Lighting News

ma-stayhomeandlearn1170x695MA Lighting introduces #stayhomeandlearn
Friday, 1 May 2020

Europe - MA Lighting has highlighted its free educational web tools as it aims to help its users cope with the downtime during the coronavirus crisis “in the best possible way”.
MA Tips videos provide new grandMA3 knowledge every week. MA Lighting‘s own free of cost E-learning platform is a powerful tool when entering the world of MA training.
The grandMA3 software is the soul of the grandMA3 platform and is designed to accommodate the current and future needs of lighting control. Users can download and test it for free.
For those who wish to connect with fellow MA users, the MA Forum is the place where they can ask questions about grandMA3 and dot2 and exchange views with other users about all kinds of MA topics.
MA has compiled a list of its free resources here:

jr-jll-still2JLLighting backs #Clapforourcarers
Friday, 1 May 2020

UK - Television and event lighting company JLLighting worked alongside Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide ‘the biggest #Clapforourcarers thank you yet’.
Using 40,000 watts of projections, JLL projected messages of thanks across the Children's Hospital and West wing façade, this thanks also extends to the teams at OUH and Oxford University working on multiple trials for COVID-19 vaccines.

robe-our-shining-light-nationwide-limelight-5-p-photo-craig-duncanClearsound initiates nationwide action
Friday, 1 May 2020

UK - In a collective action on 19 April, over 50 lighting and laser companies joined UK lighting rental company Clearsound Productions to shine lights in the sky, united by the hashtag #ourshininglight.
The campaign was initiated a few weeks ago when Clearsound’s Steven Haynes and Dan Ridd fired up eight Robe MegaPointes on the roof of their warehouse in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, and got the town - and their social media feeds - buzzing. The duo were in turn inspired by the weekly national Thursday night Clap for Carers action taking place across the UK.
That first installation had such a great reaction that two weeks later, Steven and Dan deployed two MegaPointes each in five locations - the gardens of Clearsound employees - around Shipston shooting beams all around the town again in support of essential workers.
For this latest #ourshininglight action, Steven wanted to involve as much of the lighting, laser, and production community as possible.
First, he emailed all his relevant industry contacts with the idea, then did some Facebook posting, all of which yielded a fantastic response.
Having gauged how many companies were committed to doing some sort of lighting display on the approaching Sunday evening, by midday on the Friday, with assistance from Genius Bros in Daventry, he applied for all the necessary regional permissions and NOTAMs from the CAA for 33 sites around the UK.
While there are very few commercial passenger aircraft flying right now, there are still cargo flights and plenty of other aircraft util

rada-flower-drop-02Electro Kabuki adds drama for RADA students
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - Acting & Theatre Production students at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) rigged a dynamic scene change using an Electro Kabuki drop in a recent performance of Oscar’s Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
The play calls for a scene change between Act 1, based in the Piccadilly rooms of character Algernon Moncrief and Act 2, set in the garden of the Manor House in Woolton belonging to character Jack Worthing (aka. Earnest). In this lively and engaging production, the creative team came up with a novel idea to mark the transition.
With Electro Kabuki dropper modules rigged to the grid high above the production in a cargo net configuration, several hundred flower heads were dropped to the stage, bang on cue with accompanying sound effects, as the actor playing Miss Prism took her seat at the garden table. Marked by appreciative gasps, the audience was left in no doubt that the setting of the play had shifted.
Cargo net applications are just one of many Electro Kabuki configurations that can be deployed for staged drops and theatrical reveals, and are often used for balloons, artificial snowflakes or poppy petals. Members of the Electro Kabuki team were invited to the RADA performance as VIP guests. They have huge experience of all sorts of kabuki drops and concluded that this was the first known instance of dropping full flower heads.
The entire production of The Importance of Being Earnest was a resounding success, with the only disappointment being that its run in RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrug

12stepMusic Support hosts 12-step support groups online
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - Music Support has launched weekly online support group meetings to allow the music industry’s 12 Step recovery community to continue to connect during the Covid-19 lockdown. Meetings will take place every Monday 18:00-19:00 GMT from 27 April to 28 September 2020.
Available to any music industry peers throughout the summer, Music Support will provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for people to share and encourage one another on the journey of recovery.
Music Support Services Officer, Joanne Croxford, states: “It might be that someone is in need of a secure virtual space to share their experiences, while others may want to take part in these meetings simply by listening in and feeling accepted and connected during isolation. Music Support will offer strength and hope as we all navigate our way through these testing times.”
Music Support Managing Director, Eric Mtungwazi, adds: “The 12 Step Support Group Meetings have been a key part of our work backstage at festivals during the typical summer season. This year, as we’re unable to offer this service in-person due to the Covid-19 lockdown - which has resulted in the cancellation of festivals across the UK - we’re delighted to be able to offer support online and keep this community connected.”
To receive personalised login instructions, please email: with the subject ‘12 Step Support Group Meetings’. All data remains confidential.

ft-tvDoughty makes headlines at FT-TV with Projects Department
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - When Projects Department Ltd won the contract to create two live studios and two breaking news spots for the Financial Times TV studio in London, Doughty Engineering was quickly brought on board to supply a range of broadcast kit.
Peter Daffarn, managing director, Projects Department Ltd explains: "The client briefed us to create the studios and news spots for presenting live news bulletins at short notice and for occasional use and, with Doughty being our go-to company for hoists and grids, we knew they'd be fundamental to the project from the start."
Building a bulletin studio meant that Projects Department Ltd had a smaller than usual space to work with, therefore the design and build needed to be imaginative. The studios were required to be integrated into a working office space and, with a number of high-profile guests visiting, the client wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. The lack of height in the studios was a major factor as Daffarn explains: "Due to limited space, Doughty's Dan Phillips and I spent time creating a grid that was both aesthetically pleasing and functionally slimline. Dan has been central to the reason I work a lot with Doughty. I often share early design thoughts with him and we bounce ideas between us as no two studios are ever the same. Once we are on site installing, I know I could call Dan on a Sunday and he would try his best to help."
Doughty and Projects Department Ltd designed and installed the ‘Flat Grid’ which was first used at the Tate Modern and was essential to the clean look

zillahSatore Studio appoints Zillah Watson as Director of Content
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - Satore Studio has appointed Zillah Watson as Director of Content and Executive Producer. She will lead Satore’s development of virtual production and experiential content, as the company enters an ambitious new phase of growth.
Watson was Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC and headed up the BBC’s VR studio. She was executive producer of a number of award-winning VR experiences and led a project to push VR out to over 170 public libraries around the UK, resulting in the most comprehensive VR audience research in the UK to date.
Satore Studio combines design and technology to bring bold, beautiful concepts to life, delivering truly memorable virtual experiences from runways, stages and sets to audiences worldwide. The studio is led by creative director Tupac Martir.
Discussing Watson’s appointment, Martir said: “I am incredibly excited to be able to share this news with the community. Zillah has always been someone that we can trust on giving us the correct opinion and constructive criticism to move our projects forward. To have her as part of the Satore team brings joy and fills me with enthusiasm for what we can build together; we have become stronger and more creative with the arrival of Zillah.”
Watson brings a wealth of experience in creating and commissioning high-quality content from over 20 years in broadcasting prior to her work in VR. A former Head of Editorial Standards for Radio 4, she started her career in TV documentaries and later worked as a journalist for BBC News.
Before leading the BBC

lightitblueVerge Aero's sky-high salute to health workers
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - On Tuesday evening, Verge Aero, the leader in high performance drone light shows, delivered a unique aerial tribute to medical staff and essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The display of gratitude took place opposite the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania as part of the global #LightItBlue and local #PhillyShinesBlue campaigns, not far from Verge Aero’s Pennovation Works offices at the University of Pennsylvania.
The aerial light show was launched from Philadelphia’s Franklin Field football stadium, adjacent to the hospital complex. 140 extremely bright drones configured themselves into giant images up to 400ft above the ground, making themselves visible throughout the University of Pennsylvania campus and medical centre as well as far away across the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia.
The drone light show featured images designed to offer hope, thanks, and love. There were also reminders to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. Giant hearts danced around, and the iconic LOVE artwork by Pop artist Robert Indiana floated gracefully over the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.
Emergency vehicles with lights flashing appeared in front of the hospital to announce the start of the drone light show. “The show was planned to ensure maximum visibility for those inside the hospital and allow them to view the show while maintaining social distance,” says Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen. “There was no advance publicity. We flew th

performance-series-the-batteryNanoLumens revamps Performance Series
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - NanoLumens has announced a series of product upgrades to their outdoor Performance Series line of LED displays.
The upgrades to the Performance Series bring customers’ creative freedoms with the outdoor product more in line with what they’d enjoy designing a NanoLumens indoor product, says the company.
Announced upgrades include the addition of two new pixel pitches, at 3.1mm and 3.9mm, to complement the product line’s broad existing range of pitches, which currently extends from 3.1mm to 10.0mm. Another major change to the product line is the shift from using steel cabinets to smaller cast cabinets that measure 500mm by 500mm. These smaller cast cabinets grant greater design freedom with regard to display size and shape while allowing seamless alignment for the new smaller pixel pitches.
The new cabinets also improve the display’s heat dissipation, and therefore, its performance. An increase in max brightness has been engineered as well to help the displays stand out against strong ambient sunlight and despite the diverse alterations, the Performance line retains the same IP rating it has always boasted.
“Each of the NanoLumens product developments this year have focused on giving customers greater performance and flexibility and this continues that pattern,” said Brice McPheeters, director of product line management and customer experience for NanoLumens. “With smaller cabinets, more available pitches, and new cabinets, the Performance Series is more customisable than ever while improving upon its already strong display

industrialweddingChauvet evokes industrial past at wedding
Thursday, 30 April 2020

Belgium - Looking for an alternative venue to the norm, a young couple in West Flanders held their wedding reception at Transfo Zweegem, a former power plant that was built in 1911.
With its matrix of crisscrossing steel girders and beams, boilers, tanks and generator housings, the venue’s long narrow main hall resonates with echoes of a distant industrial past. Accenting the evocative power of this setting, while complementing it with a stylish 21st century touch, was a vividly coloured lighting arrangement by Présence that featured over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Solico Events & Expo Technics.
The warm amber, and purple-blue light form these fixtures endowed the room with an inviting sense of intimacy without detracting from the stark, intense effect of its industrial nature. “We definitely liked the industrial atmosphere,” said Isabel D’Hulster of Présence. “It was captivating and distinctive. Our goal was to give the industrial element a warm, cozy touch with the lighting.”
Featured in the lighting rig, which was brought to the venue for the wedding, were 22 Well Fit fixtures, 20 Rogue R2 Washes and two Rogue RH1 Hybrid units. Positioned at the base of the former power plant’s tower, as well as at its elevator and main entrance, the RGBA Well Fit uplights accented key architectural elements and set an elegant tone for the wedding. The sleek aluminium casing of these fixtures complemented the venue’s industrial setting.
Providing added visual excitement to the reception room entrance were the Rogue RH

adjADJ launches second Stay Connected run
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Following the success of ADJ’s first run of Stay Connected educational live video broadcasts, the company has announced that more have been planned. Covering a wide variety of lighting-related topics, and including panel sessions with industry leaders, the next wave of broadcasts will take place twice each week throughout May and into June.
Each new instalment of Stay Connected will have a particular focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes or offices. Some will take a deep dive into a specific piece of software or technology, while others will cover a more general topic. All the sessions are designed “to teach, equip and inspire”.
Broadcast via Facebook Live, the videos will also feature interactive elements allowing viewers to ask questions directly to the product specialists and special guests on camera.
“Here at ADJ we have been overwhelmed by the response to our Stay Connected series of Facebook Live videos,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “Each video has attracted a healthy and engaged live audience, who have interacted with our presenters in real-time by making comments and asking questions. Then, after their initial broadcast, we’ve published the videos on our YouTube channel where each one is being viewed hundreds, if not thousands of times.
“We’ve also received lots of messages from viewers who have found them useful, while others have requested additional topics they’d l

christieChristie University courses continue
Thursday, 30 April 2020

Europe - During these challenging times, Christie continues to support its partners and customers in many ways, including the provision of online courses through Christie University, many of which are open to anyone with an interest in the technology, and free.
“Need to sharpen your understanding of processing with products such as Spyder, or hone your skills in content management or switching and distribution with products like Pandoras Box and Terra SDVoE technology? Sign up for one of our webinars for Pandoras Box or Christie Terra and Christie Spyder,” says Christie.

glpExo Beams light Rüfüs Du Sol at CRSSD
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Australian alternative dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol,have been steadily building their reputation over the past decade. Masterminding the lighting on their tours since 2014 - respectively in support of the albums Atlas, Bloom, Solace, and now Live From Joshua Tree - has been Matthew Smith from Melbourne-based Colourblind.
As part of the Solace album tour, the band had appeared at CRSSD Festival in San Diego’s Waterfront Park at the beginning of March. “We redesigned the show to give it new life for the second half of the album cycle, deciding to replace the 24 GLP impression X4 Bar 20’s with more [GLP] JDC1’s,” explained Colourblind director, Matthew Smith, who was responsible for carrying out the redesign.
In fact the production is now using 38 of the JDC1’s in total, run in SPix mode 3 (68-channels) - seven upstage behind the band, seven on the front truss and 24 behind the transparent video wall.
Colourblind was fortunate that local San Diego vendor, Maktive, had plenty of JDC1s in its hire stock, enabling the company to ‘top up’ to the requisite number in its festival design. “The show at CRSSD looked incredible as a result,” said Smith.
Maktive proprietors, Bryan McClanahan and Patrick Randall, have been the festival lighting designers and providers since CRSSD started in the Spring of 2015. But they introduced an additional surprise to this year’s event as the rig also incorporated 54 of GLP’s new Fusion Exo Beams, since Maktive had become an early investor.
On the festi

brentschmidt1Chauvet DJ joins Six Feet Apart parties
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

USA - Like many DJs, Brent Schmidt who has been side-lined by the Covid-19 lockdown, has taken to streaming performances every week, partly to stay busy, partly to reach out to friends and fans in his community. In the process, thanks in part to their attractive visuals, his livestreamed shows have actually resulted in new business.
Sporting catchy titles like the Six Feet Apart Party, Schmidt’s streams emanate from his home studio. From a production standpoint, this ‘venue’ is a far cry from the rooms that he has worked while lighting major conferences like SkySprout, or touring with celebrated TV magician Rick Smith Jr.
Still, Schmidt strives to give these online shows at least a basic level of production looks.
“I love doing these streams, and I think it’s great that other DJ are going on line to do this kind of thing,” he said. “In my view, these streamed shows help take everyone’s mind off what’s happening in the world today.
“However, I think it’s important not to go out there with just a plain lighting setup, or worse,” continued Schmidt. “You have to remember, every show you stream is a reflection on your services, so it makes sense to create a good impression. You never know who is watching!”
Using two camera positions in his livestreamed shows to create more variation, Schmidt delivers visually engaging presentation with multiple colours, overlapping layers of light, and deep texture. Helping him accomplish this in his improvised studio is a collection of Chauvet DJ fixtures from the inventory

warandepoort-theatreElation Fuze plays variety of theatre roles
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Belgium - CC de Warandepoort Theatre in Tervuren near Brussels took delivery of Elation Fuze Profile luminaires shortly before performance venues went dark in March and looks forward to using the new full-colour framing moving heads on a variety of productions once the theatre can again welcome patrons to its stage.
Warandepoort Theatre is a 370-seat performance arts venue and the cultural centre of the municipality of Tervuren, presenting both modern and classic theatre, concerts, comedy, dance, film, and the occasional corporate or community event.
Although many of the productions the theatre hosts carry their own equipment, according to Alexander Remmerswaal, technician at the theatre, many do not. “When that is the case, we are glad to step in with technical support by providing our own equipment,” he says, clarifying that there is little budget for renting in gear. “We have wash fixtures in the rig but needed a fixture with breakup gobos to complement those so I started looking around at expos at the different possibilities.”
Elation key account manager for Benelux, Bert Schmeits, reports: “Alexander was looking for a high-quality profile moving head with framing shutters. He also needed a fixture with variable colour temperature with a high CRI value so that the spots can be used universally, also as front light. As we had just launched the Fuze Profile and it fulfilled his main requirements, I suggested it to him.”
The most important features, says Alexander, besides the profile framing requirement with breakup gobo functio

eminence-boulder-city-photocredit-tarafotoGibson goes Rogue for Eminence Ensemble
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

USA - Taking the stage at the Boulder Theatre in Frisco, CO, on Saturday 21 February, the six members of Eminence Ensemble likely had even more spring in their step than usual. The jam band was clearly on a roll. Their recently released first EP, Real News a mash-up of jazz, rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop, had cemented their reputation as one of the brightest rising stars in the West.
The Boulder-based group was also about to embark on a national Road to Red Rocks tour in celebration of their first-ever appearance at the famed outdoor amphitheatre, which was scheduled for Saturday 25 April. Then Covid-19 happened, putting the tour, the Red Rocks show milestone, and every other live event on indefinite hold.
Undeterred, the band continued to stay connected to its loyal fan base. A video of their Boulder Theatre show (the last before the lockdown) was posted on social media. Taking this connection, a step further, Eminence Ensemble performed at an empty 10 Mile Music Hall in the Rocky Mountain town of Frisco, CO and had their show livestreamed on
Over 11,000 people saw the livestream show, which was part of the Live From Out There series. To ensure that their show engaged viewers quickly, Eminence Ensemble started off their stream in the middle of Queen Bee, a hard-driving bluesy tune reminiscent of the early Allman Brothers.
Also adding an instantaneous kinetic force to the live stream was a dynamic Jake Gibson-designed lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spot fixtures.
“As far as the energy

tolerance-bridge-1Martin Middle East lights Tolerance Bridge
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

UAE - Martin Professional Middle East (MPME) and Scientechnic LLC recently deployed Martin by Harman lighting fixtures to illuminate Tolerance Bridge in Dubai with a dazzling lighting display.
Tolerance Bridge is the first and only clear span suspension bridge in the Middle East. Named in honour of the International Day of Tolerance, the bridge offers pedestrians a 690ft-long walking and cycling path over the Dubai Water Canal. The canal is a three-kilometre long project starting from Business Bay into the Persian Gulf through Safa Park and Jumeirah. The canal comprises one shopping centre, four hotels, 450 restaurants, luxury housing, and various green networks, which allow pedestrians complete autonomy from vehicular traffic.
In order to create a visitor experience, the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) hired Scientechnic LLC to design a lighting solution, which would make the bridge “beautifully illuminated without causing any glare at the pedestrians using the bridge”. Scientechnic consultant Christos Tsikiloudis worked with lighting solutions provider Martin Professional Middle East to design a captivating lighting display using Martin Exterior Wash 310 LED fixtures.
“Love and tolerance are bridges of communication and a universal language, binding humanity across different languages, religions and cultures," says Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice-president and prime minister UAE. “Our UAE today is a light in a dark place, setting a bright example for others."
Scientechnic selected 22 Exterior Wash 310 LED fixtures to illu

allman-brothers-band-jbg3379-photo-jake-brickAllman Brothers Band celebrates 50 with Robe
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

USA - The Brothers: Celebrating 50 Years of The Allman Brothers Band show was staged at New York’s Madison Square Garden just before the state went into lockdown.
Lighting designer Chris Ragan utilised over 100 Robe fixtures in his design for the epic four-hour performance which delighted Allman Brothers and Allman Brothers Band (ABB) fans from several generations and all walks of life. The Brothers’ cult status and their dynamic fusion of blues, jazz and country with their own distinctive rock sound have resulted in their music and influence being relevant long after their first period of ‘glory days’ in the 1970s.
Chris has many connections and crossovers with several current members of the ABB, which has been a client for lighting rental vendor BML-Blackbird for 30 years - showing some impressive client loyalty.
When the late Earl “Pappy” Francis, ABB’s long-time lighting director passed away last year, Chris and many others in the lighting community lost a well-loved friend and hugely respected mentor. So, Chris was honoured and proud to be asked to light this seminal 50-year celebration show.
The Robe count included 44 Spiider LED wash beams, 20 BMFL Spots, 26 MegaPointes and 12 PixelPATTs, all supplied by BML-Blackbird.
By the time the event reached the design stage, the show had been sold in a 360 format, so Chris knew exactly what was needed in terms of sightlines.
The Allman Brothers were known for having liquid lightshows during the 1970s and “we all really wanted to involve that look and style i

robe-uk-head-of-marketing-theresa-gibsonRobe UK appoints new head of marketing
Monday, 27 April 2020

UK - Robe UK has appointed Theresa Gibson as head of marketing. Theresa has worked across a mix of sectors including marketing / live event agencies, and also in the world of entertainment technology for a distribution company, all of which will be a “massive asset” to Robe UK, comments managing director Mick Hannaford.
“Lights set the scene, create atmosphere and can really bring any environment to life, so to be working with a market-leading moving light manufacturer is fantastic,” she commented.
Theresa will be based at Robe UK’s HQ in Northampton. The scope of her role there will include coordinating marketing activities across events, tradeshows and exhibitions, digital and social media and a range of integrated brand communications.
She will be collaborating closely with her colleagues at Robe UK as well as Robe’s international marketing / communications team to continue developing essential brand value and enhancing the company’s business opportunities in tandem with the immersive ‘end-to-end’ customer experience for which Robe is renowned.
Theresa joins Robe UK at a highly challenging time for the whole live music, show and event industry as the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds creating an extraordinary set of circumstances forcing companies, organisations and brands to revaluate their purpose and approaches to life and business.
“The quality and innovation of Robe’s products, the company’s commitment to – and valuing of – human relationships and their ability t

the-elation-hourTop television LDs join Elation Hour
Monday, 27 April 2020

USA - Elation Professional continues its Elation Hour online presentation series Wednesday, 29 April, where three of America’s top lighting designers for television – Victor Fable, Joshua Hutchings and Ed Motts – join hosts John Dunn and Matthias Hinrichs for a Tools & Techniques discussion about the ins and outs of television and broadcast lighting. The free webinar will take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in the U.S.
The Elation Hour is a weekly virtual presentation that delves into the more personal side of product development while also addressing the technology and process behind the Elation’s most popular product series.
The series also includes discussions with some of our industry’s most noted designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting.
RSVP here.

wharfWisconsin Town honours unsung heroes
Monday, 27 April 2020

USA - Rising high over the flatland at the mouth of the Manitowoc River as it flows into Lake Michigan, the Briess Grain Tower in Manitowoc, WI, has served a familiar landmark for sailors and townspeople for generations. On the night of Friday 10 April, the venerable structure offered another kind of hope and reassurance. From 7:45 to 11 pm, it glowed in blue against the clear, dark sky as a show of solidarity and support for the healthcare workers and front-liners during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Local businesses, The Wharf Manitowoc, Powerhouse Productions and Brennan Seehafer Productions, came up with the idea of lighting the tower, along with another landmark, the decommissioned WWII submarine, USS Cobia, to honour these unsung heroes.
“They are making great sacrifices to ensure that things continue to function during the pandemic, and this is a way for our community to say thanks,” said Brennan Seehafer, who owns The Wharf Manitowoc, a popular seasonal music venue next to the grain tower.
Providing the richly coloured light for the display was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures supplied by Powerhouse Productions. Brandon Zinn, owner of the lighting company, used four Rogue R2X Beam and six Rogue R2X Wash fixtures to achieve the powerfully moving effect.
Zinn positioned the six wash units on the ground about 75ft from the tower, arranging them so each side of the structure was bathed in light. To light the submarine, he relied on the four beam fixtures, positioned across the river from the vessel, about 300ft away. In bo

sosSOS support for Feed our Crew initiative
Monday, 27 April 2020

South Africa - The SOS Charity Fund was established in December 2016, and from the start was met with generous support from the entertainment industry. The charity is now pleased to donate R50,000 to Feed our Crew, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is providing temporary support through food vouchers to the technical and casual event crews during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
While DWR Distribution established, administer and are a contributor to the SOS Charity Fund, the entertainment industry has fully participated in fundraising events. “Although DWR Distribution is also going through a tough time, the money we’ve raised for the SOS belongs to the people and not to us,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “The SOS was established to help people in times like these, this is what it’s all about.”
When all events were abruptly shut down due to Covid-19, Tamsyn Strydom, co-founder of Feed our Crew, was active on a couple of groups and forums aimed at technicians.
“The message that kept coming through was that people needed help,” Tamsyn recalls. “Initially, I started communicating with Kagiso Moima Wa Masimini, and together our aim was to put together an appeal to the President of South Africa.” Tamsyn and KG asked people in the industry to make videos to be sent to the presidency in order to illustrate the struggle that the entertainment world is facing.
Marcia Alves , a seasoned technical manager, also reached out to Tamsyn regarding the video appeal and as the videos came in, Tamsyn, KG and Marcia knew they had to do mor

chrisharrisChris Harris passes away
Friday, 24 April 2020

UK - LSi is sad to report the passing of lighting designer and Society of Television Lighting And Design (STLD) committee member Chris Harris.
He passed away on 7 April whilst being treated for COVID-19 and associated complications.
Harris had over 45 years of experience in the entertainment and broadcast industries, including 14 years at BBC's Pebble Mill Studios in Edgbaston. He had worked at most of Birmingham's leading theatres, including the Birmingham Hippodrome, the New Alexandra Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and the ICC. He also managed the TV studio and theatre technical departments at Rugby School for many years.
Most recently, Harris was the lighting director for Channel 5's The Gadget Show.
The STLD says in a statement: "Chris was a tireless member of our committee, giving untold hours of his time to it and travelling many miles for the STLD to arrange exhibitions promoting us. And with the hours that he had left in the day he organised membership, took an interest in student matters, and visited colleges. Chris will be a hard act to follow."
Harris' funeral will take place on 27 April at 1.30pm, but due to the UK's social distancing measures, only the closest family can attend. A memorial will be held at a later date when the restrictions are lifted.
Beyond his work in lighting, Harris was a railway enthusiast and volunteered at the South Devon Railway. Those wishing to donate in his memory should visit the test

blissgizel-jime-conor-ryan-mario-cantonephoto-credit-tracy-martinBreaking new ground with Bliss and Rayzor
Friday, 24 April 2020

USA - Created at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Bliss is a new musical fantasy full of emotion and humour that shatters assumptions about what a fairytale princess should be. The empowering tale had its world premiere run 7-23 February and was enthusiastically received for its catchy music and non-traditional storyline, plus its scenic and lighting design.
The unorthodox ethos carried into the lighting rig as well where lighting designer Yael Lubetzky incorporated Elation Rayzor 760 luminaires in her design, an LED moving head fixture you more typically find in a concert rig, which is exactly where the LD first discovered it. “I saw a Rob Thomas concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York and saw the Rayzor 760 and thought these are exactly what we want in the show,” Yael shares. “When I saw the units sparkle effect, I was so surprised. I had never seen anything like it before. It was fantastic.”
The Rayzor 760 is a wash effects fixture with seven large RGBW LEDs, wide zoom and continuous rotation, but it was the luminaire’s unique SparkLED background illumination system that really caught her attention. “[Elation national sales manager] John Dunn did a great demo for us and showed us everything it could do,” the lighting designer says. “When I saw the SparkLED I knew how perfect it was for our show. Not only for the music and concert effects, but also as a reflection of this character who lives in the Castle of Mirrors. It was specifically because of it that I chose the fixture.”
SparkLED is a sparkle effect created by 2


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