multipurpose fixture’ in every sense of the word,” he stated. “As well as being fast and virtually instantaneous in response, Pointes are hugely flexible with a great range of colours, gobos and effects that allow you to be highly creative.”
He adds that the small size of the luminaire is also ideal to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere in a vast, spectacular space with a double-height atrium and high ceilings.
Jack has been using Robe products in his lighting work for about the last six years and has been the chief house lighting and sound technician at Proud Embankment for the last three years.
In that time there have been various other Robe fixtures on the rig including MMX Spots and Spi
UK - With Glastonbury Festival cancelled for a second year, an online celebration - Live at Worthy Farm - was held in its stead on Saturday 22 May 2021. Filmed over a week and beamed as live around the world, the five-hour virtual festival echoed the glories of the full event missed by so many, in spite of the access problems suffered by the online audience. For many artists it was the first opportunity to play live in a year or more.
The event highlight came with a performance from Coldplay, lit by multi award-winning lighting and show designer, Sooner Routhier of Sooner Rae Creative. Routhier incorporated 60 Ayrton Perseo Profile and 36 Ayrton Domino IP65-rated multifunction lighting fixtures, supplied by Neg Earth, into her design to handle the demanding outdoor conditions. “I needed a large format profile that was IP65 rated because the site was open to the elements in a location that was known for pretty bad weather, so we needed something that was going to last,” she says.
The exposed location saw production designer/creative director, Misty Buckley, and creative director, Phil Harvey, place the band directly in front of the Pyramid Stage on a circular stage surrounded by a sea of light that represented the energy of the missing audience. Behind them, the framework of the famous Pyramid Stage formed an iconic backdrop, its skeletal frame instilling the set with the essence of the Glastonbury spirit.
“We were in a unique situation where the Pyramid was without it skins and crying out to be lit in a way it has never been used before,” sa
UK - The programme for PLASA Show 2021 has been unveiled, bringing a rich line-up of seminars and training sessions to the trade event that takes place on 5-7 September at Olympia London.
Sponsored by Vectorworks, the programme is set to deliver in-depth content on the future of live production, immersive product experiences and plenty of practical training, bringing skills and knowledge to the forefront of the show experience.
All sessions are free for pre-registered attendees (you can get your free entry pass by 31 August - find out more here), with details of the schedule available on the show website. More content will be added over the coming weeks, say the organisers.
Vectorworks are delivering two technical sessions based on their software products, firstly looking at Concert Design and Pre-Visualisation with Vectorworks Spotlight and MVR Export, which follows a complete concert design workflow, from creating detailed drawings and rigging plots to exporting a fully functioning pre-visualisation model. Their second session, Schematic and Rack Layout Design in Vectorworks ConnectCAD, details the complete schematic workflow from creation of signal flow diagrams to designing rack layouts with ConnectCAD.
In addition to the Theatre Show Hub, the ABTT will be running a session on their Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment, whi
USA - After an 18-month Covid-caused hiatus, many of hip-hop’s biggest names played Rolling Loud at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in late July.
Over 130 artists including ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott and Post Malone featured. Turning up the adrenalin level higher were bold light and video shows that drew on the big presence of powerful, flexible rigs created by Steve Lieberman and his team at SJ Lighting, including production manager Max Robin.
Known for his festival work, Lieberman was responsible for production design at the festival’s four stages (Cîroc, Audiomack, Monster Energy, and Dryp), as well the VIP area.
Providing abundant punch at the main Cîroc stage as well as at the second Audiomack stage were some 200 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash, COLORado 1 Solo and COLORado 1 QS fixtures supplied by 4Wall Entertainment. This firepower allowed LDs Marcus Jessup (main stage) and Robin (second) to focus intense light on the artists, something that Lieberman feels is essential in a big festival environment.
“Rolling Loud has very high expectations when it comes to stage design and the audience experience,” said Lieberman. “A strong understanding of the genre is necessary to provide the appropriate platform for artists to perform at the highest levels. What we’ve learned over the years doing many shows like this, is that there needs to be large format video surfaces, as well as monolithic details that read very “strong – plus enough stage lighting to cover every inch of the performance area
“Rolling Loud id most de
USA - Since 2008, the Rooster Walk Festival at Pops Farm has been a Memorial Day tradition in Martinsville, VA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to providing a boost to the local economy, it has raised money for a scholarship fund that donates musical instruments to schools and students.
Then Covid happened. Not only did the pandemic force the cancellation of the 2020 festival, it’s lingering effects also nixed this year’s planned Memorial Day event. Undeterred, Johnny Buck and William Baptist, the festival’s producers and their team, moved the event back a few weeks and served it up in a modified form as an outdoor concert by jam band heavyweights moe.#
Dubbed the ‘moe.Morial Show’, the two day, four-set performance featured nonstop improvisational blends of old and new rock. Jason Patsel went with the flow, supporting every twist and turn with colourful light from 36 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Berkeley Dent and his team at 81 Productions.
“Berkeley, along with Dustin Lee and the production crew were amazing in helping to make this happen,” said Patsel, “During the show Friday we had to shut down because of heavy rain and lightning, ironically when the band was playing the song Water. Then we came back swinging on Saturday, but it rained again – and again during a performance of Water, but the weather cleared and we could finish the set.”
When it wasn’t raining Patsel was creating thunderous looks of his own, using the 12 Rogue R1 Spot fixtures in his rig to create viv
UK - The first Christmas light trail to take place in Windsor Great Park is set for this winter. Windsor Great Park Illuminated will open on 18 November 2021 and run until 9 January 2022.
The experience is created and produced by global events and entertainment group IMG (Hampton Court Palace Festival, Natural History Museum Ice Rink, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Taste Festivals) and DEAG Entertainment Group / Christmas Garden Deutschland (creator of 15 light trails in Europe).
For the first time this winter, trees, paths and the Obelisk Pond within Windsor Great Park will be ‘awash with hundreds of thousands of lights, lasers, projections and holograms’.
Both celebrating and respecting the natural surroundings, and flora and fauna of the park, this very special light trail will feature colourful and brilliant light installations including floating water lilies, an impressive field of lights which extends over 1,400sq.m, fountains of projected flowers, and holograms of woodland creatures. In addition, the trail will take visitors through a dreamlike laser-scape amongst the trees, a cathedral of light and an ethereal ship in recognition of Britain’s naval past
The light path will be run in accordance with Covid-19 guidance in place at the time of the event, with the health and safety of visitors and staff remaining the priority. In addition to regular cleaning of touch points and hand sanitisation stations in place throughout the outdoor site, Windsor Great Park Illuminated will operate a timed entry system (outside the usual park opening
UK - Quay Light now owns several hundred Astera LED fixtures with the largest stock in Scotland, and Paul Bates, who has built a very successful career as a best boy in the film and television lighting sector, is now focusing full time on this business. He has been constantly busy throughout 2020 and 2021 as the pandemic has prompted a surge in demand for film, TV and video material.
Paul has enjoyed a successful career looking after the lighting needs and wishes of a host of leading DOPs and gaffers on set and on location, and for the last 10 years has owned an amount of innovative specialist lighting kit, carefully selected to help offer clients and their productions the best and most effective solutions.
The first Astera products that Paul purchased back in 2019 were a set of Titan tubes when he was best boy on TV drama The Nest with DOP Matt Gray. He saw Matt use them extensively and soon realised they were such hot products that he could have them out of the warehouse on hire almost permanently!
Paul’s next project was World Productions’ Vigil, a tense police procedural TV drama series created by Tom Edge that was filmed in Scotland, with events unfolding aboard a fictional Vanguard-class submarine. It is due to be aired on the BBC in the Autumn.
Matt was also the DOP on Vigil. He and Paul consulted with set designer Tom Sayer and broadly researched lighting in submarines including studying numerous stock images supplied by Tom of how it looks inside a real submarine.
They soon realised that Astera product
Iceland - British rental house TSL Lighting is now offering a range of VL2600 Profile and VL2600 WASH luminaires from Vari-Lite to provide customers with a powerful LED workhorse.
The Basingstoke-based company brought in the VL2600s for global video game developer Riot Games’ League of Legends esports tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Lighting designer for the event, Mat Stovall, collaborated with TSL Lighting’s Dom Sheerman to source an LED lighting package that would suit his needs – a reliable, powerful workhorse fixture that would give him powerful wash and profile capabilities with consistency in discharge for both the in-house crowd and the live-stream cameras.
“The VL2600s were fantastic - bright, lovely color rendition, great color temperature control. It's nice to have a new workhorse,” says Stovall.
“This is the first time TSL Lighting has had the LED VL2600s in stock and we’re thrilled that they were immediately trucked out to a major international event where they performed beautifully. We look forward to specifying them for high-profile events in the future,” adds Sheerman.
TSL now has 36 VL2600 Profile and 36 VL2600 Wash luminaires in stock. They were trucked to Iceland via ferry from Rotterdam for the esports contest.
Twelve teams from around the world descended on the Icelandic capital’s Laugardalshöll sports venue to battle out the popular game as part of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), which was live streamed to a global audience.
The VL2600 Wash and Profile luminaires were rigged in a
Germany - Waldbühne Rügen enchants visitors before a performance even begins on its stage. Nestled in the thickly wooded rolling hills on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, it creates a magical setting for fans to enjoy a diverse range of acts, from electronic music’s Thomas Lizzara and Pretty Pink, and rockers like Torfrock, to an array of other shows that even includes musicals.
The venue itself also presents an impressive sight, with its semi-circle of ascending seats cupped around a rectangular covered stage, an arrangement that helps create a cozy feeling for artists and fans alike. This sense of intimacy is strengthened even more by the open area in front of the stage, where fans can gather to dance or simply get a better look at their favourite performers.
Contributing to the atmosphere at Waldbühne Rügen is a truss-mounted LED video wall that runs across the central part of the upstage deck. Installed in 2021 by Hellcon Veranstaltungstechnik Stralsund and made with 64 Chauvet Professional F5 IP panels, the wall helps connect fans to the stage, regardless of where they are in the venue.
“Our focus was on enhancing the visibility of the artists on stage and creating different options to display projections or other media relevant material,” said Andre Hellmich of Hellcon Veranstaltungstechnik Stralsund, who notes that the panels are controlled via the VIP Drive 43Nova 2 and various video processing consoles such as Atem Mini / Studio. “We wanted to integrate a square wall into a round arched stage, so that there was good visi
USA - An outdoor event in New York City in July has to be prepared for all weather contingencies. When lighting designer, Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees, was hired by BTW Productions to light the 2021 ESPY Awards show on the The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport, he chose Ayrton Perseo fixtures to comprise the bulk of the lighting rig.
Perseo is an LED moving head profile whose IP65 enclosure rating makes it a suitable choice for outdoor use. Ayrton lighting fixtures are distributed exclusively in North America by ACT Entertainment.
The 2021 ESPYs presented by Capitol One celebrated the best players, moments, coaches and games in sports. Actor Anthony Mackie hosted the 29th annual ceremony, which was broadcast live on ABC and aired later on ESPN and ESPN2. The in-person show followed last year’s virtual taped event during one of the peaks of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barnhart coped with unseasonable rain and lightning all week leading up to Saturday’s rooftop ceremony. The weather was clear for the 8pm start of the three-hour show, but rain started about an hour later.
Barnhart tested the versatility of the Perseo fixtures for the ESPYs where they performed in a variety of roles. A large portion of the rig was mounted in a roof structure over the top of the main stage where some Perseo units were exposed to the elements. These fixtures provided backlight, audience key light and eye candy. Additional Perseo fixtures were fully exposed in the lighting tower supplying front light to the stage and backlight to the audience and serving as follows
USA - Strand has announced the Acclaim LED Series, a complete range of theatrical luminaires designed for use in education theatre spaces, community stages, and small houses of worship.
“For over 25 years, the name Acclaim set the standard worldwide for 500W/650W theatrical luminaires,” states Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “This new family of luminaires carries on that tradition, drawing on over a hundred years of theatrical lighting expertise to give maximum performance for small to mid-sized theatrical stages and studio spaces.”
The Strand Acclaim LED Series includes both a zoomspot and a profile light engine, as well as a true theatrical Fresnel and a cyclorama luminaire. Thanks to a custom LED multi-spectral light source, the Acclaim LED Series offers a consistent, high-quality experience throughout the range.
“The Acclaim LED Series offers exceptional output and full color mixing packaged into a family of compact theatrical luminaires,” explains Palmer. “This ensures that even facilities with limited budgets can have great output and color mixing options from a brand they can trust.”
The Strand Acclaim LED Fresnel is a full colour theatrical Fresnel wash fixture offering saturated stage colour washes and dramatic highlighting capabilities, plus control and light quality superior to comparable PAR fixtures. The adjustable 10° to 40° zoom provides manual adjustment with minimal light scatter, and the even, soft-edged beam easily blends with adjacent fixtures without hard
The Netherlands - A technical upgrade at the Chassé Theater in Breda sees the installation of 12 x Zero 88 Chilli Pro 24x16A Bypass dimmers and five Zero 88 Chilli Pro 6x25A dimmers in Jupilerzaal, the venue’s main auditorium where they will be controlling approximately 309 channels of lighting and LED fixtures, including some moving lights as needed / specified by the production.
The venue is one of the Netherlands’ largest venues, with a total of three auditoriums and three cinema spaces, mostly a receiving house – anything from music and bands to drama and dance plus amateur and semi-pro performances as well as corporate and private events and conferences, so a truly ‘multi-purpose’ space that is also a diverse cultural melting pot.
The Chassé Theater also stages some of its own productions, and a typical (pre-pandemic) year would see around 350 live performances and 3500 plus film screenings across all the different spaces.
Chassé Theater technical manager Jordy ten Bloemendal is proud to have worked there for 12 years, and is responsible for the lighting installations, budgeting and – together with his colleagues – future visions and planning. He co-ordinates with all the various incoming production companies, ensures all their technical needs are met, and on occasion still programmes and operates the lighting console.
This was the combination of a general technical upgrade and the replacement of the previous dimmers which had been in service for 25 years. The new dimmers were supplied via Zero 88’s distributor, AED
Australia Working with its dealer, ULA Group, ChamSys has increased its presence in that market by naming Audio Visual Engineering Pty (AVE) as a distributor of its QuickQ line of consoles. The company’s MagicQ products will continue to be represented exclusively by the ULA Group, which will also continue to serve as a QuickQ distributor.
As a result of this move, ChamSys says it will be in ‘an optimal position to serve the entire spectrum of the lighting console market in Australia, from mobile entertainers and users focused on small and mid-sized functions, to those working at broadcast studios and major arena tours’.
“I’m excited to see AVE joining the ChamSys family,” said Aziz Adilkhodjaev, international sales and business development manager for ChamSys. “With their full focus only on QuickQ range, I’m confident, AVE will help us develop the market for this line even further. We look forward to working with them.”
At the same time, having the ULA Group continue to sell QuickQ products while also being the exclusive MagicQ distributor will allow ChamSys to build on the momentum the company has already established in the pro market. “We have a very strong team in place,” said Adilkhodjaev.
Germany - Magic Light + Sound GmbH (MLS) has invested in 88 Robe Esprites to facilitate its ongoing work in the television lighting sector.
After an initial dip in March 2020, business has now re-built. “Like everyone, immediately the pandemic hit everything slowed down,” explains co-CEO Marco Pütz, “but after a few months, the pace picked up again, so we re-scaled to suit the new circumstances and have now fully re-opened.”
Marco’s grandfather, Heinz Pütz, originally founded the company in 1961 to service the burgeoning film industry in and around Cologne. Marco Pütz is now a co-CEO together with Thomas Hessling.
Once things stabilised and were rolling again, Pütz and Hessling saw this time as an opportunity to invest in some of Robe’s latest LED moving light technology.
They wanted something new to boost their already substantial 3000 strong moving light inventory, and it had to be an LED source. In addition to the lower maintenance of LED products being attractive, looking to the future, the intention is to start shifting to more sustainable options.
The opinions of various lighting designers, directors and programmers were canvassed and the Esprite was chosen.
“It is properly versatile and multifunctional,” comments Pütz. “One Esprite can do the work of three different devices - effects, general illumination and key lighting - and that ticked a lot of boxes.”
“We wanted a new fixture with lots of features,” says Hessling, adding that the Esprite’s light weight was also a selling point, bu
Spain - Equipson's loudspeaker products were chosen by TecnoSonido when it was tasked with installing a new audio system at a five-star hotel on the Costa Blanca.
With a customer profile that includes both national and international guests, the SH Villa Gadea hotel in Altea, Alicante, was keen to ensure that its new restaurant, the Purple Rain Lounge, delivered a sophisticated and enjoyable ambiance. Sound was a key part of this requirement as the hotel wanted to ensure that customers could hear music being played, but not at the expense of their own conversations.
"When we go to a restaurant for dinner, we don't want to listen to loud music," says TecnoSonido's managing director Alexis Roldan. "What we are looking for, in addition to a good dish, is a pleasant atmosphere for all the senses. This is where sound plays a very important role."
TecnoSonido's brief for the Purple Rain Lounge project was very clear. The hotel wanted a sound system that allowed every diner to hear the music, not matter where they were seated. The system also needed to have independent volume control for each area of the restaurant – and the actual loudspeakers had to be sufficiently discreet that they didn't spoil the aesthetics of the room.
"Every detail of the restaurant was taken into account," says Alexis. "From the paintings on the wall, which all have a bold touch and lots of personality, to the carpet on the floor and the absorbents placed in the columns to improve sound quality. And, of course, the restaurant's gastronomy and cocktails are some of the most dem
USA - Cameron Birchill has been designing lighting for metalcore rockers Beartooth since 2018 and recently turned to an Elation rig of DARTZ 360, Artiste Picasso and Protron 3K Color luminaires for the band’s The Journey Below Livestream, where fans got their first chance to see and hear the band performing songs from their latest album Below. The livestream took place 14 July at the Clyde Theatre in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, an historic building that recently underwent a $9m renovation.
For their first livestream event, the band gave Birchill a blank canvas to design the type of show he thought would look best for an on-camera audience. The LD subsequently contacted New York-based rental company Squeek Lights and owner Victor Zeiser, who has worked with the band for years, including as lighting designer for a headlining 2018 tour.
Birchill has lit numerous live events for the band but with less experience lighting for broadcast, he tapped into Zeiser’s knowledge and experience for the Beartooth event. “I wanted to center the design around one brand and Victor helped with fixture choice,” stated Birchill, who credits Zeiser for helping him transition from on-the-road lighting work into design. “Because this was for video, it differed from a typical live show rig so I bounced design ideas off of him and his team at Squeek. They helped me make the adjustment from live show to livestream with things like LED refresh rates, color temperature, etc. so that it all looked good for the camera.”
Birchill, who also serves as lighting direc
Australia - Sydney's corporate event production specialists Sightline were early adopters of the Prolights EclPanel TWCJr, 1×1 LED soft light.
“The fresnels in our studio were giving us too many unwanted shadows so we were looking for a replacement,” explains Steve Hill, lighting director at Sightline. “We had used Chameleon's larger EclPanels and thought they were great however we only required the smaller model for our work.”
Sightline purchased eight Prolights EclPanel TWCJr along with 60° egg crates to create a narrower beam when required and barn doors to adjust the light beam.
“The first thing I noticed was that the colour out of them is amazing and the spread is incredible,” enthuses Hill. “Everything about the EclPanel TWCJr is great which is very impressive.”
Owing to Covid restrictions, a good portion of Sightline's events are now streamed with a handful of hybrid events thrown into the mix.
“We'd have a small audience in the room whilst we were streaming the event and that's why we added the sixty-degree crates and barn doors,” said Steve. “They make sure the light isn't hitting the roof, floor or objects on the side for the people in the room. However, normally the fixtures are used simply as studio lights.”
The EclPanel TWCJr allows for quick and accurate local adjustment of light through three rotatory knobs with three fully-featured modes: CCT with +/- green shift, HSI for total control of hue, saturation and intensity, FX mode to access the onboard pixel cinema effects.
“There is ab
USA - The recent Can’t Cancel Pride livestream fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community created powerful yet graceful and moving moments that drew attention to critical issues.
Among the highlights of the virtual benefit, which was sponsored by iHeart Radio in partnership with Procter & Gamble, was a heartfelt performance by Leslie Odom of Hamilton fame at the historic Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. Reflecting the spirit of the event and the passion driving the Tony and Grammy winner’s performance was a balanced Will Chandler lighting design that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Envizion Group.
“This was an especially moving performance, since it commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting,” explains Chandler. “The production designers created an evocative performance area that was surrounded by a sea of candles. We needed a way to frame and highlight Leslie and the other artists without distracting from the aesthetics of their surroundings.”
With this in mind, Chandler arranged eight Strike 1 fixtures in a V-shaped pattern in the center of the performance area. During his appearance, Odom stood in the middle of this configuration, resulting in an effect that accentuated the emotional power of his vocals.
“The Strike 1 was a clear choice as it matched the colour temperature and overall atmosphere of the space, while also allowing creative opportunities for intensity swells to match builds in the music,” adds Chandler. “For the most part I ran them at 5-10-percent int
Italy - In May of this year, MSC Cruises launched the Virtuosa, the fourth in its Meraviglia class of ships. Like its predecessors, the new 331.43m long luxury liner is outfitted with a host of amenities including 13 gourmet restaurants, spas, shops and pools.
Beyond these flourishes, however, there is another side of this regal ship, one that, although not readily apparent to those on board, incorporates the latest “behind the scenes” technology on their behalf.
Some of these features, like the closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system that reduces sulphur emissions by 97-perect, protect the environment. Others are in place to ensure that passengers enjoy the most rewarding experience possible in the ship’s clubs, lounges and theatre.
On board the MSC Virtuosa, along with all the high-tech operational equipment, are 34 Chauvet Professional NET-X II nodes, supplied by Videlio V-HMS, France. Specified by CM Srl, the entertainment consultant for MSC Cruises, the nodes are installed at 10 venues on the ship and are relied upon to provide the entire infrastructure for the distribution and conversion of DMX over Ethernet signals.
Describing the role of the NET-X II nodes, Alessandro Bertulessi, engineering design and PM of CM Srl, said, “Thanks to their power, reliability and flexibility, they fully satisfy the requirements of the activities carried out on board from the smallest space to the Main Theatre.”
Of the 34 nodes on the ship, 32 are divided among 10 venues, whilst two are held in reserve as spares. “Since the ship is not a
USA - ARRI Rental North America has announced plans to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, during the first quarter of 2022. The facility will offer comprehensive equipment and services. The new location will also serve as a creative hub for production communities in New York and the greater North Eastern region.
As consumer demand for film and television content increases due to the growing popularity of streaming services, production spending - and the need to support filmmakers - has never been higher. ARRI Rental’s new office space is designed to fulfill these needs, helping creatives and studios access production solutions and services as they work to produce the next generation of entertainment and commercial content.
“The relocation to our new North American HQ serves as another example of our dedication to supporting filmmakers in the hub of New York’s production scene, offering timely services and extensive support to our clients and creatives,” says Andy Shipsides, president of ARRI Rental North America. “This also comes at a time when the production community is experiencing increasing demand and exponential growth. Our team is very excited to offer their expertise at the new location, and we look forward to this new facility providing a valuable resource for the community, with improved access to our industry-leading products and services.”
With a grand opening scheduled in the first quarter of 2022, ARRI Rental NYC will be the company’s largest facility in North America. The new office location will brin
Croatia - Based in Dubrovnik, FiFi Sound, a technical production and rental company specialising in live events, has made a further investment in Robe lighting.
Founded by Ivica Bušić and Johnny Čučević in 2001, FiFi Sound was always on a mission to provide the very best production equipment and technical services to Croatia’s vibrant live events market.
The company started as an audio specialist, but both Iviča and Johnny soon realised that they needed to offer the full technical production package to maintain both an edge and the high standards they have set for themselves! The lighting division was started in 2005 and the other disciplines covered are staging, LED screens and AV services. “Basically, we are the one-stop solution for the client,” says Iviča.
Lighting started modestly with various generics, dimmers, some LED and control, although as business grew rapidly, moving lights soon followed to ensure they could offer clients the most flexible options and most creative looking shows.
Robe was the choice of brand right from the start, and the initial purchases were four ColorSpot and four ColorWash 575 AT moving lights.
Robe was not so well known at the time, but several of their industry colleagues and friends at the time were tipping Robe as a rising star ‘brand to watch’, and they liked the fact the fixtures are fully and properly ‘manufactured in Europe’.
Those original 575 ATs are still in the warehouse and working, although they rarely go out on shows now, and since then FiFi Sound has investe