USA - Tenth Planet Productions, production designer John Calkins, Bianca Moncada and the team at screen content creator Darmah, and lighting designer Allen Branton supported the performances at the 2022 iHeart Radio Music Awards.
For his part, Branton relied on light from his 4Wall Entertainment supplied rig, which included over 70 Chauvet Professional fixtures, to enhance the “virtual stage” environment created through the video and scenic design.
“This show was the result of an interesting collaboration between lighting and scenic design, along with the screen content creations by Darmah,” says Branton. “The design team essentially built the show around a virtual environment. Creatively arranging video tiles, the team created a virtual proscenium on the venue’s actual stage, with lighting working inside it.”
Created to meet the needs of a broadcast event, the design had the flexibility required to create different looks for the long list of celebrated stars who appeared on the nationally televised event; a group that included host LL Cool J, Måneskin, Jason Aldean, Megan Thee Stallion and Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Charlie Puth
“The video content capacity of the design allowed us to generate entirely different worlds,” continues Branton. “Darmah was the MVP of this production for sure.”
As the show reflected the various personalities and styles of the different artists on stage, video content played a key role in maintaining a consistent image for the TV audience. “Time was short as is almost always the ca
UK - Dry Hire Lighting, a rental specialist based in High Wycombe, has seen an uptick in business as the industry starts returning post pandemic, all positive news which has fuelled a recent investment in five Robe RoboSpot remote follow systems and 32 Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
The company is seeing a demand for various Robe products, reports business development director Rael Hancock, who joined the company September 2019.
“Spiiders are a ‘go-to’ fixture for so many scenarios,” comments Rael, and for the same reason, the RoboSpot investment was also seen as solid, and one of the most popular and user-friendly remote follow spotting solutions on the market.
“We’re driven by market demand and ROI. Additionally, the relationship we enjoy with Robe UK and the technical support is excellent - another major plus when considering an investment.”
The new RoboSpot BaseStations - which work with a variety of different Robe fixtures - and the Spiiders join an already large number of other Robe products available via Dry Hire Lighting.
USA - Altman Lighting has promoted Angel Couto to the position of production manager. ‘Cap’ has worked for Altman lighting for over 30 years, during those years he has held many different titles ranging from but not limited to, forklift operator, assembler, customer service, customer support, buyer, to his most recent role, inventory manager.
Cap’s new role will allow him to take all of his years of experience into action by overseeing all things production from production and order scheduling and timing to running the facility with our incredible Altman fabrication and manufacturing teams.
“Cap’s passion, drive, collaboration, and attention to detail makes him a perfect fit for the production manager role,” comments Altman’s general manager Pete Borchetta. “His dedication and service to Altman Lighting customers has been second to none. I am thrilled to be working with Cap in this new role and see incredible things ahead.”
USA - Holy Cross Lutheran sits on a hilltop overlooking the city of College Station, TX. Chandler Mann and the team at Covenant Communications were commissioned to light the church.
“This is a very special building with its cavernous architecture, traditions, and modern ambience,” said Mann. “I love being pushed to utilise white canvases, such as the one we have here, with lighting. Black backdrops are fun and have their perfect place, but all lighting designers worth their salt dream of filling an ethereal space with atmosphere and power.
“Working heavily with white architectural environments over the past five years has truly forced me to hand the reins over and to trust the artistic licences of architects and designers,” continued Mann. “They’re pursuing an art, just as I am, and I’m honoured to help their creations shine.”
Aiding Mann in his quest to support the church’s architecture were 42 Chauvet Professional fixtures. Included in this collection were 16 Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals, 12 Ovation F-145WW Fresnels, 10- COLORado 1-Quad wash lights, and four COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 linear units. DMX signals are sent to these fixtures via two RDMX-8 units; and the rig is controlled by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ50.
Hung overhead in two rows on the triangular ceiling above the stage, the Fresnel fixtures provide soft washes. The ellipsoidal fixtures are also positioned overhead on three rows to provide stage and key lighting, while the colour rendering washes are positioned throughout the church to accent its distinctive architect
USA - Reba McEntire is currently on tour with a lighting system from Bandit Lites. In 2019, when lighting designers Gayle Hase and Dave Hare began planning the lighting for the 2020 tour, they were unified in thinking that nothing should attempt to rival Reba’s powerhouse performance.
“Too many of today’s productions are more about the bells and whistles than the talent that is on stage,” said Hare. “We felt that a proper balance of production would only enhance the tremendous talent that is onstage and deliver a great experience to the audience.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 200 fixtures, which differed from basic spot and wash lighting rigs. Fixtures included Mac Viper Profiles, Elation Proteus Maximus, Elation SixBar 1000, Elation CuePix WW4, Robe BMFL spots, Elation Smartys and Elation Proteus Rayzor 760.
“We wanted to make sure we had a proper balance of beams and texture while allowing versatility in how we used the fixtures,” explained Hare. “All the fixtures in this lighting system can be used in different ways to create many different scenes.”
In March 2020, Hase and Hare were at Venue One, Bandit Lites pre-visualization studio and rehearsal space, when Covid-19 halted live events.
“I remember telling everyone that we would be back in two weeks,” said Hare. Two years later, the two walked back into Venue One to finish the programming and finally take the show on the road. “Everyone at Bandit was great in getting the lighting rig prepped and out the door in the midst of all this chaos,” said Har
Germany - Adam Hall Group will be present at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition centre for Prolight + Sound 2022 from 26-29 April, with separate booths for its Cameo and LD Systems brands. These booths will showcase new products from Adam Hall Group’s extensive event technology portfolio. In addition to new Cameo fixtures for stage, theatre, architecture and broadcast usage, visitors can look forward to ‘a pioneering sound reinforcement solution from LD Systems’.
LD Systems comes to Prolight + Sound with one product. Just ONE product – and yet so much more! At its booth (located at Hall 11.0 #A21), the pro audio manufacturer will present the next milestone in its brand history: a scalable system that ‘sets new standards in user-friendliness and flexibility in the professional rental market’.
With the new OTOS H5, Cameo (Hall 12.1 #B24) is directly addressing the needs of professional lighting designers and rental companies who require a fully road and rider ready beam spot wash hybrid moving head in their portfolio. In addition to its use in venues with large capacities, the OTOS H5 – with its high light output (19,000 lm) and IP65 certification – is particularly impressive in outdoor applications such as open-air concerts and festivals. This flexible 3-in-1 spotlight combines a powerful light and effect output with a low weight of only 33 kg, making the OTOS H5 currently the lightest product in its performance class.
With the P2 Series, Cameo presents its first profilers for professional theatre, TV and event applications. The series i
UK - John Hornby Skewes & Co (JHS) has announced the appointment of Paul Smith as managing director, along with further changes in management, sales and administration.
Founded in 1965, JHS is a family owned and led SME, distributing a range of over 4,500 products across a blend of third-party distributed and proprietary brands through a variety of channels in over 150 countries.
With effect 1 April, Adam Butterworth, who joined the company in May 2006, is appointed to the position of director of sales. Adam, who has been instrumental in the growth and consolidation and success of JHS’ export business, will be bringing his considerable commercial acumen and sales skills to bear across JHS’ export and domestic sales activities.
Simon Turnbull, another long serving JHS team member is appointed to the position of media and communications manager. Simon, who has been with JHS since 1984 will be ‘building upon his decades of experience to align the JHS Media Department to the ever-changing needs of todays and tomorrow’s markets, products and customers’.
In the purchasing department, Dominic Rossington becomes senior buyer. Dominic brings a wealth of knowledge and a quarter of a century’s experience to this position.
While handing the managing director baton to Paul, Dennis Drumm will be taking up the role of CEO, and will be working with Paul, the directors, managers and staff in all departments across the company and with external sources and contributors, with a focus on future commercial and brand strategies.
USA - This week, Main Light officially opened its new facility in Nashville. The new 70,000 sq.ft. Main Light, South shop - under the direction of Main Light CEO, Randy Mullican - is located at 12630 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, TN. Locally, Main Light, South will be led by account executive Cathie Berbena Lloyd and operations manager Jim Gregory. This new facility is the company's third location, joining Main Light, East in Wilmington, DE and Main Light, West in Las Vegas.
Berbena Lloyd was a long-time client of Main Light over the years. On the opening, Berbena Lloyd wants Main Light’s clients to know that “we are all about customer service and that having clients taken care of as efficiently as possible is our prime directive at Main Light. We understand that our customer partners are putting their trust in us, and we always want to deliver in the best way possible.”
CEO Mullican and Michael Cannon, owner and chairman of Main Light decided in late 2021 that it was the right time to look at expanding into the Nashville market. Mullican notes: “Our opening in Nashville made a lot of sense in terms of efficiently servicing our customers - the rental and production houses in the Nashville region. There really were no dry hire options in the area and yet we knew we already had a lot of customers. So, the need was there.
“Certainly, with the three Main Light locations - East, West, and South now - we really are positioned to address our customers’ needs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. That is our constant focus.”
The Netherlands - At the Enchanted Gardens light art festival, the ‘sound’ of flowers harmonised with the human voice, thanks to the work of Dynamic Beeld, Licht & Geluid.
Designing the Rosarium section of this 17-day festival, which takes place at the 42-hectare Kasteeltuinen Arcen garden complex, Dynamic Beeld, Licht & Geluid combined colourful lighting with a song written by Dutch recording artist Stef Classens.
“To honour the 90th anniversary of Het Limburgs Landschap, Stef Classens wrote a song called In The Forest,” said Paul Winters of Dynamic Beeld, Licht & Geluid. “This song formed the basis of the light show that we programmed. The chosen colour scheme worked really well with the lyrics of the song. This created a beautiful synergy between light and sound.”
Key to creating this evocative color scheme of graduated reds and greens, along with some bold blue aerial effects were six Maverick Storm 1 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional. The design team positioned the 480-watt LED fixtures around the edge of a pond in the centre of Het Rosarium.
“Arranging the fixtures this way allowed us to create a 360˚ effect,” said Winters. “The music and the lights really intensified each other. The bold blue aerial effects brought the music to a higher dimension and vice versa.”
Positioned on elevated platforms so as not to obstruct viewing angles during daylight hours, the Maverick fixtures were also used to project gobo images on the water as well on the tops of trees at the back of the pond. Meanwh
Norway - V Sport, a group of television channels owned by Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) and a part of the pan-Nordic V Sport brand, has fitted two of their new spaces with Prolights studio fixtures.
When Nordic Entertainment Group were about to build their new studios located in Halse, Oslo, they turned to Hilux AS and Jørn Wangensteen for lighting design. Jørn is a lighting designer with vast experience in studio and film production, and already had experience with the EclPanels from several high-profile productions.
“We immediately talked with Prostage, Prolights' distributor in the region, and told them the EclPanels were the perfect fit for this job,” said Jørn. “The panels' reputation is outstanding and ticked all of the boxes for this project.”
Studio 1 was built mainly to house the new Visat winter sports studio and is fitted exclusively with 18x EclPanel TWCJr, 30x EclFresnel PTW and a few LumiPar 12UQPro.
Studio 2 is designed as a green screen studio, which will be used for several sports productions, including the Premier League. This studio took 20x EclFresnel JrTW and 12x EclFresnel PTW.
“The Prolights fixtures are very versatile, and the TW Fresnels have an incredibly wide CCT range whilst maintaining high CRI and TLCI values, something extremely important in broadcast productions. We also like how simple they are to use and having an entire family of products capable for these projects means that we can quickly train everyone in-house much quicker as they share very similar user interfaces” concluded Jør
UK - Avolites has announced its first AVOLab partnership with Visional, a multidisciplinary experience-focused creative production agency headquartered in Atlanta.
An AVOLab is ‘a hub for expertise, training and product knowledge, around which a community of skilled practitioners is built’.
Visional, based in Atlanta with studios in Denver, Orlando, and Los Angeles, have been using Avolites lighting and video products for almost a decade. Visional specialises in creative design, live production, virtual engagements, interactive experiences, and immersive environmental installations.
“By combining cutting-edge technology, like Avolites Ai, with years of expertise, we help our clients create mind blowing visual experiences.” said Kyle Means, co-founder and principal of Visional. “This partnership has existed for some years now, and it’s nice to put it into terms where it makes sense for our partners and colleagues around the world.”
Co-founders Kyle Means and Jim Steurnagel have worked closely with the Avolites engineering team on their media server development, and the company has delivered many impressive projects including the multi-site Passion conference as well as countless custom projection mapping projects around the world.
However, it is their work in providing creative problem-solving support to other dealers and integrators, which makes them such a great fit for an AVOLab partnership. For example: Andrew Huff of Limelight approached Visional to provide media server and projection expertise at his install at a
USA - A large complement of Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus hybrid beam lights and spotlights were something to cheer about when Richmond-based Lite-Tek Entertainment deployed them on the Spirit Sports Ultimate Battle cheerleading competition on 25 March.
The Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Centre hosted Ultimate Battle, a one-night event showcasing the talented teams that have reached the pinnacle of cheerleading excellence and are headed to the 2022 Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando. Lite-Tek spends most of the winter months working on cheerleading events throughout the southeast; the rest of the year the company acts as a tour vendor and local lighting vendor for numerous music venues. Lite-Tek was the first company in the US to take delivery of Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus, and the fixtures have been busy ever since.
Lite-Tek founder Darren Lewis designed the rig, acted as production manager and served as co-designer with programmer John Adamo for Ultimate Battle. Their goal was to make the event “look massive, like an arena show” Lewis says, with Sharpy Plus dominating the dynamic show open and creating big ballyhoos to generate excitement as each competing team was introduced.
“The show open was done to the AC/DC song, Thunderstruck, so we decided to pay homage to the original music video, which was all white light,” Lewis explains. “We stuck with white light throughout the show adding green lasers to the mix. The most fun was that the lights were the star of the show open - spectators couldn’t see anything but lights. We had fr
UK - The Association for Lighting Production and Design (ALPD) has opened its Design Lumière Scheme 2022 for applicants. The aim of this professional development scheme is to establish assistants who are employable by producers and lighting designers. The Lumière will gain first-hand experience as an assistant lighting designer with industry-recognised skills.
This year, the ALPD has partnered with Glyndebourne, one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses.
Charlotte Burton, ALPD’s Lumière Working Group Chair, comments: “It is a joy to be partnering with Glyndebourne for the Design Lumière Scheme in 2022. It will give the Lumière a unique experience to work in one of the world’s most renowned opera houses alongside the incredible in-house lighting team and this season’s wonderful lighting designers.
“As a former Lumière, I know that work experience in a venue can help to develop skills before branching out to assist lighting designers on productions around the UK in the second stage. We cannot thank our generous supporters - those who donated to A Light Walk last year and Glyndebourne - enough for their continued support. They have made this year’s Design Lumière Scheme possible.”
The scheme is a six-month programme of mentoring and practical experience. The successful applicant will spend the first stage of the programme at Glyndebourne, assisting visiting lighting designers within the lighting and AV department. The second stage of the scheme will match the Lumière with several lighting designers for three months
The Netherlands - Showtec has introduced a new series of smoke machines, named QubiQ. Three new foggers and a fazer are featured in this series, the QubiQ S1000, QubiQ S1500, and QubiQ S2500 fog machines, and the QubiQ F1500 fazer, with more models in the pipeline. They are billed as ‘feature-rich, safe, and reliable, with a practical and unique-looking design’.
The QubiQ series of smoke machines are Showtec’s latest addition to their arsenal of FX hardware. All four of them are controlled manually, through DMX, or via remote control, offering the usual control parameters like output level (0-100 %) and timer settings. The heater temperature can be monitored in real-time on the display (in % of the normal operating temperature). This offers the possibility of adjusting the output to a level at which the vaporiser isn’t cooled down to a point where it would cause the machine to seize its operation to heat up again. This way a continuous operation can be ensured until the tank is drained.
The QubiQ series is equipped with a dual over-temperature protection and a fluid level detector that indicates an almost empty tank. This makes it a reliable and safe partner for stage productions as well as parties. The QubiQ S1000 is a 1000-W fogger with a 1-L tank, the S1500 uses a 1500-W heating element and a 1.5-L tank, while the S2500 offers 2500-W of heating power and a 2.3L tank. The QubiQ F1500 is a 1500-W fazer with a 2.3-L tank capacity, offering a finer mist than the foggers.
A remote control with timer function is included but can also be purcha
Austria - Designer/programmer Niklas Fuchs was called upon to light Red Bull Symphonic, an event where ‘Austropop meets Classics’, held on three consecutive February nights at Vienna’s historic Wiener Konzerthaus concert hall. In this capacity, he would have to reflect the music of a symphonic orchestra in light, in addition to supporting the usual pop and rock artists that he typically lit.
“I was asked to light the three concerts they did with Max Steiner Orchestra conducted by Christian Kolonovits,” said Fuchs. “For me it was a new challenge to design a lighting system for an orchestra, especially challenging was lighting the orchestra and the band in a way that is suitable for a TV recording as well as a live audience.”
Helping Fuchs rise to the occasion was his ChamSys PC Wing Compact and Extra Wing Compact. “I used the Extra Wing only for Master Intensity Faders and stuff that’s important for key lighting. The whole show was programmed from scratch, with the PC Wing. I didn’t use a single cue from my usual Seiler & Speer Showfile.
“A really good thing about ChamSys is that it allows you to do a lot of stuff with very little hardware,” continued Fuchs. “I’ve played headliner shows on very big stages with up to 36 DMX Universes, just with my laptop and a PC Wing. During one of those times, I would be standing between 12 full-sized lighting consoles from other major brands that cost a fortune. It was hilarious to see the stunned faces of the other LDs seeing what this ‘tiny’ setup is able to do.
Croatia - Pop superstar Petar Grašo wanted to make a spectacular impact with his first post-pandemic live shows - which were also the first arena music shows in the country as pandemic restrictions were lifted – so his brief to lighting designer Sven Kučinić was to “make it absolutely awesome”.
Sven, who took on the full visual design - lighting, set and video - chose to use nearly 200 Robe moving lights to help him achieve the desired results - which were supplied to the production together with the other lighting kit by Zagreb-based rental company, Promo Logistika.
The Zagreb Arena shows were followed by performances in Split and Slovenia in this high-profile mini-tour which delighted the artist’s many fans in the region, going ahead in truly “seat of the pants” fashion as the Covid restrictions relating to large audiences were lifted on the morning of the first gig in Zagreb, which was attended by a wildly enthusiastic capacity audience of 15,500.
Sven started with some basic geometric shapes and after some brainstorming, everything then evolved quickly as he developed the interesting concept of eight flown cubes, three large ones and three smaller ones, each one containing a 2m x 2m metre LED screen and strategically positioned over the stage and audience.
This accentuated the width and the depth of the stage which was shaped like three diamonds. “The idea with this architecture was to bring a look of grandeur, stature, gravitas,” explains Sven, creating an optical illusion with a more three-dimensional space.
Germany - Ayrton recently received this message from lighting designer Phil Kong of Kong Design: “We just used 20 Ayrton Diablos on Ghost: Nachricht von Sam for ShowSlot and I wanted to let you know I was very happy with them for all of the things they were able to do, and how fast they were. The flat field, the gobos, the colour rendering - a lot of good things going on with them - and the size and price point are great. I was so glad to have these Ayrton fixtures on the show.”
Co-written by Glen Ballard and Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Ghost: Nachricht von Sam is a re-telling of the film classic which is currently touring several major German-speaking cities until the end of April.
As the tour’s lighting designer, Kong rigged five of Ayrton's versatile, feature-rich, ultra-compact 300W Diablo fixtures across the downstage truss, three across the upstage truss, six as head highs on the booms (three on each side) and three on each side of the stage to be used as high sides on the stage left and right trusses.
He explains how Diablo came to be chosen: “When we were designing Ghost: Nachricht von Sam, one of the stipulations from the producer, ShowSlot GmbH, was that our entire show would be on a ground support truss. Our whole rig needed to be small and extremely versatile, with every fixture serving a variety of functions, not the least of which was doubling as automated spot tracking fixtures. Each fixture type also needed to be easily maintainable on tour. That limited us primarily to fast, lightweight LED fixtures with framing
Taiwan - Robert Juliat reports that 36 of its Dalis 860 cyclorama lights, complete with mini yoke and Quickrig systems, have been supplied to the National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan by DLHG Co.
The National Taichung Theatre (NTT) has three main venues: the 2007-seat Grand Theatre, the 794-seat Playhouse and the 200-seat Black Box theatre. The main location for the Dalis 860 fixtures will be the Grand Theatre which hosts a broad programme of musicals, opera, ballet, modern dance and drama. The Dalis 860 cyclorama fixtures will be installed in truss and groundrow positions to light the venue’s impressive 18m wide x 10m high cyclorama with a smooth, even, highly controllable coverage.
“However, the mini yoke and Quickrig system make it easy for us to transfer the Dalis units to our other venues as required,” says the venue’s head of lighting, Simon Hsieh.
No stranger to Robert Juliat products (the NTT has invested in RJ Cin’k 350LF Fresnels and Digitour 6S dimmers in the past), Mr Hsieh and his team were introduced to Dalis by Jackson Yu of DLHG Co. “The NTT team was looking for an LED product with good colour mixing and rendering, and multifunctional control via DMX and Ethernet protocols,” says Mr Yu. “Dalis 860 ticked all those boxes as well as being an award-winning fixture by a well-known and respected brand.”
The NTT took delivery of the Dalis 860 units in 2020 but was unable to put them to immediate use due to closures enforced during the pandemic. Now the venue has reopened, the technicians have had the opportunity to us
UK - Spectacular sell-out lighting trail Woodyfest saw Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile fixtures from Signify deliver stunning projections, punchy colour-rich washes and breakup patterns on the rear façade of Scotland’s finest stately home, Hopetoun House in South Queensferry. These effects were augmented by far-reaching aerial light effects, created by the Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash, which reportedly attracted the local community’s attention some distance away, and even caused some to speculate that the aliens were coming!
Woodyfest, produced by Wondrous Woods, with creative design and technical production from 21CC Group, ran for the second year within the magnificent woods and grounds surrounding Hopetoun House. The popular, and celebrated, annual lighting event took audiences on a magical journey along winding pathways, each of which led to exciting and dynamic installations, fairy grottos and waterwall projections. The 2km walk culminated with the beautifully lit, colour and gobo-washed rear façade of Hopetoun House.
Lighting designer Neill Fleming of 21CC Group, the creative producers and technical solutions providers for Wondrous Woods, explains: “We chose the Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash and the VL2600 Profile luminaires because we knew they would be exactly right for this project. Protected from the Scottish winter elements in waterproof housing, they gave plenty of light output for a relatively low power consumption. Both the VL10s and the VL2600s performed without issues, and we found them to be reliable and simple to set up and program.
UK - Christie Lites has welcomed Mark Burnett as a new rentals rep. Burnett will be based out of Christie Lites Coventry and will focus on developing market share in theatrical rentals. He will also be working closely with the growing team of CL Reps on both sides of the Atlantic.
Huntly Christie, CEO of Christie Lites says: “As a pivotal member of the Christie Lites team, Mark will support the company’s UK and North American clients to strengthen our growth directive across our 10 multi-office network locations. Mark’s 20 years of experience in the UK rental market, and the strong relationships and friends he has nurtured along the way, are both huge assets to our company. We are all delighted to welcome his expertise, knowledge, and great humour to our global Christie team.”
Burnett comments: “This is an exciting time for Christie Lites, the industry and for me. I relish joining a team that is as passionate about theatre as I am. Christie Lites’ maturing standing within the touring theatre industry and its undisputed reputation for providing top-quality kit, great people and exceptional service make me proud to add my experience and networks to support the company’s growth."
UK - Grammy award-winning musician, singer, songwriter, actress and producer St Vincent is renowned for her visual performances, an invigorating mix of grittiness, conceptual art and superlative music - a great match with lighting designer Paul Normandale, who also has a penchant for imaginative risk taking.
Normandale designed the set and lighting for St Vincent’s most recent Daddy’s Home tour following the launch of the album of the same name. He worked closely with the artist who had numerous ideas about the style she wanted onstage, and after some creative brainstorming, Paul evolved a dynamic set and lighting scheme to bring flexibility, texture, depth, and dimension to the stage that was also practical and tourable.
At the core of the touring lighting system were 19 Astera Titan Tubes. These were fully maximised as scenic, practical and effects light sources for the floor lighting rig which was based around a 16ft diameter revolve stage built by All Access. This touring lighting / set package was installed underneath the top lighting at each venue and facilitated the fluid dramatic theatrical style scene changes and backdrops supporting the show’s dynamics and narrative.
Running fully wirelessly, 13 of the Titan Tubes were the solution for a light source on the back wall of the motorised revolve set piece.
Attached at jaunty angles to the wall with a series of spring-clips for quick and easy rigging, the Titan Tubes worked as both a solid back light fixture on one side and as blow-through in conjunction with a semi-transpa
UK - Ollie Wilkinson put together the lighting rig for the Panto performance of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.
“I took on many hats with this project,” said Wilkinson. “One of the first was to prep the equipment at Arranpaul's warehouse for the show, and coordinate with the venue regarding the rigging and weight of the equipment that was being flown on their mother grid. My next role was to manage the load in team to ensure the equipment was placed, rigged and cabled ready for the first day of technical rehearsals. I also specified the Chauvet Professional Net-X, one main and one back up, to provide key ArtNet control.”
Given the long Covid layoff, Wilkinson didn’t mind all the activity, especially when he saw the final production, a wonderfully joyful retelling of the classic tale filled with exuberant singing, dancing, comedy, and zany costumes, all supported by a vibrant lighting design that not only transformed the stage, but also covered the entire four-tiered theatre and everyone in it with colourful light.
The lighting reflected the true spirit of panto in all of its freewheeling glory. Wilkinson credits his Arranpaul colleague Thomas Beattie with making these transformative visuals come to life.
“Once the rig was up in the air, I stepped into the role of associate lighting designer and programmer, whilst Thomas served as the designer,” said Wilkinson. “We have worked very closely together over the past 15 years. We both have the same workflow when it comes to designing shows, So in th
USA - Lighting designer Matt Mills is currently on tour in USA with the Californian Nu Metal, Rock band KoRn. Due to international travel restrictions the booked LD for KoRn was unable to join the tour in USA. Stepping in, Matt saw this as an opportunity to tour with his Follow-Me 3D SIX remote follow-spot system.
Having been Introduced to Follow Me-2D in 2017 on a Europe run with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, Matt immediately saw what this could add to his shows: “Since then I have bought several Follow-Me 2D licenses and early January 2019 our design firm, Touch Light & Media, invested in the new Follow-Me 3D systems. We have rented our systems to several international tours, Shinedown, The Killers, many corporate events, and several high-profile political events.”
On previous shows, the band was bothered by the traditional follow-spots being at lower angles and blinding them. Matt chose to see if Follow-Me 3D could be a good solution to reducing this issue. Each band member has two Spiders at 45°
angles from the DS truss to follow them, they are very happy with the results. This set up with Follow-Me 3D including a total fixture use of 10 Robe Spiders and 14 Martin Vipers Plus also enables all the fade in/out, colour changes and blackouts to be completely in sync, with these parameters controlled via the MA lighting desk. Pan and Tilt of the fixtures remained in the hands of the Follow-Me operators via the MFM Mouse Consoles. This set up with Follow-Me allows Matt to get creative with guitar solos, intros and outros, and accent differ
Czech Republic - LED and architectural lighting brand Anolis, a Robe business, has launched a new brand identity including refreshed visuals and optimised website ahead of the release of its new Calumma range of products.
This follows the growth and expansion of Anolis’ business over the last two years and its close alignment to and connection with entertainment brand Robe.
The new streamlined and contemporary Anolis look reflects the changing nature of installation lighting and technology, says the company. It underlines "the enhanced commitment to sustainability, creativity and invention which has always been at the heart of Anolis since its launch in 2005".
The brand identity is designed by creative agency KHS and is led by a new logo. The original chameleon is retained as a fine detail in the form of an eye in the upper right-hand corner.
The new ident is visible throughout the new product catalogue and is tailored to the creativity of architectural lighting design.