Lighting News

popquizChauvet makes impact on Popquiz recordings
Monday, 10 May 2021

Belgium - The still-to-be-announced winners of Popquiz, a popular show on the VTM television network that asks 14 teams of two contestants to guess the titles of pop classic songs based on a series of audio and visual clues.
The winning pair, who will be announced soon now that the pre-recorded show is completing its 10-week run, will get to attend every concert in Belgium for one year, even sold out performances, once live music returns.
Adding to the show’s energy level was a distinctive set created by the Arf & Yes set design team that featured a high-impact lighting design anchored by 160 ÉPIX Strip Tour linear fixtures, as well as 48 ÉPIX Strip Tour 50 units and 25 COLORado 1 Solo washes from Chauvet Professional.
The Arf & Yes team hung the one-metre long LED strips in a circle over the stage deck, whilst the remaining ÉPIX units were integrated into the back of the set, and the COLORado washes were positioned as backlights for the audience.
By arranging the strips in a circular configuration, Arf&Yes endowed the set with a instantly recognizable identity, while evoking a touring concert image. “When people are going between channels and they come to Popquiz, they will immediately recognize the circle,” said Arf & Yes’ Jonas Weyn, who served as the lighting and video operator for the show. (Dirk Declercq and Marco Pauwels were the lighting directors).
The circle of ÉPIX Strip gave the design team a great deal of flexibility to come up with a wide variety of looks. To enhance this flexibility, Weyn used

esc-2021Claypaky Xtylos plays key role at Eurovision 2021
Monday, 10 May 2021

The Netherlands - Osram, parent company of Claypaky, will be the official lighting partner of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), held this year at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam on 18-20 and 22 May 2021.
Claypaky will be represented by a complement of 481 Xtylos luminaires equipped with a tailor-made laser source and boasting concentrated beams of coloured light. They are being provided by the shows’ rental and production companies, including Ampco Flashlight, the ESC’s Official Technical Supplier for lighting.
“Xtylos was launched by Claypaky about 18 months ago and has already been used in a number of major world events and specified for others, which unfortunately were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Claypaky sales director Alberico D’Amato. “All the Xtylos that will be used at the ESC 2021 are already available on the market and used by major rental companies across the globe.”
Although the stage has been redesigned, the ESC 2021 organisers have decided to maintain last year’s technical set-up, as the event was cancelled due to the pandemic. The Claypaky Xtylos were also part of that project and have been confirmed among the key lights of the event. Henk Jan van Beek of Light-H-Art, this years' ESC lighting designer, in fact called Claypaky's Xtylos “irreplaceable”.
Marcus Graser, Claypaky CEO, adds, “I am excited that the Claypaky Xtylos will be part of this celebrated event, which always has a wide echo in our industry. I also am confident that everyone will enjoy an unforgettable show highli

 
 
avolitesAvolites marks 45th anniversary
Friday, 7 May 2021

UK - Avolites is celebrating its 45th anniversary today (Friday, 7 May).
From its first touring dimmer rack, the landmark Avolites LD dimmer (later to become the FD dimmer), to the launch of its latest flagship Diamond 9 console earlier this year, the company has been at the forefront of technological change in the lighting events industry ever since.
The company was first set up by Ian Walley in 1976 and gets its name from the AVO meter (Amps, Volts, and Ohms) that he would habitually have with him at load-ins. Over the decades, Avolites has manufactured a wide range of lighting control and networking products, media servers, accessories, and software, but is probably best known for its range of lighting control consoles and dimmer racks. These include the first generation of consoles designed to control the new intelligent lighting products that were emerging onto the market in the 1990s, such as the Pearl, Sapphire, and first Diamond consoles; the Art series of dimmers followed by the PowerCube dimmer/distribution units in the 2000s; and the launch of its own game-changing Titan lighting control software in 2009.
A strategic move into media servers also saw the launch of the Ai software platform, both used in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Summer Olympics to perform video mapping across the audience seats, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest landscape video display. The pioneering Synergy software feature set was launched in 2019, allowing the power of video and lighting to be used interchangeably for the first

 
etcSource Four solution for Rambert production
Friday, 7 May 2021

UK - Emma Dalesman is a London-based freelance director of photography. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she shoots a range of projects encompassing fiction, documentary, art films and commercials. In July 2020, following a quiet period on the work front due to the Coronavirus-enforced shutdown, Emma received a call from producer Derek Richards about a potential job.
The contemporary dance company, Rambert, had decided to turn their upcoming creation by Belgian choreographer/director Wim Vandekeybus into a live broadcast performance which could be enjoyed in real time by audiences around the world. Draw From Within would be a significant departure from Rambert’s customary working methods - conceived for the medium of film for an online audience.
Following a remote interview with Wim and Derek, Emma secured the job and, after a COVID-19 test, went straight into rehearsals. As the production was rehearsed, the camera and lighting style quickly came together, as Emma explains:
“Wim was an inspiring director to work with, and as the piece came together we experimented with what would work best for different scenes, creating atmospheric lighting and camera work to draw the audience in. Rambert weren’t short of in-house lighting fixtures. Some I was familiar with - others, coming from a film background, I’d never seen or used before. I was eager to check the colour rendition of the fixtures and whether they would look good on camera. We brought in the camera I’d be using during rehearsals and, adopting as filmic appr

 
 
charlotte-lawrence1Chauvet creates moods for Charlotte Lawrence
Friday, 7 May 2021

USA - Teen Vogue model turned singer/songwriter Charlotte Lawrence recently completed a four-video recording session at Beehive Studios in LA that included her national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a subsequent appearance on The Late Show With Steven Colbert. Helping Julien Reux to create the right mood for the performances were 28 Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 fixtures supplied by PRG.
“When producer Jonny Stiegler, the co-founder of Beehive, asked me to light these videos, I spent time studying the artwork on Charlotte’s new album as well as the wardrobe designs she’s been involved in,” said Reux, the owner of ReuxLight. “I wanted my design to reflect the hip, modern, western vibe of her style as well as the emotional force of her music.”
The design Reux created also had to be flexible enough to convey different looks for each of the session’s four videos, which ranged in length from three minutes (for the TV appearances) to 40 minutes. “Our art director, Cameron Nawaz, really helped me take what I had in my head and turn it into reality,” he said. “Working with the textured fabric panels Cameron came up - and rearranging my STRIKE fixtures -made it easy for us to change our looks quickly.
“Throughout the session, each set had its own stage and light orientation,” continued Reux. “Since we had a camera jib, the STRIKE fixtures were very important to maintaining good visuals for the top camera shots.”
Reux created different looks by changing colour schemes for each song. He also set different em

 
astera-lamborghini-hurican-sto-brisbane-launch-dsc6696-eAstera lights Lamborghini launch in Brisbane
Friday, 7 May 2021

Australia - Twenty four Astera AX1 Tubes were utilised by lighting designer Michael Negrao from event technical specialist Scene Change in Brisbane at the Australian launch event for the new Lamborghini Huracán STO (Super Trofeo Omologata).
Staged at Lamborghini’s Brisbane dealership in Fortitude Valley, the Huracán STO, designed for ‘ultimate driving fun on track and road’, was the centre of attention.
Michael received a “high-level” brief from his client relating to the mood and ambience they wanted to achieve inside and out of the premises, which was added to a budget and Michael’s fund of experience in lighting automotive events giving a free rein in designing what he felt appropriate.
Twelve vertical Astera AX1s were positioned around the car park on stands at the corners of each car space; another six were under the Huracán STO itself in the showroom and the remaining six positioned around the DJ booth.
The AX1s in the car park brought a “smart and futuristic” look to the space explained Michael.
Empty spaces were denoted by AX1s set to a warm white, and as guests parked up, the Titan colour was changed to match the colour of their car.
Once the STO was revealed, all the car park AX1s flipped into alternating blue and orange to match the hero car colour scheme.
The AX1s under the STO were used in conjunction with moving lights and other fixtures on Michael’s showroom lighting rig for the reveal. They provided a sub car glow effect accentuating the accumulating smoke from the fogger placed at the ba

 
 
tampere-hallphoto-by-inspiroiva-creative1Audico chooses Elation for Tampere Hall
Friday, 7 May 2021

Finland - Audico Systems has installed 281 of Elation Professional’s Fuze Pendant LED downlights in Finland’s Tampere Hall. Located 180km north of Helsinki, Tampere Hall is home to the Tampere Opera and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and is the largest concert and congress centre in the Nordic countries.
The impetus for the house lighting upgrade stemmed from EU regulations that will effectively end the use of certain halogen bulbs, coupled with the fact that the venue’s old house lighting system was nearing the end of its lifetime. The project commenced in 2018 with Audico, Elation’s Finnish partner based just west of Helsinki, conducting product demos of various house lighting fixtures, including the Fuze Pendant.
“The venue required good quality white light with high colour rendering and also highly saturated colours for effects. The fixtures also had to be very silent,” explains project sales manager at Audico, Tapio Järvinen, who has worked with the venue on various projects over the past eight years. “We chose the Fuze Pendant because of the good light quality (CRI of 90) and the good dimming. It also had enough output to cover the venue and because it is fanless it does not make a noise.”
Järvinen says that a colour-changing solution was not necessarily a requirement at the beginning of the project but as the jump from general halogen to LED-based lighting was happening anyway, the leap wasn’t made any more difficult by adding a color-mixing option but instead was a positive addition to the system.
Audico supp

 
robe-sanremo-music-festival-2021-2021-03-04-at-1422Robe hits high notes at Sanremo Music Festival
Friday, 7 May 2021

Italy - The 2021 Sanremo Music Festival was staged at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, Liguria and apart from being one of the country’s biggest and best-known song competitions and media events, also chose the country’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. It was organised and broadcast by RAI and lit by director of photography (DOP) Mario Catapano.
The lighting rig included over 400 Robe moving lights - a mix of T1 Profiles, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s, Pointes and a six-way RoboSpot system - all supplied by Pesaro-based rental company Sound d-light Srl.
For the first time, the competition, which unfolded over five evenings of live television, also broadcast worldwide, and streamed via the official ESC website, was hosted without a live audience due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The contest comprised two main sections - one featuring 26 established artists, plus a Newcomers section of eight rising-star singers. The voting came from a mixture of sources including a judging panel, a large public tele / internet vote and by the musicians and singers of the Sanremo Festival Orchestra.
It was the fifth time that Mario Catapano has lit the event. And as in 2020, he was asked onboard by both TV director Stefano Vicario and artistic director Amedeo Sebastiani (Amadeus) with whom he has previously worked.
His starting point for the lighting was the elaborate set design imagineered by Gaetano and Chiara Castelli which comprises six large shrinking perspective octagonal portals surrounding a central staircase with a large LED screen at the upstage end, o

 
 
marysville-christian-fellowship1Marysville church upgrades with Chauvet
Thursday, 6 May 2021

USA - Creating a more camera-friendly stage became a pressing need for many churches during the pandemic, as they turned to livestream services to reach worshippers during lockdowns. Marysville Christian Fellowship was no exception to this rule.
This dynamic, small church, which serves a rural community in northeast Kansas, also shared something else in common with many other houses of worship: it had only a limited budget to devote to making its space more well-suited for broadcasting services.
Marysville Christian was able to navigate its way through this issue with help from Stark Raving Solutions, which recently completed a lighting and video upgrade at the church. Taking a holistic approach to this project, the Lenexa, Kansas based company provide a comprehensive solution that involved far more than the installation of new gear.
“We did a lot of upgrading, including adding an entire video system with new cameras and switching, but we didn’t stop there,” said Marcus Hammond of Stark Raving Solutions. “Clark Johnson our design lead and Shelli Kutz, our project manager did a great job finding ways the church could better employ some of its existing equipment.”
Indicative of this approach is the way the church’s front lighting was revamped for filming services. Prior to the rehab, the worship area had six Chauvet Professional Ovation E-160WW ellipsoidals. Stark Raving Solutions increased this number to 14 units. But adding these new fixtures was only the beginning. The company also changed the angle of the church’s front lighti

 
dtsacousticA&L to distribute DTS in Vietnam
Thursday, 6 May 2021

Vietnam - DTS has appointed Acoustic & Lighting System Vietnam as its distributor for the territory.
Ben Lee, country manager at A&L Vietnam, comments: “When approached by DTS to represent this already well-established brand in the Vietnam market, and after learning more about the way forward and future vision of the brand, we found that our goals aligned. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work together to serve the Vietnam market.”
Carmen Savarese, international sales manager at DTS, adds: “Acoustic & Lighting System Vietnam carry out their job in the best possible way, training professionals and offering a first-class level of expertise for each client. It is my absolute pleasure to work with these guys: their dedication is constantly looking towards the development of significant relationships of trust with customers, suppliers and partners. So, I am sure that this cooperation will be fruitful and successful.”

 
 
i-watched-music-on-the-internet4Chauvet lights internet music marathon
Wednesday, 5 May 2021

USA - Gerry Dintelman recently lit I Watched Music On The Internet, a four-part six-hour livestream marathon featuring 11 different bands shot in St Louis.
Dintelman created a design that gave each band a different look. He accomplished this with help from a large collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures that included Nexus 4 x 4 and NXT-1 panels along with Rogue R2 Beam and R2 Wash moving fixtures, all supplied by Arch City Audio Visual Services.
“This series was created by Arch City and the Sinkhole a local live music venue, as a means of showcasing different bands during the pandemic,” says Dintelman. “My co-designer Kevin Kwater and I knew that we would have to create a variety of looks to reflect each band’s personality. Since the videos were shot at the live stream space Arch City created in its warehouse early in the pandemic, we had a lot of fixtures at our disposal. So, we broke the rig apart in various ways to give each band its own look, while still building on our show throughout the series.”
Creating the wide range of dynamic looks Dintelman was after required not just a large number of fixtures, but also different types of fixtures that performed varying roles. “The Rogue R2 Beams and the Nexus panels are such opposite fixtures, they gave a nice contrast,” explains Dintelman. “Throughout the series we balanced the flood wash of the Nexus with the hard edge beams of the R2s.”
Dintelman choreographed the beams and washes with precision, creating chase sequences of darting beams across the stage in differ

 
prolightsProlights add impact to Phu Quoc Island
Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Vietnam - Vietnam's first ‘sleepless city' has officially opened on Phu Quoc Island, aiming to become an international destination. Phu Quoc United Centre, developed by Vingroup, took a total investment of $2.8bn and aims to attract visitors from all over the world.
Visitors will be able to enjoy multimedia shows, including the Vietnamese flowers, 32,000 bamboo tops, travelling the canals of Venice surrounded by coloured buildings that play homage to the Italian capital, among other attractions.
Prolights plays a part in the lighting design, with fixtures installed in the centre lake where the Venice canals are. Every night, the performance of Sac mau Venice (The colour of Venice) dazzles visitors with a light show. Vietnamese lighting designer Mr. Trong created all the looks, while Pro AVL, Prolights' distributor for the region, supported with the equipment and technical expertise.
A total of 24 Prolights PanoramaIP Spot were used, along with 12 PanoramaIP WBX moving washes for the Sac mau Venice show. The fixtures were also used for Tinh Hoa Vietnam, featuring a total of 40 Prolights PanoramaIP AirBeam, 36 PanoramaIP Spot and 28 PanoramaIP WBX fixtures.
“The designer chose Prolights IP fixtures as they were installed outdoors on a semi-permanent basis, since the show takes place every day,” says Puong of Pro AVL. “The Panorama series are incredibly bright and very reliable, and the products exceeded all expectations.”

 
 
the-elation-coffee-break500x500-5Elation Coffee Break features Artiste Mondrian
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Europe - Elation’s artistic power luminaire, the Artiste Mondrian, takes centre stage on the 6 May Elation Coffee Break. Filling out the top of Elation’s award-winning Artiste LED moving head series, the Mondrian LED Profile FX partners alongside and uses the same technology as the Artiste Monet and Artiste Rembrandt, including Elation’s exclusive 7-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system, and endless and continuous rotational framing system.
Presenters Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif will go live on Thursday, 6 May at 11:00 a.m. CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. No registration is required.
Optimized for extreme output (51,000 lumens!) and housing an all-inclusive FX package for unmatched projection performance, the Artiste Mondrian is a true all-in-one workhorse.
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, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

 
the-cubeADJ brings festival-style production to livestreams
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Germany - Over the past six months, two German production companies have been working together to simultaneously keep their creative juices flowing during the pandemic-inflicted hiatus on in-person events and lift the production value of livestreams.
The Wharf is the latest in a series of three increasingly ambitious dedicated livestream studios that they have created using primarily ADJ lighting and video equipment. This latest project combines a series of 3D cubes, lined with ADJ Pixie Strip pixel-mapped LED fixtures, and a water tank, illuminated by ADJ Hydro Series IP65-rated moving heads, to create a stunning visual backdrop for both DJ sets and full-on live performances to be captured on video.
LaserFrame, based in Cologne, and its owner Guido Schütz, specialises in lighting for clubs, lounges, and electronic music events. Meanwhile, Creative Sounds, from nearby Düsseldorf, and its principal Patrick Hirt, focus more on tradeshows, festivals, concerts, and other largescale events. The two companies have a long history of collaboration and often worked together on larger projects prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past winter – following a year when most of the events they would have worked on had been cancelled – Guido and Patrick wanted to find an outlet for their creativity and recognized that DJ livestreams, which had become popular during lockdown, presented the perfect opportunity for production innovation.
“We were very aware that the production value of most DJ livestreams is very low,” elaborates Guido. “They usually i

 
 
robe-red-nose-day-2021-comic2Robe MegaPointes help Comic Relief
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

UK - Thirty-eight Robe MegaPointe moving lights were an integral part of the lighting rig used by LD Chris Kempton for the UK’s 2021 Comic Relief biennial Red Nose Day telethon event which harnessed the power and inspiration of humour to raise funds for good causes.
The event was staged in March at D Studio in the BBC Elstree complex in Hertfordshire, UK, and broadcast live on the BBC.
The telethon was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry alongside Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, David Tennant and Alesha Dixon. It was the first Red Nose Day event to have a virtual audience - onscreen behind the presenters - due to COVID restrictions.
Lighting equipment was supplied by JLLighting Ltd., together with power distribution infrastructure and media servers to run all the playback visuals.
Chris has lit the show several times in the last few years, and this year he took Patrick Doherty’s dynamic set design - a spectacular spherical central stage flanked by two spherical podiums, surrounded by multiple LED screens on three sides plus circular trussing and ceiling elements above - as a starting point.
Along with this slick contemporary look, Chris considered the super-quick live changeovers facilitated during this fast-paced style of broadcast, and the need to be able to flip seamlessly between a variety of performance styles.
“It’s vital that the visual departments are fully aligned and enjoy a good synergy, so everything works beautifully together,” he states.
MegaPointes were the main effects fixtures of the show. They were chose

 
ayrton-minipanel-hr-17-1Ayrton to play key role at Eurovision 2021
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

The Netherlands - Ayrton reports that its MiniPanel-FX, Huracán-X and Karif LED lighting fixtures will form a major part of the lighting design for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which takes place at the Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Lighting designer Henk-Jan van Beek of Light-H-Art design has chosen significant numbers of each fixture for the main ambient and effects lighting for this annual music extravaganza. The full requirement of Ayrton fixtures - 386 in total - will be supplied by Eurovision 2021’s lighting, audio and rigging supplier, Ampco Flashlight.
The stage design for Eurovision 2021 by Florian Wieder is being kept under wraps for now, but those in the know at Ampco Flashlight have hinted at a wall of MiniPanel-FX which they describe on their Eurovision blog as ‘a cute little fixture that is fierce and powerful’ - and that’s just for starters.
“The reputation of Eurovision is unquestionable as one of the best global productions there is,” says Ayrton’s Michael Althaus. “To have Ayrton fixtures showcased on it is testament to the regard in which lighting designers hold our products. We are very excited to be involved once again and I can’t wait to see Henk-Jan’s design and the fantastic plans he has for our Huracán-X, Karif and MiniPanel-FX. This is a ‘first’ at Eurovision for Huracán-X and Karif, and as for MiniPanel-FX, I say ‘watch your backs!’”
The load-in at the Ahoy started on 10 April under the supervision of Erwin Rintjema, Eurovision Song Contest’s head of production f

 
 
game-of-talentsphotocredit-pictureskMavericks make impact on Game of Talents
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Belgium - Game shows are more fun when they’re challenging. Perhaps that’s why Game of Talents has been such a runway success. The show, which originated in Spain and quickly spread to other countries to debut in the US on 10 March, asks two teams of contestants to use their intuition and wits to figure out the hidden talents of performers based on only a few carefully selected clues.
Game of Talents presents an interesting challenge for designers who must often simultaneously key light the contestants sitting in their chairs as well as the performers on stage, all while fitting within the parameters of a broadcast application.
Michiel Milbou and his team at Never Fear Shadows met this challenge in winning fashion when lighting the Belgian version of this show, thanks to some adroit key lighting accomplished with Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Profile fixtures supplied by Splendit.
“We were retained by Fremantle Production, who we have enjoyed working with many times in the past to light this program,” says Milbou. “A challenging part of this show was creating two different levels of key lighting. We had to light contestants looking at the stage, as well as the person on the stage, much as we do the jury and performer in the Masked Singer.”
“It’s difficult to light in this situation, because the ideal place to hang the key lights is in the middle of the other set,” he continues. “The camera also has to look through the key light of the other set. I try to design key light to minimize the chance of that hap

 
robe-west-australian-ballet-thedan1-pRobe T2 Profiles make No Noiz for Perth ballet
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Australia - The first Robe T2 Profiles to arrive in Australia went to Perth-based lighting and visual rental and production company What Noiz and made their debut on the lighting rig designed by Matt Marshall for West Australian Ballet’s As One: Ballet at the Quarry.
This was performed as part of the 2021 Perth Festival at the Quarry Amphitheatre, an outdoor rock quarry in Perth’s coastal suburb of City Beaches.
What Noiz’s founder and owner Benjamin Fry explained that they had been looking for a powerful LED profile for some time. They loved what they saw in terms of features and functionality with Robe’s T1, but wanted something with just a bit more brightness and then along came the new T2 Profile.
The purchase was completed in time for the West Australian Ballet’s 2021 summer season with its three dynamic works combining ballet and contemporary dance.
4Seasons was a stirring existing work choreographed by Natalie Wier; Heartache was a collaborative re-working of six different pieces delivered by the company dancers and artistic team, with a concept created by artistic director Aurélien Scannella and principal rehearsal director and artistic associate Sandy Delasalle; and Moment of Joy was a new piece presented by West Australian Ballet principal dancer Dayana Hardy Acuña and soloist Juan Carlos Osma.
This outdoor venue, formerly a working limestone quarry, dates to colonial times, and West Australian Ballet is the resident company there every Perth Festival season.
The company’s lighti

 
 
showlight-speakers-finalVirtual Showlight announces speaker line-up
Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Europe - Showlight has revealed the speakers for its one-day online Virtual Showlight on 25 May.
In a snapshot of the full Showlight event, a series of papers will be presented by international keynote speakers, interspersed by a series of video shorts from the likes of Peggy Eisenhauer and Bill Klages. There will also be a discussion panel based on the subject of diversity in the lighting industry, chaired by award-winning lighting designer, Paule Constable.
The speakers for Virtual Showlight 2021 are:
David Bishop - BBC Strictly Come Dancing - BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s award-winning lighting designer, David Bishop, will outline the challenges of re-designing an icon of UK television after 15 years, the latest season of which required the incorporation of live augmented reality into the show.
Ken Billington, Rob Halliday, Aaron Porter - Lighting Around The World Without Leaving Home: The Story of Waitress in Japan - When Japan closed its borders just after Christmas, the production team for the musical Waitress were no longer able to travel to put the long-scheduled Tokyo production on stage. But the show must go on - so they figured out how to do the show remotely. For lighting, that meant LD Ken Billington and his associate Aaron Porter in New York, programmer Rob Halliday in London, and the crew in Japan.
Isabel Nielsen, Floriaan Ganzevoort, Mike Evers - From Shipyard to Street Art Museum - Floriaan Ganzevoort, Isabel Nielen and Mike Evers, are

 
avr3291Virtual light show marks space flight anniversary
Friday, 30 April 2021

Russia - On 12 April 2021, the Baikonur Cosmodrome hosted a gala concert to celebrate the spaceflight of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The festivities were broadcast live by the Russia TV network.
The concert’s ‘X-factor’ was a beam of light shooting out from the pit of the launch complex that sent the Vostok-1 spaceship into orbit 60 years ago. The light beam was created by TDS, a full-service production company.
The design concept called for the light beam to be so powerful that more than 60 high-power light projectors would be needed to create it. Another way to accomplish the task was to use augmented reality technology.
“Our team landed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 9 April,” reports TDS. “We had only four days to prepare the equipment for filming, install special marks, calculate precise distances using industrial-grade range meters, calibrate five cameras, integrate the light beam into the launch facility, and fine-tune a realistic output picture.
“The broadcast was performed with the five AR cameras, of which two were tracking cameras - including one on a telescopic camera crane - and three static view cameras.
“Our primary challenge was to make the beam look realistic, and integrate it with a physical object - the launch pad, which was a very complicated structure. We accomplished the task by putting a mask on the beam itself. It produced an excellent result. We were able to achieve precise tracking at a distance of 360m (four football fields) from the cameral to the virtual object.
Using the Pi

 
 
prolightsRebuilt Belarus theatre installs Prolights
Friday, 30 April 2021

Berlarus - Mozyr Ivan Melezh Drama Theatre in Belarus celebrated its reopening last summer after a major renovation. The building was originally built between the late 20s and early 30s of the last century, though it was seriously damaged in a fire in 2013, destroying most of the cultural monument.
Over the past few years, the building has gone through reconstruction, and Cinemanext Bel designed, supplied, installed and commissioned all the stage lighting and sound system of the large and small halls, and provided training to the newly hired staff.
“As part of the technical tender for the new equipment acquisition the theatre requested that the new fixtures had low power consumption, low heat and noiseless operation,” says Ulyana Barkova, Deputy Commercial Director at CinemaNext, adding: “With that in mind, we chose Prolights' Ruby and Jet Spot4Z for their LED source with a punchy output.”
Additionally, the theatre also took delivery of Prolight SunRise 2 blinders, Polar 3000 strobes and EclPar DY with a 5,600K source.
“We are confident that these fixtures by Prolights are a great addition to the theatre, and since they are very reliable and incredibly easy to use, the staff at the Drama Theatre will also be very satisfied,” adds Barkova.

 
astera-herbalife-awards-event-2021-img8615-pAsteras add impact to Herbalife awards event
Friday, 30 April 2021

USA - Global nutrition company Herbalife honoured its top performing sales force and distributors in an awards event staged at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in March, a streamed show that was executive & technically produced by Raj Kapoor Productions & Steffan Jones for CG Creative Studios.
Tom Sutherland from DX7 Design designed the lighting and Julio Himede from Yellow Studio was tasked with the scenic design, and Tom’s lighting design featured 1,145 Astera AX5 battery operated wireless LED PARs - one of the largest Astera installations worldwide. The luminaires were amassed by lighting vendor Felix Lighting..
Tom’s starting point for the lighting was Julio Himede’s production design which featured a 160ft-wide black gloss stage and four massive modernist style moving LED video arches.
Tom decided to surround and accentuate this epic look with an enormous four-sided grid of LED PARs covering the roof, back and two sides of the stage.
In addition to the CEO addresses, presentations, speeches and awards action, a series of Herbalife training sessions took place over the seven show days, and there were five “wow moments” comprising all-singing-all-dancing production numbers, three of which were directed by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo (AKA Nappytabs) which added flourishes of glamour and entertainment.
“I really needed to emulate the impressive and large-scale aesthetic of the production design,” explained Tom, “and ensure that the whole area could be flooded with quality light

 
 
robe-rally-estonia-2020-power-stage-winner-by-margus-vaherRobe gets a drive at WRC Rally Estonia
Friday, 30 April 2021

Estonia - Rental company Strikken supplied the lighting design and production design and equipment for the Power Stage Live TV podium, which welcomed the 2020 winners of Rally Estonia event - part of the World Rally Championship - and was set up close to the final stage finish line, near Rally Estonia’s HQ in Tartu.
They relied on the power and versatility of Robe moving lights including LEDWash 300s, LEDWash 800s and MMX Spots to deliver spectacular looking results. The luminaires were picked for their compact size, light weight, and brightness, and all rigged on the stage ground support structure together with some outrigged pipes facilitating the front positions.
The event was broadcast in 155 countries worldwide, and the Power Stage podium featured a 20m-deep by 30m-wide platform with two drive-on / off wings at the front and a substantial LED screen upstage. Lighting for TV generally was the starting point for the design, which was created by Strikken’s Raiko Saadjärv, Mihkel Västrik and Meelis Lever in collaboration with the Rally Estonia team.
The main challenge was ensuring that the lighting fixtures looked neat and maintained the clean lines and modern look of the stage which also had clear roof skins.
The eight LEDWash 300s onstage provided back washes, with the five LEDWash 800s key lighting at the front. It was a daylight event with the additional ambient lumens emanating from the LED screen, so they needed powerful washes enabling good skin tones and the LED washes were an ideal solution.
The two MMX Blades were used

 
costa-rica-national-theatre1Teatro Nacional Costa Rica switches to LED
Friday, 30 April 2021

Costa Rica - The elegant Teatro Nacional Costa Rica in San Jose, completed in 1897, is the jewel of the nation’s capital city and one of the most beautiful concert halls in the Americas.
Leading up to this famed structure, the visitor can gaze on sculptures of poet Calderón de la Barca and composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Further down the entry walkway are statues of Frédéric Chopin. The message delivered by this external artwork is clear: inside is a venue that treasures artistry from around the world!
Recently, the Costa Rican Philharmonic Orchestra reaffirmed this commitment by performing a virtual concert at the site. Supporting their performance and making it more vivid to viewers was the colourful light from the theatre’s newly installed Chauvet Professional COLORado 3 Solo fixtures.
The 60W RGB LED fixtures were installed just prior to the show, when the older units at the venue began to fog up unexpectedly. Stage manager Telemaco Martínez and Illuminotécnicos del Teatro’s technical team of David Rojas Rojas, Hermes Soto Loría and Manuel Zuñiga Elizondo, addressed the issue by installing the new COLORado fixtures.
“For us, as the new generation of technicians of the National Theatre of Costa Rica, it has been exciting to be part of this change from lights with halogen and tungsten to LED fixtures,” says Hermes Soto Loría.
“Taking advantage of the COLORado 3 Solo’s smooth zoom and three 60 W RGBW LED, which project an intense and fully homogenized beam, while remaining ultra-quiet, the entire team at Teatro Naci

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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