Lighting News

miley-cyrus4Chauvet lights Miley Cyrus basketball show
Friday, 28 May 2021

USA - Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus performed between games of the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament Final Four, which was aired on the CBS network. Her performance paid tribute to frontline workers and their continued service and sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lighting designer Otis Howard called on over 500 light fixtures supplied by 4Wall Entertainment in a design that used modern technology to create a dazzling, elevated 1970s rock & roll show for the superstar.
Included in this mix were close to 200 Chauvet Professional COLORado 2 Solo fixtures. The par style wash units, which are fitted with three 40W RGBW LEDs, were positioned directly behind Miley Cyrus along with 44 LED panels.
The creative inspiration for the Miley Cyrus team for the lighting design was from early rock shows like Queen and Led Zeppelin. "One thing we knew we had to have, was a lot of par cans, without having par cans," joked Howard. "As we started to get deeper into the design, she wanted lighting under stairs, primary colour looks and large washes to really dive deep into the theme of the show."
Putting together this show with smaller crews than usual due to the pandemic, Howard leaned on a talented team, asking them to take on multiple responsibilities.
"This was such a collaborative effort in all aspects of the show," said Howard. "Lighting director Michael Appel, lighting director Stephen Sakowski, and gaffer Mike Grimes were all crucial elements on the team.”

usaVerge Aero drones mark Armed Forces Day
Friday, 28 May 2021

USA - Families from across Georgia watched in in May as a spectacular firework display and 180-strong drone show by Verge Aero lit up the sky to mark Armed Forces Day.
The annual Thunder Over Evans event returned for 2021 following the relaxation of COVID restrictions, offering an opportunity for the community to come together to honor members of the armed forces. Event producers were keen to go the extra mile and supplement their traditional firework display with drones, ramping up the visual spectacle using Verge Aero’s sophisticated control capabilities.
The result was a choreographed vision of colourful and dynamic firework explosions and drone imagery as Verge Aero’s fleet flew the US flag, spelt out ‘U-S-A’, and military logos from all five services, all synced to an accompanying soundtrack.
“We've been doing our Armed Forces celebration for over a decade and work to make it better every year,” says show producer Shane Thompson. “This year, the wonder team of Verge Aero joined us. They took our event to a level that we couldn't even imagine. The Verge Aero team was easy to work with, made edits that we asked for and even incorporated designs that we had in mind for our show."
Verge Aero’s flight planning software allows fast and easy creation of dramatic shows with complex graphics and animations.
Nils Thorjussen, CEO of Verge Aero adds: “We were honoured and excited to be part of this year’s Thunder Over Evans and were delighted with the overwhelming audience response. With thousands of spectators and a tight o

phoenixSpyders deliver for Phoenix Suns Arena
Friday, 28 May 2021

USA - Christie Spyder X80 multi-windowing processors are helping to deliver a new fan experience at the Phoenix Suns Arena. As part of a massive renovation of the entire arena, the new lobby area has been outfitted with 7,000sq.ft of LED displays, with the Spyder X80 driving content to engage and educate fans as they enter the building.
The 29 year-old venue underwent a significant $230m modernisation with improvements that allow the Suns to deliver ‘a world-class guest experience’. The transformation included upgraded fan amenities, technology and more. Stranger Production, which specialises in sports and broadcasting video processing and automation, commissioned the Christie Spyder X80 processors that are used to drive content to the LED walls in the new lobby area.
Two custom, curved LED displays welcome fans to the arena inside the reimagined Phoenix Suns Arena pavilion. One display measures 26ft high by 202ft long and the other 26ft high by 113ft long, and display a combined 64.8m pixels. Two Christie Spyder X80 processors (one used as the primary processor, and the other as part of a back-up system) were installed to deliver content to the displays.
Says Eric Howell, owner, Stranger Production, “The system is designed so that the Spyder X80 is the central processor of the pavilion LED displays. Video is fed from computers to the media processors, into the Spyder. The display is completely customisable, including advertising, video feeds, and pre-game content, and different types of media and content can be layered using the Spyder.” Ad

robe-saddleback-church-worship-5-pSaddleback Church invests in Robe Fortes
Friday, 28 May 2021

USA - Robe’s Forte LED moving lights have been purchased and installed at the extensive main campus of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
The Baptist Evangelical mega-church in southern Orange County is the largest in California and one of the biggest in the US with several campuses in California and worldwide, complete with a busy worship schedule inspired by senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
For now, the 24 new Forte luminaires - the Church’s first Robe investment, specified by lighting manager Jacob Olson and supplied via integrator Amplio Systems - are rigged on trusses above an impressive temporary tented structure, custom-designed and erected during reconstruction of their church’s main auditorium.
The structure was erected when the California COVID tier system enabled the church to start holding limited capacity worship sessions once again, providing a safe temporary venue for socially distanced events during the pandemic.
Jake had recently graduated from University of Alabama where he studied Production Design & Technology when he joined the technical team at Saddleback Church, which is led by technical director Dennis Choy and John Cassetto who oversees all the worship sessions.
One of Jake’s initial tasks was to start looking for appropriate fixtures for the new worship center. The large auditorium will have its previous 3,500 capacity increased once finished, so this already needed bright high-impact luminaires.
“Fast, fluid and flexible” was a mantra driving the choice of al

zero-88-widelite-edb-hong-kong-product-training-session-img0542Zero 88 proves an educated choice for Widelite
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Hong Kong - Widelite Technology Limited has installed Zero 88 FLX range lighting control consoles and Chilli dimmers in over 30 schools for the government’s Education Bureau (EDB) department which is tasked with overseeing state-wide education and learning.
Widelite is a stage engineering company founded in 2009 to provide stage and studio lighting for multiple sectors, incorporating equipment sales, system design and installation services plus audio and video systems for the broadcast world.
Zero 88’s FLX range and the FLX S48 in particular, together with their practical and robust Chilli dimming systems have proved a good choice for several reasons, explained Widelite’s Charlie Mak, one of the sales engineering team.
“They are perfect for schools where staff and students can learn the console quickly and easily. Usually, a half-day training is sufficient to grasp the basics, and from there they can start creating great-looking lighting scenes for themselves and quickly grow their confidence with practice.”
He believes that Zero 88’s ‘Made in the UK’ marque is a bonus when talking quality and reliability.
These assorted educational projects range from a standard government school hall – utilised for anything from speech days to singing contests and other productions, to sophisticated black box theatres presenting drama and musicals in some of the international schools.
Widelite’s role in assisting these upgrades of the establishment’s facilities sees them engaging in several ways, and depending on the avai

schwarzkaue-herten3Schallmeister blends old and new with Chauvet
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Germany - Schwarzkaue Herten is an event space that was once part of the now closed Schägel & Eisen colliery.
Although outfitted with the latest modern amenities, the facility pays homage to its industrial past through its traditional architectural flourishes. The team at Schallmeister balanced these classic features with a contemporary lighting design to create a memorable livestream event for a tech-drive industrial client.
“It was absolutely essential that the set for the livestream retain the historic architecture of the building,” said Tim Jansen, owner of Schallmeister GmbH. “Special features, such as the baskets on the hall ceiling, give the room an interesting texture. Our task was to integrate a modern and professional television studio into an old industrial location.”
Helping Jansen and his team meet this challenge was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixates that included 16 Maverick MK 1 Spot, 16 STRIKE Saber, and 16 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
Filling a variety of roles in the design, the 350W LED Maverick MK1 Spots were flown on overhead truss and placed along the deck at the back of the stage, from where they provided up-lighting and aerial effects. Joining the spot units behind the stage (as well as behind a speaker counter) were the STRIKE Sabers. Arranged vertically, the linear fixtures were used to create a dynamic backdrop to the livestream presentation. Washing the set with a variety of colours were the Rogue R2 Wash units, which were flown on truss at different angles to the stage.
“Particular attent

prolightsCGS extends inventory with Prolights panels
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Germany - Dry hire company CGS GmbH, based in southern Germany, has chosen Prolights EclPanel TWC and EclPanelTWCJr, widely expanding its dry hire inventory in TV and film lighting.
Christian Geyer, managing director of CGS, comments, "With the Prolights EclPanel TWC and TWCJr we have a very mobile solution in our stock. The fixture impressed us with its high light output and its excellent source quality. In addition, the panels include several features that make our everyday work easier, such as an integrated power supply and W-DMX. This makes these fixtures a no-brainer for many projects where exactly these requirements for quality, mobility and performance prevail."
The EclPanel TWC and TWCJr were designed to ‘meet extremely high colour rendering values’. They also come with various pre-programmed and customisable effects.

the-great-passion-play7Chauvet shines on The Great Passion Play
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

USA - An awed and reverential silence descends over the 4,000 seat amphitheater as audiences watch the events of Jesus Christ’s last days unfold at The Great Passion Play. It has always been this way at this outdoor production nestled in the Ozark Mountains, which has attracted over seven million visitors since it debuted in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in July of 1968.
This year, the power of this story has become even more moving, thanks to a balanced and richly coloured lighting design by Chandler Mann and Cameron Edwards of Momentum Lighting.
“Having grown up in Eureka Springs, I have a special attachment to The Great Passion Play,” said Mann, who now works out of Houston. “The production has captivated visitors season after season, but its lighting needed to be upgraded. Our previous system had no LEDs or color mixing and was operated from an old dimming console.. It was time for a change.”
Mann and Edwards brought that change to production, which runs seven months a year, with help from 40 COLORado1-Quad IP65 fixtures and eight DMX-4 dimmers from Chauvet Professional, along with a new ChamSys QuickQ 20 console. They placed 15 of the RGBW COLORado washes on the front wall of the stage, replacing 20 old Par64 fixtures. The remaining 25 COLORado 1-Quad units have been positioned in various points on the set, such as rooftops, trees, and boulders.
“The COLORados on the front wall are not only excellent colour mixing fixtures, but their RGBAL engines are also good replacements for tungsten daylight coloured fixtures,”

glpfusionvss-9GLP Fusion Stick debuts on German TV show
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Germany - For many years Thomas Gerdon from Gerdon Design has been in charge of lighting the German TV show Verstehen Sie Spaß (Do You Understand Fun?), in which unsuspecting people are victims of pranks and filmed with a hidden camera.
Kimmig Entertainment produces four editions a year in the Bavaria Studios in Munich, two of which are broadcast live. The first live edition on 17 April 2021, provided the space and opportunity for a world premiere of the new Fusion Stick FS16 Z from Fusion by GLP which was used for the first time.
As lighting designer and lighting cameraman, Gerdon used the new LED battens on the show stage during the performance by Sarah Lombardi and Luca Hänni as an effective show light..
Six towers were placed on the stage, each of which had two horizontally hung FS16 Z LED battens in addition to further spotlights. "Our goal is to develop an individual lighting design for each show act, so we were extremely pleased to be able to test the FS16 Z in a live situation for the first time within the context of this show," said Gerdon, who had been keenly anticipating the arrival of the new batten.
“There are countless LED battens on the market, but not one that is really fit for purpose,” said the designer. “With the Fusion Stick FS16 Z, GLP has once again developed a device that can do everything that an LED batten needs to be able to do today. The batten has a good zoom (8-40°), a great colour mix and is IP65 rated. Nevertheless, it is not particularly big or heavy. With these features alone, it is basic

plasa-jagermeister#WeMakeEvents features in Jägermeister’s Meister Series
Tuesday, 25 May 2021

UK - Founders of the global #WeMakeEvents movement feature in the fourth episode of The Meister Series, Jägermeister’s project celebrating “the mavericks and innovators in the music and events industry.”
In April 2020, #WeMakeEvents was launched by PLASA in response to the impact of the pandemic on the live events ecosystem. What started as a single UK campaign soon grew into a global movement now spanning 40 countries. Since then, through fundraising, mental health support and campaigning, the organisation has worked tirelessly to keep the music industry alive and support those impacted by the crisis.
In this fourth episode, founders and board members of #WeMakeEvents - Nicky Greet and Peter Heath from PLASA, Koy Neminathan from Avolites and James Gordon from Audiotonix - join Jägermeister in a passionate conversation about the origins and work behind the movement.
#WeMakeEvents said: “The latest Meister Series episode by Jägermeister is a beautiful piece of work and it’s an honour for #WeMakeEvents to be involved in such a great project. This episode plots our development from April 2020 when six of us decided to start a campaign to help the businesses and people in the live events supply chain, up to today, now with 40 countries aligned in a global movement.
“At #WeMakeEvent, we live for live events; the performances that delight, inspire and improve our wellbeing. Whilst we are seeing some positive small steps in audiences being able to return to enjoying live

ccshowroomRefurbished CC demo studio opens
Tuesday, 25 May 2021

UK - Collaborative Creations (CC) has announced that its centrally located, London studio space is open and available to companies and individual members of the events and event technology industries. With restrictions now coming to an end, booking is no longer essential though for specific product viewings is advisable.
Less than a minute’s walk from London Waterloo the CC Studio is a multipurpose environment available for use by the events and event technology industries.
Newly refurbished, the CC Studio can welcome up to 60 people standing, up to 30 in a theatre-style configuration or 12 in a training room seating arrangement. Operational as a boardroom style meeting room, the studio can seat up to 14 and features an engaging 70-inch interactive touchscreen for presentations.
The space is equipment ready with Chamsys controlled Martin Professional lighting and a full AED audio system. The studio features two five-metre trusses for rigging additional fixtures and a 6 x 4m cyc is set up for shoot out and fixture comparison.
CC’s co-founder and director, Tom Wilkes, says, “During lockdown we’ve worked really hard to make the CC Studio a welcoming environment for the industry. We look forward to inviting people in for catch ups, coffee and demos. We’ve prepared the space to be covid compliant with the help of Luxibel’s UVC air filtration systems.”

robe-musiek-rouletteRobe rig plays Musiek Roulette
Tuesday, 25 May 2021

South Africa - Mellow Yellow Entertainment, producers of South African music games show Musiek Roulette wanted a new look for the 2021 season, so called on the services of Ryan Lombard, head of show lighting at Blond Productions and Michael Gill, owner of Michael Gill Designs to design lighting and set respectively.
TV lighting specialist and rental company Blond Productions supplied all the lighting equipment, while the set was built by Dream Sets.
Ryan needed a highly adaptable lighting rig and used 72 x Robe moving lights to assist him in lighting the series, which was recorded at the Urban Brew Studios in Johannesburg.
The idea with the new aesthetics was to retain a casino vibe but offer a more streamlined and modern feel, with the studio floor featuring a striking stylised central roulette wheel and three large LED screens around the circular-shaped space.
The set was re-worked after the initial music recording phase –117 songs were recorded and filmed in a single day – into a completely different space for the competition segment recordings.
The ‘second’ studio also featured some prominent scenic elements like six columns lit with LED pixel tubes and a set of scenic piano keys winding in between the columns and the perimeter of the space.
The Blond team installed a lighting grid in the studio ceiling to facilitate the exact lighting positions that Ryan needed. The show also had an array of scenic props that would fly in and out for the different episodes so “it was a highly visual and busy environment,”

manchesterArtistic Licence in Manchester Studios upgrade
Tuesday, 25 May 2021

UK - Artistic Licence products have been used to provide new DMX infrastructure in the Manchester Studios complex, formerly the Granada/ITV headquarters.
The studios have been undergoing massive refurbishment since 2016. The Granada Studios were built in 1954 for the purpose of recorded and live filming, and served as the Granada/ITV headquarters until 2013.
As part of the refurbishment, Artistic Licence products have been installed in the ongoing upgrade to Studio 1. This is the largest space within the complex, housed within a self-contained building complete with wardrobe, props, dressing rooms and production offices.
A central DMX patch houses two rackLynx octo 8-universe Art-Net gateways and four rackSplit octo 8-way DMX/RDM splitters. These distribute DMX out to eight wall boxes around the studio floor that each house two further rackLynx octo splitters.
The Artistic Licence rackLynx and rackSplit octo products provide compact, high-density conversion and distribution of the Art-Net/DMX/RDM data.
Two Swisson XES-8G Gigabit switches manage the core Ethernet data from production consoles which can then be sent over fibre to studios 8 and 12.
Two Artistic Licence netLynx quad Art-Net gateways were also supplied to provide up to eight further DMX universes either on-set or in the top-rig.
The lighting control network was recently christened by RuPaul’s Dragrace UK which required three studios to be controlled by a single grandMA2, outputting 20 universes of DMX across the site.
In addition to the new DMX infrastruc

capture-image-2Capture supports Ampco Flashlight at Eurovision
Monday, 24 May 2021

The Netherlands - “Using Capture 2021 is almost like seeing the visuals in real life,” is Eurovision LD Henk Jan van Beek’s assessment of the Swedish manufacturer’s pre-visualisation software system. No stranger to the Eurovision event, having been part of the 2005 programming, Capture Visualisation was proud to be part of this year’s show at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena. Always an extravagant feast of lights, video and FX, Eurovision 2021 was chosen as one of Europe’s pilot events for COVID safe live events, making for one of the most eagerly anticipated Eurovision shows of all time.
Since 1994, Capture Visualisation has been developing and evolving the software in the pre-programming sector and is now seen as one of the leading brands in this increasingly busy sector of the entertainment market.
"It is an honour to be the preferred solution for this premier European event, and it feels even greater that we are part of this first major post-pandemic event,” comments sales director, Vangelis Manolis. “It signals that there may be light at the end of this long and dark tunnel. We have seen so many renders of the stage set and the awesome lighting design of Henk-Jan van Beek with his team from Light-H-Art that it feels as if we have been there at the Ahoy ourselves.”
The Capture team have worked tirelessly with the entire team of visual creatives and Eurovision’s technical supplier Ampco Flashlight throughout the extensive programming required to create 39 performances and interval moments of the semi-finals and then the Grand Final o

exterior-lighting-bollards-at-sandburn-hall-hotelCFE Lighting completes luxury hotel install
Monday, 24 May 2021

UK - LED lighting manufacturer CFE Lighting has completed a major project at the luxury Sandburn Hall Hotel, near York, North Yorkshire, which is set to open this week.
The company, which specialises in bespoke LED luminaires and lighting solutions for the commercial, industrial, and public sectors, designed and manufactured 55 exterior lighting bollards, which have been installed by electrical partner NEC Services at the new hotel complex.
The bollards are fitted with low-energy, high lumen LEDs, which will provide wayfinding and emergency lighting along the main walkways which run around the front and back of the 40-bedroom luxury hotel, which will open its doors to guests for the first time on 24 May.
The £5m hotel will be the first major new-build hotel development between York and the coast for over 20 years, with the site already home to an 18-hole championship golf course, Grand Function Hall and the popular Tykes restaurant.
Commenting on the project, Amanda Speight, national business development manager at CFE Lighting, said, “We’re delighted to have been able to support the development of what will be an incredible destination hotel for the region. The project enabled us to showcase the full breadth of our capabilities, from visiting the site to assess the requirements through to designing and manufacturing the bollards, using the very best components, at our production facility in Barrowford.”
Hotel director James Hogg added, “Everything about the design and build of this hotel is quality and that extends to the small

vax-live-concertMavericks back Vax Live televised concert
Monday, 24 May 2021

USA - Asked to describe his impression of Global Citizen’s Vax Live, The Concert To Reunite The World, Tom Kenny answers with a simple six-word phrase, “Full of Grace, Full of Light.” The globally televised event, which raised $302m, enough to procure 26m doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, was certainly all of that.
There was the grace that arose from the inspired words of world leaders sent to the event via remote video, and from the impassioned live performances by artists like Jennifer Lopez, who brought her mother on stage to join her in a plea to ensure the equitable distribution of the vaccine needed to fight the pandemic.
As for the light, Kenny and the Diversified Productions Services team ensured that it was present in full force at SoFi Stadium, supporting the performances of Lopez and fellow stars Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. with a variety of dynamic looks that reflected each artist’s individual style.
“I wanted this to feel like a concert, not a television show,” said Kenny, the event’s lighting designer. “All of us involved, the artists as well as the entire crew, were thrilled to be working a live show again, and I wanted to our design to express this feeling. We didn’t have a massive budget, but we had massive light.”
Helping to provide this voluminous level of light for Kenny’s design were 281 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Washes, supplied by 4Wall Entertainment.
Kenny arranged the RGBW moving fixtures on a circular truss above the stage, along a curved wall behind it, and on the

floridaADJ LED fixtures enhance Florida church
Friday, 21 May 2021

USA - As part of a complete technical overhaul, River of Life Church in Crawfordville, FL has upgraded its full lighting system for the first time since its building was constructed 18 years ago. The new setup, which utilises ADJ fixtures for both house and stage lighting, has not only enhanced the aesthetic of the space but also significantly improved electrical efficiency through the use of LED light sources.
Firelight Media and Integration was the company selected by the church to carry out a complete refit of its audio, lighting, and stage power infrastructure. The relatively young but fast-growing integrator specializes in the church market, driven by owner and founder Joshua Branch’s 15 years of experience in music ministry. Established in 2017 and based in Thomasville, South Georgia, the company services churches throughout the South East, all the way from Virginia down to Florida. Firelight became an ADJ dealer around a year ago and Joshua has nothing but positive things to say of his experience selling and installing ADJ fixtures.
“We had some success with product from other companies,” explains Joshua, “but felt that ADJ could be a good fit for our clients. When we became an ADJ dealer we soon discovered that the product is superior. The price-point is exactly where most of our clients want to be at, and the value for money is very good. Since we’ve switched to ADJ, the results have been amazing.”
With a distinctive tent-style design, River of Life church is a sizeable building with a capacity of approximately 900. Prior to thi

pytchair2Chauvet lights Boeing 727 events venue
Friday, 21 May 2021

UK - “All of us who flourish in this field have retained our child-like enthusiasm for playing with things to come up with something new and different,” says Johnny Palmer, the founder and manager of Pytch. “Really, when you come down to it, that’s why we do what we do.”
An entrepreneur who opened a string of livestream studios during the height of the pandemic, Palmer works hard to keep these creative flames glowing throughout his well-established event company, even when it means buying the fuselage of a Boeing 727 jet liner and parking it on shipping containers in his warehouse lot.
It was on a trip to Cotswold Airport to look at a private jet that he came across the Boeing 727. The plane instantly caught his attention. “I saw this beautiful old bird and thought why not,” he recalled. “So, I got permission from our local planning commission and agreed to a price with the owner. Once that was done, we had to figure out how to get the plane to our facility.”
Transporting the 40m long 27-tonne plane roughly 40 miles from the airport to Pytch’s headquarters in Brislington was an adventure onto itself. Navigating the small, winding country roads was a challenge. Then there was the bridge overpass that was too low. In the end though, the aircraft made its way just fine, garnering plenty of publicity en route.
Having the plane on site inspires wonder and creativity, just as Palmer intended. This was evident soon after the aircraft arrived at Pytch, when the company’s Pytch Labs team used it as a cylindrical canvas for a night

2cellos1Chamsys powers 2Cellos Bon Jovi cover
Friday, 21 May 2021

Croatia - Since its release in February 1987, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer has been embedded in our collective musical psyche. It seems that everyone, from the Royal Philharmonic to Alvin and the Chipmunks has recorded cover versions of this ‘80s anthem. 2Cellos are the latest.
In their latest video, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, the Croatian cellists who make up the group push the oft-played rock classic to new levels. Reflecting the driving force of their performance visually throughout the video is a dynamic and intricately layered light show by Crt Birsa of Slovenia-based Blackout Lighting Design.
Running the 6-universe, 126 fixture, time-coded show on his ChamSys Magic! MQ80 console, Birsa created myriad patterns of light to play off the music video’s unusual venue: a 33mlong tunnel in a former military warehouse. To focus the viewer’s attention firmly on the geometry of the setting, he kept his colour palettes simple.
“I didn’t want to go multicolour,” he said. “Basic palettes were the most well-suited for this venue. Patterns and movement were what I relied on to visualise the music in a way that stood out.
“The venue is different from others I’ve worked at,” continues Birsa. “My goal was to enhance the geometry of the structure itself. The great length and circular shape of the site guided my ideas on where to put the lights and what to show at different times.”
To accent the architecture of the venue, Birsa minimised the visibility of the fixtures themselves, positioning most of them on th

astera-kamaz-trucks-16-10-38Titans light Kamaz birthday celebrations
Friday, 21 May 2021

Russia - Truck brand Kamaz - Dakar Rally Truck category winners 18 times and lknown for their rally, drift, and stunt driver teams - celebrated its 45th anniversary with a spectacular live show, presentation and special event featuring jazz band Denis Matsuev & Friends, staged at its main factory in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan.
When Denis Matsuev suggested opening the event to the strains of orchestral suite Time Forward! by Georgy Sviridov, event director Irina Karimova had the idea of a video intro that would combine the movement of trucks with the rhythm and mood of the music. So, the event’s creative team decided to involve seven of the newest Kamaz-54901 tractor units in a ‘dance’ routine in the snow.
This challenged lighting designer Artem Sagaidak to produce some practical illuminative solutions for the video shoot and he turned to Astera Titan Tubes.
The video shoot site chosen was the factory’s helipad. Artem assessed the various lighting challenges including the erratic February weather and Astera Titan Tubes proved to be the right solution.
“I knew I needed to adopt an overall cinematic approach to lighting, and also that I required very flexible lights with onboard power, long battery life and wireless control,” explains Artem.
With no Titan Tubes in the vicinity and only four day before the shoot, he made a late-night call to Anton Anufriev from B-Right, Astera’s exclusive Russia and the CIS countries distribution, and the next day the fixtures were on their way from Moscow via rental company C-l

robe-bryson-tiller-xr-concert-overtime051920x1080Robe helps create the look for Bryson Tiller
Friday, 21 May 2021

USA - Singer, rapper, and songwriter Bryson Tiller recently recorded an XR concert - for later broadcast - in Calabasas, California at Xite Labs’ XR stage facility, which involved a lighting rig that included Robe T1 Profiles, SuperSpikies, Tetra2s and BMFL Blades.
Xite Labs - founded in 2018 by visual and production design specialists Greg Russel and Vello Virkhaus - was approached by producer Amish Dani and creative studio the 92 Group to assist the project in the production of ‘stunning XR environments’. They received a detailed brief with a set of storyboard images and a flow concept of the four dynamic worlds that they wanted to build. The 3D spaces were created by multiple highly skilled artists commissioned by Xite Labs using Unreal Engine and Notch.
For the shoot, the physical studio design comprised three-sides - including a back wall - of LED, an LED floor with rear lights at high angles following the back wall curve, plus several front and side filler lights.
Two cameras were involved, one mounted on tripod and one on the end of a human-operated 10ft arm crane. The crane camera was fitted with a Canon 18-105 lens, and a stYpe Red Spy optical camera tracking system, the combination of which enabled a wide range of motion and looks.
The secondary camera had a long lens and was offset to the left of the main LED screen and used for a range of classic static telephoto looks.
To support and complement any sort of XR / AR performance, it is crucial that lighting is fully aligned with the environments - which exist only in t

karl-cowingpr-finalNeutrik appoints UK sales manager
Thursday, 20 May 2021

Europe - Neutrik UK has announced the appointment of Karl Cowing as its new sales manager. Cowing comes to the position with an extensive 22-year career in engineering, and engineering sales, support and key account management roles within the electronics, automotive, transport, aerospace and defence sectors, including with Formula BMW, Varta, Aerco, Molex and Smiths Interconnect.
His experience includes responsibility for electronic interconnect solutions into strategic aerospace and defence customers, helping them adapt to rapidly changing technology requirements within the radar and electronic warfare sector, and positioning high reliability RF electronic connectivity solutions, including fibre optic technology, to help customers address future bandwidth issues.
Commenting on his appointment, Cowing says, “Over the years I have known of Neutrik connectors as best-in-class market leaders. I am excited to be joining the company and look forward to working closely with our customers to understand the true value of our products to them, in helping to drive innovation of future developments, in shaping growth in core markets and design into emerging growth markets.”
Neutrik UK managing director Mark Perrins states, “It is propitious to have Karl assume the role of UK sales manager at this strategically important time for the Neutrik Group. The acquisition of new brands and services, coupled with a fresh overall approach to our business, is presenting unprecedented opportunity for growth.”

claypakyosa1OSA grows inventory with Claypaky Mini-B
Thursday, 20 May 2021

USA - One of the first companies to invest in Claypaky Mini-Bs, OSA has put its inventory of 48 fixtures to work on a diverse range of projects despite the coronavirus pandemic. OSA provides entertainment technology, event production and systems integration from offices in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Nashville.
“The Mini-B seemed to be the right size, the right brightness and had great zoom capabilities,” vice president of lighting Mark Fetto recalls. “As a wash light Mini-B may be small in stature but it’s large in output.”
Although the coronavirus pandemic slowed production for many businesses, OSA’s development of the Concertata digital engagement platform has enabled a roster of virtual events to take place, a number of them utilising the new Mini-Bs.
A national telecommunications company tapped the fixtures for a trio of corporate events staged live in the company’s corporate office building to light an in-house studio and to broadcast virtually. “The Mini-Bs were used in combination with grip lighting on the set,” Fetto explains. “The lighting designer liked how the Mini-Bs looked for these shows. They were very versatile, and their large zoom came in very handy for the studio’s low trim: We could light large areas from a short distance away.”
The Mini-Bs supported Crossfade Design’s lighting designer Michael Nevitt for the Loma vs. Lopez Winner Takes All lightweight boxing bout last November, which was televised live on ESPN from the MGM Grand Conference Centre in Las Vegas. OSA provided its Mini-Bs to light the wa

glp-creative-light-tunnel-6GLP goes underground with Creative Light
Thursday, 20 May 2021

Germany - Last year, GLP presented the new Creative Light 1, a battery operated, completely wireless LED system for maximum flexibility. With 24 individually controllable RGB pixels, the Creative Light 1 offers ‘countless design options and can be installed in no time, thanks to the integrated magnet’. In March 2021, a small GLP team demonstrated this by transforming a dreary motorway underpass into a pulsating dance temple within a few hours.
GLP managing director Udo Künzler had previously discovered the aforementioned tunnel during an evening walk. Immediately he had the idea of equipping the tunnel wall, which proved to be magnetic, with Creative Lights.
Boogie Pimps (Somebody To Love) were tasked with making the project a special audiovisual experience. The duo not only contributed a track (Awesome), but also agreed to perform on site in the tunnel.
After the prerequisites for the implementation had been agreed with the authorities (blocking of the tunnel for pedestrians, switching off the lighting and hygiene protocols), a five-person GLP crew began setting up on the afternoon of 23 March. With the help of a levelling laser and mobile scaffolding, over 200 GLP Creative Light 1’s were precisely aligned on the tunnel wall within a few hours. Then the DJ set-up was arranged and the programming of the light show was given the final touches.
The Creative Light 1 is available in two versions, which only differ in the additional option of wireless control via CRMX in the Creative Light 1 Plus. Although the staged light show


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