USA - With a portfolio of clients including Apple, Vogue, Amazon, and Spotify, GUM Studios is a New York Qualified Production Facility, offering expansive and versatile spaces that can confidently cater for any requirement and shoot.
Recently, GUM turned to 4Wall Entertainment to provide lighting and video equipment for its new Virtual Production (VP) facility. The high-spec virtual environment includes ROE Visual Black Pearl 2 LED video panels, which are driven by Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 processors.
“GUM is a long-term customer of 4Wall’s, and we have been supplying it with equipment for years,” says 4Wall’s account executive - video production, Wayne Romanowski. “With Virtual Production tipped to become a standard for how major motion pictures will be shot going forward, we were honoured when the GUM team contacted us about supporting them in bringing this cutting-edge technology to their clients.”
4Wall provided 333 ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2 (2.8MM) LED video panels to create a curved wall 40' wide, 15' tall and 20' deep. The company also supplied 51 Full and eight Half ROE Visual Carbon CB8 (8.3MM) LED video panels for an approximately 25' wide x 20' deep ceiling for lighting and reflections.
The entire set-up is driven by three Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and five XD 10G data distribution units, out of which “two SX40s along with four XD units are used for the LED wall and the rest are deployed for the ceiling,” adds 4Wall’s account executive – sales, John Velez.
“We are aware of Brompton’s 24/7
USA - While the majority of festivals and concerts scheduled for the summer of 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, a few smaller events were still able to go ahead with social distancing in place. One example was the fifth annual Birds of a Feather Music & Arts Festival, which took place during August in Northern Kentucky. It featured a varied line-up of bands playing across two adjacent stages, which both featured identical lighting rigs comprised exclusively of ADJ fixtures.
Located at the picturesque Thornhill Drag Strip in a little town called Morning View in Kentucky, Birds of a Feather is a small family-friendly festival that hosts a mixture of local and regional touring acts. At the top of this year’s line-up was Tropidelic, a band that blends reggae, hip-hop and high energy funk alongside ‘trashgrass’ string quartet The Rumpke Mountain Boys and electro-psychedelic-funk-rock band Dizgo, which gives a flavour of the musical diversity on offer. To ensure compliance with local COVID-19 rules, each household attending the festival in 2020 had a designated camping spot and were also allocated to their own socially-distanced space – marked out on the ground – in front of the stage area.
Lighting and audio production for the festival was provided, for the second year running, by Waveform Live. The company’s principle, Michael ‘Crazylegs’ Hemann, designed the lighting rig and also operated it for the duration of the three day event.
“It’s a great little festival, but it’s also a hard gig to work as an lighting operator
South Africa - MJ Event Gear has created an outdoor music concert environment at The Local Bar and Kitchen in Kyalami, no. 66 on the R55 Main Road, for those who want to enjoy good music in a space that strictly complies to the COVID-19 safety regulations. MJ has also set up a venue incorporating sound and lighting at the Bryanston Country Club.
The Local has JOC approval and has been given the green light by the SAPS and the fire marshal. The venue has various seating options available and includes paramedics on-site in case of an emergency, while all tables and chairs are sprayed and sanitized by Gary Love and the Viral Shield team. Patrons entering the venue will walk through a humidifier tunnel (not spray) and endure the usual hand sanitization and a temperature check, while face masks are sold on site.
Mike Jones, the owner of Johannesburg technical supply company MJ Event Gear, explains how the projects came about. “I’ve always wanted to build an outdoor concert venue and it’s something I’ve thought about for the past two or three years. Sven Hansen of 4 Plus 3 Productions and I had been looking at different venues where we could put up a roof on a more permanent basis, and then lockdown happened, and nobody could work.”
When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in September that South Africa would move to Level 1 in regard to eased restrictions to allow 500 people at outdoor gatherings and 250 people at indoor gatherings, at a 50% capacity. Mike approached the Bryanston Country Club. “They allowed me access to build a venue to comf
USA - Behind the Scenes has announced that Light Touch Designs has become its newest Pledge-a-Service member by pledging fees from speaking engagements and online training to the charity.
Light Touch Designs is a Chicago-based design firm supplying lighting design services to the corporate meeting and special event industry. Owner Michael Sharon, a 30 year veteran of the profession, is happy to share his knowledge of design, programming and Vectorworks drafting with the community.
On making his commitment to the charity, Michael commented, “As freelance workers in a high-risk industry, we are all just one accident away from financial ruin. BTS has provided a crucial safety net to help people back on their feet. In times of pandemic, when we are all working to share knowledge and keep the industry alive, it seems right that I should take my teaching income and put it back into the community.”
BTS Foundation chair, Rick Rudolph, commented, “We were so pleased when Michael contacted us about joining the programme. As he rightly guessed, funds are needed now more than ever to care for our colleagues’ physical and mental health. This industry has always been a family and Michael’s desire to help those in most need during this time is a shining example of that. There is so much wonderful online training and webinars happening right now and we hope others will follow Michael’s example of giving.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or i
Chile - A national historic monument, the Teatro Galia was intended to reflect the pride and character of the Los Ríos region when it was built over a two-year period in the 1940s. Designers Felipe Barthou Lapouple and Juan Poletter Saint-Simon adopted a balloon frame system for the 500-seat theatre to reflect their country’s rich art deco tradition. Inside, they used only native Chilean woods for flooring and panelling, including warm, orange-tinged Lenga, famous the world over for its depth and texture.
In 2020, when the Chemtrol Chile team began a socially distant lighting upgrade project as the historic structure, they were careful to preserve the unique character of the building. They accomplished this with the help of 34 Chauvet Professional LED fixtures. This made Teatro Galia the first theatre in Chile with an all-LED rig.
“For the execution of the rehabilitation of the Teatro Galia, in which Chemtrol had a very active participation in relation to the installation of the scenography systems, we used all the luminaires developed and manufactured by Chauvet Professional,” said Italo Bascuñan, head of the Commercial Department of Chemtrol Chile. “Due to the quality, price and performance ratio, Chauvet luminaires were the only possible option. In addition, the brand has one of the most complete lines of LED theatre lights.”
Casting warm smooth even fields of light, the new fixtures will provide stage lighting for shows at the theatre, while also bringing out the full aesthetic features of room itself. This is accomplished with 12 Ov
Ireland - A new collaboration between Robe and Dublin’s Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art sees a quantity of Robe moving lights – including T1 Profiles and T1 Fresnels, LEDWash 300 LEDs and ParFect 150s – made available on long term rental, which were used to great effect for Lir’s 2020 Gradfest event.
This featured four back-to-back new productions presented in Lir’s two studio spaces, all lit by students completing their master’s degrees in fine art, for which Gradfest was a final segment requiring completion before they gained their qualifications.
The Lir’s conservatory training for students of theatre, film and television offers a dynamic fusion of creative and technical disciplines.
Lir’s head of lighting Eve D’Alton explained that Gradfest is a stepping-stone that galvanises the skills of the MA students, who work with industry professionals on designing and producing their shows to exceptional standards. It’s also an exacting experience for the final year Stage Management and Technical Theatre students who help crew and facilitate these four diverse productions.
This year the four were Image of a Young Unknown Woman, Elinor Cook’s disturbing examination of violence and revolution; Constellations by Nick Payne which looks at the almost limitless possibilities of life and how the smallest changes can dramatically alter people’s designated courses; Salome, or the Cult of the Clitoris: A Historical Phallusy by Mitchell Polonsky, a devised piece referencing an infamous libel trial following
UK - 3LR Lighting has confirmed that it is now the sole UK and Ireland manufacturer’s representative for the Rosco range of architectural lighting. 3LR has been in discussions with Rosco about taking on the role since mid-2019, and recent events presented the ideal opportunity to finalise these arrangements.
In a move that will ensure service continuity and increase exposure for both businesses moving forward, Sean O’Callaghan, formerly Rosco Architectural Manager EMEA, has joined 3LR Lighting as business development manager for architectural lighting and control. 3LRs represent a number of international brands, including ETC, whose market presence will also be developed by Sean and the 3LR team.
Sean’s career has seen him occupy a variety of sales and marketing roles for several global lighting manufacturers, during which time he has acquired a thorough grasp of the architectural lighting market. Sean’s background in street, amenity and area lighting, naturally steered him into architectural, commercial, decorative and bespoke projects on every scale.
3LR managing director Matthew Lloyd comments, “We’re very excited to be adding Rosco to our portfolio and welcoming Sean to the team. His industry expertise and vast experience will be invaluable in helping to develop new and existing customer relationships, further enhancing 3LR’s visibility in the market.”
UK – Visual artist Ben Sheppee, innovator in immersive light-based environments and founder of visual design studio Observatory, is the latest artist to be commissioned by Collusion to create a major new site-specific artwork which is on free display for one month this autumn.
DRAWDOWN, which is running from 25 October to 24 November, is Sheppee’s first major installation in King’s Lynn and will consist of a series of five large-scale building projections. Each will explore how the effects of climate change can be reversed, presenting an often-overlooked positive angle on the most crucial environmental issue humans have ever faced.
“I personally feel like everyone has a general awareness and understanding of climate change, but many people feel ineffective as individuals to have an impact,” comments Sheppee. “I wanted to highlight the practical solutions in a way that provides empowerment through awareness. I would consider the works to be successful if they reinvigorate the public’s interest in climate change solutions.”
Supported by partners including Arts Council England and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, DRAWDOWN will feature projections on five King’s Lynn buildings - The Custom House, Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn Minster, St Nicolas’ Chapel and Tuesday Market Place.
“We’re looking forward to presenting Ben’s work on some of King’s Lynn’s most iconic buildings,” says Rachel Drury of Collusion. “We hope that the public enjoy walking around the town to see this beautiful and t
USA - Country music duo Brothers Osborne recently debuted a new music video, All Night. Daniel Rehbein, who serves as the band’s touring lighting director, was called on to create the lighting scheme for the video and turned to Elation ACL 360i beam lights for concert-like looks and Antari DarkFX Wash 2000 luminaires for a black light element.
The six-time Grammy nominees and four time CMA award winners partnered with directors Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver on the video, which was rooted in the excitement and electricity of a Brothers Osborne concert. Rehbein comments: “They wanted the video to feel like a Brothers Osborne show with a lot of effects in the air and a ceiling of lights close to the band that we could run patterns through. I immediately started thinking about what fixture could project a nice beam plus act as a pixel effect and thought of Elation’s small ACL 360i.”
Having worked in years past in the Bandit Lites shop in Nashville, Rehbein was familiar with the powerful single-beam RGBW LED light and its tight 4° ACL beam. “I knew Bandit stocked a lot of them and knew it would be the ideal light for the beam looks we wanted to create,” he said. “We also wanted the option to colour mix or do an infinite pan or tilt and although we left them in a CTO or Congo blue/UV look, and didn’t incorporate continuous spin, it was good to have those options. The video was shot in a variety of different ways and I wanted to give them the possibility of creating different types of effects.”
Rehbein hung 60 of the compact ACL 3
UK - Robe sponsored the Best Designer category of this year’s The Stage Debut Awards which was won by set and costume designer Rose Revitt for the raw, visual environment she created for Dr Korczak’s Example at Leeds Playhouse which was staged in January / February.
The Stage Awards celebrate the very best breakthrough talent in theatre, including actors, directors, designers, writers, composers and lyricists making their professional debuts in the past year.
For Rose, this particular journey started with another prize-winning opportunity. Last year, she won the biennial Linbury Prize for Stage Design which offers 12 emerging designers the chance to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera, and dance companies.
Newly graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff with an MA in Design For Performance (set & costume specialty), Rose applied for the Linbury Prize with her portfolio and as one of the 12 finalists, was linked up with Leeds Playhouse who gave her and two other designers a brief for Dr Korczak’s Example.
The Leeds Playhouse team chose Rose’s dramatic bombed-out, rubble-strewn set concept from the three options, and with a short lead-time, this challenging heart-warming yet bitterly realistic work in the time of the holocaust was realised and staged in February 2020.
This turned out to be exceptionally fortunate timing, just before the pandemic hit and shut down theatres nationwide and the actual turnaround time from drawings, photos and model box visualisation to f
USA - Lighting rising blues star Samantha Fish is acknowledged as a world-class blues guitarist whose repertoire covers southern rock, R&B and soul.
When Fish played The Birchmere outside of Washington DC this October,” house LD at the club David Beebe noted. “I love this artist and her music. A lot of greats have performed here at various times in their career, and she definitely deserved to be added to this list.
“From a lighting perspective, it was really appreciated that the depth and variety of her music gave me a lot to work with,” continued Beebe. “She slows things down sometimes, which creates dramatic moments. This gave me a chance shadows and patterns as much as light.”
Key to creating this deeply evocative effects were the areal patterns Beebe created with the six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures in the Birchmere’s house rig. Describing the 350W LED fixture as a “workhorse”, he said the 350W LED fixture’s ability to maintain crisp, slowly rotating aerial gobo patters was key to achieving the looks he was after to support Fish’s more bluesy numbers.
“The rotation aerials and the split beams were very important in this design,” he said. “It was also nice to be able to play the Maverick’s patterns off the textured backdrop. Really, combinations of different colours and gobo looks in the air helped tell the story of Samantha’s music. At the end of the day, I felt really good to be a part of this.”
USA - Elation’s Elation Hour livestream returns next week to discuss the challenges of lighting themed environments with special guests KC Wilkerson and Ryan Stumpp, both of The Walt Disney Company, and Norm Schwab of design group Lightswitch.
Says Elation, “Lighting plays a major role in the creation of any themed environment from atmosphere generation to aesthetic decorative enhancement to impactful special effects. Hear how lighting influences the experience and what makes dynamic lighting truly invaluable as some of the most experienced designers in the business share their own personal insight and experiences.”
The Elation Hour discussion on Themed Environments will take place Wednesday, 18 November at 10am Pacific Standard Time / 7pm CET.
Hosted by Elation national sales manager John Dunn, The Elation Hour is a series of virtual discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting.
USA - Featuring 165 different sets, and a star-studded cast of musicians and models, Rihanna’s recent Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 was not merely a fashion parade but a multifaceted celebration of style to show off her latest lingerie range.
Taking place at the LA Convention Centre (LACC), and streamed on Amazon Prime, the celebrity line-up included showcases from Lizzo, Willow Smith, Bad Bunny, Ella Mai, Miguel, Mustard, Roddy Ricch, and Rosalía, while Travis Scott performed during the post-credits outro of the stream. Among the models, Big Sean, Cara Delevingne, Normani, Paloma Elsesser, Paris Hilton, and Christian Combs all returned to show off the new season collection.
Bella Hadid led a group of black satin, leather- and lace-clad models and stars - including Demi Moore, Pose star Indya Moore, and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall - in a performance set to N.E.R.D.’s She Wants to Move.
The show was lit by TV lighting specialist, Bob Barnhart (of design partnership 22 Degrees), who made expansive use of the KNV Dot among the GLP effects in his arsenal.
The multiple Emmy-award winning LD was engaged by production company, Film-45, with whom he has worked previously on shows, including Miss USA and Miss Universe. He also worked closely alongside Prodject, the New York-based production company. “It was my first time working with Keith Baptista and Jihye Song; they and their company of dedicated people were great to work with,” he confirmed.
One of the best elements of this project had been th
UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has been awarded £152,000 as part of the UK government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) announced by the Culture Secretary to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
Britannia Row Productions Training is one of 2,049 cultural and creative organisations across the country to have been awarded £409m of urgently needed support (up to 24 October 2020). The Culture Recovery Fund grants programme is being administered by the Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
BRPT was founded in 2012 to provide holistic training for those wanting to enter the live events industry as live audio technicians. Courses available from colleges and universities are not targeted enough for this niche sector, making it hard for graduates to enter the workplace as invariably a certain amount of re-training is required. Furthermore, these institutions tend to lag behind with teaching the latest technologies, equipment and working practices.
All BRPT training courses are written, kept up-to-date and delivered by tutors who are industry practitioners working at the top tier of the industry. BRPT has developed and offered a range of courses which have allowed for part-time study through to intensive full-time courses and
USA - Whitesburg Baptist was at a crossroads last year. Leaders at the 7,000-member church knew that they had to modernise their worship space to create a more engaging environment, one that would support their three different Sunday services while also being more camera friendly for livestreams and broadcasts.
The question they faced was how? Ideas ranged from constructing an entirely new building, to undertaking smaller piecemeal changes. None felt quite right until they met with the team from Paragon 360 who showed them how they could completely transform their existing space without making the investment of time and money in a new facility.
This summer, Whitesburg Baptist unveiled the result of its collaboration with Paragon 360: a contemporary and beautifully balanced worship centre that makes all feel welcomed, whether they’re watching online or participating in a social distant live service.
Paragon 360 followed a carefully planned multi-step approach to achieve this transformation. The company’s team redesigned the stage area for functionality and aesthetics using its custom staging, scenic and architectural elements.
To improve the listening experience, acoustics throughout the room were enhanced and new audio gear was integrated into the church’s existing system. Video walls were added, and lighting was made more immersive, as well as more camera friendly, through the addition of 43 Ovation E-260WW LED ellipsoidal fixtures.
Outfitted with 14, 19, 26 and 36-degree lens tubes, the Ovation units are used for front lighting
UK - English National Opera chose live event specialists ADI to support them in the delivery of ‘the world’s first fully staged drive-in opera’, ENO Drive & Live at Alexandra Palace (19-27 September).
This ambitious outdoor project saw performances of Puccini's La Bohème take place outside Ally Pally, providing UK audiences with live opera for the first time since March. ADI supported ENO in delivering the drive-in experience by providing a complete event production solution, incorporating staging, structures, LED screens, lighting, OB and cameras.
Despite the creative and technical challenges of delivering fully-staged performances beyond their usual venue, ENO in partnership with ADI achieved the feat of transforming a car park at Alexandra Palace into a fully-featured outdoor theatre on a vast scale.
The production has been met with critical acclaim, with the 16 live performances hosting many sell-out audiences. The production was also broadcast live on Sky Arts.
ADI worked closely with ENO’s technical team to design and build a raised stage solution. This featured high resolution 4.6mm 45sqm LED screens on the wings to offer image magnification and coverage for up to 100 vehicles.
For audio, ADI and ENO explored several options, including delivery over Bluetooth via an app, but eventually decided on the traditional drive-in solution of delivering over radio signal to individual cars. This was supported by an onsite 5.1 audio system which covered the whole car park to ensure an impeccable aural experience from ev
USA - Strand has announced the new NEO Compact 10 lighting console. This new, more compact version of the popular NEO console is now available globally and brings the power of NEO software in a 10-fader lighting control console suitable for education, theatre or house of worship applications.
“The combination of sophisticated features, quality-built hardware and small form factor makes the new NEO Compact 10 Console the most powerful lighting console in its class,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “The NEO Compact 10 offers the full capabilities of Strand NEO software optimized for a smaller footprint, with seven different onboard effects engines as well as user-configurable buttons, faders and palettes that let you adapt NEO to the way you work.”
To further simplify operation, the NEO Compact 10 includes an internal 7” touchscreen that makes it easy to program a complete light show at your fingertips, while the ability to add an external touch monitor brings the full programming capabilities of the NEO software for more complex productions. Thanks to the integrated 10-button numeric keypad and command line support, the NEO Compact 10 offers fast programming of its advanced effects capabilities.
“With a feature set that’s unrivalled at its size and price point, the NEO Compact 10 can be used anywhere, whether that’s at front of house, in a rack as a backup show control interface or on the go as a portable desk,” explains Pereira. “With four DMX universes (up t
UK - Members of the events industry lit up part of Scotland’s Nevis Range – including the summit - on 16 October. Say the organisers, “This is part of our campaign to highlight our presence to the Government and that we need assistance to keep business surviving. Scotland's events artists, technicians and crew are fighting to resurrect the industry.
“We are looking for better grants as opposed to loans and a date to begin working towards reopening our sector safely. The present financial support schemes are limiting and many freelancers in particular are not eligible due to the criteria set out on the forms. Many people are falling through the gaps.
“We are representing live events and all of those people and businesses who are affected in the supply chain. We are also here in solidarity for everyone who has been affected greatly by COVID -19 - from tourism, hospitality, festivals and beyond. The artists, technicians and everyone whom work so hard behind the scenes to help create Scotland's diverse arts culture.
“We would also like to directly appeal to members of the public and our audiences to stand with us and help bring our industry back. We can work safely with the guidelines being issued, but many companies and venues are now closing since they were the first groups out of work and therefore the last to come back. Many feel they have been forgotten about or that what they do is deemed now non-viable by our Government. This sector is worth over one billion to the UK economy.
“On a grass roots level, we need arts and cultu
Europe This week’s Elation Coffee Break is hosted by Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif and will focus on the creative possibilities unique to three of Elation’s most popular automated LED luminaires.
The narrow-beam Dartz 360, Chorus Line pixel bar, and compact Rayzor 360Z will take centre stage for a discussion of their creative potential and the dazzle, drama and excitement they can add to stages big and small.
The Elation Coffee Break (www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/) with a focus on creative LED luminaires will air live on Thursday, 12 November 1at 11:00 a.m. CEST. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
Germany - Lean-pro & Co has invested in Prolights EclPanel TWCJr. With the new LED softlights, the Paderborn-based company has equipped its livestream studio for trade fairs, product presentations, workshops, lectures, concerts, general meetings and much more, thus further expanding its professional image, lighting and sound technology.
Joachim Flottmeier, managing director and partner, says, "The decisive criteria for me were the excellent price-performance ratio and the enormous output in relation to the size of the device. Thus the EclPanel TWCJr makes the competition look old. It is also unrivalled in this price league in terms of the range of functions. In addition, the wide range of accessories such as diffusion filters, egg crates and snap grids convinced me".
The Prolights EclPanel TWCJr offers not only a wide range of colours, but also white tones from warm to cold color temperature range.
Besides the control via DMX, the EclPanel TWCJr also allows fast and precise adjustment directly at the device. The three control knobs allow direct access to color temperature, +/- green and magenta shift and HSI. In addition, a mode is also available in which the device can be controlled segment by segment. Various pre-programmed and adjustable effects can be called up directly on the device or via DMX.
Due to the internal power supply, the optional battery operation and the compact dimensions, the EclPanel TWCJr can be easily operated in most locations. Lightpower is the exclusive distributor for Prolights in Germany.
USA - Smaller crowds equal smaller lighting budgets. Like virtually every designer working a socially distant show, Evan Antal faced this reality when he met with his client to draw up plans to light Le Getaway, a one-day October outdoor event featuring jam band masters lespecial and Eggy in the Camp Getaway Berkshire resort in Kent, CT.
Despite these limitations, the event’s promoter had set lofty goals. “I was asked to put together a package that delivered big rock show looks on a pretty tight budget,” said Antal. “Because of the pandemic and the limited audiences, it’s become a razor-thin balancing act to make a show on a budget work for everyone involved.”
Antal met this challenge in stunning fashion, turning Le Getaway’s small (24ft’ x 20ft) mobile stage into a panorama of overlapping colours. Swirling gobo patterns and fast-moving beams. Helping him accomplish this feat were six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot and six Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures supplied by High Peaks Event Production.
Flying his spot fixtures on upstage truss and arranging the hybrid units on the stage deck, Antal relied on their smooth transitions, wide zoom ranges and CMY colour mixing to create a variety of looks that outstripped the size of the stage and its rig in terms of the excitement generated.
“I punted my way through lespecial’s very dynamic and edgy sound, so the responsiveness of the Mavericks was very appreciated,” says Antal. “They zoom really wide, and all the different functions work quickly. They also snap from a frost
Monaco - Organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health was held on 24 September on the terraces of the Monte-Carlo Opera.
Dedicated to ‘Ocean, Earth, and Humanity’, an audience of ‘patrons, decision-makers, artists, and scientists’ gathered under an immersive dome.
For this event, designed and produced by the event agency TUFF Consult, the technical setup relied on five Modulo Kinetic and one Modulo Player, supplying 1,500sq.m of projection.
Since 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development on a global scale. Since its creation, more than 540 projects have been achieved by the foundation’s international branches located in France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and China.
Running from 21-27 September, the Planetary Health Week reached its climax with its Gala held in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Presided by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco with Sting as guest of honour, the gala brought together patrons, decision-makers, artists, and scientists to discover the initiatives carried out by the Foundation.
During the charity dinner and fund-raising auction, guests were immersed in images created by the studio Spectre Lab, featuring galaxies, forests, and ocean floors. To produce this immersive space, A/V provider Fosphor relied on 22 x Barco UDX-4K40 and four 20K Panasonic video-projectors to illuminate a half sphere o
The Netherlands - Throughout the summer and fall, more than 80 of ADJ’s weatherproof moving head beam and LED wash fixtures were used to light a temporary beach club venue in The Netherlands. Insight Beach Brabant offered visitors an opportunity to enjoy drinks, gourmet food and music in a large outdoor setting at a lake-side venue in the heart of the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of concerts and festivals, as well as the closure of nightclubs and music venues, opportunities for relaxing and socializing have been rare. Offering a solution to this, Insight Beach was a large pop-up beach club with a limited capacity that assigned guests dedicated day beds to allow for social distancing.
From the comfort and safety of their designated space, visitors could enjoy a full menu from resident chef Pascal Ariëns of Restaurant By Pascal in nearby Oosterhout, drink cocktails from a fully stocked bar and listen to live DJ performances using ‘silent disco’ headphones. On Saturday nights the venue partnered with a variety of Dutch Dance organizations to bring in special guest DJs who delivered an authentic club experience in a COVID-safe way.
Lighting for the venue was supplied and installed by local rental company Trend Productions, a well-established supplier of lighting, audio and visual equipment. The company is used to providing production services for large-scale one-off dance events, so this long-term installation outdoors was an opportunity for owner Adje van Veghel to thoroughly test his inventory of
Germany - German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), celebrated on 3 October, marks the anniversary of the nation's unification in 1990, when the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic became one single, federal Germany.
Being the 30th Unity Day, the 2020 event took on special significance, with even more resonance added to the mix due to the challenges faced by everyone in dealing with life during the Coronavirus pandemic, and broadcaster ARD highlighted a very special TV show staged at the Metropolis-Halle in Filmpark Babelsberg, Potsdam which was organised by the Brandenburg Staatskanzlei (federal government).
The venue and Filmpark (dedicated to the history of moviemaking in the region) is a regular client of rental and production specialist Zound’z Unlimited Event Technology GmbH, also based in Potsdam, which was asked to provide lighting, audio and regular IMAG video for the telecast/livestream.
A production lighting design was created by Zound’z Unlimited’s Marcus Meissner - who is head of lighting and rigging at the company - and included over 200 Robe moving lights, a combination of Pointes, Spiiders, BMFL WashBeams, LEDWash 800s and a RoboSpot system.
Onstage, a diverse line-up of artists helped celebrate the dynamics of German music genres, from schlager superstar Roland Kaiser to the foot-tapping electropop of M.I.A., singer and actress Anna Loos to singer-songwriter Mark Forster and the Babelsberger Filmorchester, who backed each artist with special arrangements for this show.
The show was