South Africa - Lighting designer Joshua Cutts was thrilled to drive a grandMA3 light for the Idols South Africa 2018 finale hosted at Carnival City in Johannesburg. The team worked together for the ninth consecutive year and comprised Dream Sets, the full technical supplier headed by project manager Eben Peltz; lighting and set designer Joshua Cutts from Visual Frontier; with Gavin Wratten once again the executive producer and director. The broadcast was aired on the Mzansi Magic Network.
Deciding that Idols would be the ideal opportunity to test the grandMA3 light, Cutts approached Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution, the MA distributors in Africa. Cutts comments: “Still running on grandMA2 software, it’s still the same desk for now but with new hardware. It worked out pretty well because I broke my arm before we loaded in, and only had one arm to program with. The console was small enough for me to reach every button with one arm!”
From a hardware point of view, Cutts says: “I was very impressed with the work MA Lighting have done on the buttons, faders, and the whole tactile experience, which I think is what they wanted to achieve. The buttons were softer and easier to use, the faders were more responsive and the touch screen very accurate. The grandMA3 light integrated well with my grandMA2 light, the MA NPU (Network Processing Unit), MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) and MA 8Port Node. It worked seamlessly with the system and never gave any problems.”
With his arm not working as it should, and Idols being such a high-
The Netherlands - ISE 2019 (5-8 February 2019, Amsterdam RAI), marks GLP’s first appearance with lighting products from Ehrgeiz, the company that joined the GLP family at the beginning of the year.
Under GLP’s own brand, ISE marks the official EMEA release of the impression FR1 track-mount version. The compact LED moving head offers a soft pencil beam, fast movement and continuous pan rotation for eye-catching 3D multi beam designs. Now modified to fit into 3-phase tracks, the popular FR1 provides a versatile solution for fixed installations, in particular museums and retail stores. Control is via wireless DMX.
Key account manager Oliver Schwendke comments: “For us, ISE provides a great start to the year as the show continues to grow and integrate all the visual technologies. We´re looking forward to seeing many important customers and designers over the four days.”
France - Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting, video, rigging, special FX plus a snow-loving crew to various entertainment venues and events associated with the Varsity Trip 2018 in Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the French Alps at 2,300 metres in the beautiful Tarentaise Valley, Savoie.
The Colour Sound team of four was led by Steve Marley and working for Zero Degrees Events who designed and produced a busy series of Varsity Trip events running throughout the week. Marley and their managing director Neil Cranston have collaborated on many previous projects, and with Tom Williams from Zero Degrees running things on the ground, the mission ran like clockwork.
The main music venue for the week was the Centre Sportif de Val Thorens, which featured three full-scale DJ performances – including Rudimental’s DJ set - with numerous other smaller venues hosting ‘off piste’ events - including restaurants and bars - scattered around the resort.
Colour Sound also supplied lighting and video - with Zero Degrees co-ordinating and managing production - for French corporate networking company Les Big Boss who had a large event booked in to the same venue immediately before the Varsity Trip Opening Night Party. This provided a practical and high-quality technical solution.
Marley designed and drew up a lighting and visual plot for the Centre Sportif, inspired by the stunning mountain location, starting with the video elements – which were made up of Colour Sound’s 2.6mm Unilumen LED screen rigged in three diamond orientated sections u
USA - TMELED – the equipment rental division of creative event and production specialist Time Matters Entertainment (TME) – has made a significant investment in over 50 Robe moving light fixtures. Based in Plano, north Texas and headed by Randy Cline, TMELED purchased the fixtures from Robe North America, bringing Robe’s Tarrantula LED wash beams, MegaPointes, DL4F Washes, DL7S Profiles, LEDBeam150s and BMFL Blades, together with a RoboSpot remote follow spotting system and LightMaster kits which convert BMFL range fixtures into manually operated follow spots.
Cline’s lifelong friends and production industry colleagues Eric Wade from Crossfade Design and Jim Waits from Communilux were instrumental in him making the decision to go with Robe, which was based on the “quality, popularity and future” of the products and “the team behind the brand”.
Time Matters Entertainment supplies equipment to a wide variety of shows, from corporate and industrial events and awards show to concerts, festivals and live music shows, and Cline has always believed in offering the best and most flexible options to all its clients.
He chose the Tarrantulas and DL7S Profiles for their features and functionality. The DL7S Profile was also picked for its quietness – ideal for key lighting speakers and presenters as well as for theatrical shows; and the Tarrantula for its sheer power and punch as one of the brightest LED wash beam luminaires on the market.
TME is dedicated to providing the absolute best in remote automated spotlight packages and tracking
Spain - Madrid is currently hosting some of the most famous musical shows from Broadway, in which French manufacturer Ayrton’s Ghibli spot fixtures are delivering quality light and colour whilst ensuring energy efficiency.
22 units of the popular moving head fixture have been incorporated into the popular and acclaimed musical West Side Story at Madrid’s Teatro Calderón, in a richly-coloured lighting design by Carlos Torrijos and Juan Gómez Cornejo, with lighting production by Proyect-Arte. In this ground-breaking show, the Shakespearean story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York, where the Montesco and the Capuleto are transformed into two gangs fighting for control of the streets. In the precisely defined box set, Ghibli’s compact dimensions and pin-sharp framing system provides the ideal complement for this classic of Broadway, full of colour and filled with vintage atmosphere.
In another venue across town, El Médico, the acclaimed new musical based on the bestselling book by Noah Gordon, shines out at Teatro Nuevo Apolo under a total of 17 Ghibli fixtures. Set in the XI century, El Médico tells the story of Rob J. Cole, an orphan who, after years of travelling as a peddler of pain remedies, decides to undertake a trip to Persia to become a doctor. In this stage production by Spika and Escrito en las Estrellas, lighting designer Luis Perdiguero uses Ghibli’s gobo selection to lead the scenography, recreating textures and patterns that are reminiscent of forests, desert dunes and even the majesty of a P
UK - Canary Wharf event venue, East Wintergarden, welcomed Celebrity Cruises and 40 trade partners to celebrate the Travel Agent Appreciation Awards.
Celebrity Cruises recognised the efforts of the travel trade at its fifth annual Travel Agent Appreciation Awards, whilst marking the successful launch of Celebrity Edge – the first new vessel from the luxury cruise line in six years.
The ceremony was attended by 40 trade partners with 13 awards handed out by host Jo Rzymowska, vice-president and managing director for UK, Ireland and Asia along with Gavin Smith, senior vice president for parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Nicola McNeish, head of sales, Celebrity Cruises UK & Ireland said, “2018 was a remarkable year for Celebrity Cruises with the launch of the game-changing Celebrity Edge. The UK travel trade has been at the heart of Edge’s success and it was important for us to host our annual awards in a stunning venue that reflected the esteem in which we hold them. East Wintergarden’s scale, grandeur and adaptability was the perfect place to host our awards and chimed perfectly with the Celebrity Cruises brand, whilst its beautiful food and impeccable service made for a truly memorable afternoon.”
Dellar Davies Productions transformed the Main Hall with a white stage and branded backdrop, with an LED screen suspended from in-house rigging and a white carpet walkway running through the venue. Canvas images of Celebrity Cruises’ luxury vessels were suspended either side of the venue, uplit with free-standing blue and white
USA - Southwest Georgia-based S&L Integrated Systems chose an Avolites Sapphire Touch for a recent upgrade at First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Georgia.
“When the church was renovated a couple of years ago, the lighting and sound systems were updated to accommodate small performances, as well as hosting professional touring acts,” says S&L’s Clay Byars. In 2015, S&L consulted on the design for worship spaces in the main sanctuary, high school, and children’s ministry areas.
“The lighting console had to be a proven workhorse and something that included industry-standard features and protocols,” he continues. “There are a wide variety of lighting fixtures that the console controls at the church, including LED ellipsoidals, movers, wash lights, and some conventional lighting fixtures, and the Sapphire manages all of their functions extremely well.”
With its 45 motorized, programmable faders and dual 15.6-inch touch screens, the Sapphire Touch has enough control for even the most demanding lighting director who may use the rig with a touring act, but the ease of programming and saving scenes means it’s also accessible for worship teams that may not have a super-technical background in terms of lighting. It’s even decipherable for musicians.
FBC’s worship leader, Jeremiah Spencer, is a great case in point. “I’m a musician and the worship leader, not a lighting guy, but I’ve been able to quickly learn how to program and run the console,” he says. “Having used it for a while now, I love the flexibility i
Brazil - Superstar, Ivete Sangalo, entertained a massive crowd of 55,000 at the Allianz Park in Sao Paulo, on 8 December 2018. The show was filmed for her latest DVD release, Ivete Sangalo Live Experience, and lit by co-lighting designers and programmers, Paulinho Lebrão and Guillermo Herrero, who chose four Robert Juliat Lancelot 4000W HTI followspots to highlight the singer across the massive stadium.
Sangalo is a multi-talented, multi award-winning performer with 22 albums, 15msales, 51m social media followers, and over 150 national and international awards to her name.
“Lancelot is a very special fixture,” says Daniel Ridano, CEO at Lighting Bits, RJ’s Brazilian distributor. “It is a product that combines quality, power, functionality and precision into a followspot that is by far the best in its segment.”
The four Lancelot followspots were supplied by rental company, LPL Professional Lighting, and rigged on two towers located 70m from the stage. It was here that Lancelot’s 2°-5° zoom optics came into their own: “When we began the project, we did not know what the front of house installation would be like, or even if we would have towers,” says Lebrão, “so we chose the Lancelot because we knew it would be able to cope easily with the enormous throw distances, whether we had towers or would need to position them further away. Lancelot has the versatility to work at both extreme and medium distances.”
This is not the first time Lebrão has used Lancelot in live performance and under filming conditions. “The
Slovenia - The seventh edition of Slovenia’s Got Talent was recorded for broadcaster POP TV in Studio 4 of their complex in Ljubljana, and LD Ziga Kranjne’s rig utilised Robe moving lights for its core elements, including MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDWash 800s, Pointes, MMX Spots, CycFX 8s and a BMFL Blade, all supplied by Event Lighting, a rental company for which Ziga works full time as an LD and programmer.
Ziga has lit all the SGT shows since it started in 2010 and for this one, he worked closely with set designer Milan Mukadin who was also the video designer. They took some of the most popular aesthetic moments from last year’s show and reimagined them for this one, adding new and original visual ideas to keep things moving and looking different.
There was a wide range of artists appearing, so the studio design which kicks in for the semi-finals and final sees 35 hopefuls battle it out, and must be very flexible. The auditions before this are staged in a theatre venue with no moving lights.
Ziga utilised all the studio’s available lighting positions, and his first choice of moving lights – for the last year – has been MegaPointes. Eighteen were rigged on the roof following the curvature of the main video screens.
He made extensive use of the animation wheel in the fixtures and also gobo effects, with some special ones created to combine with low fog. He’s used MegaPointes since the first batch was purchased by Event Lighting… and he loves them!
Eight MMX Spots were positioned in the roof, where they were perfect
USA - On most nights, Washington’s Birchmere welcomes musicians to its stage, some legendary like Ray Charles and B.B. King, others up-and-coming newcomers. But once a year since 2009, the noted live music venue turns its attention to dance, when it hosts the annual Ravens Night theatrical belly dance revue.
For house LD David Beebe, who normally busks for musical performances, the chance to light dance represented a welcome opportunity to step outside his comfort zone. He met that challenge this year with help from his six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures, supplied by JR Lighting.
“The theme of this year’s show was ‘Memento Mori’ which means ‘Remember Death’ in Latin, so it was quite dramatic,” said Beebe. “We had two 90-minute sets with an intermission that featured a total of 14 acts. Lighting these dancers was something different for me. It was a little scary and a challenge, but also a lot of fun. Belladonna and Ken Vegas, the organisers of the show, created a very evocative set, and many of the dancers brought their own very colourful costumes, which kind of elevated my lighting game.”
Also aiding in Beebe’s lighting design were his Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures. He left the Maverick units in their normal house position for the dance show, four of them hung evenly spaced upstage and one each downstage left and right. Drawing on the fixtures’ gobo capabilities, he used them to create colourful patterns for the dancers to move through.
“We like to use the Maverick’s gobos to create backdrops and se
Italy - For the December inauguration of Museo del Novecento, a modern history museum in Venice, Marco Mazzon Sound & Lights turned to their inventory of Elation Paladin hybrid LED luminaires to light an extraordinary vertical dance show by Compagnia Il Posto that took place across the dazzling ceramic-tiled façade of the building.
Located in M9, a new urban regeneration district in Venice Mestre, Museo del Novecento, or Museum of the 20th Century, is a place where Italians can rediscover the drama of the previous century to understand how best to build the future. As the innovative and emotionally engaging museum uses multimedia and interactive technology in its storytelling, it was only appropriate that the creative inaugural show was illuminated using an innovative, state-of-the-art luminaire.
Marco Mazzon Sound & Lights, who also served as lighting designers on the project, required a powerful colour wash light that could project up to 20m from the ground with the possibility of varying the zoom angle. Having purchased a number of Paladins from Elation’s Italian distributor Audio Effetti prior to the event, the versatile RGBW luminaire with zoom fit the bill.
The Paladin is multifunctional and can operate as a blinder, strobe or powerful wash light. For the Museo del Novecento opening, its dynamic wash capability was clearly on display with four units used to bathe eight vertical dancers positioned 20m above the ground in a variety of shades. Moreover, because it was important to control and limit the amount of light spill on the f
UK - The Prolight Concepts Group has expanded its eLumen8 MP Fresnel range with the MP 120 WW and the MP 15 DTW.
The MP 120 LED Fresnel WW is equipped with a 200mm lens and a 120W 3000K COB LED the fixture produces a soft edged beam adjustable manually between 19-37° whilst the supplied barn doors allow further adjustment.
Loaded with features including RDM (Remote Device Management), powerCON and 3 & 5-Pin DMX inputs/outputs, allowing multiple units to be daisy chained in an array. The four push button display on the side of the unit allows users to select between DMX and manual dimming modes along with adjustment of dimming curve/profile settings.
The MP 15 LED Fresnel DTW is powered by a 15W amber and warm white LED (1900K/3000K) with ‘dim-to-warm’ technology reducing the colour temperature along with light intensity to emulate a traditional halogen lamp with an amber glow. Housed in a compact all metal chassis the MP 15 features a 62mm lens which creates a 20° soft edge beam ideal for small stages, studios and display lighting applications.
Barn doors and an additional 45° easy-fit lens allow further beam adjustment. The rotary knob on the rear of the unit allows for 0-100% dimming. For further flexibility the MP 15 is triac dimmable and can be connected to an external dimmer pack/wall dimmer for entertainment or commercial applications.
“These new fixtures further bolster the MP Fresnel range and our increasing commitment to this market. As with the rest of the range, they feature robust all metal chassis, provide a sup
UK - Following the sale of its ArcSystem, BlueSystem and CueSystem lighting products to ETC, Bristol-based GDS has announced it is launching a number of new product lines in the coming months.
No timeline has yet been specified, although the company has expanded and restructured its operations to support the new releases and meet the anticipated market demand. The new products will target the entertainment market and the broader architectural sector.
To ensure a smooth transition, GDS will also continue to manufacture the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and Cue-System ranges until 31 July, with ETC taking over the global manufacturing and distribution responsibilities for the lines in August.
Managing director Richard Cuthbert comments: “GDS is immensely proud to have developed and introduced many cutting-edge technologies over the years. We brought ArcSystem through from concept to manufacturing and witnessed its global adoption as a market leading product."
He continues: “ETC recognised its incredible value and is perfectly placed to take it to the next level. Just as was the case when we sold our Liteware range in 2014, this sale put us in a very strong position to invest in the next generation of GDS innovation and we’re looking forward to sharing our new range of lighting and control systems in the coming months.”
GDS has also strengthened its design, support and sales teams and reconfigured its premises to optimise efficiency. A new website is also set to launch in February.
Cuthbert adds: “GDS is an incredibly exciting p
Belgium - Traditionally, the opening of an automobile showroom involves a few signs, along with some balloons and inflatables. When the new BMW Mini Dejonckheere opened its doors, however, it called on Belgian design firm Présence to help it treat customers to an altogether different, more exciting and more contemporary experience that included an EDM afterparty.
Along with enjoying the evening’s festivities, the 1,700 guests in attendance were dazzled by the sleek, contemporary permanent features of the showroom itself, which like the party, were accented by a stunning lighting design. Created by Présence, working with designer Dieter Ducoulombier and project manager Ozzy Vandevoorde from its technical partner Solico, the lighting design was anchored by an impressive collection of Chauvet Professional WELL Fit, Rogue and EPIX fixtures.
A 10,000sq.m venue with expansive glass walls and a three-story ‘Mini Tower’, the new dealership presents an impressive sight to visitors. The facility’s ample open spaces afford a sweeping view of the showroom.
However, the same features that make the dealership so welcoming and remarkable to visitors also presented special challenges to designers at the grand opening event.
“Our challenge was to extend the atmosphere throughout the entire venue, even with all the glass surfaces,” says Isabel D’Hulster, business manager of Présence. “A second challenge, not to be underestimated, was to minimize the use of cabling throughout the building, because of the venue’s size.”
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The Netherlands - Writing about electronic music star San Holo’s stop at New York’s Terminal 5 on his current tour in support of his latest album, a critic wrote, “San Holo acts like he is a part of the crowd, which makes us a part of him”.
This sense of connectivity has been repeated time and again around the world, as the Dutch artist, whose real name is Sander van Dijck, pours out his feelings in a deeply personal performance that seamlessly blends musical elements from the heaviest basses and trance beats to soft vocals and live guitar melodies.
Reflecting this sound in light and video is a 13-universe Manuel Rodrigues-designed show, powered by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 desk and video server.
Rodrigues, who worked with the tour’s creative director Thorwald van den Akker, comments. “In my designs I always try to go to the essence of the looks I want to create,” he explains. “I’m very rigorous in applying the ‘less is more’ principle. I try to find the simplest lines and then line up every lighting and video element perfectly with each other. The CAD drawing I made might look boring to the untrained eye; everything is just in rows of the same fixtures, and all elements are lined up with each other. But when the light and video work in concert, their aesthetics become more apparent because of the clean design of the stage.”
The ChamSys MQ80 has been instrumental in helping Rodrigues achieve his vision on the global tour. “My console’s portability, number of universes supported, and the ability to capture palettes o
Japan - When Clean Bandit elected to launch their What Is Love album in a temple in Kyoto with a live TV broadcast, they brought in Really Creative Media to supply their live visual content.
The band has developed an affinity with fans in the region, and following successful shows in Tokyo and Osaka earlier in the year they were keen to return to the East to launch their new album in Kyoto.
The temple’s ambience was accentuated with architectural lighting providing a stunning backdrop for the six-song performance. In addition, a raised two-level LED stage provided a visual centrepiece for the band’s live broadcast.
Really Creative Media’s creative director Jack James had previously worked with Clean Bandit’s show designer Rob Sinclair (fresh from Kylie’s Golden tour) and lighting designer Liam Griffiths on the band’s tour content, reuniting with the team for this global launch.
Bespoke animated analogue style content was created for the raised stage, the abstract shapes and colours from which were then precisely synchronised with the lighting to great effect. The LED panels were sourced from a local Japanese technical production supplier and integrated with RCM’s media servers on location.
James explains: “Playback was based around one of our Resolume media server fly packs, which are ideal for the flexibility that this sort of performance demands. The compact nature of the fly pack means that they are easy to travel with, too.
“We produced the new content in our studios in London, also incorporating some
World - Pink continues her Beautiful Trauma World Tour with Claypaky Scenius Unico and Mythos 2 fixtures shining a light on the American singer’s performances.
The tour is Pink’s seventh concert tour and supports her eponymous seventh studio album. The tour began in Phoenix in March 2018 and is scheduled to conclude in Rio in October 2019. Pink’s critically acclaimed show includes the now expected mix of singing, interpretive dancing and high-flying aerials.
“As with all Pink shows the lighting design needs to be versatile,” says Baz Halpin of Burbank’s silentHOUSE who is the lighting designer/production designer and director of the show. “Pink is equal parts rock show, theatre show and aerial cirque show. With so many facets to the treatment of each of the songs the lighting design and the fixtures chosen need to have enough flexibility to meet the needs of each discipline without sacrificing the qualities required.
“The fixtures needs to have enough punch and response for the highly-cued rock sections. For the theatrical/dance sections the need for quality of subtle colours and even fields are more important, while for the aerial numbers the need for the fixtures to create a sufficient light level without ever blinding or dazzling is paramount.”
Halpin obtained 93 Scenius Unicos and 118 Mythos 2 for the tour from Solotech. “Since late 2017 we have been enamoured with the Scenious range,” he explains. “The Unico, as a well-rounded multi-purpose fixture, I believe it is unmatched. As a key light, a long-distanc
The Netherlands - Robe Lighting will present a selection of its latest moving light and LED technologies, both from Robe and sister architectural brand Anolis, on a newly-designed stand at ISE expo in Amsterdam.
Featured Robe products will include the new T1 Profile, the RoboSpot remote followspotting system running together with Robe’s BMFL FollowSpot, the Tarrantula LED wash, the popular multipurpose MegaPointe, the new IP65 rated iParFect, the LEDBeam 150 and the CycBar 15.
Examples of all these fixtures will be integrated into the booth design itself, and these products have been chosen for their appropriateness for installations and a wide range of integrated lighting solutions.
Anolis is using the strategic importance of ISE as a technology showcase for the worlds of architainment and architectural lighting to launch its new Divine 72 narrow beam LED wash fixture. It will also highlight its well-known Ambiane RGBW and ArcSource Inground 24 MC Integral units.
The Netherlands - At ISE, Elation will be showing the Rayzor 760, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with SparkLED pixel effect technology.
The Rayzor 760 is available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus Rayzor 760, for use in any environment.
Elation will also introduce the Proteus Smarty Hybrid, a compact CMY hybrid fixture with true IP65 rating. Encompassing the same full feature set and using the same efficient Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 200 lamp with 6000-hour lamp life as Elation’s Smarty Hybrid, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid’s IP65 protection means this versatile effect can be used indoors or out, says the company.
The Artiste Van Gogh framing wash LED luminaire provides up to 16,000 total lumens from an efficient 380W high CRI LED engine and is capable of concentrated beams to wide washes for use in a variety of applications that require high output and precise beam control.
Obsidian Control Systems will be showcasing the powerful NX 2 and the portable NX Wing, professional control products under the ONYX lighting control platform.
Spain - More often viewed as a summer holiday destination, the Canary Islands are also an exciting place to spend the Christmas holidays. The winter festivities began on 29 November 2018 with a spectacle, filled with light and colour, in the form of a show lit by lighting designer Jonay Díaz and produced by Las Palmas-based L.F. Sound S.L.
Las Palmas, capital city of Gran Canaria, shone resplendently with an opening party of song and dance in which Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires stood out as the main fixture, delivering bright colours and textures to complement the many different musical acts.
Under the control of lighting designer Jonay Díaz, and with the production by L.F. Sound S.L, a significant number of Ghibli fixtures were used to project large gobo images onto the facade of the historic Casas Consistoriales building which was used as a backdrop for artists such as Latonius, the Banda Sinfónica Municipal of Las Palmas, and the school Enseñanzas Artísticas Alexia Rodríguez.
“Ghibli’s selection of gobos are capable of illuminating large surfaces with different textures and colours, creating highly dynamic spaces, such as the facade of the Town Hall, on the Plaza of Santa Ana, which was dyed with vivid shapes and colours throughout the show to serve as background to the various performances,” says Miguel Ángel Valera, brand manager for Ayrton at Stonex, Ayrton’s official distributor in Spain.
“The celebration that started Christmas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was possible thanks to the work of the Municipal Symphoni
UK - Pinewood MBS Lighting delivered LED support to gaffer Martin Smith on the new Michael Bay action adventure, 6 Underground.
Filmed with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, principal photography has wrapped on 6 Underground having taken the crew across a number of international locations, including multiple sets in Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking about lighting the project, Martin Smith says: “For 6 Underground we had terrific support from the production’s lighting equipment provider, Panalight. We also had additional assistance from the team at Pinewood MBS Lighting, particularly with the Chroma-Q Brute Force and the huge amount of control equipment that we used throughout the shoot.”
Having discussed the project with the gaffer, PMBS invested in a fresh batch of Brute Force fixtures, built specifically for the production.
Martin continues: “I knew I wanted to use the Chroma-Q Brute Force, but also knew it was a relatively new product. Fortunately, Pinewood MBS were able to get 10 units delivered straight to the set in Rome, on time and ready for use, complete with weather covers, which came in handy.”
Working with desk op Dan Walters and practicals electrician James McGee, PMBS also provided control equipment used by the crew over a square kilometre on the production’s large scale sets.
“The support we received from Pinewood MBS has been fantastic. They really did make sure I got the tools I needed for the job. I’ve been particularly impressed with the Brute Force, a great LED prod
Germany - Marc Lorenz of Licht-Pixel is a freelance lighting and visuals designer, programmer and operator based in Munich, who works globally on a host of international projects with leading artists. Licht-Pixel owns an amount of specialist equipment related to lighting and visuals control, including a range of popular media servers - Catalyst, Resolume and Modul 8, and the full range of Hog 4 consoles.
Lorenz has recently invested in four full Robe RoboSpot remote followspotting systems, BaseStations and MotionCameras. “With this number of RoboSpots I can immediately service medium and even larger events optimally,” explains Lorenz.
Licht-Pixel’s RoboSpots are run over fibre systems based on Neutrik opticalCON quad to make cabling easy, including Luminex-based networking devices.
The systems have just been out on tour with German pop band PUR and will be on Herbert Gronemeyer’s Spring 2019 tour, then the Porsche Tennis Cup in Stuttgart.
Australia - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera LED has announced the ULA Group as its exclusive Australian and New Zealand distributor.
Established in 1992, the ULA Group is one of Australia and New Zealand’s best known professional lighting and visual solution providers, supplying a wide range of architecture, entertainment and digital LED solutions.
Sebastian Bückle, Astera’s sales and marketing director, comments: “I see huge potential in the Australian and New Zealand markets, which are highly developed, innovative in approach and growing fast, so we sought a partner that is progressive in thinking and approach with a great reputation for quality and well connected with a diverse and interesting client base. ULA Group ticked all the boxes! They have a huge energy and are highly motivated to push Astera products to the top across multiple markets.”
ULA Group MD, Cuono ‘Con’ Biviano, comments: “Astera is more than just a well-designed and engineered LED product - a minutiae of details have been thought through, making this a truly groundbreaking range. The ingenuity of the Astera product range is perfectly suited to ULA's portfolio and vast client base, from rental houses to film studios, through to the design and specification market.”
Con concludes: “The structure and professionalism that Astera has brought to the table, along with the passion and dedication to producing great products makes us really excited to be working with Sebastian and the team. We can’t wait to get the products and the brand out there.
Europe - MDG reports that Nicolas Duhamel has returned to the company full-time to become its marketing and European business development director. Duhamel, who worked MDG’s marketing manager part-time, will now be responsible for the company’s marketing activities globally and be the central point of call for European distributors whilst seeking out new opportunities to develop the brand across Europe.
Duhamel had previously spent two years at MDG, overseeing the overhaul of its marketing resources including the creation of a new website. After returning to his native France in 2016 to take up a position in event management, he has now returned to MDG full-time.
"Nicolas never left us completely as he continued to look after our marketing part-time, so we are delighted to welcome him back to the MDG family full time,” says MDG president & CEO, Martin Michaud. “Nicolas has played an important part in the MDG story over the past five years, and with his experience and passion for the brand, I have no doubt that he will do so again in the years to come. There are exciting times ahead for MDG."
"Atmospheric effects have been a real passion for me and, since I first saw MDG products in February 1996, it was my dream to work for this amazing company that has so much history,” says Duhamel. “Working with these talented people over the years has been a great pleasure, and I'm thrilled and honoured to be able to come back and see that dream continue to the next stage." Duhamel will be based in the south of France.