Lighting News

mercedes-benz-classic-centerElation KL Panel highlights classic cars
Thursday, 22 October 2020

Germany - The Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre in Fellbach is the official Mercedes-Benz showcase for classic cars and is a must-visit for any car enthusiast. It offers original parts, repairs, restoration and information for historical Mercedes-Benz vehicles that have been out of production for at least 15 years.
Mad Music Event Technology of Stuttgart was called on to upgrade a portion of the vehicle lighting at the Classic Centre and chose a large number of full-colour Elation Professional KL Panel LED softlights for the job.
The KL Panel creates soft white or full-colour washes of up to 24,000 lumens at a 100° half-beam angle. According to Mad Music CEO Mathias Bremgärtner, the decision to go with the KL Panel was because of the "very good options for colour temperature adjustment, the very good CRI value, the excellent homogeneous coverage and the exact colour rendering of the vehicle paint."

eamotionChamSys makes magic for Fairgrounds’ laser show
Thursday, 22 October 2020

USA - The oldest, continuously operating motor race track in the USA has seen its share of historic moments since it opened in 1904. But on 18 September, the Fairgrounds Speedway gave lockdown-weary Nashvillians a chance to ride off into the future when it served as the site of Tempo Presented By Eamotion, a 60-minute drive-through experience that engaged the senses with an immersive array of sights and sounds.
Entering the track’s winding two-mile course, visitors were greeted by a dazzling mosaic of colourful images created by a sea of sparkling lights, along with over 2,000 video panels and 400ft wide projection mapped surfaces. Tying this panorama together was a matrix of laser light that seemed to envelop the entire course in its glow.
Dustin L Derry programmed and ran the laser show on his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console. “This was an exciting project to be involved with,” said Derry, the owner of Stonewolf Studios. “Erik Anderson of Eamotion and Cour Designs, the creative force behind this project invited me to participate and I jumped at the chance to work with such a highly regarded team on something that has never been tried before, at least not on this scale. The future potential of this concept is incredible.”
Derry programmed the show “as I would any other laser project.” Putting his show on a 60-minute timecode loop, he had 825 unique laser lighting cues, which were triggered via a single timecode stack. (For some of the more complex sequences, he had some cues reference other smaller cue stacks.)

viennaGLP supports Vienna’s Summer Night Concert
Thursday, 22 October 2020

Austria - With this year’s Summer Night Concert, an event that has been taking place since 2004, the Vienna Philharmonic wanted to send a signal of hope in the year of coronavirus. As a result, the concert went ahead - albeit with a small number of spectators on site - as a live broadcast event on the TV channels ORF2 and 3SAT.
The concert production itself, under the direction of Valery Gergiev, and featuring soloist Jonas Kaufmann, had to be optimised for television broadcasting. With highly experienced DoP Jerry Appelt at the helm, the production was able to fall back on a proven concept.
“The Summer Night Concert had already been broadcast on TV in previous years, so we didn't have to reinvent the wheel in terms of TV-compatible lighting,” stated Appelt.
For the important white light, he opted once again for the GLP impression S350 and S350 Wash. “The S350s are really an excellent solution when it comes to lighting specific situations,” said the designer. “I've been using them continuously over a long period. Their extremely beautiful, camera-compatible white light is usually the best choice.” As in 2019, he again set the S350 to the keylight positions, while the S350 Wash in the lower stage area gently brightened the entire stage scene.
Oliver Schwendke, key account manager at GLP, confirms that there is currently increasing demand for the impression S350, especially in the TV sector. “The feedback from this sector has been excellent and we are pleased to announce that the models are currently in active deman

drive-thruADJ lights COVID-secure Nights of the Jack
Thursday, 22 October 2020

USA - Now into its third year, Nights of the Jack is a Halloween experience which sees the historic King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica mountains of Los Angeles filled with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Arranged into themed displays, the pumpkins are further enhanced by colourful background lighting from ADJ IP65-rated LED wash fixtures as well as smoke and bubble effects from ADJ atmospheric generators.
Named after King C. Gillette, founder of the Gillette razor brand, who owned and developed the land in the 1920s, the King Gillette Ranch is a 588-acre site in the Calabasas region of Los Angeles that is now owned and operated by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
Having successfully launched in 2018 and experienced considerable growth last year, Nights of the Jack 2020 was put in jeopardy – as with so many events – by Covid-19. In past years the attraction had a walkthrough format, with crowds of visitors strolling between the displays at their own pace. However, there was no way that would be allowed to happen in 2020. Fortunately, the organisers were able to pivot the attraction to provide visitors with a fun family activity that is also fully COVID-secure.
“For a long time we weren’t sure if Nights of the Jack was going to happen or not this year, because LA county is pretty locked down,” explains lighting designer, Michael Hoffman. “Then in July we did a site visit with the owners and creators of the show - Ben Biscotti, Bobby Rossi and Tony Shubert - and they came up with the idea of transitioni

tori-kellyChauvet lights Tori Kelly’s Late Show set
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

USA - Cut off from her normal routine by the lockdown, the multi-Grammy winning artist Torri Kelly retreated to her home studio to embark on a musical journey of self-reflection and discovery. The result is her aptly named EP Solitude.
When Kelly appeared ‘virtually’ on The Late Show with James Corden late this summer to support its release, lighting designer Julien Reux deployed 18 Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 fixtures supplied by PRG.
“I wanted to give off an angelic aura to the performance,” said Reux, owner of ReuxLight Design. “The warm white glow from the STRIKE fixtures was critical to conveying this mood.”
Kelly’s performance was videoed at The Beehive Studios in Los Angeles and livestreamed to Corden’s set at the CBS network facility. Arranged in a 22ft semi-circle behind the guitar-toting star, the STRIKE 1 fixtures created a transcendent effect that translated well on camera.
“I was careful to make sure that the lighting did not overpower what the cameras were trying to capture,” said Reux. “It was important to maintain a balance of what I wanted to achieve in the design while keeping in mind the needs of the video crew. Vinnie Ferra directed the whole shoot with a stellar camera team of Michael Newman, Alexander Federic, and Alex Hall. It was all videoed with Sony A7S bodies to capture the magic.”
“Creatively, this was a rewarding project to be involved in,” said Reux. “I’m grateful to Wesley Switzer for recommending me to Tori’s team.”

claypakyldtalentcontest1Claypaky fixtures support LD Talent Club finale
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Germany - The LD Talent Club held its Warehouse Competition 2020 contest finale in September at the historic Zeche Zollern in Dortmund, where Claypaky fixtures were among more than 500 lighting instruments featured in show projects and on site illuminating architecture and landscapes.
Eighty-eight young lighting designers from Germany participated in previous legs of the competition, which afforded them a platform to showcase their skills. Just nine were invited to the finale where, using the same complement of lighting fixtures, they created live, time code shows to selected music tracks. A panel of senior LDs and online voters named Jakob Link the winner.
The event was live streamed by online event magazine Mothergrid and hosted by well-known German personalities. The result was a production very much like popular music talent shows The X Factor and The Voice.
Leading German LDs and lighting operators attended marking the show as an event of note for industry decision-makers. Dortmund-based NicLen Prime Dry Hire Services and well-known LD Flo Erdmann used more than 500 lighting fixtures to create setups in the impressive warehouse location of the historic Zeche Zollern colliery.
“We very much appreciate the support given to this event by the teams from Claypaky and VisionTWO, Claypaky’s German distributor,” says Joerg Stoppler, with NicLen.
“We are so proud of The LD Talent Club contest, which was a very high-pressure event to put together,” adds NicLen’s Nico Valasik. “We were grateful for the prese

prolightsProlights extends Asian reach with new distributor
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Singapore - Prolights has entered into a distribution agreement for Malaysia and Singapore, with Acoustic & Lighting Systems. The Asian company is a household name in distribution of professional sound, lighting and accessories solutions.
General manager, Eugene Yeo, comments: “We support customers in many sectors of the industry, and thrive to offer them the best solutions for their applications. We see Prolights as a manufacturer with a vast product catalogue, allowing to tailor our customer's needs to their offering. Their tech-savvy R&D and sales make our lives very easy - we can see they are product-oriented and very passionate about the products they release.”
“We wanted to reinforce our presence in Asia, and Acoustic & Lighting Systems are the result of our ambition,” says Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights. “Eugene and his team are very knowledgeable and respected, with a wide customer network. We couldn't be more excited to have them as our distributors.”

img-20200910-wa0000MDG Me4 stars in Italian film
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Italy - Molpass srl, the exclusive distributor for MDG products in Italy, recently supplied a fog solution to film company, 2aFilm, for a shoot on the banks of the River Po.
The new film, Lei Mi Parla Ancora (She Still Speaks To Me), is directed by Italy’s prolific, award-winning director, producer and screenwriter, Pupi Avati.
One scene called for a naturalistic covering of fog on a long stretch of road beside the River Po for a number of cars to pass through. Luckily, one of the cameramen, Carlo Molinari was familiar with MDG products, being the son of Giorgio Molinari, CEO of Molpass, and recommended an Me4 fog generator because of its huge output capacity and ability to cover the outdoor distance required.
To ensure a substantial supply of realistic fog along the full length of the road, the team at Molpass used an ingenious solution, suggested by MDG, of a 150m long inflatable plastic sleeve (what MDG calls a ‘bottine’) for outdoor fogging, and a single MDG Me4 fog generator.
“When we arrived on site at 7am there was the most perfect covering of natural fog from the river,” says Giorgio Molinari. “Unfortunately, this evaporated completely by 8.30am when the temperature reached 25°C! Our job was to recreate this beautiful atmospheric environment in the best way possible for the cameras.”
To achieve this, the Molpass team attached a fan to one end of the custom-made plastic tube which, being sealed at the opposite end, inflated in just 15-20 seconds and was then filled with fine white fog from the Me4 in only 2

RZI Lighting appoints operations manager
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

USA - New Orleans-based RZI Lighting has announced Kimberly Wytcherly as its new operations manager.
Wytcherly previously worked as a team leader in operations for a thriving production company in Louisiana. She brings with her years of production experience that helps RZI Lighting to provide to the needs of its customers. “We are happy to have her on our staff and we look forward to the contributions she will bring to RZI Lighting.”
Sayas RZI, “RZI Lighting was founded in 1999. Since its inception, we have strived to provide the best service and equipment to our customers. We have clients nationwide which are mainly production companies, churches, theatrical and sports venues, construction, and electrical companies. We focus on lighting sales, rentals, fixture repairs, labour crews, and venue installations.”

kinta-hpChauvet DJ broadens product range
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

USA - Chauvet DJ is introducing a range of new products including the company’s first CMYO colour-mixing fixture and the first Intimidator to use built-in RGBW colour-mixing instead of a colour wheel.
Covering a broad product range, from washes, to movers, to pin spots, the new fixtures ‘represent the latest in lighting technology’. Many of them offer advanced DMX control features.
Among the new wash units are the Wash FX Hex, a multi-purpose effect light that packs a punch with hex colour (RGAW+UV) LEDs and six chasing zones, as well as the Kinta HP, which features ‘dazzling displays of thousands of multi-coloured beams’. The Kinta HP also boasts new colour mixing capabilities, as it is the first Chauvet DJ effect light to feature an innovative grouping of a CMYO (cyan, magenta, yellow and orange) as well as RGBW (red, green blue, white) colour-mixing.
In the spot effect category, the new 6Spot RGBW is a complete ‘Pack-N-Go’ lighting solution fitted with high-intensity quad-colour (RGBW) LEDs that allows users to achieve total room or stage coverage with six individually adjustable heads, all of which are on a single bar for easy setup and tear-down.
The popular Intimidator line has been expanded with two new movers: the Intimidator Beam Q60 and the Intimidator Scan 360. Featuring full 360-degree pan and tilt, the beam unit is the first Intimidator without a colour wheel. Instead it is fitted with a bright 60-watt RGBW colour mixing LED.
Intimidator Scan 360 is a scanner fitted with a 100 W LED designed for mobile perfor

anolis-kauffman-center-for-the-performing-arts-4Anolis enhances Kansas Kauffman Centre
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

USA - Home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Symphony, The Kauffman Centre for the Performing Arts is a cultural cornerstone delivering diverse performing arts experiences. The Kauffman Centre first opened in 2011 and was designed by Moshe Safdie. Now wanting to update their exterior lighting design to better illuminate and accentuate the classic architecture, the centre worked with Lankford Fendler + Associates who created a new lighting design using Anolis Lighting LED luminaires supplied by Premier Lighting and Controls.
“The Kauffman Centre is an key part of the community and a world-renowned cultural arts institution, so the design brief they brought to us was really quite simple,” says lighting designer Dav Bettenhausen, Lankford Fendler + Associates. “The ownership wanted to replace the old 175-watt T6 3000K ceramic metal halide fixtures with an LED colour-changing solution that could match the existing colour temperature and light distribution to keep the classic look of the original design. Architecturally speaking, the interplay of concrete and reflective metal building materials is something unique, so we needed to highlight those differences with an even and uniform lighting approach.”
In the search for the ideal fixtures to deploy in the exterior lighting design, the performance characteristics of the luminaires would be of vital importance. To ensure they could experience a true-to-form result for any luminaire brought into the project, onsite tests were performed lasting 4-6 hours per night over

noche-del-sabor1Elation aids 2020 Noche del Sabor benefit
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Honduras - A large Elation rig was used to light up the 2020 edition of the Noche del Sabor benefit show in Honduras with proceeds going to support the Honduran Foundation for Children with Cancer.
Held at Expo Centro, a renowned venue in the city of San Pedro Sula, Noche del Sabor is an open air party boasting top musical entertainment and the best of Honduran food. Despite a bit of rain at show time, nothing could dampen the enthusiastic crowd of some 10,000 who gathered for the emotional evening amid the sounds of Colombian musician Juanes and pop group Piso 21.
Technical aspects of the production, including the lighting set up, was handled by Pro504, a rental company based in San Pedro Sula whose professional team is experienced in the production, design, set up and operation of large events. Pro504 works on many of the most prestigious events in Honduras, including most of the big concerts, and has worked on earlier editions of Noche del Sabor.
For this year’s benefit, Pro504 created a large, symmetrical setup with linear layers of Elation lighting surrounding an expansive LED screen backdrop with vertical screens and lighting extending the design to both sides of the stage.
Complementing screen graphics while penetrating through its ambient light were mid-air effects from Platinum FLX, Platinum Beam 5R Extreme, and Platinum Beam 5R moving heads. Rows of ACL 360 Bar LED moving battens, mounted on the lowest LED screens’ bottom edge, filled the stage left and right as SixBar 1000 battens added colour from the downstage edge. A row of

robe-zuidplein-theatre-rotterdam-img6184Theater Zuidplein invests in Robe LED
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

The Netherlands - The new Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam has over 200 Robe LED fixtures - including T1 Profiles, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s and ParFect 150s - installed as part of an all-LED lighting rig. It is among the first cultural centres worldwide to have no dimmers.
Theater Zuidplein was designed by architects De Zwarte Hond and is located in the dynamic Rotterdam-Zuid (south) district, offering a lively programme of multi-genre work.
It has two auditoriums - the largest one with a 1000 capacity (standing) and 600 seated, plus a smaller flexible studio space and Hall Z which is in the entrance - together with a café / restaurant and a branch of the Rotterdam Library. It replaces an existing structure built in 1953 half a kilometre down the road.
The lighting specification was created by theatre consultants Theateradvies b.v. Amsterdam and Benelux-based Controllux won the tender to supply the LED lighting fixtures and related data systems and mains power distribution for the project, which was coordinated for them by Kuno van Velzen.
Kuno already knew the existing theatre’s lighting department including Fred den Hartog who is chief of the technical department, stage manager Rémon van den Bekerom and Jeffrey de Werker from the lighting department.
Three years ago, Theater Zuidplein invested in some Spiider LED wash-beams and DL4S Profiles which have also moved to the new building.
Some of the lighting department visited the Robe factory in Valašské Meziříčí in the last two years, ahead of this new building project start

etc-augment3d-training-videos-3ETC adds training videos for Eos Augment3d
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

USA - New tools mean new workflows, and ETC has a long history of creating online tools to help Eos users evolve their programming skills. Now ETC is has announced the release of a new video learning series focusing on Eos Augment3d, the new 3D programming environment released with Eos v3.0.
The 38-part video series may be found on YouTube or in the Expert Topics section of the Eos Family Video Learning Series, along with a new workbook to accompany the videos.
The video series includes instruction on getting started with Augment3d, with topics such as importing 3D models and objects, adding, patching, moving and focusing fixtures, working with focus palettes in XYZ mode, and working with Staging Mode in Live and Blind. Additional videos take users through the Fixture Position Estimation Tool, which uses a series of focus palettes to calculate your fixtures’ positions in 3D space, and the Focus Wand, which allows iRFR and aRFR focus remote app users to interact with their rig in augmented reality.
For additional in-depth discussions of Augment3d topics, users can explore the Eos and Augment3d Study Hall playlist on YouTube. ETC created Study Hall as a means of helping end-users use pandemic-induced downtime to improve their professional skills. Recordings of this summer’s Augment3d series are available on the YouTube channel, and additional Eos-related webinars continue to post on a regular basis.
Additionally, because many end-users are teaching and learning remotely this year, ETC has also created an Eos resource page for educators. This

town-of-caryjpgBandit supplies Cary Town Hall with Canto Retro
Monday, 19 October 2020

USA - The Town of Cary, a diverse and thriving community in the heart of North Carolina, had a dilemma. The ambient lighting in the Town Council Chambers was in dire need of renovation.
Cailen Waddell (program supervisor of technical operations for the Town of Cary) was charged with finding a solution for the chamber. Cailen’s extensive background in audio, visual, and lighting production made him keenly aware of the challenge to find a quality retrofit that would dim smoothly on camera, operate at precise low levels without flickering during council meetings, and integrate with the current lighting controls.
Adding to the pressure, the town had recently identified lamp replacements in the Council Chambers as high-risk and potentially hazardous. Maintenance staff were having to change lamps over seating risers, and the slope of the riser system complicated maintenance. The town needed to act quickly, but it also needed to be the right long-term solution.
To explore fixture, control, and logistical options, Cailen called on Bandit Lites’ Andrew Fisher with the Charlotte office. Cailen and Andrew explored replacing luminaires with wireless, wired, and line-voltage dimming options; however, the labour to install new luminaires and costs to update the architectural control system were quickly adding up to put the project overbudget.
The Town of Cary needed an LED screw-in retrofit that would outperform their current Halogen lamps while offering the same line-voltage dimming curve and light quality. The team at Canto USA had been steadily worki

hubNew Cuts Art Centre turns to Prolights
Monday, 19 October 2020

UK - The Prolights LED lighting range provides a solution for multi-purpose venue, New Cuts Art Centre (The Cut) in Suffolk.
Since opening its doors 17 years ago, creative entertainment, education and enterprise hub, The Cut, has gone from strength to strength, becoming a centre for arts in the community, and now offers a full programme of activities, including; a weekly cinema, theatre, music, regular art exhibitions and an educational programme.
Looking to the future, the venue decided it was time to upgrade their existing lighting rig in the theatre to LED. As the space is used for a variety of performances and events, they needed fixtures that were versatile, easy to use and that could work for a range of styles - Prolights fixtures proved to be the answer.
Callum Macdonald of CM Lighting oversaw the specification and install of the lighting fixtures. He commented: “The theatre is a small community theatre that doubles up as a cinema. The programme mostly contains one-nighters and musical acts, so I wanted to create an easy to use fixed rig. There are no dedicated in-house technicians, so re-rigging for each act was not a viable option.”
After discussions and product demonstrations given by Benjamin Taylor of A.C. Entertainment Technologies - Prolights' exclusive UK distributor - The Cut chose to invest in Prolights EclFresnels, EclProfile and StudioCob PARs.
Callum continued: “I chose these products because of the light quality, colour and ease of use. In my opinion, the output of the saturated colours produced by the Studio C

pinktalkingfishPink Talking Fish hit drive-in with Chauvet
Monday, 19 October 2020

USA - Pink Talking Fish create their own rock and roll spree every time they take the stage, fusing the sounds of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish into a transformative musical mix. This was evident when the band played their two-and-a-half hour show at the Jericho Drive-In in Glenmont, NY, with renditions of Phish’s Simple, Pink Floyd’s Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 and Talking Heads’ This Must Be The Place.
Keeping pace with the band every step of the way on their outdoor musical odyssey, was a Vin Pugliese designed lightshow that featured 12 Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures supplied by High Peaks Event Production.
“We flew six Rogue R2X Washes on the downstage truss and had six Rogue R1 Beams hung on the upstage truss,“ said Roger Sharp, president of High Peaks. “Vin combined these with his own floor package, which included six more movers and eight battens. The stage was directly below the big drive-in screen, so there were a lot of immersive looks on stage and nice IMAG video over it.“
Pugliese, owner of VFX Design studio used this rig to create a cavalcade of immersive looks that never seemed to repeat themselves during the 150 minute set. Strobing his Rogue fixtures often, and hitting a centre stage mirror ball frequently with intense beams, he evoked a redolent psychedelic vibe.
In recognition of the film that followed their concert, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, Pink Talking Fish sandwiched parts of Led Zepplin’s Dazed and Confused i

deutschebankbrusselsMagic Monkey lights bank with Martin LED
Monday, 19 October 2020

Belgium - Architectural lighting firm Magic Monkey and system integrator NetherLED recently collaborated to illuminate Deutsche Bank’s Belgian headquarters in uptown Brussels with an animated display powered by Martin Exterior Wash outdoor LED lighting fixtures.
Located at the corner of a high-traffic intersection in Brussels’ uptown district, the nine-story building designed by architect Maurice de Maet features three street-facing façades lined with 59 columns. To make the building stand out during the holiday season as well as the rest of the year, Deutsche Bank hired Magic Monkey and NetherLED to design and install a state-of-the-art architectural lighting solution. To provide dazzling illumination, precise control and all-weather reliability, Magic Monkey and NetherLED selected Martin Exterior Wash 100 and 200 outdoor-rated RGBW colour mixing wash lights.
“Our goal with this project was twofold: to highlight the architecture and carry the Deutsche Bank brand in an elegant way,” said Marc Largent, managing director, Magic Monkey. “This building had a few logical elements to highlight, and one of the design options we submitted was basically a vertical highlight of the existing columns of the building around the three facades.
“And, through the flexibility of the Martin Exterior Wash fixtures, we’ve transformed the building into a dynamic, animated “harp” on a nightly basis. It's a very subtle animation, but it's like a living, breathing building. During special occasions and events, it becomes even more dynamic to participate

uvl150-units-in-teatro-real-auditorium-0011-javier-del-real-courtesy-of-teatro-real-tnTeatro Real relies on GSUV ultraviolet light
Friday, 16 October 2020

Spain - Madrid’s Teatro Real, the most emblematic theatre in Spain, incorporates GoldenSea UV Ultraviolet-C disinfection products, supported by Madrid-based Stonex, to guarantee the well-being and health of its artists, workers, and spectators. This tried and tested solution is a complement to traditional cleaning and ensures 99.9% virus inactivation.
From the moment it reopened its doors, the Teatro Real has adopted all the mandatory and recommended health measures specified by the Community of Madrid: limited audience capacity, the use of hydroalcoholic gel for cleaning hands, and the mandatory use of masks during the entire performance is the new way to enjoy culture in Spain.
In addition, the theatre has taken the initiative to reinforce its disinfection protocols with ultraviolet-C light technology, applying it across many areas within the theatre as an extra stage in safeguarding the well-being of artists, workers, and spectators.
The Teatro Real Project collaborated with Stonex which advised on the best ways to disinfect the different areas within the theatre. The solution incorporates four GoldenSea UV UVL150 units within the stage and auditorium areas, and two of the mobile GSUV UVM216 unit for backstage and rehearsal rooms.
The UVL150 device has a versatile design that is perfect for fixed installations, but equally at home for mobile use when supported on a flat surface. It delivers a high rate of disinfection, reaching 160 m² in just 120 minutes. The UVM216 model is ideal for use in spaces from 60 m² to 240 m². Its dimensions

robe-dancing-with-the-stars-usa-img9283Robe Dances with the Stars in the USA
Friday, 16 October 2020

USA - The 29th series of the popular TV dance competition Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) returned to ABC this month with new host Tyra Banks and 178 x Robe MegaPointes on the lighting plot as part of lighting designer Tom Sutherland’s precision-crafted epic look for the first series performed without a live audience.
It is being broadcast until the end of November from CBS Television City, West Hollywood, California.
Tom’s company DX7 Design was initially asked to develop lighting for the 2019 season by executive producer Andrew Llinares. He, Tom, and director Phil Heyes - who has been on DWTS USA for five years - have also all previously worked together including a while back on X-Factor in the UK.
The set - including the extensive video elements like a giant LED panel chandelier filled with lights - was designed by Florian Wieder.
Felix Lighting also supplied 16 Robe BMFL WashBeams to the show plus four BMFL Blades which are running with four separate RoboSpot base station systems for remote operation. Additional Robe products are brought in weekly as extras for specific routines, joining around 900 lighting fixtures being utilised by Tom in total, all supplied by Felix Lighting.
The absence of a live audience threw up the massive challenge of filling the studio space and evoking the vibrancy and atmosphere of having real people there, a goal that is being achieved with additional lighting and screen elements.
A large upstage video wall tracks open / closed for host entrances and exits, while a large LED PAR can

bbc-proms-darren-fletcher-2WL, ELP and SFL in harmony for BBC Proms
Friday, 16 October 2020

UK - Like many events, the BBC Proms, which turned 125 in 2020, had to undergo a significant re-conception in format due to COVID-19. Once again returning to its home at the Royal Albert Hall, the season this year combined live performances with archive footage of past festivals. However, for the first time, no guests were in physical attendance for the live shows and instead the audience tuned in via TV or radio from their homes.
Technical solutions specialist White Light (WL), with strategic partners ELP and SFL, supplied the lighting and video elements for the Proms 2020 Live run.
While planning commenced prior to the pandemic, the creative and technical teams, led by production manager Steve Nolan, began collaborating virtually during lockdown to find a solution. A range of options were explored, enabling the festival to go ahead in accordance with guidelines, resulting in a reduced two-week live performance season and archive content completing the programme.
Darren Fletcher, sales director at ELP, says: “Without a live audience in the Royal Albert Hall, we had to think more creatively about the aesthetics that could be achieved through lighting to enhance the camera shots. We worked closely with lighting director David Bishop and gaffer Mark Gardiner, who suggested using LED pars to light from the audience side, which worked well and highlighted the venue’s stunning architecture.
“Over the last few years of this event, we have increasingly been specifying LED units over tungsten, and this year the addition of the Martin Encore Perf

japan1000club2Chauvet lights Yokohama’s 1000 Club
Thursday, 15 October 2020

Japan - When LD&K purchased a former theatre with the intention of converting it into a live music venue, there was no question about the fixtures that would make up its lighting rig. The company, which operates ‘live houses’ throughout Japan, had almost always used halogen fixtures, and it was set to do the same at its newest venue, the 1000 Club, located just three blocks from the bustling Yokohama train station.
That was until its management sat down and talked to the team at Hibino Lighting. Surveying the 1000-capacity room, Hibino recommended that, given the limited power supply available, it would make more sense to install Chauvet Professional LED fixtures. LD&K was hesitant, but trusting its vendor it agreed.
As a result, when the club opened (as a livestream venue) in August, it featured a powerful and versatile lighting rig comprised of 56 COLORado, COLORdash and Ovation fixtures. Arranged along the upstage deck, hung on overhead truss, and positioned on stage left and stage right poles as well as upstage stands, this collection of fixtures provides designers with a diverse range of options when lighting artists like Razor Oneman who perform at the club.
Key to this versatility are the 22 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom wash units in the new rig. Drawing on the wide 14ﹾ - 44ﹾ zoom range of the fixture, designers can easily use it to change coverage areas on the stage, moving from total color wash saturation to more focused spot effects.
Added colour is provided by the rig’s 22 COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures, which feature ambe

car-launchADJ sets the mood for supercar launch
Thursday, 15 October 2020

Poland - When the new $1.9m Koenigsegg Gemera supercar was officially launched to the Polish market last month, the VIP event included a lighting rig created using more than 50 ADJ fixtures. Providing mood lighting while the VIP guests arrived, the rig was then used - together with low-lying fog from an ADJ Entour Ice - to create a high-impact reveal for the star of the show.
The Gemera is marketed by the Swedish high-performance sports car manufacturer as the world’s first ‘Mega-GT’ (grand tourer). The limited production car is a four-seater with a hybrid engine and spacious interior, but offers sports car performance. Capable of going from 0-100km/h (62mph) in just 1.9 seconds, and with a top speed of 400 km/h (249mph), if offers the true sports car experience to the driver and up to three passengers.
Since it was first announced at the beginning of the year, the car has attracted a lot of attention from the supercar-loving mega-rich all over the world. So, when the first one arrived in Poland, Koenigsegg’s local distributor, Maranello Motors (part of the Pietrzak Group), decided to host an event worthy of both the record-breaking car and its potential new owners. Having previously worked with the company before on other projects, they brought in local event organization and production company Falp to transform the event space with light, video and effects.
The team at Falp were given the creative freedom to design and produce the overall event as well as the actual premiere of the Gemera, which ran prior to the car being unveiled to guest

hessw1000staatsoperwienamanda1Vienna State Opera switches to HES SolaWash
Thursday, 15 October 2020

Austria - The Vienna State Opera has replaced its 20-year-old Amptown Washlights with 70 SolaWash 1000 High CRI from High End Systems.
The upgrade was a challenge, as the new LED spotlights must be able to reproduce the characteristic old-fashioned light qualities of their predecessors and illuminate new productions in a contemporary way. The State Opera House has almost 200 repertoire pieces in its programme and the spotlights are in use for almost every piece.
Robert Eisenstein, vice-director of lighting at the Vienna State Opera, comments: "We had the pleasure of getting our hands on the first SolaWash 1000 in Austria. Together with Preworks and ETC, we were able to realise this project professionally, by implementing our own programme. Many companies presented us with a spotlight and offered to make the necessary changes by hand. With almost 200 performances and no rehearsal days available, this would have been an impossible undertaking in terms of time.”
The solution was developed together. Eisenstein explains: "Over the past year and a half, we worked with Preworks and ETC to write a great programme that gives the new SolaWash 1000 the exact data of the old Amptown Washlight. It must mix colour values in the same way as its 20-year-old predecessor. We determined values - colour values and position values. Of course, we also had to reduce the intensity because the new spotlight is much brighter, in spite of its far lower power consumption thanks to LED technology.
“The biggest challenge was reproducing the colour mix of the old fixt


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