USA - High End Systems has announced that the 2020 Hog Factor USA competition is open, with teams now able to register to participate in Phase One. First held in 2015, High End Systems’ Hog Factor Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition has become a premier lighting programming contest in the United States and across the globe.
Hog Factor USA Phase One is an open competition and consists of each team providing a performance lighting piece, programmed on a Hog or on Hog 4 PC, which can be downloaded free of charge with a special demo version of Capture visualization. Once performance piece submission closes on 15 June, 2020, the top three teams will be selected by 15 July, and Phase Two will see these teams in programming a performance lighting piece based on High End Systems’ 2020 LDI booth design. These teams will then be invited to perform their shows live at LDI on the High End Systems booth, where the winners will be judged.
Senior product manager Sarah Clausen comments, “We are looking forward to this year’s Hog Factor Competition. Just like our parent company, High End Systems is committed to supporting students and cultivating the next generation of Hog Programmers. The popularity of this competition has grown exponentially each year, and the quality of work is constantly improving. I cannot wait to see what the students achieve this year.”
For more information on the Hog Factor competition and to register your team, visit www.highend.com/hogfactor.
USA - ETC is now shipping a full family of white light LED luminaires for the 230V market. With an impressive lumen-per-watt output, Source 4WRD 230V is available in both warm and cool white arrays.
The warm white 80CRI and 90CRI (Gallery) arrays are designed for theatres and other venues where tungsten fixtures have been the favourite for years. While the cool white 90CRI (Daylight Gallery) array is suitable for industrial trade shows and other live events where “the coolest and brightest white light is desired”.
Both arrays are available in four different form factors including Source 4WRD Spot, PAR, PARNel, and a non-destructive LED retrofit for your existing Source Four fixtures.
ETC’s PAR and PARNel fixtures get a modern upgrade with the added benefits of LEDs and more than 1000 lumens of output. All existing Source Four PAR lenses and accessories are compatible with these LED fixtures. Featuring a patented wave-lens design and easy focusing knob, the Source 4WRD PARNel lets you quickly access a range of 25º-45º - a smooth, soft, symmetrical field that you can spot or flood as needed.
USA - Victory World Outreach has been ministering in Colorado Springs and around the world for 40 years. A ministry with churches in the US and in 10 different countries, Victory World Outreach has resided in their current building - a remodelled grocery store - for 27 years and in that time has made no significant changes to their main sanctuary. That all changed in 2019 however when they decided to modernise their AVL set-up and chose integrator and Elation Professional dealer Second Opinion Audio (SOA) for the audio, lighting and video upgrade.
With an enduring focus on helping others and after years investing in their satellite churches, the time was right to renew their local house of worship. “With fluorescent lights an eyesore and our main worship space feeling dated, it was time to make some big improvements,” says Paul Jones, lead pastor at Victory World Outreach.
With the knowledge that AV and dynamic lighting systems can positively impact the overall worship experience, the church chose a flexible Elation lighting system to raise its profile and help grow its ministry. “Part of our decision behind doing a complete upgrade to the main auditorium was our desire to reach younger families,” Pastor Jones says. “Bob Langlois and Daryl Porter from SOA put together an AVL package and we loved what they came up with.”
SOA specified, designed and installed an all-LED Elation lighting system made up of Artiste DaVinci moving heads, DTW Par 300 variable white Par lights, WW Profile HP warm-white ellipsoidal spots, SixPar 300 LED Par ligh
USA - Proline Entertainment LLC, which provides lighting production for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in the Fiserv Forum, has installed 16 Ayrton Khamsin-S LED profile luminaires for the team’s current season.
The Khamsin-S fixtures mark Proline’s first Ayrton acquisition products. “We were in the market for LED-driven fixtures that had the capability for multipurpose functions and the ability to outperform the standard lamp fixture,” explains Proline’s owner and lead lighting designer, Aaron Zimmermann. “Our long-time ACT Lighting representative, Aaron Hubbard, brought almost the entire Ayrton product line to our shop. We did a shoot-out with the Khamsins and some other brands, and the Khamsins outperformed them all. We fell in love with them.”
Zimmermann notes that the fixture proved to be “plenty bright with a lot of punch, which is important when you’re competing with the sports arena house lights. We liked the framing effects for performances on the court, too. It’s a well-rounded light with so many features - you can’t go wrong with it.”
Proline mounted the Khamsin profiles in the grid in the catwalk throughout the arena. They are utilised for player intros, half-time performances and time out performances featuring dance teams, drum corps and a giant T-shirt cannon. “The fixtures’ framing effects enable us to create a runway when the Red Bull Rim Rockers daredevil basketball team appears: the players run down the runway, hit the trampoline and slam the ball,” Zimmermann explains.
“We’ve been using every
USA - There’s more to the NAMM Show than expansive product displays and informative educational sessions. The annual winter gathering at the Anaheim Convention Centre also serves as a showcase for musical talent.
This was clearly evident last week as recording artists from a wide range of genres like Animals As Leaders and country music’s Josh Gallagher took to the Grand Plaza Stage in the pavilion at the convention centre entrance for a series of day and night performances sponsored by Yamaha.
Endowing the stage with brightness and colour to give it a tour-like feel for the 100,000 or so show attendees was a powerful rig supplied by 4Wall Entertainment that featured a collection of 58 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures.
The wide zoom range (7° to 45°) and colour rendering capabilities of the RGBW moving LED fixtures were critical to keeping looks on the stage varied throughout the four-day long NAMM show, while their output ensured that it glittered even during daylight hours, as well as for the night concerts, which were designed by Rob Koenig.
Jonathan Daroca of 4Wall Entertainment, who served as assistant production manager/lighting designer and Thomas Pendergrass of NAMM, who worked as the programmer & assistant programmer also contributed to the success of the Grand Plaza Stage shows.
“It was an honour to have our Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures selected to light the stage at a convention that draws so many music industry professionals,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We’re happy that we were able
Belgium - An ArKaos Stage Server Pro and Kling-Net protocol were used to save thousands of DMX channels and provide a realtime harmony between lighting and video effects onstage for a massive Viva for Life concert fundraiser event organised by Belgian national TV channel RTBF.
The visual design for the stage that ran for multiple days in Tournai city square, featuring a diverse line up of top Belgian artists, was created by RTBF’s Didier Piron.
Selected highlights of the event were broadcast live on TV and it attracted massive crowds into the heart of the city each night to enjoy the entertainment. Also integral to the fundraising efforts was a 144-hour non-stop RTBF radio broadcast with the presenters locked into a glass-fronted studio adjacent to the stage!
Didier’s production design for the stage involved several strips of LED video screen surface arranged in columns along the back, with horizontal strips around the sides of the stage. His lighting rig included a total of 18 Claypaky HY B-EYE K15 and K25 LED wash luminaires which were mapped with Kling-Net.
This allowed the same video content to be run through both elements - the screen and the wash lights - producing beautifully matched movements, effects, and colours.
Running lights like these in ‘extended’ mode to enable the full range of pixel effects is hungry on DMX channels on the lighting console, but running them through Kling-Net and the Stage Server freed up 2,664 desk channels that could be used for other fixtures on the rig.
It also simplified the ge
USA - At the 2020 Parnelli Awards, Bandit Lites founder Michael T. Strickland was presented with the Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in the entertainment lighting business. The awards ceremony was held during the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom on 17 January.
In a touching tribute to Strickland’s lifetime achievements in founding and growing Bandit Lites, clients and friends Alice Cooper and Shinedown offered video tributes. Later, Shinedown lead vocalist, Brent Smith, stepped on stage to present the award to him, extoling the virtues of Michael as a person above all else. Smith then stated there was one more person who wanted to say a few words.
Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks then shared how he came to be a part of the Bandit Lites family, with Strickland believing in his dream of a concert that would rival the biggest rock shows. Thirty-two years later and several world records broken, the two remain close friends and Bandit remains Brooks’ lighting vendor. Brooks sang the praises of Strickland and his commitment and friendship with him. Kinder words could not have been spoken.
“Garth is just that kind of guy,” said Strickland. “He travelled 2,500 miles just to be here for me - what else can you say about him? It means the world to me. I love you Garth and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
In accepting the award, a moved Strickland noted how this honour was one that was not only his, but belonged to the entire Bandit Lites team, calling several to join him on stage.
Europe - Antonio Parise has joined the Prolights team as international area manager. Parise (pictured, centre) brings 20 years of international experience in the professional lighting industry and will play a strategic role in developing business and representing the brand internationally in several countries.
Paolo Albani, Prolights’ international sales manager, says: “Adding Antonio to our team will be an added value to strengthen our international presence. I had already had the pleasure to work with him, and I have high confidence this will be a successful move for both his career and our company goals”.
Fabio Sorabella, managing director for Prolights comments: “Antonio’s professionalism and work culture had immediately a good match with the values and vision of the Company; during his career he has always demonstrated a genuine attitude to customer service and we are very convinced he will be a natural asset for Prolights and the international sales network.”
Parise adds: “I have been working in the professional lighting industry since 2000 and I have been impressed by the achievements that Prolights has reached in the last decade.”
UK - ChamSys has introduced the first release of its MagicQ Stable software.
Available on the ChamSys website, MagicQ Stable v22.214.171.124 can be downloaded at no cost to all MagicQ consoles and PC platforms. In addition to being capable of importing GDTF files directly, the new software embraces a wide range of performance features that have been universally well-received when tested in beta versions.
Among these features is an Undo function that allows actions by the programmer and the console to be undone and redone. For easy reference, an Undo History is also available. Another notable programming function is FX Tracking Out, which allows programmers using Cue Stack Tracking to track out individual FX with different fade times.
Together, the new features provide programmers with more powerful and flexible tools to use to control and expand lighting designs. These tools all were all designed to be user- friendly and readily accessible.
“The MagicQ Stable software release further develops our award winning powerful MagicQ platform,” says Chris Kennedy, ChamSys software director. “We are pleased to be amongst the first to embrace open protocols such as GDTF. Our new MagicQ Stable v126.96.36.199 takes these a step further by adding other unique features to MagicQ.”
USA - Two Elation Professional luminaires were recognised by the industry with product awards this month.
The Artiste Monet LED profile fixture won an Indispensable Technology (IT) Award. The accolade was bestowed at the recent Parnelli Awards, which took place on 17 January at the Anaheim Hilton Pacific Ballroom.
Days earlier, the company’s Fuze Profile was chosen by ProSoundWeb readers to be a top lighting product in the entertainment technology industry, winning a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award (RCA).
The IT Awards recognise products that have advanced the state of the art in entertainment technology and are voted on by subscribers to PLSN and Front of House magazines. The recognition for the Artiste Monet, which also won a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2019, was the eighth industry gong bestowed to fixtures from Elation’s Artiste series.
Accepting the IT Award were Elation sales & marketing director Eric Loader and the company’s product manager Matthias Hinrichs accepted the award. “Winning an award never gets old and the Indispensable Technology Award is extra special as it reflects the opinion of users and knowledgeable professionals who use and specify products every day,” comments Loader. “We’re thrilled to again be recognised as an innovator in entertainment lighting and honoured to add it to the Artiste’s growing trophy case.”
Qatar -UK lighting specialists Ventola Projects has completed a high-profile project in the Middle East at the Sheikh Abdullah Palace in Doha.
Business in the region has been booming for Mick Ventola and his team since they supplied and installed lighting to the Royal Palace of Sheikh Al Thani back in 2016.
Secured via Ventola’s Egyptian distributor, this latest project brief was to provide an all-in-one lighting effect within the palace’s leisure facility, using white lighting, UV and colour change to create the right mood and atmosphere.
Mick and his team chose to use the VAvR Lighting System, along with LED48RG-UV-W fixtures and CS16 LED spotlights - a combination which provided the right effect to complement the luxurious surroundings, whilst adding a touch of fun and excitement.
The entire installation was completed in 10 days. Efficiency was key as the project utilised the latest eco-friendly technology to keep energy use to a minimum. Even on an on-going basis, the system installed will be around 60% cheaper to operate than conventional lighting, requires no mains power and has minimal maintenance associated with its upkeep. Who knew that this level of luxury could come with all these extra environmental and financial savings!
Founder and managing director, Mick Ventola, comments: “This really was an amazing project. The lighting showcased to its very best and the venue illustrated just how great these products are for applications like this.
“There’s always a bit of nervousness when you are working for the Qatar
USA - Struck by the TurboRay’s face and features in the promotional industry media, production/lighting director Keith Smith called High End Systems’ Terry Heisler for a demo. “I had to have some,” explains Smith.
The McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts has been entertaining and educating residents and students in Palm Desert since 1988. The staff thrives on providing state-of-the-art equipment for the seasons’ programs and for technical training.
Smith purchased eight of the special effect LED units through 4Wall Entertainment in Las Vegas, and immediately debuted them to dazzle their December gala fundraiser.
“I kept wishing I had more as the show was going on,” Smith notes. “I placed them downstage on the apron edge and used them for their effects and as eye candy.”
TurboRay was designed not only for wash and aerial effects, but to serve as audience entertainment with special pixel-mapping effects. Smith likes the four different quads of the LED fixture, which allow segmenting the face or using it as a full wash unit.
“I love this fixture,” Smith says. “The four different quads of LED are great and the frost flags are effective and fun.”
The McCallum Theatre Gala is an exclusive evening honouring well-known Coachella Valley philanthropist, Jan Salta. For this year’s event, attendees enjoyed fine dining at a local participating restaurant and then a performance by Grammy Award-winning artist, Seal, with a 29-piece orchestra performing standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and m
Sweden - The life of the late Swedish DJ, songwriter and producer Tim Bergling (better known as Avicii) was honoured recently with a tribute concert in Stockholm. Nearly 60,000 fans turned up at the Friends Arena to pay their respects - an all-time Stockholm record for a single show.
The show was the result of a request by Tim’s family following his passing. He wanted a celebration of the artist’s music presented as the fulfilment of an idea Tim had to have his music performed by a live band and orchestra.
Among the all-star line up of guest artists who also paid their own tributes were Aloe Blacc, David Guetta, Kygo, Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Adam Lambert, Rita Ora - plus long-time Avicii collaborators Carl Falk, and Vargas & Lagola.
From a technical perspective, the production values were befitting of the occasion and the main show was live streamed on Tim ’s Facebook and You Tube channels. GLP Nordic’s Daniel Hellsten was appointed production designer and production manager by event producers Panos Ayassotellis and Michael Jobson, on behalf of the Tim Bergling Foundation.
“Getting the production up in time became a challenge, given the fact that we only had 36 hours from first truck loading in at the venue to artist standing on stage for rehearsal with full camera production. But we gave it our all and the entire crew did an amazing job working side by side with each other to make it in time,” states Daniel.
The highly experienced Paul Normandale was invited by Tim’s former tour manager Michael Job
UK - The Warehouse in Leeds will bring back live music to the fore later this month, building on a legacy that includes performances by U2, Oasis, The Stone Roses and Soft Cell.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Warehouse has had a quarter of a million pound investment into the production infrastructure and now boasts three rooms with a capacity of 600 for live music and 1100 for DJ-led events.
Curated by TEG | MJR, the live music 2020 programme will showcase a mix of touring artists and local musicians on a regular basis, with the first events kicking off later this month.
The Warehouse relaunch weekend will kick off with a live performance from singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy on 23 January, followed by two sold out performances from Terrorvision on 7-8 February.
TEG | MJR has added a new L-Acoustics sound system which brings the live and club experience into the modern day. The venue now also has a new Chauvet R2X line of lighting fixtures, covering the entire main room and is accompanied with a new video wall and CO2 jets. In addition, the stage will be suitable for live and club events, with the ability to extend for larger set-ups.
Dan Ickowitz-Seidler, chief operating officer of TEG | MJR, says: “Live music is a huge driving force in any big city and we wanted The Warehouse to showcase a real plethora of events. The venue was built on live music and what better way to celebrate 40 years of The Warehouse than bringing back its roots.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming a credible selection of performers and club
Czech Republic - Transmission is Europe's most spectacular trance music festival, with a legion of loyal fans who return year on year. As usual, the 2019 event was enhanced by haze from MDG generators, which showcased the spectacular lighting and laser shows that accompanied the artists.
Transmission is held annually in Prague at the O2 Arena and attracts thousands of fans from over 70 countries. The line-up for Transmission 2019 included trance legends such as Blastoyz, Cosmic Gate, Darren Porter, Ferry Corsten presents System F, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Key4050, MaRLo and Thomas Coastline.
The acts are knitted together by Transmission’s unique, themed storylines that take the visitor on a journey throughout the night, with each artist introduced by their own bespoke ‘show movie’ and visuals, all of which are accompanied by spectacular lighting, laser and special effects. To showcase the lighting and lasers to peak effect, Transmission’s lighting designer, Bas Kemper, needed to fill the huge 15,000-capacity venue with large quantities of smooth, pure white haze. He knew exactly which manufacturer to turn to which would give him precisely what he needed. He invested in an ATMe haze generator from MDG and three MDG MAX 3000 generators, supplied by Rudo Tucek of Slovakian rental company, Ministry.
“The venue is huge and filled to capacity for the festival – the stage alone is 48m x 24m and the floor space covers approximately 80m x 80m, with the hall stretching - with the tribunes included - to something in the region of 120m x 120m,” says Ke
Russia - Astera’s wireless LED Titan Tubes helped the action come alive in Moscow for performances of The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, a comic opera by Pavel Kaplevich, staged at the Zaryadye Concert Hall.
The opera is dedicated to the history of one Russia’s most famous monuments, The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, a 24.5m-high sculpture by Vera Mukhina, renowned globally as an example of socialist realism and art deco. Two figures - male and female - are leaning forward holding a hammer and sickle above their heads. The work was designed for the Soviet Pavilion at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris and was subsequently moved to Moscow. It is instantly recognisable as a powerful Soviet-era symbol.
Last year marked the 130th anniversary of Vera Mukhina’s birthday and the 80th anniversary of the monument’s ‘home’ at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy (VDNKh) in Moscow.
In the opera version, Worker and the Kolkhoz Woman come to life as two real workers who get packed up and sent to Paris for the Fair, where they reassume their poses and engage in a series of bizarre and surreal adventures and encounters - including with Marlene Dietrich and Pablo Picasso.
Lighting designer Alexander Krasnolutsky created a distinctive look and style for the show utilizing a conventional lighting rig, LED screens and the 60 Astera Titan Tubes that were a central element to the performance.
Alexander explained that he could not work with traditional beam lights as the Zaryadye Concert Hall itself has high ambient light le
USA - Anyone enjoying Maroon 5’s New Year’s Eve special shows at Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas would have witnessed the elegant geometric lines of Brian Jenkins’ production and lighting design, for which he utilised over 200 Robe moving lights.
The band have frequently played this December slot at the venue in recent years, and the objective for 2019 was to present a new and fresh visuality for the occasion, different from any of their touring shows. This year the New Year shows were ahead of an upcoming album release and 2020 world tour.
Jenkins had wanted to “go geometric” as a design concept for some time, and this presented him with the perfect opportunity, together with the relative luxury of two days for the get-in and set up.
Knowing the band’s video content also helped fuel Brian’s thought process. The upstage LED screen was a triangle 50ft wide at the base and 30ft high, and this was flanked by two angled lighting pods either side at the top - in a diamond orientation - with a third pod over center stage, also at 45° to keep the triangular / diamond architecture. These three trussing pods were each filled with 49 Robe Spiider LED wash beams in a 7x7 matrix format.
Brian needed a lightweight fixture for this that he could source easily in quantity, and that had some degree of pixel control. Spiider was “a robust fixture and a great fit”.
Fifty-six MegaPointes were on the plot. Describing these fixtures as “reliable and with plenty of tools”, 30 MegaPointes were positioned along the sloping edges of the
UK - Event production services & hire company Light Design supplied Claypaky Sharpy Plus moving spot lights for the recent 2019 UK Festival Awards, hosted at London’s Troxy.
A long-time user of Claypaky products, Terry Lewsey, MD of Light Design, was very keen to add the Sharpy Plus fixtures to his rental stock. He comments: “For us as a rental company, the Sharpy Plus is the perfect fixture and exactly what we were looking for. As a beam spot hybrid, it does both jobs very well.
“We already stocked a number of fixtures from Claypaky’s range and have years of trust in the brand. The Sharpy Plus’ versatility, combined with how rider-friendly it is and the strong appeal of Claypaky products as rental items, made it a logical decision for us to add it to our portfolio.”
Jonathan Walters, UK sales & purchasing director of A.C. Entertainment Technologies, Claypaky’s UK distributor, provided the fixtures to Light Design. Lewsey comments: “It’s always great to work with Jono and his team at AC-ET. They are always so helpful and knowledgeable, especially when it comes to supporting us with both new purchases, and existing product support.”
China - PR Lighting has announced two marine-grade, IP66-rated moving heads: the 3-in-1 AQUA Marine 580 BWS and AQUA Marine 580 Beam.
Thanks to the double-layer coating of the chassis and PR's sealing system, both AQUA Marine 580 fixtures can provide ‘superior resistance to a wider range of corrosive media, making them ideal for use on projects close to the seashore or in sea water’.
Housing either a Philips MSD Platinum 25 R lamp or Osram Sirius HRI 550W XL, both the AQUA Marine 580 BWS (PR-2596) and AQUA Marine 580 Beam (PR-2568) are fully featured. Colours include CYM linear mixing system with macros, a colour wheel with 12 colour filters (plus open), rainbow effect with bi-directional and variable speeds and stepping/linear colour changing, while the colour filters can be in any position. The fixtures also boast a linear CTO system.
The products accommodate one fixed gobo wheel (containing 17 gobos plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds. There is also a rotating gobo wheel, with seven interchangeable rotating gobos (plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds.
There are four different facet prisms which can be overlapped (other prisms are optional). The graphic effect wheel offers bi-directional rotation with variable speeds, and can be overlapped with the fixed and rotating gobo wheels. Features also include an independent frost filter.
Both fixtures are contained in dust-proof and water-proof cast aluminium, high-temperature resistant and UV-resistant engineering pl
France - Playing a rich and colourful role in the history of its region’s wine making (it was once owned by legendary vintner, the late André Lurton), the estate of Couhins-Lurton was prominently featured in the recent 100th anniversary celebration of the Grands Moulins de Bordeaux.
Accentuating the intricate architectural qualities of the château during this event was a collection of wireless, battery powered Chauvet DJ lighting fixtures installed by Benson’ Audiovisuel.
The Benson’ Audiovisuel design team, under the direction of Benjamin Faure, positioned 12 Freedom H1 par units below the ornate cornice to highlight its details. Thanks to its compact size and wireless properties, the 10W fixture was able to fit unobtrusively on the site without distracting from its aesthetics. Drawing on the fixture’s RGBAW + UV colour mixing engine, the design team was able to create a wide and varied palette of hues during the event.
Bathing the building’s façade in an array of richly saturated colours were 24 Freedom Flex H4 IP uplighting fixtures. With their intense output, these units were able to send smooth, even fields of light high up the exterior walls of the château.
A group of 16 freestanding Freedom Stick RGB LED linear fixtures was used to enliven the estate grounds, as well as provide a colourful setting on the dancefloor inside during the party. Also generating excitement on the dancefloor were a Derby X effect light, a Line Dancer that projects intense strips of colourful light, and two mini Kinta beam units. Like the outdoor
Singapore - Lighting designer Nick Ho began working with the G12 worship rally in 2005 and has lit every one of its annual conferences since 2016.
Although his big, multi-faceted lightshows have earned widespread praise from the conference’s attendees and its technical director, Dennis Thien, Ho is always working to make them more compelling. This year, he and his programmer Justin Poh upped the engagement level by doing something they’d never done before: pixel map their rig’s washes.
Creating this new design with the 78 wash fixtures in their rig was made much easier, they say, by the pixel mapping features in their ChamSys MagicQ MQ100 Pro. “This was the first time that we have tried pixel mapping washes for such a large scale event,” explains Ho, noting that the conference, which was held at the Singapore Expo Hall, drew 10,000 people. “The pixel mapping functions in our ChamSys works very fast, which was good, because Justin wound up creating looks on site during the conference.
“Pixel mapping the washes added another dimension to our show,” continued Ho. “Having the simple low-res animation effects run across the back line truss created very engaging looks. Doing this was a straightforward process with ChamSys. We just had to create a fixture layout in the Output Window View Plan, create the grid size, and assign heads correctly into the boxes, then patch PIXMAP - and we were done! The ease of working with ChamSys removes a lot of stress when you are trying something new.”
Ho was also impressed with how smoothly hi
UK - The Elgiva Theatre has invested in a Vista by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system to take full advantage of its recent upgrade to an all-LED house rig.
Located in Chesham, The Elgiva presents a wide-ranging programme of professional and amateur productions, touring concerts, top comedy, musicals, ballet/dance, one-night shows, professional pantomime, movies, and private events.
After upgrading its house rig to all-LED, the theatre’s ageing control desk had been struggling with the quantity and greater sophistication of the fixtures, and the extra workload created by additional shows as a result of the venue’s increased popularity.
This was limiting what could be achieved creatively in the time available - both for Elgiva’s own productions, and in the theatre providing high quality technical support for its clients, which include major international tours.
The theatre therefore decided to invest in the next generation Vista 3 control system, purchasing the latest Vista EX control surface, plus a Vista MV to use as an extra playback wing.
Tristan Collett, the theatre’s technical manager, comments: “I have found that the speed with which Vista allows users to work benefits Elgiva not only with saving time, but also positively impacting shows’ quality and budgetary constraints.
“Our technicians are extremely creative, and finally don’t have to struggle to transpose their vision onto the stage. What would previously take hours to program now takes minutes or seconds using Vista.”
The Vista syste
Poland - Mateusz Karon, deputy of technical manager the Teatr Dramatyczny m. st. Warszawy (Dramatic Theatre of the capital city of Warsaw), is happy with the new Robe Tarrantulas that are part of the house lighting rig for this important venue, which has been at the forefront of producing Polish drama since 1949 and ensconced in the Palace of Culture and Science venue since 1955.
There are two performance spaces at the Palace of Culture, and the company also runs programmes in two other buildings around the city.
These four stages offer a busy and vibrant schedule of modern, classical and new works with a reputation for excellent acting and tackling relevant contemporary issues. Each space stages between 10 and 12 shows a year, primarily their own productions.
Mateusz oversees all things technical in the main Dramatic Theatre building and creates new lighting specs as and when they are needed to ensure they keep pace with developing technology. These then go out to open tender.
When initially looking for new fixtures for key lighting - with Tarrantula as one of the contenders - Mateusz and his team were all impressed with the controllability of the fixture, and beyond that, the sheer power, which they thought would be perfect for the 460-capacity ‘Big’ stage - in addition to key lighting duties. They also wanted a source with a high CRI and Tarrantula fitted all the criteria.
The decision to choose the Tarrantulas - delivered directly by Robe’s Polish distributor, Prolight - was a collective one made by Mateusz and the Dramatic T
Australia - Fusion Entertainment provided the technical production for the gala unveiling of the Ferrari F8 Tributo in Sydney, using a complement of Claypaky fixtures to illuminate the car’s debut at the black-tie event.
The evening marked the first Australian appearance for the new, half-million dollar mid-engined supercar.
More than 300 guests gathered at Sydney’s White Bay passenger terminal for an immersive Ferrari experience. The 2,000sq.m space was filled with classic cars in Ferrari’s shade of red and speeches paid homage to the luxury brand’s history and the debut of “the best eight-cylinder in the world.”
Some 200 Fusion staff members worked continuously across 36 hours to install and prepare for the event. They put together 5.1 tons of rigging equipment, 6,000m of cabling, 158m of black drape and a total of 236 lights to create a 348sq.m staging structure standing 1.5m high.
The evening began with guests watching a five-minute AV spectacular on the F8 Tributo, dotted with archival footage from Ferrari’s vault, in the pre-function area. When it was time to reveal the new vehicle the function area went to black and a 60-meter kabuki drop showed an astonishing collection of Ferrari V8s, on display for the first time outside Italy. The F8 Tributo emerged from under the stage through fog and lasers and past its predecessors to take its position on the podium.
Fusion mounted Claypaky Sharpy fixtures on either side of the podium; several more were used for the moment of reveal with Oracle Laser’s Laser Sharpy attachmen