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
UK - Lighting rental specialists Version2 supported The Brits Are Coming at the newly re-opened Riverside Studios. Working with award winning lighting designer Tim Routledge, the Version2 team supplied a comprehensive lighting package, including a healthy selection of recent additions to the company’s growing inventory.
The Brits Are Coming TV special is the reveal of the nominations for the BRIT Awards 2020. Hosted by broadcaster and presenter Alice Levine, the show featured special guest performances by nominated artists including Liam Payne, Aitch and Mabel.
Recorded for ITV in front of a live audience, this was one of the first and one of the largest productions staged within the newly opened Studio 3 at Riverside Studios. Following the extensive re-development of the historic West London site, Riverside’s hosting of the show conveyed a clear message that the production centre is back open and ready for business.
Commenting on working with Version2 at Riverside, Tim says, “I use V2 a lot for my broadcast work as they always go the extra mile and have a want to make a great show every time. This was also only the second show in the all new Riverside Studios which was a blessing - a fantastic new studio with a saturated overhead grid of lighting hoists and the ability to patch data anywhere, it was a really easy studio for this show to move to and it worked for us brilliantly.”
Over the past year V2 has been steadily growing their inventory to increase both the scope and range of products they have available. Ahead of t
USA - Nesta Garrick lights the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, an annual December excursion that showcases many of the genre’s leading stars. But every year, the Jamaican-born LD disembarked from the floating festival’s ship with the same unfulfilled wish: he wanted an outdoor rated moving wash.
“I have been working on Jamrock for five years, going on six, and in that whole time I’ve asked myself ‘why can’t someone make a moving wash that’s IP rated?’” he said. “This is a five-day cruise, and every night we’d have to take our washes down, because it rains a lot at sea. Then, the next evening, we’d have to focus them manually, which was difficult given the short amount of time we had to set up.”
The owner of RAS Visuals & Lighting, Garrick was visiting LDI in 2018 when he came across the Chauvet Professional Maverick Storm 1 Wash. “Right then I knew I found my answer,” he said. “I called Abbas Ritscher from The Design Oasis and asked if he had the Storm 1 Wash. He told me he did, so here we are!”
When the stately Independence of the Seas set sail in the Caribbean on Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2019, reggae stars like Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley, Buju Banton, Popcaan and Taurus Riley were on board, so too were 12 Maverick Storm 1 Wash units, which like the rest of the fixtures in Garrick’s rig, were supplied and installed by The Design Oasis.
Although the issue of having to take down non-IP rated moving washes every night was resolved, Garrick had to contend with other challenges on board the vesse
USA - CMI Communications supported the stage production for a multifaceted event at the Minneapolis Convention Centre in August, where they utilised a large complement of Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires to illuminate the Knights of Columbus 137th Supreme Convention. Sessions were broadcast internationally, and to over 1800 attendees of the event. The fixtures matched exactly in output and colour temperature even though they were supplied by three different vendors.
AV service provider CMI Communications of Rochester, New York asked Light and Shadow, LLC of Winter Garden, Florida to provide turnkey lighting design for the convention as the company has in the past. During the three-day event the daily morning Mass and business sessions were broadcast on EWTN, CatholicTV and other outlets. The convention hall featured a 120ft-wide stage with a 115ft projection screen as a backdrop.
“We needed a high-quality broadcast light that we could also use for the opening dinner,” says lighting designer, Shawn Seithel. “We were looking for a replacement for our previous go-to fixture, and a Ghibli demo by ACT Lighting sparked our interest.”
During the demo, “Ghibli did everything our usual go-to fixtures did and did it better. Ghibli was brighter, had a nice flat field and its framing shutters were a huge plus. It looked like a well-rounded light for every kind of event we do,” Seithel says.
For the convention Seithel rented 78 Ghibli fixtures from three vendors placing them on mid-stage and downstage truss and on two trusses running the lengt
Europe - Award-winning independent French theme park, Puy du Fou, unveiled its first venture in Toledo, Spain with an epic night-time immersive spectacular El Sueño de Toledo (The Dream of Toledo), creatively directed by Nicolas de Villiers and the team from Puy du Fou with lighting designed by Koert Vermeulen from Belgian creative visual practice, ACTLD.
At the heart of Koert’s lighting spec are 74 x Robe BMFL WashBeam and 20 x MegaPointe moving lights.
El Sueño de Toledo takes spectators on a hi-octane condensed one-hour journey through history – from the Reign of Ricaredo in the 6th century to the arrival of the railways – touching on the battle of Navas de Tolosa and the discovery of America along the way! The 1500 years of history is represented by 185 actors and a plethora of special effects.
Koert and Nicolas have worked together on several previous Puy du Fou live shows and projects in France. The show is staged outdoors on a performance space approximately 125m wide by 100m deep, rising up towards the back. The set includes several permanent buildings and structures and a large lake, with the action taking place both on, in front of, and behind the water.
Nicolas briefed Koert on the historical narrative and Koert produced a lighting concept for the show which is played out by the large cast to a special soundtrack composed by Nathan Stornetta.
“The show’s essence was similar to some of those we have created in the French park, so some of the base principles and style needed to reflect a continu
Switzerland - Winkler Livecom of Switzerland has added 200 Elation Professional KL Fresnel series luminaires to its inventory.
Winkler, based in Wohlen, near Zürich, is one of the largest full service companies in Switzerland, handling virtually all aspects of exhibition, corporate and public events from initial idea to execution. Since its founding in 1996, Winkler has often employed Elation lighting in its broad portfolio of projects, but the KL Fresnel acquisition marks the company’s first purchase of Elation gear.
“We continue to replace our bulb-based static lights with LED versions and invited several distributors to a shoot out here at our facility,” recounts Frank Burghardt, head of sourcing at Winkler Livecom. “Elation’s Swiss distributor Cast came with the KL Fresnel 4 and Kl Fresnel 6 and in the end it was the price vs performance ratio of the KL series that was the best.”
The KL Fresnel Series is a line of warm-white or cold-white LED Fresnel lights available in 50W, 150W and 350W models. Winkler acquired the 50W KL Fresnel 4 CW (50) and 150W KL Fresnel 6 CW (150), cold-white LED Fresnel lights with a 5,600K Cool White LED engine. Both luminaires include manual zoom, manual and DMX controlled dimming, and silent operation mode. Barn doors and gel frame holder are also included.
“We decided to invest in the cold-white version and then we can add full CTO or half CTO filters when we need a warmer look. It was a smart solution and gives us the flexibility to cover a wider color temperature range,” states Burghardt,
USA - Bandit Lites has launched into 2020 with a sizeable purchase from Chauvet Professional, including Maverick MK3 Spots, COLORado Solo Battens and Rogue R2X Washes.
The Maverick MK3 Spot has already proven itself to be a pillar in designs as it has been featured on Mark Carver’s design for the 2019 Dove Awards, Seth Jackson’s design for the Hillsong Worship/Casting Crowns/Elevation Worship Tour 2019, Jason Aldean Kitchen and Rooftop Bar special show, Julien Reux’s design for the 2019 Sasha Sloan Tour and Jerry Holcomb’s design for the 2020 Winter Jam Tour.
“When I learned Chauvet was building the MK3 series, I was very excited to see them jump into this market,” explains Bandit Lites director of technical services Jake Tickle. “The Chauvet Maverick MK3 Spot has all the horsepower needed to take full advantage of its full feature set. This fixture will be a workhorse in our inventory.”
Bandit Lites also supplied Chauvet COLORado Solo Battens on Mike Marcario’s design for Tenth Avenue’s North tour, the Dove Awards, Erik Parker’s design for Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville and the 2020 Winter Jam Tour.
“With its lensing, excellent output and IP rating, the Chauvet Solo Batten ticks and lot of boxes that I could ask for from a batten style fixture,” adds Tickle. “One of my favourites in that category.”
The Chauvet Rogue R2X Wash has already been seen at the 2019 NASCAR Sprint Car Awards, Lumina Design’s rig for the 2020 YoungLife Conference and the upcoming Crescent Produc
Belgium - Het Kunstuur (the Art Hour) is a new ‘interactive’ gallery concept developed by art collectors and entrepreneurs Hans & Joost Bourlon, presented in the former Holy Ghost Chapel in the historical heart of Mechelen, Belgium.
Thirty-two Belgian paintings from the 19th century are displayed in three gallery spaces where their stories are told by a series of well-known Belgian personalities.
Creative lighting design and media specialist Painting with Light (PWL) was asked to manage and co-ordinate and design the technical systems and control for lighting, video, audio and humidity control for this intricate and unique project.
Visitors wear headsets and listen to an audio track as they move around the spaces, prompted to stop / move on cue to designated areas by the audio track, where they watch and listen as the AV effects play out. The walkthrough lasts an hour, which inspired the name.
PWL was asked onboard by concept designer Wouter Verhulst of King Concept who created the original idea and storyline with the Bourlon Brothers and designed the gallery layout.
The first phase of the design process saw the whole museum virtually created in WYSIWYG and presented as a VR experience to the project’s initiators.
The PWL team, under the creative direction of Luc Peumans, was led on site by Céline Cuypers who project managed delivery of the full technical design including the projection system, creative lighting, audio track and control, plus specification, procurement and commissioning of all equipment and its impleme
USA - Bandit Lites most recent annual general meeting included a special celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of Eric ‘Rock’ Shafferman joining the Bandit Lites family in 1979.
Bandit Lites was just over a decade into its founding when Shafferman found himself with a summer off from college in East Tennessee. His brothers had been working with the company when they asked him to come to the warehouse and meet everyone. In what later could only be a destined happenstance, Shafferman found himself joining the team for a series of weekend warrior runs.
“We had two Shafferman brothers already, and in walks a third,” recalls Bandit Lites founder and chair Michael T. Strickland. “This guy was a high school all-state football player and looked the part. He was so tough, they called him Rock. Boy were they right! Eric was the toughest, hardest working guy at Bandit. Nothing stopped Rock. I was glad to hire him based on sight and the way he carried himself. It was one of the best hires we ever made! I love Rock!”
“Bandit was starting to really grow and was taking on the big names acts,” Shafferman shared. “We still didn’t have any chain hoists, but we had lights that were like little trees that went into the air, and maybe ten or twelve par cans on them. Once we got Kenny Rogers, we got all new equipment and after that it started to take off and we got to doing more bands. Alabama hit it big, and then I joined their tour a little after their first year out of clubs.”
While things in the industry have changed drastically, fr
UK - Women in Data, the UK’s largest female data professional event, pulls in over 1,000 attendees from around the world. Held within the surroundings of the InterContinental, London O2 on the banks of the River Thames, WiD features keynote presentations from a host of guest speakers.
Having worked with Light Fantastic Production Services on a succession of previous events, WiD once again called upon the team to provide a complete technical, equipment and logistics production solution, custom designed to cover all aspects of the prestigious conference.
Branding for 2019 Women in Data was characterised by red to signify confidence, ambition and drive. Following this theme, LFPS applied bold, crimson hues throughout the stage set and lighting design, emphasising the colour as a symbol of strength and vitality. Continuing the look, the team extended the lighting design into the auditorium to create a more intimate feel within the space.
With a limited time frame in which to build the event, LFPS worked throughout the night to transform the hotel’s Arora Ballroom, taking care of all lighting, audio, video, rigging and scenic elements ready for the 9am start.
At its focal point, the main stage featured a sharp, smart design conceived around a central ‘W’ concept and flanked with distinct WiD branding and sponsor graphics. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the scenic elements added depth and form to the substantial stage area.
WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says: “Once again Light Fantastic deliver
UK - Event rental specialist Fisher Hires has confirmed an investment in Portman Lights’ recently developed P1 Mini LED. Launched at Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt, the units caught the eye of Fisher Hires’ head of operations, Rob Baker, who contacted Portman’s exclusive UK distributor Entedi, to secure stock when the products began shipping in June.
Portman Lights was established in Gdańsk, Poland in 2016 but despite its comparatively recent appearance, has already established an impressive global distribution network for its specialist, decorative stage lighting products. The company’s end-user list already includes an impressive array of concert, festival and TV settings.
With its tungsten appearance and retro style, the P1 Mini retains all the characteristics of Portman’s original and popular P1 Retro Lamp but is smaller, fully LED and weighs in at only 8kg, all of which made it a must for Fisher Hires as Rob Baker explains:
“At Fisher Hires our focus is firmly on combining the highest standards in service with the very best available products. With that in mind we’re always very closely tuned in to what’s going on in the market and take a keen interest in what lighting designers are looking for. It didn’t take long to identify the new Portman P1 mini as a product that was going to be in high demand from the word go. I know that the company enjoyed great success at Prolight+Sound with the launch and what we’ve seen since taking delivery certainly confirmed our instincts that it was a no-brainer to invest in stock.”
UK - The Taunton Amateur Operatic Society’s costumes for Cats provided the inspiration for Chris Sealy’s lighting design for their production of the musical at the Brewhouse Theatre.
“The costumes were amazing,” explains Sealy. “I was lucky because the cast wore them to the rehearsals. So when I went to watch, I was able to see them in the flesh, which aided me greatly in selecting colours for my lighting. Every cat in the play tells a different story, each with a different feel, and that of course is tied tightly into the different costumes.”
Helping Sealy accent the costumes and enhance the unfolding narrative on stage with light was a collection of six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Profile fixtures supplied by Bright Production Services. Hung on overhead electrics, the 440W LED fixtures were used as as a primary light source.
Adroitly mixing colours, Sealy relied on the fixtures not only to light the play’s memorable characters, but also to bring out the unique personalities that lay within their costumes, using cool whites to accent the tuxedoed Mr. Mistoffolees, casting evocative hues on striped felines, and endowing Rum Rum Tugger with a radiant golden glow.
“The colour rendering capabilities of all my fixtures were especially important,” says Sealy. “Coping with the mood changes in Cats is a challenge. Oftentimes, I would get around this with a colour change, or a shift from front light to side light.
“Basically, all of the Maverick’s many features came into play. I created moods using
UK - Liverpool-based production specialist Adlib continued its working relationship with vocal harmony group The Overtones, supplying lighting equipment and crew to their latest UK tour, supporting LD and set designer Neil Holloway.
Adlib has been an equipment supplier for the band since their career took off in 2010, and it’s been a great journey for all involved to see the band’s success. Neil, now a busy freelance designer working internationally for a diverse range of clients, was working full time for Adlib back in 2010, and that’s also where his association with The Overtones started.
Understated elegance and a gentle symmetry defined the set which comprised of a central staircase flanked by two risers each side for the band, plus four signature big band art deco set pieces.
There was no video on the tour, but an Overtones LED sign at the back - custom built by Light Initiative - set the scene, positioned just in front of a silver lamé Austrian curtain from Adlib’s drapes inventory.
Every lighting fixture on the rig had to be multi-purpose and work hard in several different contexts to earn its place on the tour.
The core moving light fixtures - Robe Spikies for the beams and Martin MAC Auras for the LED washes - were selected for their small size, power, and functionality.
Twenty-four Spikies were distributed on the back and mid trusses, 12 on each, while six of the 10 Auras were on the floor, three per side, for low level cross stage washes, with the other four on Manfrotto stands for cross lighting the band standi
USA - The historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, is an opulent art deco venue that is moving into a new era of performance excellence with the help of Kinetic Lighting and Elation Professional’s theatrical-grade Artiste DaVinci LED moving head.
Originally opened in 1931 and listed on the National Historic Register, the 1500-seat theatre features a vaudeville-size proscenium stage with T-guided fly system that makes it an ideal venue for concerts, dance performances, multimedia presentations, film screenings or any cultural event.
Great strides have been made in recent years to restore the theatre, with a lighting upgrade the latest in a series of on-going improvements. Kinetic Lighting worked with the Warner Grand and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to convert the theatre from conventional lighting to an entirely LED-based system, assisted by Victor Prudeaux, master Electrician at the theatre.
Seeking to achieve the technical sophistication of a contemporary performing arts venue while maintaining its historic integrity, a highlight of the new lighting package are Artiste DaVinci LED moving heads, full-featured spot luminaires and the first moving lights the theatre has ever owned.
Spread across box booms, the deck and overhead electrics, the award-winning DaVinci is an energy efficient CMY and graphics luminaire with a 300W LED engine and 7° to 48° motorized zoom that powers out over 12,000 lumens. “They will be able to make more artistic choices now that they have not only the functionality of moving
Mexico - Drone light shows specialist Verge Aero has delivered Mexico’s first drone light show. Working with local partner Sky Precision, Verge Aero provided a system of 150 drone lights to create moving, colour-changing pictures in the sky to open the performance by Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, marking Mexico’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the FIG19 hot-air balloon festival.
Founded in 2002, the FIG (Festival Internacional del Globo) hot-air balloon festival, which takes place each year in the city of León in central Mexico, has become one of the leading balloon events in the world. This year, organisers were keen to provide a cutting-edge visual treat for visitors and called on Sky Precision to deliver it. Taking up the challenge, specialists from Verge Aero and Sky Precision created custom choreography to accompany a set of four songs, including an opening number by Mexican guitar maestros, Rodrigo y Gabriella.
Escandra Salim Alle, CEO of FIG, says: “We are excited to have hosted the first drone show ever here in Mexico. The show content was amazing, Verge Aero did an excellent job. The enormous crowd loved the drone show and our social media had a blast.”
As with every public drone light show, safety was the primary concern for all involved. Emerging from their protected safe landing zone, the drones took to the air to create colourful, dynamic, pre-choreographed movements and shapes including guitars, balloons, flowers - and the grinning Día de Muertos skull - in the sky above the performance stage.
Israel Canino, CEO of Sk
Italy - DTS has entered 2020 with a new look and a full agenda of activities to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
The Italian brand of lighting solutions introduced a new logo to celebrate the company’s tradition and expertise in the lighting industry. DTS has also changed its company colour to a vibrant orange.
Founded in 1980, DTS have evolved from a small family company into an industry leader, with three production plants and customers in more than 80 different countries.
To mark its 40th anniversary, at ISE 2020, the company will launch Alchemy 3 ceiling and Euphony 3 ceiling, two products that offer all the benefits of an LED lighting moving head for any commercial or public space.
Raffaella Scaccia, DTS sales director, comments: “The renewal process undertaken by the company is now at full speed. The DTS logo transformation gives a strong message: the growth and development of an Italian manufacturing company adapting to the market changes, keeping high quality standards. We are really excited about the new prospects that 2020 presents to us."
UK - White Light recently supplied the Royal Albert Hall with a range of Martin MAC Encore fixtures, continuing the phased upgrade of the in-house lighting rig.
As it hosts concerts on an almost nightly basis, the venue houses its own in-house kit which is used by incoming shows. The rig has to be flexible in order to adapt to such a varied programme, as well as needing to be energy efficient and sympathetic to the needs and requirements of a wide range of different lighting designers and productions. The existing ETC Source Four Revolutions, whilst having served their time very well, were due for replacement in line with the Hall’s ongoing replacement programme. As a result, the venue approached WL in order to invest in some LED alternatives for these new fixtures.
WL’s business development manager Jonathan Haynes explains: “I met up with lighting design manager Richard Thomas who told me about their existing set up and what he was looking for to replace the ageing Source Four Revolutions. The main priority was that the new fixtures were LED and provided a tungsten colour match that was at least as bright as the fixtures they were replacing. They also needed to be quiet, as well as have the ability to provide a high output in cool white to cut through the rest of the rig for aerial work.”
WL put forward a range of options and held an on-site demonstration at the Royal Albert Hall for the lighting team to see each one in situ. Haynes explains: “It is so important to shoot out fixtures in the venue for which they are intended, to see how t
Hong Kong - Prolights has announced the appointment of D&T Prolight & Sound as distributor for Hong Kong and Macau.
The company was established two years ago by two industry veterans, who had joined forces in order to deliver AVL solutions to the Hong Kong and Macau market.
“Our vision is to provide state-of-the-art professional lighting, audio and video solutions to our partners and users,” explains Dominic Cho, regional sales manager for D&T Prolight & Sound. “Analyse systematically our clients’ needs and facilitate them hassle-free by provision of one-stop world class solutions and services, as well as staying focus, are definitely our core valuable strengths.
We approached Prolights due to its impressive, broad selection and comprehensive market differentiation, which reinforces our ambitions to deliver top quality total solutions to different segments in our industry. Our recent visit to Prolights’ headquarters enabled us to see all its facilities and an energetic team.”
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights, says: “We’re thrilled about this partnership. Having D&T in our distribution network will help us to meet the needs of the Hong Kong and Macau market. I firmly believe they’re the perfect partner to succeed in this strategic country and I’m confident about our success there as well.”
Europe - Following the release of the L-ISA Controller v2.0 software update, the Robert Juliat SpotMe 3D tracking device is now fully compatible to operate with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, the lighting manufacturer has announced.
L-Acoustics recently revealed the January release of a significant software update for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology that will enable users to monitor the positioning of any tracked object in a 3D view. With L-ISA Controller version 2.0, source parameters - including pan, width, height, distance, and elevation - can be mapped and scaled to all certified tracking systems.
In tandem with the L-ISA v1.10 update, L-Acoustics has announced that it has officially collaborated with tracking software providers whose technologies can now function within the L-ISA ecosystem, including Robert Juliat’s SpotMe tracking tool.
L-Acoustics executive director of creative technologies Guillaume Le Nost notes: “With our latest software and recent tracking system partnerships, the incredibly natural audio reproduction of L-ISA, paired with the smooth and precise real-time tracking of visual elements on stage is guaranteed to raise the Hyperreal Sound bar even further for our audiences.”
Robert Juliat managing director François Juliat adds: “We are happy with this new compatibility which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market. SpotMe only requires a followspot with no extra peripheral devices and can be installed easily and quickly