Gibraltar - For the past two years, Steve Richardson has been on a journey of his own inside the 60m-deep St. Michael’s Cave perched high on Gibraltar’s Upper Rock Reserve, leading a crew from Full Production tasked with designing, installing and programming the lighting for The Awakening, an immersive show inside St. Michael’s created by Christian Wright and the team at Pixel Artworks.
Asked to describe the site, Richardson says: “It is a massive cave, in a rock, in Gibraltar. It is damp, humid, hot, and massively acidic. It is pretty much the worst place to be installing lights. However, that said, the cave is also the hero. Nothing compares to its natural rock formations. There are stalactites in the millions there, ranging from small 300mm to 900mm outcrops to large 12-30m structures. The cave and its history were the heroes - they were the two defining criteria in the design of this show.”
Accompanying Richardson and his team on their odyssey was a collection of Chauvet Professional IP fixtures that, like the crew using them, could withstand the punishing demands made by the cave, whilst still delivering performance that could accentuate and enhance its majestic beauty.
“The criteria we set were pretty tough,” says Richardson. “Our fixtures had to be very durable in an extremely harsh environment, as well as very flexible in terms of colour palette.”
Meeting these exacting standards were the Ovation E-910FC IP ellipsoidal and COLORado Solo 2 Wash, which offered the added benefit of a wide zoom range. A total of 35
Europe - MA Lighting has released the grandMA3 software v1.6, bringing workflow improvements and new implementations in the area of presets and data handling.
Features include intuitive programming with selective, global and universal presets; auto pre-set mode takes care of standard pre-set operations without thinking about data; fixture exchange transfers the preset data - important for touring and festival shows; universal presets can be created even before patching fixtures.
There are also workflow improvements - additional information for showfiles has been added to the Backup menu and the Stomp command has been revised based on numerous user feedbacks. The new version also includes visibility and overview improvements, especially for grandMA3 onPC users.
The new command wing bar fits at the bottom of screens used together with a grandMA3 onPC command wing or grandMA3 onPC command wing XT.
There are also some new implementations that will enrich lighting control in many different areas: markers - move and rotate objects in 3D, even with connection to PSN data; CleanUp command - delete objects which are not used in the showfile; new RDM parameters and notifications; support of RDM proxy devices and more.
UK - Online home fitness start-up GRNDHOUSE recently equipped its studio with a custom LED lighting rig designed by Hayden Borgars, featuring Martin Professional VDO Sceptron 10 LED video fixtures supplied by Colour Sound Experiment.
Conceived and launched during the Covid-19 pandemic, GRNDHOUSE provides daily workout videos with professional instructors via a subscription service. Members can follow along at their own pace with a flexible schedule, on-demand access and a range of intensity levels.
When launching the service, GRNDHOUSE’s founders knew their broadcast studio needed excellent lighting and a distinctive visual design to establish the company’s brand. To achieve this goal, GRNDHOUSE hired lighting designer Hayden Borgars, who designed a dynamic LED lighting system using Martin VDO Sceptron 10 creative LED fixtures, which were provided by Harman distributor Colour Sound Experiment.
“The brief for the design was to create a space for the instructors to film their workout classes in, which would be unique and work with GRNDHOUSE’s colour scheme,” said Borgars. “Our videographer Chris Jeffers suggested incorporating tubes into the design, and I knew instantly that I wanted to use Sceptron fixtures.”
To create the look of illuminated tubes, Borgars’ design features eight Martin VDO Sceptron 10 fixtures standing vertically around the instructors. Another 16 fixtures are arranged in a square on the floor, framing the space and providing crucial illumination for floor-level exercises. During workout sessions, the lights ar
Australia - Some of Broken Hill's key locations have been lit up as part of Australia's Heritage Perfectly Highlighted project. The project involves permanent coloured lighting and projection installations at the Town Hall facade, Civic Centre, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Town Square and Sturt Park.
Broken Hill Mayor Darriea Turley said the installations would add a new level of vibrancy across the city once completed advising, “This lighting will ensure these key areas and buildings around our city are an attraction even at night.
“We can also use it to complement events and initiatives - I can imagine all our prominent spaces being lit up green for St Patrick's weekend, or in Christmas colours for the festive season. It will add a whole new element to the city after dark.”
After winning the tender, Mark Hammer and Matthew Tunchon of Silver Bullet Projects provided a turnkey solution to the Broken Hill City Council and Mayor Turley said the Silver Bullet Projects team tasked with the installation “had done a great job under difficult circumstances” referring to COVID-19 stoppages.
Among several units by different manufacturers there were 11 x Prolights Mosaico XL. Some are used for front lighting with their shutters keeping the beams under control and some project gobo patterns onto walls.
“The Prolights Mosaico XL comes with some great features,” added Mark. “I was fortunate to visit the Prolights factory and this was where I first came across them. I thought they were amazing. It's closer to a theatre fixture rat
Brazil - The Masked Singer Brasil, the latest in the worldwide television franchise of the reality singing competition, premiered on 10 August with Claypaky Sharpy and Mythos 2 fixtures, illuminating stage at WTC Golden Hall, São Paulo.
Spectrun Design e Iluminação supplied 24 Sharpy moving beams, 24 Mythos 2 spot and beam lights and other Claypaky visual effects moving heads for the new series airing on TV Globo.
“When I was invited by the production company, Endemol Shine Brasil, and the director, Marcelo Amiky, to work on this project - which is unprecedented in Brazil [for its size and scope] - we needed high-performance, precision equipment, so Claypaky was my main choice for fixtures,” says Alexandre Augusto, the lighting designer and director of photography.
Inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, the lighting team filled the stage’s entire spiral-patterned ceiling with the “beams and attack speed” of the Sharpys. And they deployed the versatile Mythos 2 “everywhere” they needed a hybrid fixture capable of filling the roles of both spotlight and beam light.
Vinicius Gonçalves Costa is the lighting programmer and operator for the show. HPL Company - Brasil is the exclusive Claypaky distributor in country and Mauricio Brando is Claypaky/ADB’s regional sales manager for Latin America.
Mauricio Brando concluded, “We’re thrilled to have illuminated such a prestigious stage. Latin America loves shows full of great effects, and both the Sharpys and Mythos 2 offer a guaranteed a spectacular show. We’re thankf
USA - Chauvet Professional has appointed Scott Laurentz to its management team. Formerly with The Lighting Design Group in New York, Laurentz joins Chauvet as product resource manager for broadcast lighting.
In his new position, Laurentz will draw on his extensive global experience working on lighting projects to provide the Chauvet Professional and Kino Flo product development team with strategic input. He will also be involved in building customer relations and conducting training related to broadcast, studio, and film lighting.
“This position is part our product resource group focused on customer-focused product innovations and applications,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Adding Scott’s expertise to the Chauvet Professional and Kino Flo brands will drive our ability to provide a full range of solutions for this market. In Scott, we not only have someone who has valuable insights into this market, but also shares our company’s vision of following a philosophy based on customer first.”
“The experience I’ve had with Chauvet Professional and its people in the past has been very positive,” says Laurentz. “The company is demonstrating the understanding of this market by fueling development that is only strengthened by the addition of Kino Flo. The future is very bright, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
UK - #WeMakeEvents has launched a supporter scheme to bring more useful resources and services to campaign backers.
Members of #WeMakeEvents Supporters get free access to webinars hosted by the campaign and PLASA in the past - including on topics such a Brexit, HR, IP, and various technical sessions – as well as credit checks for UK-based companies. Other benefits include free entry passes to the PLASA Show and PLASA Focus Leeds and an invite to #WeMakeEvents’ Zoom calls.
“Launched at PLASA Show 2021 in London last month, #WeMakeEvents Supporters has already seen a large uptake, demonstrating the ongoing high level of engagement to protect and promote live events and entertainment,” says the campaign in a statement. “Supporters can opt in to be listed on the webpage to add strength to the global movement which continues to amplify the voice of the industry at government level and across the public domain.”
The new scheme will be signposted to several industry resources, including Curtain Call’s new recruitment platform (more on which here), and members will receive the weekly #WeMakeEvents newsletter and the online editions of Light & Sound International (LSi) and Lighting & Sound America (LSA) magazines.
Andy Dockerty, MD for Adlib and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering committee, comments: “We’re pleased to offer this new way of supporting #WeMakeEvents, specially for our industry’s large populati
UK - For the virtual iteration of the annual WhatsOnStage Awards, lighting designer Jack Weir used Martin Professional lighting solutions to translate the excitement and grandeur of live performance through the computer screen.
Held annually since 2001, the WhatsOnStage Awards celebrate excellence in the British live theatre industry. However, due to social distancing regulations, this year’s ceremony was a virtual live stream broadcast from the Turbine Theatre, a more intimate venue than the show’s usual large-capacity locations like the Prince of Wales Theatre and the Dominion Theatre.
This year’s show required a lighting system that effectively translated from the stage to the screen and performed efficiently despite the limited space, power and personnel available. Organisers turned to Jack Weir, a 2016 WOS Award nominee for his lighting work on the West End production of Boys In The Band, who created an impactful and versatile lighting system using Martin MAC Allure Profile spotlights, MAC Aura wash lights and P3 system controller software.
“It’s always a pleasure being invited back to light the WhatsOnStage Awards,” says Weir. “In 2021, we swapped the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End for the more intimate Turbine Theatre. Naturally, this brought some new challenges for the design. A significant reduction in performance area, a limitation on the number of performers for each act, and a smaller power supply meant we had to alter the usual quantities of lighting equipment we’d use.”
The lighting rig p
Canada - Working with his board operator Jerome Robitaille and TD Eden Ashby, lighting designer Gil Perron pushed his LSM Ambiocréateurs supplied lighting rig in myriad directions for five different shows videoed over a five-day period in support of a wide range of performances by leading artists from Montreal’s 2SLGBTQI+ community.
Through it all, Perron drew on the versatile performance features of 34 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures positioned on his fly system. “It’s no big secret that my go-to light for TV is the Maverick 3 Profile,” he says. “It has the brightness, colour schemes, gobo package, and, when dialed in, a perfectly nice 4300k with bang on render.”
To ensure that his looks remained distinctive throughout the entire festival and reflected the personalities of all performers, Perron generally limited the number of Maverick MK3 Profiles used for each act to no more than four units. Once the profiles were focused and dialled in, the rest of the rig, including its 24 Rogue R2 Beam fixtures and 18 COLORado Solo Battens was “all about effect”.
“In order to minimize flip, only the ground packages and video wall designs were modified from show to show,” adds Perron. “We used the beams to create unique looks with different side angles, and of course changing up colours evoked a range of moods. Gobos from the Mavericks played a big role in adding variety and texture to the stage. I am a big fan of using gobos.”
Many of the shows during Montreal Pride Festival were built on boldness and power.
UAE - Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) is the official live events audio-visual partner for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020.
The UK Pavilion, which is situated in the Opportunity District at Expo 2020 is based around the theme of Innovating for a Shared Future and promises to offer ‘inspiration and excitement to visitors from around the world’. The six-month event will see the UK Pavilion host a variety of events from multiple trade missions and conferences to various live entertainment spectaculars, including the UK National Day event, which is set to bring the imagination of Glastonbury Festival to Dubai.
Andy Reardon, CTME’s managing director, comments, “CT Middle East will be delivering audio, video and lighting solutions alongside providing a team of highly skilled project managers and technicians for the duration of the event. The UK Pavilion have an exciting, informative and educational six-month events programme lined up, and we are honoured to be part of it.”
Reardon goes on to say: “Millions of people will be travelling to Dubai from all over the world to see the Expo unfold, and we are excited for them to experience the creativity, immersive and inspiring audio, video and lighting installations that our team have delivered for multiple pavilions and legacy areas throughout the Expo, alongside all the other amazing showcases the event has to offer.”
Laura Faulkner, UK Commissioner for EXPO 2020 Dubai, adds: “We have a really exciting series of activities and events planned for UK Pavilion throughout Expo 2
Belgium - Measuring 88m long and 132m wide, with a roof spanning 11,600 m², the Sportpaleis in Antwerp is an impressive structure. But, for one weekend this September the big building and the neighbouring Lotto Arena melted into intimate spaces of sound and light for Reverze, the hardstyle music festival produced by Bass Events.
Celebrating this ultra-intense form of electronic music that was born in Benelux, Reverze ‘radiated immersive energy that defied notions of space and time as it enveloped the huge crowd with its sights and sounds’.
Contributing to this experience was a series of transformative lightshows run by designer and programmer Leon Driessen of LD Company with help from two ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M consoles with Stadium Wings. (A third MQ500M was held in reserve, but never used).
Featuring 1017 lighting fixtures and 36,225 channels spread over 117 universes run through sACN and ArtNet, the lightshows, which supported performances by 14 different artists, ‘filled the entire venue with massive waves of visual energy’.
Driessen described the vision behind the visuals: “The looks mainly have to do with how the show is programmed,” he said. “A show file will often be divided by lamp type, but we did the opposite. We made combinations of lamp types and looks that were related to color bumps, looks, and movements. A small example of this is how we triggered an odd/even bump and had everything go along with it. Think of the grouping for strobes / washes / movements etcetera, so that any addition you make with a type of lamp
USA - Darkroom Creative, a fusion of ideas and production design from lighting and visual experts Seth Jackson and Nathan Alves, combined history, nostalgia, and reinvention in a blind pitch for the lighting and production design of the Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary tour, which they won.
The tour was originally scheduled for 2020, was halted amid the initial pandemic shutdowns, and is now back on the road across North America.
The lighting design includes 92 Robe Spikie moving lights which play a key role in shaping the show’s aesthetic, which takes inspiration from a collage of classic stage lighting design gems emanating from the 1970s and 1980s, when the industry we know today was in its infancy.
Stylistically reminiscent of that era, there are no cameras or IMAG video elements. However, unlike then, the lighting rig encapsulating the foot-tapping Doobie Brothers’ music and harmonies that spanned five glorious decades is completely LED.
Seth and Nate are - by their own description - “walking encyclopedias” on the history of concert touring lighting, so they enthusiastically developed this concept, noting that any eagle-eyed lighting nerds will spot essences of Marc Brickman, Steve Cohen, Peter Morse, Jeff Ravitz, Marilyn Lowey, Alan Owen, Howard Ungerleider and so many more of those early-stage lighting design influencers in this show.
“We wanted to pay homage to all that amazing history with a design reflecting the era of the band, and without it feeling dated,” stated Seth.
Woven into the show’s lighti
UK - The last footsteps of the 101-mile fundraising mission known as A Light Walk were taken on Friday (24 September) as the five-day odyssey from The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank drew to a halt. The team behind A Light Walk, which includes Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALPD Lumiere working group members, Charlotte Burton and Tamykha Patterson, were quick to point out, however, that although the walk is complete, the fundraising continues.
The epic hike was undertaken to highlight the vital work of, as well as raise money for the ALPD Lumiere Scheme and industry charity Backup.
Whilst Bowden was the only wayfarer along the planned physical route, others walked an equal distance remotely. Remote walkers were either keeping the same timeframe or walking through the month of September around existing work commitments. Bowden was also joined by friend, Lewis Dainton who, while helping to raise money for the two main charities was also raising money for Children’s World, a performance-based charity for children.
ALPD executive committee member Lucy Carter undertook the route remotely. She explains: “With dog walking, walking weekends and walking to meetings instead of taking the tube, I’ll be hitting my 101-mile target by 30 September. While it’s not the same challenge as the Light Walk team, maybe my efforts have succeeded in getting me a little bit fitter.
“The two causes are s
Italy - Prolights has made available nearly 200 Vectorworks symbols for most of its lighting fixtures, clamps and accessories, and will keep supporting the library development.
Sister company Protruss has also released a separate 3D library with over 650 symbols, including truss and rigging objects. The Protruss symbols include all the properties of objects required from Braceworks (a Vectorworks plugin) to run static calculation and loading reports.
“The recently added library represents an important asset to the entire LD community,” says Fabio Sorabella, managing director at Prolights. “Not only that but the announced file compatibility among Vectorworks, GDTF and MVR, and Unreal Engine really benefits designers and system engineers, innovating a new multi-platform workflow from parametric design to show pre-visualisation and presentation.”
The files can be freely downloaded from the Prolights and Music & Lights webpages, including the Vectorworks files, GDTF and dozens of other personality files for industry-standard consoles and other control platforms.
UK - Architectural LED lighting specialist Anolis showcased its Ambiane range of interior lighting products at the 2021 PLASA Show at London’s Olympia Grand Hall, the first in-person UK industry trade show since pandemic restrictions were lifted.
The Anolis team was especially interested in meeting theatre consultants, venue managers and specifiers working in different types of auditoria.
“After long periods of lockdown and no tradeshows, PLASA Show in London was the perfect platform to reconnect, attracting a targeted visitor base which gave the team the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with relevant buyers across the sector,” says the company.
Anolis used the occasion to highlight the indoor Ambiane range which is available in RGBW and CCT versions with multiple beam angles - suitable for FOH, back-of-house and any public space illumination.
Simon Gooding, sales & business development manager at Anolis UK, comments: “PLASA combined with ABTT was a great opportunity to incorporate Anolis into this year’s plans.
“Whilst the spotlight was on our Ambiane range, it was also excellent for generating conversations around other interior fixtures and Anolis products that are a perfect choice for theatres and venue spaces. The show was an interesting and worthwhile platform for the team to engage with existing customers and meet new ones.”
The Anolis section of the stand was clean and streamlined with a selection of Ambiane recessed downlights and a high output pendant on display, impressing with thei
USA - Elation’s Proteus line of IP65-rated automated lighting has enjoyed worldwide success, with over 10,000 units now in the market. Three new Proteus products set for release this autumn.
“We’ve put years of extensive R&D work, market research and planning into developing this award-winning product line and are extremely proud that it has become the most specified line of IP65 automated lighting on the market,” states Eric Loader, Elation director of sales & marketing. “Our goal from the beginning was to give creative designers the freedom to design any project just the way they see fit regardless of weather or other factors and we delight every time we see them on a show or event.”
Set for release in November are the Proteus Excalibur, Proteus Rayzor Edge and Proteus Rayzor Blade.
The Proteus Excalibur is a long throw beam moving head with a long-life lamp and a wide front aperture perfect for creating aerial light columns, and CMY and prismatic effects. Proteus Rayzor Edge and Proteus Rayzor Blade are a creative blend of a high-powered tiltable, linear zoom LED pixel wash luminaire and an extreme impact dual linear strobe array, combining mid-air beams, light curtains, blinder and pixel precise strobe effects, plus Elation’s patented SparkLED lens technology into a unique multi-layered fixture design.
UK - The newly launched Strand Electric Pattern 23M lantern from Pacific Lighting (HK) is a 1/3 scale replica of the original Strand Patt 23 Mk1 designed by aircraft designer, Morgan McLeod.
The fully working model has a 3W 3000K LED source and is available with a choice of telescopic stand, swivel arm wall bracket or ceiling/floor plate. The lantern can be connected to a USB phone power supply or computer, and the beam angle can be altered by moving the lens back and forward.
Hugh Chinnick, director of Pacific Lighting has spent several years researching and developing the Patt 23M (‘M’ stands for Mini) to perfect every detail of appearance and performance.
“For more than 20 years it has been my dream to produce a scale model of the Patt 23, one of the most iconic lanterns in British theatre lighting history,” he says.
“It has taken over four years of development, failures and triumphs. I have been fortunate and very grateful to have had the contribution, encouragement, and expertise of people without whom my dream would not have been realised: Mike Wood who meticulously produced the very first 3D printed working model of the lantern and kept my feet firmly on the ground, and Scott Ingham, Susan Lo and their team at Ingham Design who took on the onerous task of preparing all the necessary detailed drawings in preparation for production.”
The Pattern 23M is cast in zinc which provides a superior quality of finish while retaining excellent thermal properties as a heatsink for the LED, together with a good weight. Over time,
USA - To create exciting, immersive visuals that highlighted Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s unique layout during the String Cheese Incident’s multi-night run, PHNTM Labs deployed a lighting rig featuring Martin Professional lighting fixtures, provided by Brown Note Productions.
Colorado-based jam band The String Cheese Incident returned to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the 45th time this past July to kick off their 2021 tour, marking the first full-capacity events at the venue in over a year.
Red Rocks’ geological architecture and storied history make performing there a major career milestone for many artists, with performers from The Beatles to Vulfpeck gracing the stage over the past 80 years. Because the venue’s steep seating arrangement means a majority of the audience is seated above the stage roof, Red Rocks has historically posed a challenge to lighting designers. However, the venue received a new stage and roof area in 2020 for easier installation and greater production potential.
To give audiences an unforgettable experience, The String Cheese Incident requested a dynamic light show that kept up the excitement throughout their multi-hour improvisational sets and reached every audience member with impactful and immersive visuals. To deliver a truly memorable light show, PHNTM Labs deployed an advanced lighting rig featuring Martin VDO Atomic Dot and MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures.
“The String Cheese Incident generally do multi-night runs at Red Rocks every year,” said Michael Smalley, creative director, production designer and lig
UK - England’s Enlightened Lighting sparked up its stock of VL10 Beamwash and VL2600 Series luminaires from Vari-Lite for the Bath Festival Finale Weekend in August. One of the first major music festivals to take place in the UK after the pandemic lockdown, it saw favourites McFly, Scouting for Girls and Gabrielle perform alongside a host of big-name bands.
For Dave Thorpe of Enlightened this was the first time their newly purchased VL2600 Profile and Wash fixtures and VL10s had graced the stage of a busy festival. Therefore, he was keen to see how they performed and gauge the response from both festival lighting designer Nic Ayres and McFly’s visiting lighting designer, Chris Yeomans.
“It was a delight to use the VL2600 Wash and Profile fixtures and the VL10 Beamwash luminaires on this production,” says Ayres. “The colours are great - and although the fixtures can be a bit channel hungry that does make them all the more flexible, which is crucial in a festival situation.”
The rig was designed as a traditional spot and wash set up with the versatile VL10 Beamwash luminaires taking care of backlight gobos from the rig.
“What is great about the VL10s is that they work as a beam, a wash and as a spot, which is brilliant on such a small stage and with such limited time to program,” Ayres continues. “None of the acts bring in any set, except maybe a backdrop. The atmosphere is all coming from the artist and from the lights augmenting the mood of the performance, with a bit of haze thrown in for good measure.
“The VL10s are
USA - Tom Kenny wowed the crowd and cameras at the iHeart Radio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in mid-September with a big, but artfully balanced, lightshow that featured 124 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures supplied by 4Wall Entertainment.
Produced by Diversified Production Services, C2W, Firehouse Productions, All Access Staging & Productions, Inc., and Atomic, The iHeart Radio Music Festival is “a real hybrid,” notes Kenny. “It’s really a big TV special,” he said of the show, which was broadcast on the CW Network. “All the experienced LDs and creatives understand that this is not a festival in the usual sense of the word. It’s a huge party being filmed and aired for the enjoyment of millions of fans.”
With this in mind, Kenny used copious amounts of lighting, along with video elements to create an ebullient, festive aura that made it easy for fans at the venue as well as those watching on TV to get swept up in the good-time excitement. The characteristics of the T-Mobile Arena provided him with a good foundation for generating this atmosphere.
“I’ve lit many big shows and TV specials here,” said Kenny “This is very much a 21st century arena with all the bells and whistles that can help a show of this kind. It has a very high trim and some great video elements including ribbons that helped me build a bigger palette. This setting contributed to the show coming off so well, as did my colleagues in this project Mike Appel ,Fuji, Jess Baker, Mark Butts. Jason Uchita, Bob from 4Wall, Joey Vi
Denmark - Coinciding with Denmark’s ‘Freedom Day’ - the lifting of all the current coronavirus restrictions - in September, an innovative and popular production of Jesus Christ Superstar featuring the Danish Chamber Orchestra (Danmarks Underholdningsorkester) conducted by Andreas Vetö was staged at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, complete with a spectacular lighting and stage design by Sune Verdier.
This version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘rock opera’ embraced the production genres of theatre and rock ‘n’ roll in staging and lighting.
The lighting included an all Robe moving light rig comprising nearly 150 luminaires - supplied together with audio equipment by Copenhagen-based European Tour Production (ETP).
Imposing three-tiered scaffolding decks accommodated the orchestra, while a 30m long 3m wide runway extended across the arena floor which was the principal playing area for all the action. This layout enabled the actors to get close up to the audience, which apart from the surprise element - as everyone gets used to face-to-face contact again - was particularly effective for the many intense and intimate JCS moments.
With no video the pressure was on the lighting as the main visual embellishment to enhance all the emotion, drama and thought provocation of the piece, plus highlighting a string of rousing musical numbers. “I wanted the lighting to be edgy, simple and impactful,” explained Sune.
During the planning stages, no-one was certain what venue capacities might be possible, so it was planned for a half-
USA - Car dealership Porsche Austin’s top floor window display features 10 Porsche cars highlighted using SEVEN Batten 72 linear lights from Elation Professional.
Eric Bernstein of Intelligent Lighting Services (ILS) of Austin has worked with the dealership’s ownership group for about 20 years. On this latest project, he worked with Kirk Franceschini, managing partner at Hi Tech Motorcars (Porsche Austin Group), who was tasked with implementing a lighting system that would attract attention to the new dealership. The idea was to line 10 Porsche cars along a sixth-floor display window and illuminate them in high-quality lighting so they couldn’t be missed by the myriads of people who drive by the dealership each day.
Bernstein designed the sixth-floor look and specified 20 Elation SEVEN Batten 72 fixtures, 6ft colour-changing LED battens with 7-color multi-chip LEDs, two units illuminating each car. “We brought several fixtures up there to demo in order to give the client a few choices,” said Bernstein, who was already familiar with the SEVEN Batten from several church installations he has used them on. “We decided that the SEVEN Batten was best for both colour choices and power. It also has an integrated gel slot so it’s easy to put filters in.”
At Porsche Austin, the SEVEN Battens work with light halos above each car, each halo comprising 496 4-color LEDs with the intention of having full control over them. Each halo runs four universes via a Netron EN4 from Obsidian Control Systems, a powerful Ethernet to DMX gateway with interna
Serbia - Since it arrived on the scene in 1994 with over 100 channels, TV Pink has been a media success story. The privately-owned broadcaster is well-known for its innovative programming aired on numerous channels in entertainment, music, talk shows and news.
The popular broadcaster recently upgraded its PFI studio complex in Šimanovci near Belgrade with an intelligent LED lighting system.
Designed and installed by Novi Sad-based AVL Projekt, the new system includes a collection of 64 Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rouge fixtures as well as four RDMX Splitter 8 units and two Net-X II nodes.
The Chauvet Professional fixtures (16 Maverick MK3 Wash, 12 Maverick MK2 Wash, 12 Maverick Silens 2, and 24 Rogue R3 Beam units) were selected for the upgrade project after an extensive review by professionals in image quality and management of lighting resources, including PFI rental director Dragan Gravara, deputy director of PFI Rental Miloš Jeremić and directors of photography at TV Pink Nenad Serafijanović and Nenad Stojković Piksi.
As part of their evaluations, these experts checked the fixtures using two colour meters: Sekonic C800 and Sekonic C700. The analysis and testing proved that the technical characteristics from the specification matched the measurement results in actual environment.
Given the diverse range of programs on RTV Pink, the broadcaster’s team paid careful attention to evaluating the flexibility and multi-functionality of the lighting fixtures. They came away very impressed by the Maverick Silens 2 Profile LED movi
USA - When Germany-based Thomas Christmann saw Claypaky Xtylos at a Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt he knew he had to work with the fixture one day.
The lighting designer and director for metal band Korn since 2015, Christmann, who is known as ‘Church’, thought the 2020 tour planned for the band would be the perfect opportunity to use the first moving head light with a laser light source. “I’m not a big fan of beam lights and try not to use them for effects lighting,” he says. “But I love the Xtylos beam, their colour and speed and was eager to use them.”
Then the coronavirus pandemic intervened and 2020 touring for all bands was cancelled. But as soon as Korn was booked to play two 2021 summer festival dates, Church put 20 Xtylos from OSA International, Inc. in the rig for Rock Fest Wisconsin and the Upheaval Festival in Michigan.
Now Korn has begun a 28-date US tour with Staind. The run kicked off in early August in West Palm Beach, Florida and will wrap at the end of September in Dallas. Church upped the ante and specified 36 Xtylos for the tour, also obtained from OSA. He mounted four each on top of a straight line of five upstage pods, which roll onto the set, and eight on each side of angled upstage trusses, which split over the drum riser.
“My lighting designs are pretty theatrical with cues and strong looks - I don’t go crazy with a lot of positions,” Church explains. “The Xtylos’s beam light was very impressive when I saw it the first time, and I trust OSA’s (vice president, lighting) Mark Fetto, whom I