Lighting News

Radiance of the Seas
Sunday, 27 May 2001

Royal Caribbean International has recently introduced the first of its Radiance class of ships - Radiance of the Seas. This stunning vessel is the largest ship ever to have been built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and the first joint venture between a German shipyard and an American cruise line.

RCI has a tradition of delivering high quality onboard entertainment and Radiance is no exception. The Viking Crown is the trademark destination on-board Royal Caribbean ships, a spectacular space surrounded by a sweep of glazing, that wraps itself around the funnel at the highest point, providing panoramic views for the passengers. In the evening, the Viking Crown takes on a completely new persona and turns into a major entertainment complex and, in the case of the Radiance of the Seas, this includes a disco, a black-box theatre and bars of various hues.

The disco is called Starquest, and Wynne Willson Gottelier (WWG) has designed a spectacular lighting, sound and video system in the area to get the holidaymakers on their toes. One of the main features is a WWG-conceived Beamlight which has been used to create a cage of 78 sequencing, vertical beams around the dance area. Other effects contained in the feature dome above the dancefloor are Martin MAC 250+s, Roboscan Pro 918s and Acrobats, Clay Paky Miniscan HPEs, Diversitronics strobes and a bunch of neon controlled via Mode Digitrans inverters. All the automated lights listed are fitted with custom gobos. The overall lighting control is provided by a ShowCAD system linked to a Lynx button panel. Two Le Mai

Ninestiles School Goes State-of-the-Art
Saturday, 26 May 2001

It is rare that a state-of-the-art digital lighting desk should find itself on a school's shopping list, but when Design Technology teacher, Kevin Dutton, from Ninestiles School (a leading technology college in Birmingham), attended last year's PLASA Show there was only one thing on his mind.

By the time he left Earls Court he had placed an order for a 48-channel Strand Lighting 300 Series desk through AC Lighting. With a background in theatre, Dutton has been a regular visitor to PLASA over the past five years. He operates as part of a team that includes Jo Falk and Eddie Halliday from the English faculty, that seeks to promote and educate students about lighting and sound. Ninestiles, which offers its 1400+ students a broad spectrum of GCSE, GNVQ and A Level subjects, has already earned a top accolade from Ofsted, as the school with the highest teaching standards in the country. Dutton says: "Our ambition over the next three to four years is to ensure that every student is assigned their own laptop, as we are working towards ‘anytime anywhere’ learning."

The school has two auditoriums - a drama studio and the school hall, the latter generally configured in the round for school productions. "In the last five years there has been a positive attitude towards developing the school’s technical facilities for performing arts and drama, and this has culminated in the purchase of the 300 desk," Dutton continued. Funding was provided by the PTA, ‘Friends of Ninestiles School’ and Birmingham City Council’s local initiative

 
 
ANSI Approves Standard for Fog Equipment Manuals
Friday, 25 May 2001

The Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute has approved ESTA's "Entertainment Technology - Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals." This standard now becomes ANSI E1.14-2001, and is the third ESTA standard approved by ANSI this year. The ANSI E1.14 project was started by a group of fog equipment dealers who were unhappy with the amount and quality of the information found in the manuals of some of the equipment they handle. The equipment manual is the primary document for telling the end-user how to use the equipment safely and effectively, but some of the fog machine manuals said very little beyond ‘Fill with fluid. Plug in. Make fog.’ The proposed standard lists the information that should be included in fog equipment manuals to ensure that the user has enough information to use the equipment properly. ANSI E1.14-2001 is available at no cost on the ESTA website as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Go to the web address below for the link to the download page.

 
Hewitt Takes Early Retirement from Lighting Tech
Friday, 25 May 2001

Lighting Technology Group announced today that due to a serious family illness Managing Director Alan Hewitt has chosen to take early retirement. Lighting Technology's Founder David Morgan will resume the role of MD, supported by the well-established Executive Team of Garry Nelsson, Bruce Kirk, and Steve Pembury as Sales, Operations and Finance Directors respectively. David Morgan commented: "Alan came on board to bring in new systems and facilities for LTG including Group-Wide Management Information Systems and the new 22,000 square foot National Distribution Centre in Corby. It is regrettable he has had to depart without being able to manage these exciting projects through to completion. Nevertheless, the structure and management he has put in place leaves the company in a very strong position to capitalise on the opportunities our market has to offer in the future."

 
 
x.Spot Debuts with Dave Matthews Band
Friday, 25 May 2001

Co-lighting designers Fenton Williams and Heath Marrinan specified 12 of High End Systems' newest luminaire, the xSpot, for their ‘Everyday 2001’ shed/stadium tour, which is currently touring North America. Lighting contractor Theatrical Media Services (TMS) of Omaha is supplying an all High End Systems rig which also features 30 Studio Beam, 34 Studio Spot 575, 12 Studio Color 575 and 10 Cyberlight automated luminaires, along with 47 Dataflash AF1000 xenon strobes for the shed tour. The stadium rig is pumped up with an extra 20 Studio Beams and an extra 20 Studio Spot 575s. Two Wholehog II consoles control all the lights along with more than 400 PARs.

Marrinan comments. "The x.Spots work really well on our set. The zoom feature allows us to really do a nice job covering the set from top to bottom without losing a lot of intensity. The color mixing is very nice and all the lights match up color-wise very evenly. It also has some very nice lithos. You can make the light do just about anything you want. It's fast, bright, forgiving, and gives the designer a very nice tool to use in any production."

 
New Field Project Manager for ETC
Friday, 25 May 2001

ETC has announced the appointment of Jeremy Roberts to the new role of field project manager. Jeremy will be working from Nottingham, concentrating on promoting ETC's range of products to end users, consultants and dealers in the north of England. A familiar industry figure, Jeremy has been with ETC for the past two years. Throughout this period he has been responsible for a wide variety of installations including the Millenium Dome, Barbican and the Royal Danish Theatre. Prior to joining ETC, Jeremy spent 15 years in professional theatre, working first as a lighting and sound designer and later as head of lighting and sound at the Nottingham Playhouse.

 
 
New Faces at Stage Electrics
Friday, 25 May 2001

Glen Beckley has joined Stage Electrics heading up the Audio Design Services department. Beckley recently returned from two months touring the arenas of the USA with southern gospel group the Gaither Vocal Band, following this with designs for pantomimes in Bath, Blackpool, Stoke and Sheffield last Christmas. 2001 will also see him designing systems for national tours of Anything Goes and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as well as contributing to various installation projects in the UK and Europe. Last year also saw him design a groundbreaking digital audio system for the national tour of ‘Carousel’ starring Darren Day and Sam Kane, the first of its kind seen in the UK, which impressed audiences and critics alike all over the country, as well as a system for the national tour of 42nd Street starring Ruth Madoc.

Stage Electrics has also announced that Peter Western will be joining the company in early June. Western has firm roots in the entertainment industry including 10 years at Donmar and two years at Lighting Technology. Joining Stage Electrics as a business development manager for projects, Western will be working with architects and lighting designers on a range of projects including theatres and permanent visitor attractions as well as architectural installations.

Finally, Ben Cole joined Stage Electrics in May as business development manager for production services. He brings with him experience from Aztec Communications and more recently OnStage Events, the production division of The Sound Division Group, where he was instrumen

 
Lighting Tech in Space Tests
Thursday, 24 May 2001

From a situation where an almost unknown client would purchase the occasional lamp, Lighting Technology has found itself supplying equipment for space equipment testing, with lighting units from Arri key to the project. With help from Mike Perry of Arri, Lighting Technology’s Jonathan Price and Andy Dodd demonstrated the Arrisun 60 6kW HMI fixtures to TS Space Systems of Marlow, who have since ordered the units for one of their test programmes. The company designs and builds test equipment for acceptance of materials and sub-assemblies for spacecraft, with space simulation chambers, ion thruster chambers and testing of solar cells and panels.

TS Space Systems’ Bill Williams said: "As part of the tests for UV ageing of materials, most tests have up to now used DC xenon or mercury arc lamps. However, HMI lamps have come on in leaps and bounds, are lower in cost, involve no water cooling, and provide roughly twice the light output. For the tests involved we run a twin 6kW system, whereby should a lamp fail, a motor-driven unit automatically moves the failed unit away and brings the other unit into play."

He continued: "We are delighted with all the help and technical support received from Lighting Technology. The tests are now successfully under way and the units are providing an excellent spectrum and level of intensity."

 
 
Vari-Lite Partner With Clearwing
Tuesday, 22 May 2001

Vari-Lite Inc partnered this month with Clearwing Productions Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to increase the availability of Vari*Lite automated lighting equipment for a variety of entertainment, corporate and special events throughout the United States. Clearwing Productions evaluated the future of the automated lighting market for several months before adding VL2402 wash luminaires and VL2202 spot luminaires to its wide variety of production services. "The partnership with Clearwing Productions is another step in our ongoing effort to increase the availablity and use of Vari*Lite products," said Ken Matthews, vice-president of sales and marketing at Vari-Lite. "Clearwing is a proven leader in production services, and we are proud to associate Vari-Lite with a company that has secured a solid reputation for delivering only the highest quality products and services."

Tony Trovato, lighting department manager at Clearwing Productions, said that Clearwing had purchased VL2402 wash luminaires and VL2202 spot luminaires as part of an ongoing effort to expand its in-house services to include intelligent lighting equipment. "When Vari-Lite finally made fixtures available to own, we just had to purchase some," said Tony Trovato.

Clearwing Productions provides sound, lighting, staging and backline services to one of the country's largest music festivals, Summerfest, as well as numerous other prestigious corporate, festival and concert clients.

 
Albert Chooses Clay Paky Stage Zoom 1200s
Tuesday, 22 May 2001

The Royal Albert Hall has recently purchased eight Clay Paky Stage Zoom 1200s for use in the famous auditorium. Supplied by Clay Paky and Pulsar reseller AC Lighting Ltd, the Stage Zoom units will be used to complement all visiting showcase events. Technical manager Mark Jones explained why he chose the Stage Zoom: "Due to the diverse nature of the shows in the hall and the varying distance that the units are from the stage, we were looking for a zoom profile with high light output. After a product comparison of all the 1200 moving head projectors on the market, we chose the Zoom because it is exceptionally bright with good colour mixing, the gobos can be changed easily, it is quiet and most importantly, reliable."

 
 
New Third Party Software for the DMX-Dongle II
Tuesday, 22 May 2001

Theatre Electronics, based in India, have now released the first version of their new software product ‘Theatre Visual’. The software is a PC-based virtual lighting console that outputs DMX512 via the Artistic Licence DMX-Dongle II. The system was recently used to provide lighting effects for a sound and light show presented by the Tata Group: the system comprised over 250 channels for intelligent luminaires, 240 for dimmers and 12 relay channels. Show synchronisation between light, sound and video was controlled by the Theatre Visual software package. Designer Naresh Bajaj commented: "I would like to thank Artistic Licence for their support in helping us to complete this project successfully and on time." Theatre Electronics can be contacted on the e-mail address below:

 
Mirage Colour Mixing System
Tuesday, 22 May 2001

The long awaited release of the NJD Mirage Colour Mixing System has arrived. Shown in its prototype 12V format at the PLASA Show 2000 the Mirage has received eight more months’ development and now boasts many additional features including a 30V version that now allows up to 64 heads to be connected to one power pack. The Mirage works on the RGB colour-mixing principle. By using microprocessors to mix minute amounts of colour from the three 50W dichroic filtered lamps, a choice of 65,000 colours can be projected onto any convenient surface. Accessories include, a downlighter kit for flush fitting (with a choice of black, white, silver and gold cover plates); a swivel bracket fitting for surface-mounting or 'G' clamping, that can be pointed in any direction and at any angle; an uplighter bracket to enable subtle wall illumination (particularly useful for low ceilings); and an uplighter shroud to hide the fitting if desired, enabling the Mirage to blend in with existing decor. By using the 12V version (this refers to the lamp voltage, the power packs run on 230V), a very narrow beam lamp can be used enabling the Mirage to be inserted inside standard triangle trussing using the trussing mounting kit.

 
 
Fourth Phase Opens in London
Monday, 21 May 2001

Production Resource Group company Fourth Phase has announced the opening of a London facility to service the theatrical and corporate theatre market, with Alan Thomson at the helm as managing director. Fourth Phase West London (formerly Production Arts Europe), providing large-format projection systems, has been relocated to this location. Rental operations are based in Croydon, while a sales office is located in Central London.Thomson told PLASA Media: "Fourth Phase London is a small compact facility incorporating the consolidated inventory of The Spot Company, Midnight Design and projection equipment from Production Arts. Our approach is very targeted, assisting designers who are looking for a personalised, friendly and professional service. The rental team is comprised of James Hall and Jedd Hamilton. In the coming months, we will incorporate a state-of-the-art CAD WYSIWYG facility into our Central London sales office. This offers designers a comfortable, convenient location to prepare events."

 
Non-Stop Fog from AC Lighting
Friday, 18 May 2001

MDG’s Non-Stop haze, fog and low fog generators, which come with a 10-year warranty, are now available in the UK from AC Lighting Ltd. MDG machines employ CO2 gas for their propellant and have an in-built Automatic Purging System (APS) which purges the heating module after the first heating cycle and after every emission of fog, preventing residual build up and clogging. The complete range includes the Atmosphere and Touring Atmosphere Haze Makers, the MAX 3000 and MAX 5000 Fog Makers, the ICE Fog low fog generator and ICE Fog Touring low fog generator. The ICE FOG models can produce an overwhelming effect of pure white fog capable of filling an area up to 1000 cubic metres.

A unique hazing system is encompassed in the Atmosphere models that utilises a safe mineral oil that is heated to a precise temperature and infused with inert CO2 gas to exponentially reduce particle size (0.5 - 0.7 microns). This produces a non-stop haze with a greatly improved hang time, while dramatically reducing both fluid consumption and residue. Options for the products include remote control, two-channel DMX interface and flightcases. MDG Fog Generators, MDG Neutral Fog Fluid and MDG Low Fog Fluid are available from stock at AC Lighting with immediate effect.

 
 
Artistic Touch in Plymouth
Friday, 18 May 2001

Artistic Licence has developed a custom colour-changing LED module called ‘Street LED’ specifically for a new installation that has just opened in Plymouth, Devon. The Plymouth Pannier market project was designed and installed by Pyramid Productions using an all-Artistic Licence system. Individual control of the Street LED modules was provided by an LVD-12 in the base of each tower. Each LVD-12 was controlled by a Show-Control 60-channel DMX512 controller.

 
Changes at LeMark’s Hot Metal
Friday, 18 May 2001

The LeMark Group has announced that Neil Baldock has been promoted to process manager within the Group's custom gobo making facility, Hot Metal. To maintain and reinforce the growth of the venture, Mark Gibbons returns on a full-time basis and joins Hot metal as sales co-ordinator after completing his final year studying Marketing & Business Studies. Both Mark and Neil's faces may well be familiar, both having "served time" with LeMark at Trade Shows within the UK and the USA. Hot Metal produces custom gobos here in the UK and allows LeMark''s clients the ability to ensure fast turn around on custom designs, or select from the extensive ex-stock choice of GAM Gobo's. At the same time, the company has announced that general manager Jeremy Bramley is moving on to further his career within the lighting industry, having accepted a senior management position at CCT Lighting.

 
 
iLight Team Expands
Friday, 18 May 2001

iLight Ltd, a specialist in lighting control systems, continues to expand its team with the appointment of Crispin Rock as project engineer. Rock joins iLight from an entertainment lighting background, latterly working as a freelance lighting engineer with the television industry and on the London Eye attraction. Prior to this he spent 10 years in Australia developing his technical skills on a varied range of projects. As project engineer, Rock will be responsible for ensuring the smooth management of installations on site, liaising with electrical contractors and lighting designers. He will also use his electrical engineering skills and 'keep his hand in' by undertaking the role of commissioning engineer on certain projects. And he has already 'hit the ground running' working on two iLight projects in London - commissioning the O² Centre, a cinema and shopping complex and Atlantic House, a commercial site.

 
Playlight Auction - Tuesday 22 May
Friday, 18 May 2001

Following a reorganisation of its business, Playlight is hosting a massive auction next Tuesday, where literally hundreds of items will come under the hammer. On the lighting side these include a collection of lighting desks and dimmers, and just about every type of lantern and moving light under the sun. For special effects, there are smoke machines, mirror balls, projectors and ultra-violet systems, whilst on the audio side, a large stockholding of speakers, amplifiers, mixing desks and microphones will be auctioned. Rigging and trussing will also feature, as will a range of office furniture and general equipment.

The auction takes place on Tuesday 22 May in London at 860 Coronation Road, Park Royal, London and begins at 11am. All items in the auction can be viewed on Monday 21 May from 9.30am to 4.30pm and on the day of sale.

For a catalogue call +44 0117 930 4020.

 
 
Non-Stop Fog from AC Lighting
Friday, 18 May 2001

AC Lighting will use the PLASA Show to underscore its recent appointment as a distributor of Canadian manufacturer MDG’s range of non-stop haze, fog and low fog systems. Visitors to AC’s stand will be able to see the range of MDG machines which employ CO2 gas for their propellant and have an in-built Automatic Purging System (APS) which purges the heating module after the first heating cycle and after every emission of fog, preventing residual build up and clogging. The complete range includes the Atmosphere and Touring Atmosphere Haze Makers, the MAX 3000 and MAX 5000 Fog Makers, the ICE Fog low fog generator and ICE Fog Touring low fog generator.

A unique hazing system is encompassed in the Atmosphere models that utilizes a safe mineral oil that is heated to a precise temperature and infused with inert CO2 gas to exponentially reduce particle size (0.5 - 0.7 microns). This produces a non-stop haze with a greatly improved hang time, while dramatically reducing both fluid consumption and residue. Options for the products include remote control, two-channel DMX interface and flightcases. AC Lighting - Stand G18/G20

 
Geckos in Southwark Cathedral
Thursday, 17 May 2001

London's Southwark Cathedral has been described as Shakespeare's church, where clerics and commoners alike congregated amongst the infamous bear baiting pits, brothels and theatres in the surrounding area. However, having been immersed, and to a degree obscured, by a network of roads, railways and warehouses for the past 100 years, the glory of Southwark Cathedral has now been reinstated. On Saturday 28 April hundreds of people turned out to see former South African president Neslon Mandela re-open the cathedral, as the culmination of a restoration and building programme. Southwark Church, previously a monastery, became Southwark Cathedral in 1905 and now, nearly a century on, an interior exhibition linking the building's past with its present takes visitors on a remarkable journey through time. Myriad Productions Ltd was commissioned to research, curate, design and install the exhibition and, as part of the presentation of the history of both the cathedral and its parish, Myriad called upon DHA Lighting to instill a modern feel with the company's Gecko image projector.

"We wanted the dramatic look of theatre lighting but without using conventional theatre lanterns. The light had to be bright and easily integrated into the design - apparent but minimal. We wanted people to admire the effect rather than the product, but without the effect being too heavy", commented Clare Chance, exhibition designer and creative designer at Myriad. Projecting the words "Southwark Cathedral, the Long View of London" through a lighting template in the entrance hall, as w

 
 
Changing the Face of Lighting and Video
Thursday, 17 May 2001

The entire future of automated lighting and, the application of high powered video projection, moved a big step forward at Showtech in Berlin this week, with the European soft-launch of High End System’s new product, Catalyst. Developed for HES by English design company, Wynne Wilson Gottelier (WWG), the alpha version of Catalyst created a considerable stir at the show. Mounted on the front of a Barco ELM R12, a 12,000 ANSI lumens output, triple-DMD video projector, Catalyst allows an image to be moved smoothly and positioned accurately, time after time, within a global envelope. As it is video-based, Catalyst allows truly unlimited colour mixing, with a selection of masks that act as framing shutters or overlays on video clips.

The system is delivered with hundreds of gobo patterns, that can again be overlaid, including the entire DHA and High End libraries. All of these facilities are accessible from any DMX desk, and were demonstrated at Showtech from a Wholehog 2. The package, which consists of the dynamic hardware, a control rack, DMX system control software, and video processing software, is to be marketed by High End Systems to rental companies which already own suitable DLP projectors, as an add-on. Aside from Barco, these could include models from Christie Digital Systems, Digital Projection, NEC, Panasonic and others.

Catalyst can next be seen at Showlight 2001 in Edinburgh where Tony Gottelier and Peter Wynne Willson will include it in their presentation ‘Lumières sans Frontières’, following which High End will again be showing the alpha s

 
RML Adds to Clay Paky Stock
Thursday, 17 May 2001

Richard Martin Lighting have recently purchased a further 20 Clay Paky Stage Zoom 1200s for their hire stock. This purchase means that RML now have a grand total of 100 units, which are regularly used in TV shows, theatres, exhibitions and several other applications. As Steve Wells, RML’s operations manager enthuses: "The Stage Zooms are very powerful and versatile projectors and increasing our stock was a natural choice, due to their high popularity and demand."

 
 
Fred Bentham: Funeral Details
Thursday, 17 May 2001

Following the news of the recent death of Fred Bentham, we have been advised that his funeral will take place on Thursday 24 May at 2pm at Mortlake Crematorium, Mortlake Road, Richmond on Thames (nearest station Kew Gardens). All are welcome to attend the funeral, which was devised by Fred and has no religious content. A celebration of Fred's life and work is being planned for late June at a West End Theatre. Further details to follow.

 
Catalyst Will Spur Video Development
Thursday, 17 May 2001

This year’s PLASA will see the future of automated lighting and the application of high-powered video projection, move a step forward with the launch of High End Systems’ new product, Catalyst. Developed for HES by English design company, Wynne Wilson Gottelier (WWG), the alpha version of Catalyst created a considerable stir at the Showtech Exhibition in Berlin where it was soft-launched earlier this month.

Mounted on the front of a Barco ELM R12, a 12,000 ANSI lumens output, triple-DMD video projector, Catalyst allows an image to be moved smoothly and positioned accurately, time after time, within a global envelope. As it is video-based, Catalyst allows truly unlimited colour mixing, with a selection of masks that act as framing shutters or overlays on video clips. The system is delivered with hundreds of gobo patterns, that can again be overlaid, including the entire DHA and High End libraries. All of these facilities are accessible from any DMX desk, and were demonstrated at Showtech from the Wholehog 2. The package, which consists of the dynamic hardware, a control rack, DMX system control software, and video processing software, is to be marketed by High End Systems to rental companies, who are already own suitable DLP projectors, as an add-on.

High End - Stand E64

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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