GAM has released the latest in its family of special effects products - the SX4. Designed to simply snap-on to existing ETC Source Four housings, the SX4 converts it into a high performance scenic projector capable of creating many special effects.
Built with the rugged demands of the theme park, retail and architectural markets in mind, the GAM SX4 gets an amazing 4,000 hours of loop life. The GAM SX4 allows you to slide the effects drawer in and out for quick changes of the more than 14 available FX/Reels (loops) effects with more on the way. Use the GAM SX4 with any Source IV 575W or 750W incandescent. You can also use 575 HMI for high output projections or the HID Series for long life architectural installations.
Control the speed of the GAM SX4 from any light board using a dimmer channel or just plug it into a wall and vary the speed with the built in controller. Also included is a direction switch and silent fan. Ideal for effects such as rolling clouds, raging fires, falling rain and snow, the GAM SX4 is the perfect compact projector for museums, theme parks and other permanent installations, say GAM.
Avolites, manufacturers of cutting edge lighting control systems, is showing three exciting new products at PLASA 2002 - the ART2000i installation dimmer, the Pearl 2004 console and the Avolites Pearl simulator. In addition to these, Avolites will be showing its full range of lighting consoles - Azure, Sapphire, Pearl and Diamond 4 - which will all be demonstrated on the stand, along with the whole family of Avolites ART digital dimmers.
The latest release in Avolites' innovative ART 2000 digital series, the ART 2000i is aimed at theatrical, architectural, leisure and retail applications. The ART 2000i Installation dimmer is available in modules of 24 x 16 Amp units, 12 x 32 Amp, or a combination of these two modules. Main features include: quick and simple installation, proven design reliability, operation in all environments or climates, Hot Patch option, 100% duty cycle on all channels simultaneously, virtually silent operation, 240 mS Chokes, noise suppression to TV studio specifications, thermostatically-controlled fan in ducted force-cooling chamber, dual isolated DMX inputs with Merge and Full Soft Patch, flexible dimming, mains distribution or contactor modules, ultra quiet intelligent cooling system, smooth dimming of low voltage, low wattage or inductive loads, RCD protection as standard and selection of dimming curves.
Also launching at PLASA 2002 is the Avolites Pearl 2004, an updated and streamlined version of the Pearl 2000, which uses new technology and offers improvements including end cheeks in a stylish metal impregnated material, and Cue Roller in si
Robe, the prolific moving light manufacturer from the Czech Republic, is exhibiting at PLASA for the first time, taking the opportunity to launch a completely new line of products. Robe will be sharing Stand K19 with its new UK distributors Coe-tech.
Robe is already familiar to owners and users of several well known moving light brands - for which it’s been a long-term OEM manufacturer. These include Movitec, Futurelight, TAS, Elation, Sagitter and others. Robe is using the international forum of PLASA to launch itself as a direct sales operation, at the same time launching its new AT (Advanced Technology) Series - initially with four models, with more to follow later in the year.
ColorSpot 170 AT follows on from where the popular Color Spot 160 XT left off. The product is designed for multiple applications, and is ideal for architecturally lighting bars, restaurants, shops, product launches and events, retail environments and for use as an image projector for advertising. The Color Spot 170 offers many more features than its predecessor, including a new rotating gobo wheel, a new colour wheel, remote focus facility, a special colour and gobo changing system, remote lamp on/off and fast movement. Onboard master/slave programming enables 300 scenes to be stored in the onboard memory making it ideal for stand-alone operation.
The ColorMix 250 AT is a static colour changer with a fresnel lens, CMY colour mixing plus additional colour wheel with six dichroic colours and open, beam shaper, frost filter, dimmer shutter and an optional barn door fitting for the front.
Doughty Engineering is raising the curtain on a whole host of new products, including, appropriately enough, its new Six Track curtain rail system.
In addition, there is a host of other new products on show, including 63mm Mammoth Clamps, panel clamps and Quick Trigger clamps, new TV Quick receivers, Par can floor plates, Easy Lift wind-up stands and locking elbow assemblies. Then there are new RAT Music Stands, safety bonds and flyrail cleats.
If the additional products from Doughty aren’t what you’re looking for, then your needs may be fulfilled from the company’s new 60-page catalogue, packed with fittings and accessories from the ‘mind over metal’ specialist.
Doughty can be found on Stand D10
Laser Magic Ltd has become part of LM Productions LLP. In recent years, Laser Magic has undertaken a much wider range of services such as event production utilizing lasers, lights, video, sound, fireworks and special effects and to this end has invested large sums of money in both infrastructure and equipment. In the light of this the company name has been changed to LM Productions LLP.
LM Productions LLP has also launched a new website dedicated to its StratoSphere product, which allows viewing of lasers, lighting and video from both inside and outside a giant translucent globe. The web site can be found at the web address below, and includes details on the company’s various StratoSphere venues, the different types of applications available and the equipment which can be used in and around the sphere to create a spectacular show.
There is also a ‘video download’ section where you can view video footage of previous shows such as King Fahad's 20 years of power celebrations in the Middle East and the O2 Mobile Communications brand launch in the UK. One of LM’s StratoSpheres is currently in Bahrain as part of the Bahrain Summer Festival (pictured) and a second StratoSphere will form a major part of the Blackpool Illuminations which starts on 25 August and runs for four weeks.
New Zealand based lighting manufacturer, Selecon, has become a victim of its own success. Increased demand for their products has forced the company to move from its original site in Auckland to bigger premises. With 78% company growth in the 16 years since it was founded and an increase in staff numbers from 35 to 82 in the last three years, it’s little wonder that a move was on the cards.
"With only 8,000 square feet of space, and our facility spread over two physically separate buildings, we were falling over each other and desperately needed new, larger premises, all under one roof," said Selecon’s managing director, Jeremy Collins. "We looked long and hard around the Auckland area and were fortunate to find an existing building of some 30,000 square feet on the North Shore. The single storey building fits our present needs and will accommodate our future plans perfectly," continued Collins. "The additional space is necessary as we continue to enhance and increase our product range, and it will allow us to better serve the needs of our dealers worldwide."
Selecon, whose well-known Pacific, Fresnel and Acclaim ranges of performance luminaires can be found in many theatres and auditoria around the world, moved on Monday 8 July. The company’s new contact details are as follows: 19 - 21 Kawana Street, Northcote, Auckland 1310, N.Z. Telephone: +64 9481 0100; Fax: +64 9481 0101.
RMS will introduce no less then five new versions of its well-known Rental Management Systems software. All new versions share the RMS planning engine and the easy-to-use interface, which assures fully reliable data at extremely high speeds.
The first version is RMS Touring, a software package designed especially for handling rentals of touring-companies. This version is excellent for companies that have large quantities of equipment out for longer periods. Together with the crew- and transport-planner, it gives full control over all touring-rentals.
Next is RMS Conference, designed for renting AV-equipment to conferences, hotels, etc. This version focuses on aspects like keeping track of serial-numbers, short-term rentals (even on an hourly base is possible) and maintenance schedules. RMS Exhibition is a version, which deals with the specific problems of exhibition rentals. Easier pricing schemes (pricing for the exhibition-period, rather then per day), project-management to oversee all jobs for a given exhibition, are some of the features of this version.
RMS Crew & Transport is the long-awaited version, which can be integrated with each of the above versions, or may be used as a stand-alone application. RMS Crew & Transport is capable of handling even the most complex scheduling-situations and makes them manageable. The last of the five new versions is RMS Demonstration, designed for manufacturers and sales organizations wishing to handle demo-stocks.
"After talks with our diverse types of clients, we soon realized that, besides similarities, there are also
Showtime Lighting has announced the move to its new 20,000sq.ft facility in Vancouver, Canada. "It’s such a great building and with this new space, it will allow us to grow and keep pace with our increasing client base," says president Brian Konechny. "With the recent addition of partners Phil Bernard and Marc Raymond and the new opportunities in the market, we are moving ahead with great momentum, so stay tuned for more announcements."
Tomcat USA and Fourth Phase Orlando supplied two concerts performed by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. The Memorial Day concert, hosted by Ossie Davis, and the Independence Day concert, hosted by Barry Bostwick of Spin City fame, were held on the west lawn of the US Capitol and broadcast live on PBS.
Tomcat manufactured a 26ft custom curved white truss ladder for the tent structure that flew directly above the orchestra and supported six white Vari-Lite fixtures. For more lighting options, two 60ft light duty spans were manufactured with 10 custom vertical tubes in varying lengths to offer additional support. These spans were blasted and clear coated to provide a flat grey finish and were positioned either side of the stage.
A star-studded tribute on Memorial Day honoured the victims and heroes of September 11 and America's war against terrorism. The concert weaved musical performance, archival footage and dramatic readings into salutes to those who perished and those who put their lives on the line in the name of freedom. Special guests included young soprano Charlotte Church, the legendary Chicago and actor Tony Danza. Capping off the holiday extravaganza on Independence Day was Tchaikovsky's stirring 1812 Overture, set against the boom of military cannons, and a spectacular fireworks show designed to capture the excitement of the National Holiday. Special guests included Ray Charles, renowned pianist David Denoit and popular flautist James Galway.
Avolites' products once again proved their great versatility and popularity in festival situations at Glastonbury 2002. With 13 Avo consoles specified for 11 different arenas at the world famous event, Avolites did its bit to ensure that 130,000 people and many leading performers from around the world had a fantastic festival. Avolites’ Steve Warren, Koy Neminathan, Nick Forro and Ben Miles were happy to spend five unwashed days providing technical support and having a good time! On the Pyramid (main) Stage, Neg Earth lights was the main lighting contractor, and the overall lighting was designed and overseen by Phil Freeman. He used two Avolites Diamond 3's to control the substantial production lighting rig, used to illuminate the likes of Coldplay, Faithless, the Stereophonics, The Charlatans, Rod Stewart and Roger Waters. Fixtures included Martin MAC 2000s, High End Studio Spots, Studio Colors and PC Beams. The generic lighting was all powered and dimmed via two Avolites FD dimmer racks.
Friday night's Pyramid headliners Coldplay also bought in their own Avolites Pearl 2000 to run their touring four-screen Radlite hard drive video system, controlled by Nick Whitehead. Meanwhile, LD Bryan Leitch used one of the Diamond 3s to run the production lighting rig. The Coldplay world tour has just kicked off where Leitch and Whitehouse are using a Pearl plus a brand new Avo Sapphire, purchased by Leitch's company Siyan to run the Radlite system and the lighting rig.
Glastonbury's Other Stage lighting was looked after by Steve Hall and Rob Gawler, with equipment again sup
Light Relief, the industry charity that supports lighting designers with personal difficulties, has announced two major initiatives to raise awareness during the PLASA 2002 show this September - one aimed at exhibitors and the other for visitors.
The first - ‘Gobos for Light Relief’ - is encouraging as many PLASA exhibitors as possible to use Light Relief coloured glass gobos as part of their on-stand demonstrations. "Visitors will be confronted by a large projection of the logo at the front of the hall as they arrive", explained Tony Gottelier, co-founder of Light Relief. "The idea is that by encouraging exhibitors to participate, visitors will see the same image repeated all over the exhibition - we need to raise awareness of Light Relief and this is set to make a huge impact."
The idea is sponsored by Apollo Design Technology, the Indiana-based manufacturer of high quality dichroics and glass effects, who are making available a quantity of Light Relief glass gobos and any number of metal ones. To participate, simply complete an online order form on either www.internetapollo.com or www.lightrelief.org/indexform.html. Alternatively, download the artwork from the Light Relief website - the colour to match is Apollo Bikini Yellow (Rosco 312 Canary, Lee 101 Yellow).
At the same time, in the gallery adjacent to the main escalator from the lobby, Light Relief will be dispensing comfort to weary visitors and exhibitors alik
Coemar De Sisti Australia has appointed Bill Bell to the position of national sales executive. Bell will provide a great deal of industry experience to the company’s sales team and will promote the entire range of products and services to clients, with particular focus on projects.
The theme of DHA’s stand at the PLASA Show this year will be very different to previous years and will be designed to show off the company’s products to best effect. New for PLASA will be a CD-ROM version of the moving effects catalogue, bringing to life what has, up until now, only been offered in paper format. The new CD will be very visual, highly animated and interactive, showing the endless number of effects that can be achieved with different gobo combinations.
Leading technical design consultancy LDPS has opened an office in New Zealand, to service clients in Australasia, the Pacific Rim and the Far East. The move follows four years of LDPS operation in Ireland and the UK, which will continue to be directed from the Cork office. LDPS’s Grant Collie told us: "I’ve had incredibly positive feedback on the New Zealand office and on the business we will be doing in these territories. I’m already working on several projects."
LDPS NZ will concentrate on the company’s core business as a performance venue technical consultancy. The team specialises in all aspects of design including sound, lighting, multi and mixed media facilities, audio-visual and stage technology. Working in the Southern Hemisphere will also give LDPS the opportunity to expand it's service to sports facilities, in particular the design of public address and broadcast video infrastructures.
LDPS also supplies its services for other areas like interactives at heritage projects, visitor attractions and museums, co-ordinating with specialist manufacturers of themed rides and similar facilities. Collie is expecting to continue this element of the business in the new territories, where LDPS can either work directly from the conception of a project, or with a client’s existing specialist consultants.
The company can also assist in the preparation of entries for architectural design competitions.Grant Collie says: "We’re often called into a project when it’s at a fairly advanced stage, which can prove to be false
Kino Proekt Engineering is set to become ETC's first Authorised Service Centre (ASC) in Russia. Already a customer of ETC, Kino Proekt is installing three racks of 96-channel Sensor dimmers, an Obsession II control console and ETCNet2 DMX Nodes in Moscow's Variete Theatre, ready for the touring Broadway musical Chicago, which opens there in September.
Kino Proekt's Alexander Rubin timed his first ASC Technician training visit to ETC in London so that he could also see the London production of Chicago and meet with the show's lighting designer Ken Billington to discuss the lighting rig for the Moscow production. Ken (pictured with Alexander, left, on the set of Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre) has lit every production of Chicago since it opened on Broadway in 1996, and his compelling design won him both a Tony and a Drama Desk award in 1997.
When Chicago leaves the Variete Theatre and goes on tour throughout Russia in December, the rig will include an ETC Obsession II console, ETCNet2 nodes, Sensor Touring Racks and, of course, hundreds of Source Fours! Kino Proekt is the 40th ETC Authorised Service Centre in Europe and will provide ongoing support services to productions like Chicago in Moscow and other ETC end-users in Russia.
Since becoming the sole UK distributor for the Robert Juliat range of lighting equipment just over a year ago, While Light Sales has met considerable demand for these high-quality products - with over 100 lanterns being supplied in the last few months alone.
The bulk of these have gone to the National Theatre, where lighting project manager Mike Atkinson and Lyttelton Theatre head of lighting Paul McLeish specified 76 Juliat 710SX 2000W 10/25 degree zoom profiles as part of the reworking of the lighting rig made necessary by the Lyttelton Theatre's change of format for the National's current Transformation season. The 710SXs have replaced many of the theatre's older Strand Cadenza lanterns, and have already been put to use in shows including The PowerBook, A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Adventures of the Stoneheads.
Elsewhere the baby Foxie 700W MSD followspot has proved popular with a wide variety of venues. The Theatre Royal in Stratford East has purchased two Foxies as part of their refurbishment; the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, which recently purchased a new Strand lighting console from White Light Sales, turned to White Light again when purchasing two Foxies, and the Nomads, the Surrey-based amateur dramatics group who built a new theatre with Lottery funding, have purchased a Foxie to add to their equipment stock.
At this year’s PLASA Show a number of new products will be introduced including the Buxie, a 575W MSR followspot for smaller venues, as well as new products for the architectural market.
Hard on the heels of the successful MP 700 Zoom, the latest product from Coef is the new MP 700 Wash - a spot of minimal weight offering a high light output, CMY colour mixing and a comprehensive range of functions. And all this in a fixture measuring just 56cm high, 37cm wide and 45cm deep, and weighing in at just 28.5kg. But there is more to the MP 700 than its technical specifications alone, for this lightweight fixture is also notable for its modern stylish design.
David Oberman has joined PRG as senior vice-president of business development and will be based out of the Fourth Phase office in Burbank, California. Oberman was formerly the COO and president of the Obie Company, an industry leader in concert lighting, for 28 years. He made his mark as a pioneer in the use of theatrical lighting and rigging techniques, which led the company to win the contracts for major events such as the Olympic Games, the Papal Visits and the Grand Prix.
In his new role, Oberman will join the senior management team, and will focus on developing strategic relationships and exploring new markets for all the companies within the PRG Group. "We're very excited about David coming on board," says Jere Harris, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group. "His experience and reputation in our industry is a complementary addition to PRG."
White Light lived up to its name - literally - recently, with White Light Sales and The Moving Light Company supplying white StudioSpot moving lights to the Royal Opera House.
The Moving Light Company have been closely involved with the Royal Opera House since its refurbishment, supplying automated lighting equipment ranging from the first City Theatrical Autoyokes in the UK to custom tungsten and HMI moving fresnels created from Light Technik yokes. The Moving Light Company also provide service and support for all of the House's automated lighting equipment.
With the Opera House now extending its use of automated lighting equipment beyond the theatre itself, the ROH's David Harvey turned to The Moving Light Company again. This time, the request was for moving lights to be used as part of the architectural lighting system for the Floral Hall, next door to the Opera House. The complication was that the lights had to be white, to blend in with the Hall’s decor. Working closely with High End Systems, The Moving Light Company and White Light Sales supplied nine custom white StudioSpots, which are now successfully installed and operational in the hall.
ETC will be featuring three of its latest products at PLASA - the new SmartPack; MultiPAR, making its first UK appearance and Emphasis, which was extremely well received at the recent ABTT show in June.
Bringing the Sensor-dimming level of technology to portable dimmer packs, SmartPack is a thyristor-based, professional-quality dimmer that can go anywhere. Very compact (19-inch 2U rack mount), SmartPack is available with either six 15A dimmers or 12 10A dimmers and is ideal for smaller studios and theatres, touring companies, small road shows and band gigs.
The Source Four MultiPAR combines the unsurpassed optics and energy-savings of the acclaimed Source Four PAR (EA) with the functionality and flexibility of the classic batten. It is available in 3-, 4- or 12-lamp strips, as well as a 3x3 version with in-line switches. For lighting venues with unique needs, ETC also offers the Source Four MultiPAR in custom lengths.
Emphasis is a sophisticated lighting control console which has fused together ETC’s Expression and Express control consoles, with the new version of the WYSIWYG design and visualisation software. Emphasis controls the full range of DMX available on the ETCNet2 network - 32,767 EDMX values.Stand H8
Color Kinetics has launched ColorPlay 1.8, the next generation of its ground-breaking lightshowauthoring software for use with its range of intelligent LED illumination fixtures. Since its original launch in 2000, ColorPlay has gained a loyal following and reputation as an intuitive, user-friendly method of creating dynamic light shows for Color Kinetics intelligent LED illumination products, say CKI. With menus written in plain English, ColorPlay uses a graphical timeline-based show management system and includes a wide array of lighting effects and functions. ColorPlay outputs DMX512 data, enabling the creation of smooth, fluid lighting effects.
New features on ColorPlay 1.8 include:
- Show Simulation feature incorporated on the Mapping screen so designers can get a feel for how the show will look in its intended layout, without having to physically be there;
- Seek Slider in Show Simulation controls allowing access to a specific portion of the show;
- Additional file management and show trigger capabilities;
- Icons for all new Color Kinetics fixtures contained in the fixture library, including ColorBlast 6, ColorBlast 12, ColorBurst 4, ColorBurst 6, and iColor Accent;
- Two new exciting lighting effects in the library: Streak and Sweep;
- Addition of transparency option in most effects allowing for smoother transition between effects;
- Improved download screen allowing users full access to iPlayer 2
- Integration with WYSIWYG Perform 3D rendering program from CAST Lighting.
Literally bringing light relief to PLASA visitors and exhibitors alike will be a massage area on the mezzanine level adjacent to the main escalator from the lobby where it is hoped both upper body and foot massages will be on offer. The space is being provided by PLASA itself, with the additional costs being taken on by sponsorship. All proceeds on the day will go directly to the Light Relief charity to help further its work in the industry, providing support to lighting designers when they have personal difficulties.
What's more, US glass-gobo manufacturer, Apollo, has offered to make any number and size of gobos featuring the Light Relief logo, the idea being that as many exhibitors as possible will use them in their on-stand demos.
The Designer Outlet @ The Lowry is the new £90million waterside shopping and leisure ‘destination’ in Salford Quays. It’s the latest spur of a regeneration programme that has seen the former Docks - once Britain’s third busiest port - transform itself into a three-mile waterfront for leisure, business and residential use.
Note the word ‘destination’, because it’s entirely appropriate for the modern retail experience. And the Designer Outlet - a project undertaken by Orbit Developments (Manchester) Ltd - is as much a destination as it’s possible to be, as witness its recent opening marked by the imaginative use of exterior colour changers.
Both the exterior and interior lighting scheme for the project was devised by Into Lighting Design’s Northern Studio in Nottingham, and supplied and installed by A.C. Lighting.
The exterior lighting system is built around 32 Martin Professional Exterior 200 colour changers at the heart of which is a powerful 150W discharge lamp. These are rated at IP65 for outdoor use. Control for these is routed via DMX using Artistic Licence’s Grand-Master Flash V4. This was programmed by AC Lighting to provide an ever-changing and dramatic ripple of colour round the exterior of the building - and features a special red and white sequence activated when England football matches are being played at Old Trafford!
Within the centre itself, Astralite trussing has been installed, carrying an array of low voltage fittings. In each of the atrium areas, for example, customised white 8.5m x 3.
Wybron will be showing six products, including the award winning Eclipse II iris douser and Moiré gobo rotator.
Eclipse II is a DMX-controlled system that does mechanically what can’t be done electronically - it mechanically dims HMI and other ‘non-dimmable’ lights. The Eclipse II Iris douses the light while the power stays on using fins in an aperture-like configuration to provide dimming with no loss of light. The award-winning Moiré is Wybron’s first dual gobo rotator, enabling users to rotate and change two B-sized glass or metal gobos. Controlled by a simple toggle switch, the two gobos are operated independently and can be rotated together, in opposite directions or with one static and the other moving.
Wybron’s CXI colour changer uses two colour scrolls, made up of graduated frames of cyan, yellow and magenta, to create virtually every colour of the spectrum. Available in 4", 7.5", 12", large format and weather-resistant models, Wybron’s CXI fits all of the most common lighting fixtures. Autopilot II turns automated lights into followspots capable of tracking the performer in three-dimensional space and real time. All the performer has to do is wear a small transponder and Autopilot II does the rest, sending continuous pan-and-tilt signals to the lights overhead, which in turn follow the performer.
Goboram II is a combined gobo changer, indexer and rotator in one, giving designers the ability to change and rotate up to three gobos, all in a single unit. Automatic, Goboram II can be programmed with show cues