USA - When explaining how he designed Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, Frank Lloyd Wright described it as a “tree-like mast” supported by a central trunk of four elevators shafts anchored by a deep central foundation. The arrangement made it possible for the building’s 19 concrete floors to extend outward like cantilevered branches of a tree reaching over 220ft to the sky.
Today, 64 years after its completion, the only skyscraper designed by Wright inspires as powerfully as ever, reflecting its creator’s belief that “all fine architectural values are human values”. This spirit was celebrated in September when the noted building glowed in vivid colours in honour of Pride Month with help from a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by GW Illumination.
“This project was initiated by the Bartlesville Chapter of Oklahomans for Equality for Pride Month,” said Price Connors, education and outreach specialist at the Price Tower Arts Centre. “The City of Bartlesville proclaimed Bartlesville Pride Month in September (postponed from June, because of COVID-19), and Price Tower Arts Centre graciously supported their wish to light the Tower in a show of support. Marty Smith and Rick Lloyd were also essential to this project.”
The many of the distinctive features that endow Price Tower with its power to inspire, presented challenges to the design team, which was led by John Gasche, Technical Director of GW Illumination.
“Price Tower is a masterpiece, but from a lighting point of view, it’s not an easy building because
Poland - Brzeg Cultural Centre is a local institution which offers a number of artistic and interdisciplinary activities, such as dance, theatre, music and sculpture classes, as well as a lot of cultural events. At the end of August 2020, it was fully equipped with a spread of Prolights products.
Kuba Czarnik, production manager for Show Design, Prolights distributor for Poland said: “Brzeg Cultural Centre is, like any other community centre, very important for the district, where it is located. It is here, where social awareness and sensitivity to art and culture are built. We are glad that we were able to help in the development of this institution with Prolights.
“So, we decided to make use of a lot of Prolights solutions to light up the hall. In particular, we installed eight Luma 1500SH with animation module as front lights and above the stage, four Diamond 19 and two Diamond 37 as wash lights plus optional beam and pixel effect when needed; 10x EclProfile FC as coloured front lights; eight Ecl HD2TU as white front lights; 12x EclFresnel TW in the stage area and on mounted on trusses above the audience; six EclFresnel TU as white fresnel lights; 12x Pixie Zoom mounted on side trusses to decrease shadows as well as to provide additional possibilities; 10x LumiPar 12HPro as wash lights.
“The request from the client was to create a versatile rig able to be used as a standard theatre stage as well as a concert stage. We focused on finding a balance between these two requirements and now the stage is really useful in any situation.
UK - With the demand for virtual events rising during the Coronavirus pandemic, lighting and audio specialists Audio Visual Live (AVL) have created a multi-purpose studio space, with Vista by Chroma-Q handling all of the lighting control requirements.
The new AVL Studio is located in Slough, Berkshire and offers a well thought out studio space, which can be used for a simple rehearsal right up to a full music video or corporate presentation.
Normally used to servicing the corporate events and live performance sector, AVL managing Director Kristian Ardley comments: “With the pandemic in full effect we wanted to put our professional inventory of lighting, video and audio equipment to good use and add another revenue stream to the company. The studio was the obvious choice.”
The 9.5m x 6m black box studio ‘house rig’ features lighting products from well-known lighting brands with the option to add additional staging and full web streaming capabilities.
Ardley continues: “One of the big things that we wanted to do was to ensure we got the lighting right. We therefore enlisted the help of lighting designer Robert Price, who we have trusted and worked with on a number of large projects in the past, to specify the control system and design/program the studio looks. The main requirement was that it had to be something that could eventually be operated by someone with limited technical knowledge, but yet still deliver on our high production values.”
Price chose to use a Vista by Chroma-Q touch screen system combined with a Vista EX
UK - disguise’s latest software release, 17.4 combined with its new RenderStream software, rx and vx hardware bundle creates the complete solution for hosting real-time content from render engines, Unreal Engine and Notch.
disguise has recognised the demand for immersive real-time production and their latest release, 17.4, showcases features that were identified through the Netflix's virtual production initiative NLAB, with partners Lux Machina and Fuse Technical Group. The knowledge gained from experimentation and feature testing has optimised their already market-leading workflow for virtual production on set.
RenderStream is a proprietary video-over-IP protocol that synchronises and transfers content between render engines and final composition machines. It provides low latency, uncompressed video transfer and sends control metadata to sync camera tracking between disguise and the render engine in addition to providing parameter control from disguise to the render engine. This new approach to the technology stack allows disguise to move towards a scale-out rendering approach.
With r17.4, RenderStream users can access advanced DX12 features in Unreal such as Ray Tracing to create best-in-class photorealistic content capturing accurate reflections, refractions and shadows.
In collaboration with Adrián Pueyo, virtual production supervisor Orca VFX, disguise optimised the workflow further. “The disguise approach to virtual production has been a game-changer for us, in terms of pipeline, scalability, colour management and performance. While
USA - The award-winning ArcLamp LED solution from ETC has received an upgrade with the addition of a new Flicker variant as well as new driver options. Designed for use in themed environments, the specialised Flicker lamp creates a 2700 K Fade to Warm effect by flickering randomly to imitate candlelight. Flicker lamps can also be used at constant brightness by changing the DMX value on its single control channel.
New ArcLamp driver form factors are now available, including wall mount and rack mount options for the 350 and 700 versions.
Along with the ArcLamp updates, ETC has added the ArcSystem Pro Four-Cell Pendant to its family of architectural LED luminaires. With this solution, the line now features both Four-Cell Round and Pendant options, depending on a facility’s mounting needs.
The popular Four-Cell Round offers a choice of hanging hardware, such as a clamp, threaded rod or aircraft cable to be secured to the fixture’s captive hanging point. The Pendant option includes a traditional stem kit with canopy, complete with internal wiring to provide a clean finish.
Both Four-Cell Pendant and Round are available in black, white, and custom colour finishes, with a clean, round form that looks classic in any venue. The Pendant offers stem lengths ranging from 6 to 96 inches, with custom lengths available.
USA - Bandit Lites and Moo TV are offering another collaboration at Bandit’s Venue One space, complete with a full lighting and video setup. With 10,000sq.ft of open space, clients will have access to the industry’s best in lighting and video.
The lighting system is comprised of six 20ft curved towers each loaded with Chauvet R2X wash, Chauvet R1 FXB and Chauvet RH1 Hybrid fixtures topped with an Elation Smarty Hybrid. The front 25ft truss has GLP X4 wash units and a BMFL spot controlled by the Robe RoboSpot system, while a rear centre Robe BMFL spot is also on the RoboSpot system. In the centreis a 10ft circle loaded with more Chauvet R2X washes and Ayrton Magic Dots as well as a 36” mirror ball on its own chain hoist.
The entire system is laced with 500ft of TMB LED programmable festoons. Base Hazer Pro units provide the haze, and all of this is controlled with a grandMA2 full size desk running 22.214.171.124 software.
Booking Venue One includes access to the fully-outfitted, massive production space, as well as virtual programming suites, two loading docks and a ramp for a quick and easy load-in and loadout, high-speed Wi-Fi access, dressing room, kitchen areas and private restrooms. The turnkey package includes room rental with power, access to above amenities, the Bandit Lites lighting rig and Moo TV video panels as well as two lighting tech leads and one video engineer.
Clients will also save on load in and load out, as all the gear is already installed. Optional services are also available, including livestream services, additional ligh
Singapore - The Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore has taken its first-ever stock of Ayrton LED moving heads with the recent addition of Ayrton Khamsin profile fixtures to its lighting inventory. Forty-four Khamsin-S and 6 Khamsin-TC fixtures were supplied to the landmark venue by Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for the region, Total Solution Marketing.
The majority of its new Khamsin profiles have been installed in the 5000-seat Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre’s key venue, which prides itself on its state-of-the-art stage technology. The Star Theatre hosts a wide range of amplified music and speech events, including large scale, high-profile conferences, pop concerts and dance performances, and recently hosted the Singapore National Day 2020 Concert.
“The Khamsins are mainly rigged on overhead fly bars and FOH trusses from where they facilitate the multiplicity of diverse events that happen here,” says head of lighting, Mohamad Azhar Bin Mazlan. New Creation Church holds its weekly Sunday service at the venue which provides an opportunity for Khamsin’s capabilities to truly enrich the experience. “The Khamsin-TC profiles are used as the pastor’s key light during the service, with the Khamsin-S fixtures used primarily for effects and occasional supplementary key light,” continues Azhar.
Ayrton Khamsin was chosen after the team at The Star Performing Arts Centre carried out comprehensive research to find LED moving head replacements for the venue’s existing inventory of 1.2kW discharge fixtures. “Our original o
Spain - It’s approaching a year since Spanish lighting designer Juanjo Llorens first compiled his design for Circo de Hielo 2, the latest winter show from Madrid-based Productores de Sonrisas (Smile Producers), creators of large scale multidisciplined extravaganzas like Circo de Los Horrores and many others.
The newest arena show, directed by Suso Silva, played in a bespoke 1,800-capacity circular tent that was erected for the run of shows at IFEMA Madrid that combined premium ice skating with acrobatics, breath-taking stunts – including a skater fighting with a violinist playing live - and heaped with theatricality, pumping live music and visuals.
Juanjo chose 40 x Robe LEDBeam 150s, 24 MegaPointe and 24 Spiider moving lights to be central to his lighting rig, and these were purchased for the run of shows by Productores de Sonrisas.
Right now, the producers, creative team, technicians, and cast are anxiously awaiting a possible announcement of dates for 2021, when this mega production can hopefully be reprised after its original run from November 2019 to February 2020.
The final performance portentously finished just before the live entertainment industry worldwide was shot down with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Juanjo has worked on several previous Productores de Sonrisas productions, a challenge he always enjoys, and his first ice show for them was in 2016. The new tented venue for this one was also designed to provide more precise rigging positions to accommodate the various technical disciplines – lig
Belgium - During a career that has seen him work on TV specials like European Commission’s Presidential Debate, and popular programmes, including Dancing With The Stars Belgium and Liefde voor Muziek, Michiel Milbou has built a reputation for his key lighting.
However, in his recent project, Belgium’s version of The Masked Singer, Milbou got to depart from his usual concerns about getting the talent’s face lit “just right”.
“There were no faces to light in this show, since everyone was wearing a mask,” said Milbou, the founder and owner of Never Fear Shadows. “That was very different, and in many ways a nice change, since it opened up many creative possibilities. It allowed us to go with colours that matched the masks without worrying about key lighting faces. So, if there was a character with blue mask, we could hit it with various blues, something we couldn’t do to a face. We used Follow-Me software to track the masked characters on stage so we could keep all kinds of different effects on them.”
Providing the colourful light that enlivened the masks and famous costumes of contestants were 27 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profiles, which, like the other fixtures in the rig, were supplied by Splendit. “We used the MK3 Profile as our front light,” said Milbou. “Its CMY + CTO colour mixing and zoom ratio were helpful in giving us creative options.”
The interplay of colours on the masked characters’ faces was only one of the flourishes that Milbou and his team brought to their design for the
Europe - General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting, Vectorworks, Inc and Robe lighting have transitioned the GDTF website to VPLT - the German Entertainment Technology Association. This migration will ensure a compliant platform for the exchange and future development of GDTF, which offers manufacturers and users a better way of planning and controlling complex productions from design to implementation for an event.
“On behalf of the three founding companies, we are all more than pleased to move the GDTF website under the roof of the VPLT, an independent association,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “This step is actually underlining what was always the intention of the original website, which is a barrier-free entity for serving the entire lighting industry community of end users, as well as manufacturers regardless of products, brands and boundaries.”
GDTF was conceived to create a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. The unified standard provides a constituent and dependable way to adapt new fixtures and devices in the lighting industry. GDTF was previously recognized by DIN SPEC 15800 as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.
“Technological developments are part of everyday life in our industry and ensure even better opportunities to deliver creative solutions that are precisely tailored to diverse productions of the highest quality,” said
World - In a collective show of solidarity, live events professionals from all corners of the world held peaceful demonstrations to once again raise awareness of the dire effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector and its workforce.
The #WeMakeEvents #StandAsOne Global Day of Action held yesterday, 30 September, was the single largest coordinated global event to take place since the campaign launched in the summer.
Just as with the regional events that preceded it, the demo saw thousands of cultural buildings being lit up in red, whilst the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed hashtags trended on social media.
Campaigners have continued to push for state support for an industry that’s been unable to resume sustainably due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. After more than six months of uncertainty, the future of a once-thriving sector and its workforce has been further threatened as a second spike in cases has seen restrictive measures being re-introduced by governments.
A raft of celebrities and artists endorsed the campaign, including Coldplay, Radiohead, Elbow, Mumford & Sons, Melanie C, Noel Gallagher and His High Flying Birds, James Bay, Frank Turner, Keane, The Libertines, Faithless, Massive Attack, The Happy Mondays, Biffy Clyro, Madness, Fatboy Slim, Skunk Anansie, and many more.
Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis also shared a message of support: "Right now, tens of thousands of people who carry the UK's hugely successful live music and events industry are out of work, through absolutely no fault of their own. The m
Germany - MA Lighting has introduced new products for its grandMA3 onPC range: the grandMA3 onPC fader wing and the grandMA3 onPC xPort Nodes DIN-Rail.
The grandMA3 onPC fader wing is designed as a hardware playback expansion to the grandMA3 onPC software. In combination with this free of charge software, the grandMA3 onPC fader wing offers the full playback capabilities and adds 2,048 parameters to the grandMA3 onPC parameter count.
The range of grandMA3 onPC xPort Nodes DIN-Rail are specifically designed for the ever-increasing demands in fixed installation applications to build a reliable and stable backbone of synchronized data transportation. All Nodes are remotely configurable from any console or onPC station within the session to provide easy access to DMX output or DMX input.
The grandMA3 onPC range offers powerful and easy to use solutions that are a cost-effective entry into the professional lighting world of MA Lighting.
It consists of two components – the free, easy-to-install and use grandMA3 onPC software for MAC and Windows, plus the powerful onPC hardware solutions.
The grandMA3 onPC software delivers the same performance and uses the same software functionality as the grandMA3 full-size, light and compact models.
The scalable grandMA3 onPC solution system is suitable for budget-sensitive events and installations. Different hardware options in combination with the free-of-charge grandMA3 onPC software build the basis for a genuine lighting control system.
China - The new Dyno Series softlights from Nanlux has been developed for film, broadcast and media applications for both studio and location work.
Backed by almost 30 years of experience operating at the cutting edge of lighting technology, the Nanlux family of professional LED products are amongst the most innovative, versatile, energy efficient soft sources available. Built using state of the art LED technology, the Dyno Series has been expertly engineered to combine stunning levels of ultra-efficient, low energy illumination with complete control, allowing users the artistic freedom to innovate and explore.
The Dyno Series allow precision management over every aspect of their output. Flicker free, fully tuneable between 2,700K and 20,000K and dimmable from 0-100% in ultra-precise intervals of just 0.1% (1-100%), whether choosing tungsten, daylight or from over 16 million available colours, the creative possibilities are virtually limitless.
Robert Kulesh, executive VP Nanlux Americas, comments: “We are immensely proud to be introducing the Dyno Series. This exciting, new family of LED softlights offers users a hugely effective, low energy alternative to traditional light sources. They are feature rich, extremely capable and incredibly versatile.”
Both the 650W and 1200W units feature a collection of preset, fully customisable effects plus an extensive ‘gel library’, allowing users to instantly switch between a huge variety of looks or to match almost any lighting filter configuration.
The low profile, intelligent design, make
Europe - The Claypaky MINI-B PARLED Aqua is a weather-resistant, mini par fixture with 40W RGBW LEDs.
With the increasing demand for weather-resistant fixtures for entertainment and architecture applications, Claypaky’s MINI-B PARLED Aqua fits the needs for size, output, and features, says the company. With its seven Osram 40W RGBW LED engine, this little fixture makes it one of the brightest available.
MINI-B PARLED Aqua is a static version of the recently introduced MINI-B that is IP65 rated. This fixture has the same optical and electronic features as the MINI-B: a motorized 4° to 55° zoom, independent control of the central LED for effects, 2500K to 8000K colour temperature control, 16-bit dimmer with four different dimming curves, 25 flashes per second electronic strobe and Ethernet access.
This fixture is compact and lightweight and complimentary to the MINI-B and MIDI-B fixtures in optical performance and colour consistency.
Italy - Radionorba Vodafone Battiti Live 2020 was staged from 16 to 24 July. The series of concerts which features all artists on the current Italian pop/rap scene, usually consist of a tour travelling throughout Puglia region. This year, due to the restrictions caused by the spread of Covid-19, the artists performed inside the beautiful Aragonese Castle in Otranto in front of a limited but enthusiastic audience.
Mod Srl, which is part of Rooster Srl (long-time technical partner for this event) was the company in charge of the lighting project. A large number of Prolights products have been used to light up both the stage and the location.
Emilio Lombardi, owner of Mod Srl said: “We had the pleasure to be part of this iconic event again, setting up the lighting design. Our goal was to highlight the venue and the artists in a very impactful way. To do so, we used Prolights Sunbar, Sunblast, Stark 1000 and Halupix on the backstage, and a total number of 200 Smart BatPlus as light sources among the audience.
“The Sunblasts recreated the perimeter of four triangles hanging under the stage's roof. The most beautiful detail was that in the middle of the roof, meaning among these triangles, we realized the outline of a heart, logo of the event since the beginning. The Sunblasts mounted on the outer structure of this heart were handled by Artnet, which means pixel to pixel for a stunning final effect. The Sunbars were installed on the ground and on off stage trusses, working as frame to the external led screens.
“We couldn't be more convinced by
France - One hundred and fifty years ago, Woerth in Alsace on the banks of the Sauer was the site of a ferocious and desperate battle that opened hostilities in the Franco-Prussian War, or the War of 1870 as it is sometimes called.
Involving thousands of French and Prussian soldiers, the Battle of Reichshoffen was marked by valour and heroism on both sides. In August, the people of this region commemorated the 150th anniversary of the struggle by gathering at some of the solemn monuments that dot its landscape while following social distance protocol.
Among the most impressive of these structures is Le monument Belvédère, a stately 20m stone tower built to memorialise the soldiers of the Hessian Fieldartillerie Regiment No. 11, which fought on that long-ago summer day.
Accentuating the powerful effect of the pillared monument was a balanced and colourful lighting design by TRS Sonorisation that featured Chauvet Professional WELL Fit LED fixtures.
“The Town Hall of Woerth requested something for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle,” said Christophe Gasser of TRS. “We used the rich colours of the lights to create looks that marked the occasion, while complementing the beauty of the site and the monument.”
Gasser and his colleagues at TRS positioned 34 of the WELL Fit units at the monument. They strategically arranged the IP65-rated RGBA luminaires at the eight base columns of the structure. Because these massive columns were constructed to create Romanesque archways, the ground level of the monument is an op
Austria - Live event venues, Arena Wien, sought to upgrade its storied performance stage with a new profile luminaire and chose Elation’s Fuze Profile LED framing moving head for the job.
Arena, Vienna’s top alt-music venue, grew to prominence in the 70s and 80s as a platform for cultural and social activities and is still an important centre for Viennese youth and alternative culture today. Located in a former slaughterhouse and possessing an old industrial charm, the venue houses a large hall for concerts, as well as two smaller rooms for events of all types.
Elation partner AVL-Medientechnik of Traiskirchen, located just south of Vienna, has been supplying consumables to Arena Wien for years so it was only natural that they were contacted about the lighting upgrade.
“Together with the lighting technicians at Arena, we looked for a suitable full-colour lighting fixture that met the requirements of the location and one that had a good price-performance ratio,” stated AVL-Medientechnik CEO Christian Walter, who says he learned about the Fuze Profile from Elation sales representative for Austria Karl Lager.
“After thoroughly looking at the luminaire, Arena Wien decided on 12 units as it was the best fixture and in the right price range.” Another important selling point, according to Walter, was AVL-Medientechnik’s in-house service workshop in which they fully service lighting equipment with personal, individualized service and no worries for the client.
“It’s a very high-value series of lights and one that appeals to
China - Adam Hall Group has welcomed Speaker Electronic (Jiashan) Co as an exclusive distribution partner in China.
Effective immediately, Speaker Electronic (SE) will take over exclusive distribution for all brands of the Adam Hall Group in the country, including LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Defender, Palmer, and Adam Hall.
The announcement was made at a press conference with more than 200 invited guests from audio associations, large event companies, and the ME sector. Connected online for this occasion were Michael von Keitz, chairman of SE, and Markus Jahnel, COO and managing director of the Adam Hall Group, as well as members of the German team.
Speaker Electronic and the Adam Hall Group’s relationship began in 2006. The Chinese subsidiary Speaker Factory is German owned and has been an important supplier for the Neu-Anspach event technology company since that time.
In his video message, Chairman von Keitz spoke of the many years of confidence, fairness, and reliability in the now 14-year cooperation. “Our most important shared goal was and always will be to supply our customers with well-designed quality products,” says von Keitz, who is also the German owner of Speaker Factory.
In his opening speech, COO Jahnel mentioned the most important flagship projects of the Adam Hall Group, such as the iconic MAUI P900, developed in cooperation with Porsche Design Studio, and also looked back on the success story of LD Systems as a global player in the pro audio industry. Jahnel emphasised Speaker Factory as a loyal supplier and contr
World - The #WeMakeEvents campaign has been ramping up activity in order to highlight how the global live events industry urgently needs to get back to work. Over 30 million people in 25 countries would usually work in the events industry, but with social distancing measures in place, there is no possibility of a financially viable return for the foreseeable future.
Over the past weeks, events have happened around the world - including in the US, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain and the UK - to raise awareness of those impacted in the event supply chain, from manufacturers, production companies, catering, transport, security and others, to the huge freelance community that works within the industry.
The majority of the industry has had no income since the beginning of the crisis in March, and with a global second wave of COVID-19 imminent, a date to return to work has become impossible to predict, leaving many companies and individuals devastated, both financially and personally.
The industry is now joining together as a worldwide force on 30 September for a Global Day of Action. This marks the start of a new phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign which will continue to alert governments to the disastrous situation the sector faces.
“The situation in Spain is terrible and we’re working very hard to highlight that to our government,” says Juan Jose Villa, from Spanish trade association, AFIAL. “Our event on 17th September got coverage on most of Spain’s regional television and radio stations, and we believe that we have shown ho
UK - In 1905, a coal merchant by the name of JH Bennett donated funds for the construction of a massive cast iron and stone bandstand in Penzance’s Morrab public gardens. Standing serenely amidst the winding paths and lush foliage of the park, the open, circular structure with a classic cupola roof, has blended harmoniously with its surroundings ever since.
This sense of balance and proportion made the beloved Cornish landmark ideally suited for the final, season five showpiece of Seeds, an outdoor dance recital involving 30 socially distant performers from the UK. Aside from providing a supportive geometrical setting for the precise choreographed moves of the dancers, the holistic symmetry of the bandstand reflected the performance’s mission of supporting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lewis Williams wove the bandstand into the lighting design for Seeds by drawing on the output and colour rendering quality of the Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spot fixtures to create an engaging 3D aura of light around the iconic structure.
“I incorporated the bandstand into the design because it provides an awesome surface to bounce lights off of,” said Lewis. “Directing light from the R1s onto the roof of the bandstand, I got some stunning colour and gobo effects through the smoke. It created an atmosphere throughout the entire area when I bounced light off the roof. The gobo wheels also worked incredibly well on this project creating stunning break up gobos around the band stand as well as beyond when pointed outward into the
Belgium - Masked Singer - TV singing competition with celebrities concealed in elaborate costumes and full face masks, in this case depicting the Wolf, the Dragonfly the Queen and several others to keep their identities secret whilst performing cover versions - hits Belgium for the first time this autumn.
Presented by Niels Destadsbader and recorded at NEP Studio in Londerzeel, a judging panel and the audience are drip-fed with clues as to their real identity . . . which is revealed when one is voted off at the end of each episode.
Lighting for the show, broadcast on VTM, is designed by Michiel Milbou and includes nearly 200 Robe moving lights, a combination of 58 x Tetra2 and 56 x CycFX 8 moving LED Bars, 36 x MegaPointes and 36 x LEDBeam 150s. The 400 or so lights in total involved - including video and light-panels - are supplied to the production by rental company Splendit.
Michiel was asked onboard by executive producer Olivier Deprez, who together with director Maryse van den Wyngaert and set designer Koen Verbrugghe make up a dynamic creative team who have worked on several previous eye-popping TV productions. The four collaborated to produce the slick production aesthetic characterising the Belgian show.
The set design evolved into the clean and minimalist look with the entrances as two giant masks clad in a neutral white surface so they could be fashioned and transformed by mapped video projections, with a moving LED screen in between them and two more moving video screens outside of each mask. In front of these is a black glos
UK - PLASA, the lead association for the events and entertainment technology industry, has announced PLASA Online 2020, a programme of free online content running from 12 to 16 October. Designed to provide industry professionals with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the COVID-crisis and prepare for what’s next in live events and entertainment, the week-long online event will consist of a curated selection of keynote talks, panel discussions, product presentations and technical sessions. Thought-leaders and business experts will address the most pertinent issues such as the COVID crisis, Brexit, technological innovations, and safety regulations.
Additionally, leading brands from audio, lighting and AV will present their latest products and solutions, including: Adam Hall, DiGiCo, ETC, Highlite, Signify, Sound Technology and Vectorworks. “These sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to discover the latest technology in preparation for when live events resume,” says PLASA.
James Simpson, LSi journalist and lighting visualiser for Copper Candle, will present the best in virtual theatre and live event experiences. He will explain how you can use your existing skills in this emerging sector and will demonstrate his new virtual theatre platforms which he hopes will become the future of virtual theatre.
Award-winning speaker Marcus Child will address how industry professionals can build resilience and lead in times of challenges. Marcus’s impressive reputation as a speaker spans 18 years in which he has helped thousands of CEOs
Canada - TMB’s Solaris Flare Q+ and Flare Q+ Linear lighting fixtures are playing a leading role in the National Hockey League’s 2020 Stanley Cup. The clashes on ice began 1 August, with a champion to be crowned this week.
When production designer Gary Wichansky and lighting designer Tom Kenny got the call to collaborate on the event - on live TV with an empty audience - they knew their design must pump up excitement for the estimated 5million+ hockey fans watching at home.
The NHL Conference teams were quarantined and divided into two ‘bubble’ cities: Toronto, with its Scotiabank Arena, and Edmonton, with Rogers Place. With near-identical set-ups planned in both arenas, they needed lighting equipment that could light large spaces, and in double the quantities.
The design called for powerfully bright LED fixtures, with flicker-free performance for the cameras. Kenny enjoyed using Flare Q+ fixtures on many MTV VMA Awards and with The Who, among other projects. He had also seen the Flare Linear (LR) in many video clips. He checked with Canadian Production Company, Solotech, for quantities and, with gear now off the road from Taylor Swift and BTS tours, they could supply what he needed.
Kenny specified 132 Flare LR and 13 Flare Q+ in Toronto and 136 Flare LR and 13 Flare Q+ in Edmonton. Each set is massive, spanning half the arena. The long, rectangular Flare LRs are positioned in vertical rows between each LED screen to serve as a continuation of the visuals, or as “bookends”, Kenny describes. The Flare Q+ are sprinkled throughout th
Germany - Covid-19 has challenged creative minds to reimagine old ways of doing things. The results have often been transformative. This was the case recently when the backyard of an open-air cinema took on the air of an intimate club for the Craftwork Café in Oldenberg.
An open stage show featuring independent artists, the ‘café’ traditionally took place in a crowded, cosy bar not far from the shores of the Baltic. That was before the pandemic. With lockdown restrictions in place the popular event had to find a new home in more spacious quarters.
That’s when kreativ:LABOR, a local creative collective, and Christian Hansen, owner of Hi-Fi Science Fiction, stepped in. They arranged to have the show moved to a space on the grounds of the outdoor cinema Cine-K.
To give the open-air venue a more intimate look, the team contacted Daniel Bremer from Heinrich Visual Design to create a stage that called forth images of a homey living room. As the technical director, Christian Hansen enhanced this intimate atmosphere, while supporting the performers on stage, by creating an engaging lighting design with help from Chauvet DJ fixtures.
“We were very eager to do this,” said Hansen. “Within 48 hours of announcing the event, all artist-slots where fully booked. Everyone was so excited to finally perform again – especially with an open-air feeling this time.“
In the end, eight independent artists, singer-songwriters, poetry slammers and turntable maestros where able to perform 15 minutes each for a broad audience. Each performance wa