UK - The first Christmas light trail to take place in Windsor Great Park is set for this winter. Windsor Great Park Illuminated will open on 18 November 2021 and run until 9 January 2022.
The experience is created and produced by global events and entertainment group IMG (Hampton Court Palace Festival, Natural History Museum Ice Rink, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Taste Festivals) and DEAG Entertainment Group / Christmas Garden Deutschland (creator of 15 light trails in Europe).
For the first time this winter, trees, paths and the Obelisk Pond within Windsor Great Park will be ‘awash with hundreds of thousands of lights, lasers, projections and holograms’.
Both celebrating and respecting the natural surroundings, and flora and fauna of the park, this very special light trail will feature colourful and brilliant light installations including floating water lilies, an impressive field of lights which extends over 1,400sq.m, fountains of projected flowers, and holograms of woodland creatures. In addition, the trail will take visitors through a dreamlike laser-scape amongst the trees, a cathedral of light and an ethereal ship in recognition of Britain’s naval past
The light path will be run in accordance with Covid-19 guidance in place at the time of the event, with the health and safety of visitors and staff remaining the priority. In addition to regular cleaning of touch points and hand sanitisation stations in place throughout the outdoor site, Windsor Great Park Illuminated will operate a timed entry system (outside the usual park opening
UK - Quay Light now owns several hundred Astera LED fixtures with the largest stock in Scotland, and Paul Bates, who has built a very successful career as a best boy in the film and television lighting sector, is now focusing full time on this business. He has been constantly busy throughout 2020 and 2021 as the pandemic has prompted a surge in demand for film, TV and video material.
Paul has enjoyed a successful career looking after the lighting needs and wishes of a host of leading DOPs and gaffers on set and on location, and for the last 10 years has owned an amount of innovative specialist lighting kit, carefully selected to help offer clients and their productions the best and most effective solutions.
The first Astera products that Paul purchased back in 2019 were a set of Titan tubes when he was best boy on TV drama The Nest with DOP Matt Gray. He saw Matt use them extensively and soon realised they were such hot products that he could have them out of the warehouse on hire almost permanently!
Paul’s next project was World Productions’ Vigil, a tense police procedural TV drama series created by Tom Edge that was filmed in Scotland, with events unfolding aboard a fictional Vanguard-class submarine. It is due to be aired on the BBC in the Autumn.
Matt was also the DOP on Vigil. He and Paul consulted with set designer Tom Sayer and broadly researched lighting in submarines including studying numerous stock images supplied by Tom of how it looks inside a real submarine.
They soon realised that Astera product
Iceland - British rental house TSL Lighting is now offering a range of VL2600 Profile and VL2600 WASH luminaires from Vari-Lite to provide customers with a powerful LED workhorse.
The Basingstoke-based company brought in the VL2600s for global video game developer Riot Games’ League of Legends esports tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Lighting designer for the event, Mat Stovall, collaborated with TSL Lighting’s Dom Sheerman to source an LED lighting package that would suit his needs – a reliable, powerful workhorse fixture that would give him powerful wash and profile capabilities with consistency in discharge for both the in-house crowd and the live-stream cameras.
“The VL2600s were fantastic - bright, lovely color rendition, great color temperature control. It's nice to have a new workhorse,” says Stovall.
“This is the first time TSL Lighting has had the LED VL2600s in stock and we’re thrilled that they were immediately trucked out to a major international event where they performed beautifully. We look forward to specifying them for high-profile events in the future,” adds Sheerman.
TSL now has 36 VL2600 Profile and 36 VL2600 Wash luminaires in stock. They were trucked to Iceland via ferry from Rotterdam for the esports contest.
Twelve teams from around the world descended on the Icelandic capital’s Laugardalshöll sports venue to battle out the popular game as part of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), which was live streamed to a global audience.
The VL2600 Wash and Profile luminaires were rigged in a
Germany - Waldbühne Rügen enchants visitors before a performance even begins on its stage. Nestled in the thickly wooded rolling hills on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, it creates a magical setting for fans to enjoy a diverse range of acts, from electronic music’s Thomas Lizzara and Pretty Pink, and rockers like Torfrock, to an array of other shows that even includes musicals.
The venue itself also presents an impressive sight, with its semi-circle of ascending seats cupped around a rectangular covered stage, an arrangement that helps create a cozy feeling for artists and fans alike. This sense of intimacy is strengthened even more by the open area in front of the stage, where fans can gather to dance or simply get a better look at their favourite performers.
Contributing to the atmosphere at Waldbühne Rügen is a truss-mounted LED video wall that runs across the central part of the upstage deck. Installed in 2021 by Hellcon Veranstaltungstechnik Stralsund and made with 64 Chauvet Professional F5 IP panels, the wall helps connect fans to the stage, regardless of where they are in the venue.
“Our focus was on enhancing the visibility of the artists on stage and creating different options to display projections or other media relevant material,” said Andre Hellmich of Hellcon Veranstaltungstechnik Stralsund, who notes that the panels are controlled via the VIP Drive 43Nova 2 and various video processing consoles such as Atem Mini / Studio. “We wanted to integrate a square wall into a round arched stage, so that there was good visi
USA - An outdoor event in New York City in July has to be prepared for all weather contingencies. When lighting designer, Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees, was hired by BTW Productions to light the 2021 ESPY Awards show on the The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport, he chose Ayrton Perseo fixtures to comprise the bulk of the lighting rig.
Perseo is an LED moving head profile whose IP65 enclosure rating makes it a suitable choice for outdoor use. Ayrton lighting fixtures are distributed exclusively in North America by ACT Entertainment.
The 2021 ESPYs presented by Capitol One celebrated the best players, moments, coaches and games in sports. Actor Anthony Mackie hosted the 29th annual ceremony, which was broadcast live on ABC and aired later on ESPN and ESPN2. The in-person show followed last year’s virtual taped event during one of the peaks of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barnhart coped with unseasonable rain and lightning all week leading up to Saturday’s rooftop ceremony. The weather was clear for the 8pm start of the three-hour show, but rain started about an hour later.
Barnhart tested the versatility of the Perseo fixtures for the ESPYs where they performed in a variety of roles. A large portion of the rig was mounted in a roof structure over the top of the main stage where some Perseo units were exposed to the elements. These fixtures provided backlight, audience key light and eye candy. Additional Perseo fixtures were fully exposed in the lighting tower supplying front light to the stage and backlight to the audience and serving as follows
USA - Strand has announced the Acclaim LED Series, a complete range of theatrical luminaires designed for use in education theatre spaces, community stages, and small houses of worship.
“For over 25 years, the name Acclaim set the standard worldwide for 500W/650W theatrical luminaires,” states Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “This new family of luminaires carries on that tradition, drawing on over a hundred years of theatrical lighting expertise to give maximum performance for small to mid-sized theatrical stages and studio spaces.”
The Strand Acclaim LED Series includes both a zoomspot and a profile light engine, as well as a true theatrical Fresnel and a cyclorama luminaire. Thanks to a custom LED multi-spectral light source, the Acclaim LED Series offers a consistent, high-quality experience throughout the range.
“The Acclaim LED Series offers exceptional output and full color mixing packaged into a family of compact theatrical luminaires,” explains Palmer. “This ensures that even facilities with limited budgets can have great output and color mixing options from a brand they can trust.”
The Strand Acclaim LED Fresnel is a full colour theatrical Fresnel wash fixture offering saturated stage colour washes and dramatic highlighting capabilities, plus control and light quality superior to comparable PAR fixtures. The adjustable 10° to 40° zoom provides manual adjustment with minimal light scatter, and the even, soft-edged beam easily blends with adjacent fixtures without hard
The Netherlands - A technical upgrade at the Chassé Theater in Breda sees the installation of 12 x Zero 88 Chilli Pro 24x16A Bypass dimmers and five Zero 88 Chilli Pro 6x25A dimmers in Jupilerzaal, the venue’s main auditorium where they will be controlling approximately 309 channels of lighting and LED fixtures, including some moving lights as needed / specified by the production.
The venue is one of the Netherlands’ largest venues, with a total of three auditoriums and three cinema spaces, mostly a receiving house – anything from music and bands to drama and dance plus amateur and semi-pro performances as well as corporate and private events and conferences, so a truly ‘multi-purpose’ space that is also a diverse cultural melting pot.
The Chassé Theater also stages some of its own productions, and a typical (pre-pandemic) year would see around 350 live performances and 3500 plus film screenings across all the different spaces.
Chassé Theater technical manager Jordy ten Bloemendal is proud to have worked there for 12 years, and is responsible for the lighting installations, budgeting and – together with his colleagues – future visions and planning. He co-ordinates with all the various incoming production companies, ensures all their technical needs are met, and on occasion still programmes and operates the lighting console.
This was the combination of a general technical upgrade and the replacement of the previous dimmers which had been in service for 25 years. The new dimmers were supplied via Zero 88’s distributor, AED
Australia Working with its dealer, ULA Group, ChamSys has increased its presence in that market by naming Audio Visual Engineering Pty (AVE) as a distributor of its QuickQ line of consoles. The company’s MagicQ products will continue to be represented exclusively by the ULA Group, which will also continue to serve as a QuickQ distributor.
As a result of this move, ChamSys says it will be in ‘an optimal position to serve the entire spectrum of the lighting console market in Australia, from mobile entertainers and users focused on small and mid-sized functions, to those working at broadcast studios and major arena tours’.
“I’m excited to see AVE joining the ChamSys family,” said Aziz Adilkhodjaev, international sales and business development manager for ChamSys. “With their full focus only on QuickQ range, I’m confident, AVE will help us develop the market for this line even further. We look forward to working with them.”
At the same time, having the ULA Group continue to sell QuickQ products while also being the exclusive MagicQ distributor will allow ChamSys to build on the momentum the company has already established in the pro market. “We have a very strong team in place,” said Adilkhodjaev.
Germany - Magic Light + Sound GmbH (MLS) has invested in 88 Robe Esprites to facilitate its ongoing work in the television lighting sector.
After an initial dip in March 2020, business has now re-built. “Like everyone, immediately the pandemic hit everything slowed down,” explains co-CEO Marco Pütz, “but after a few months, the pace picked up again, so we re-scaled to suit the new circumstances and have now fully re-opened.”
Marco’s grandfather, Heinz Pütz, originally founded the company in 1961 to service the burgeoning film industry in and around Cologne. Marco Pütz is now a co-CEO together with Thomas Hessling.
Once things stabilised and were rolling again, Pütz and Hessling saw this time as an opportunity to invest in some of Robe’s latest LED moving light technology.
They wanted something new to boost their already substantial 3000 strong moving light inventory, and it had to be an LED source. In addition to the lower maintenance of LED products being attractive, looking to the future, the intention is to start shifting to more sustainable options.
The opinions of various lighting designers, directors and programmers were canvassed and the Esprite was chosen.
“It is properly versatile and multifunctional,” comments Pütz. “One Esprite can do the work of three different devices - effects, general illumination and key lighting - and that ticked a lot of boxes.”
“We wanted a new fixture with lots of features,” says Hessling, adding that the Esprite’s light weight was also a selling point, bu
Spain - Equipson's loudspeaker products were chosen by TecnoSonido when it was tasked with installing a new audio system at a five-star hotel on the Costa Blanca.
With a customer profile that includes both national and international guests, the SH Villa Gadea hotel in Altea, Alicante, was keen to ensure that its new restaurant, the Purple Rain Lounge, delivered a sophisticated and enjoyable ambiance. Sound was a key part of this requirement as the hotel wanted to ensure that customers could hear music being played, but not at the expense of their own conversations.
"When we go to a restaurant for dinner, we don't want to listen to loud music," says TecnoSonido's managing director Alexis Roldan. "What we are looking for, in addition to a good dish, is a pleasant atmosphere for all the senses. This is where sound plays a very important role."
TecnoSonido's brief for the Purple Rain Lounge project was very clear. The hotel wanted a sound system that allowed every diner to hear the music, not matter where they were seated. The system also needed to have independent volume control for each area of the restaurant – and the actual loudspeakers had to be sufficiently discreet that they didn't spoil the aesthetics of the room.
"Every detail of the restaurant was taken into account," says Alexis. "From the paintings on the wall, which all have a bold touch and lots of personality, to the carpet on the floor and the absorbents placed in the columns to improve sound quality. And, of course, the restaurant's gastronomy and cocktails are some of the most dem
USA - Cameron Birchill has been designing lighting for metalcore rockers Beartooth since 2018 and recently turned to an Elation rig of DARTZ 360, Artiste Picasso and Protron 3K Color luminaires for the band’s The Journey Below Livestream, where fans got their first chance to see and hear the band performing songs from their latest album Below. The livestream took place 14 July at the Clyde Theatre in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, an historic building that recently underwent a $9m renovation.
For their first livestream event, the band gave Birchill a blank canvas to design the type of show he thought would look best for an on-camera audience. The LD subsequently contacted New York-based rental company Squeek Lights and owner Victor Zeiser, who has worked with the band for years, including as lighting designer for a headlining 2018 tour.
Birchill has lit numerous live events for the band but with less experience lighting for broadcast, he tapped into Zeiser’s knowledge and experience for the Beartooth event. “I wanted to center the design around one brand and Victor helped with fixture choice,” stated Birchill, who credits Zeiser for helping him transition from on-the-road lighting work into design. “Because this was for video, it differed from a typical live show rig so I bounced design ideas off of him and his team at Squeek. They helped me make the adjustment from live show to livestream with things like LED refresh rates, color temperature, etc. so that it all looked good for the camera.”
Birchill, who also serves as lighting direc
Australia - Sydney's corporate event production specialists Sightline were early adopters of the Prolights EclPanel TWCJr, 1×1 LED soft light.
“The fresnels in our studio were giving us too many unwanted shadows so we were looking for a replacement,” explains Steve Hill, lighting director at Sightline. “We had used Chameleon's larger EclPanels and thought they were great however we only required the smaller model for our work.”
Sightline purchased eight Prolights EclPanel TWCJr along with 60° egg crates to create a narrower beam when required and barn doors to adjust the light beam.
“The first thing I noticed was that the colour out of them is amazing and the spread is incredible,” enthuses Hill. “Everything about the EclPanel TWCJr is great which is very impressive.”
Owing to Covid restrictions, a good portion of Sightline's events are now streamed with a handful of hybrid events thrown into the mix.
“We'd have a small audience in the room whilst we were streaming the event and that's why we added the sixty-degree crates and barn doors,” said Steve. “They make sure the light isn't hitting the roof, floor or objects on the side for the people in the room. However, normally the fixtures are used simply as studio lights.”
The EclPanel TWCJr allows for quick and accurate local adjustment of light through three rotatory knobs with three fully-featured modes: CCT with +/- green shift, HSI for total control of hue, saturation and intensity, FX mode to access the onboard pixel cinema effects.
“There is ab
USA - The recent Can’t Cancel Pride livestream fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community created powerful yet graceful and moving moments that drew attention to critical issues.
Among the highlights of the virtual benefit, which was sponsored by iHeart Radio in partnership with Procter & Gamble, was a heartfelt performance by Leslie Odom of Hamilton fame at the historic Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. Reflecting the spirit of the event and the passion driving the Tony and Grammy winner’s performance was a balanced Will Chandler lighting design that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Envizion Group.
“This was an especially moving performance, since it commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting,” explains Chandler. “The production designers created an evocative performance area that was surrounded by a sea of candles. We needed a way to frame and highlight Leslie and the other artists without distracting from the aesthetics of their surroundings.”
With this in mind, Chandler arranged eight Strike 1 fixtures in a V-shaped pattern in the center of the performance area. During his appearance, Odom stood in the middle of this configuration, resulting in an effect that accentuated the emotional power of his vocals.
“The Strike 1 was a clear choice as it matched the colour temperature and overall atmosphere of the space, while also allowing creative opportunities for intensity swells to match builds in the music,” adds Chandler. “For the most part I ran them at 5-10-percent int
Italy - In May of this year, MSC Cruises launched the Virtuosa, the fourth in its Meraviglia class of ships. Like its predecessors, the new 331.43m long luxury liner is outfitted with a host of amenities including 13 gourmet restaurants, spas, shops and pools.
Beyond these flourishes, however, there is another side of this regal ship, one that, although not readily apparent to those on board, incorporates the latest “behind the scenes” technology on their behalf.
Some of these features, like the closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system that reduces sulphur emissions by 97-perect, protect the environment. Others are in place to ensure that passengers enjoy the most rewarding experience possible in the ship’s clubs, lounges and theatre.
On board the MSC Virtuosa, along with all the high-tech operational equipment, are 34 Chauvet Professional NET-X II nodes, supplied by Videlio V-HMS, France. Specified by CM Srl, the entertainment consultant for MSC Cruises, the nodes are installed at 10 venues on the ship and are relied upon to provide the entire infrastructure for the distribution and conversion of DMX over Ethernet signals.
Describing the role of the NET-X II nodes, Alessandro Bertulessi, engineering design and PM of CM Srl, said, “Thanks to their power, reliability and flexibility, they fully satisfy the requirements of the activities carried out on board from the smallest space to the Main Theatre.”
Of the 34 nodes on the ship, 32 are divided among 10 venues, whilst two are held in reserve as spares. “Since the ship is not a
USA - ARRI Rental North America has announced plans to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, during the first quarter of 2022. The facility will offer comprehensive equipment and services. The new location will also serve as a creative hub for production communities in New York and the greater North Eastern region.
As consumer demand for film and television content increases due to the growing popularity of streaming services, production spending - and the need to support filmmakers - has never been higher. ARRI Rental’s new office space is designed to fulfill these needs, helping creatives and studios access production solutions and services as they work to produce the next generation of entertainment and commercial content.
“The relocation to our new North American HQ serves as another example of our dedication to supporting filmmakers in the hub of New York’s production scene, offering timely services and extensive support to our clients and creatives,” says Andy Shipsides, president of ARRI Rental North America. “This also comes at a time when the production community is experiencing increasing demand and exponential growth. Our team is very excited to offer their expertise at the new location, and we look forward to this new facility providing a valuable resource for the community, with improved access to our industry-leading products and services.”
With a grand opening scheduled in the first quarter of 2022, ARRI Rental NYC will be the company’s largest facility in North America. The new office location will brin
Croatia - Based in Dubrovnik, FiFi Sound, a technical production and rental company specialising in live events, has made a further investment in Robe lighting.
Founded by Ivica Bušić and Johnny Čučević in 2001, FiFi Sound was always on a mission to provide the very best production equipment and technical services to Croatia’s vibrant live events market.
The company started as an audio specialist, but both Iviča and Johnny soon realised that they needed to offer the full technical production package to maintain both an edge and the high standards they have set for themselves! The lighting division was started in 2005 and the other disciplines covered are staging, LED screens and AV services. “Basically, we are the one-stop solution for the client,” says Iviča.
Lighting started modestly with various generics, dimmers, some LED and control, although as business grew rapidly, moving lights soon followed to ensure they could offer clients the most flexible options and most creative looking shows.
Robe was the choice of brand right from the start, and the initial purchases were four ColorSpot and four ColorWash 575 AT moving lights.
Robe was not so well known at the time, but several of their industry colleagues and friends at the time were tipping Robe as a rising star ‘brand to watch’, and they liked the fact the fixtures are fully and properly ‘manufactured in Europe’.
Those original 575 ATs are still in the warehouse and working, although they rarely go out on shows now, and since then FiFi Sound has investe
USA - tvONE is now shipping ONErack Spider, a universal multi-voltage DC power solution, which is the latest addition to the company’s ONErack universal rack mounting system.
The ONErack Spider optimises installations by eliminating unreliable DC wall warts and other power clutter from the rack design. At the same time, it also ensures the provision of reliable power for a choice of up to seven different voltage options - 5V, 7.5V, 9V, 12V, 13.5V, 18V, and 24V. Available in a 1RU half-rack version (7-module capacity) or rear strip version (23-module capacity), the ONErack spider can be installed at the back or side of the rack to provide the ultimate installation flexibility.
“Not every rack has enough space for a full ONErack chassis, and the Spider offers the same simultaneous DC voltages but with rear or zero space racking,” says Mark Armon, global product manager at tvONE. “Everyone knows and has experienced the mess just a handful of wall-warts can cause when servicing or installing a system. The ONErack products have proven that there is a better way.”
The ONErack concept is a modular rack mount system designed to improve the installation and serviceability of small devices. It allows variously sized, externally powered devices from any manufacturer to be converted into slide-in modules that can be designed precisely, installed quickly, and serviced easily.
“The Spider’s innovative, multi-voltage design will bring the award-winning power capabilities of our ONErack system to a smaller, more flexible level of installation wo
USA - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Eggy took the stage at the Westville Music Bowl, a new entertainment venue created in a converted tennis stadium on the Yale University campus, campus, Newhaven, CT.
Lighting designers Manny Newman for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Peter Spadaro III for opening act Eggy unleashed a torrent of dynamic looks, taking advantage of the high (over 30’) stage roof to shower their clients with immersive washes and moving gobos one moment, then transitioning into bright aerials and immersive audience lighting the next.
“There was such a diverse range of looks that it’s difficult to describe it in a few words,” said Newman, who designed and built the evening’s lighting rig. “The one thing that characterized all the looks is that they were complete.”
Helping to create the production were 18 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Newman’s own inventory, and six Rogue R1 BeamWash units rented from Squeek Lites.
Newman hung the Rogue R1 Wash units on a truss grid and used them for upstage washing. Spaced evenly across the central section of the stage’s black backdrop, the RGBW fixtures, not only provided colourful backwashing of the performers, they also created an engaging scenic element behind the bands in lieu of an upstage video wall. (The only video walls were one to the left and one to the right of the stage, which were used to show IMAG images.)
“I tend to avoid using video walls,” said Newman. “Not that there’s anything wrong with them, but my preference is to rely on ligh
Germany - ARRI has announced the release of ARRI LightNet, a new software platform designed by ARRI’s Solutions Group to offer ‘smart, logical, and at-a-glance centralized monitoring, fault-finding, and management of broadcast studio lighting networks from anywhere’
This tool enables broadcast facilities to streamline the management of their lighting network in one platform. As remote, decentralized, and socially distanced working becomes more popular and established, ARRI LightNet provides comprehensive, user-friendly monitoring of lighting networks and will be offered with all ARRI Solutions Group tenders and projects.
ARRI LightNet has been developed as a powerful, visually intuitive, and flexible tool to assist the smooth and efficient operation of contemporary studio facilities with both IP-based and DMX-controlled lighting systems. Features include a very straightforward setup with a coherent, easy-to-understand dashboard to help maintain the status, security, and stability of these lighting systems.
All devices on the network will be auto detected for speed and accuracy of setup, saving time and hassle. Accessibility is integral to the system architecture design.
As ARRI LightNet is compatible with the hardware of multiple manufacturers and established lighting protocols, it can be retrofitted into existing facilities and lighting eco-systems as easily as it can be specified for new builds.
The central/decentral server infrastructure at the core of the product offers separate front and back ends, which enable this great fl
Canada - Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux lit a Canada Day celebration at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site, about an hour out of Montreal.
Faced with a relatively large stage for the size of his rig, Nowosielski-Lamoureux relied on his own ingenuity to stretch his fixtures in a way that ensured that the three musical acts and procession of speakers at the event were all shown in the best light. Helping him achieve this feat was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and COLORado fixtures supplied by RobinSon Productions of Quebec.
“Our mobile stage was 32ft by 24ft, which was rather large for what we had; but with all the band gear, you quickly lose a lot of space,” said Nowosielski-Lamoureux. “So I spread the six Rogue R2 Beam units in my rig across the stage, placing two near the drum stand on 8-foot truss, two more on road cases, one on each side of the stage, and two on the front fills. This gave me the level of coverage that I needed to do justice to the bands.”
In addition to his Rogue R2 Beam fixtures, the Quebecois designer deployed six COLORado 1-Tri Tour fixtures along the edge of the upstage deck. He relied on the RGB fixtures with their intense output (806 lux at 5m) to create bold colour backdrops that helped fill the wide back area of the stage.
“I used the COLORados to help me manage the size of the stage,” he said. “However, they did much more than just fill the back of the stage. They also created a lot of visual punch with their output and strobing.”
The Saint-Ours Canada Day celebration starte
Europe - Robe Esprite luminaires and RoboSpot remote follow spotting systems – the first installed on an ocean-going liner – are providing a flexible solution for the Two70 Theatre space aboard the new 1,138ft long, 169 gross tonne Odyssey of the Seas, the latest Ultra Quantum-class ship launched by Royal Caribbean International.
Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the technical specifications for the various onboard entertainment spaces were coordinated by Christopher Vlassopulos, Royal Caribbean’s sound, light and AV systems manager for new build projects. The installation was completed by media technology specialists and integrators, Amptown System Company (ASC).
Two70 is featured on all four of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, and fitting traditional follow spots into these was always a challenge. Due to the steep angle of the seating banks, the follow spots had to be located amidst the audience resulting in seats being blocked off and the kit looking somewhat intrusive.
When Chris realised that this could be averted with RoboSpot systems in place, he was delighted and arranged for a test demo.
This went ahead aboard the Celebrity Apex vessel in St. Nazaire, France, organised by VHMS and Robe France with RCG show lighting manager Benjamin Couling in attendance, together with lighting designers Simon Harry and Nick Mugnaini. While Christopher and the Amptown team could not be there in person due to Covid travel restrictions, it was a great success.
Chris immediately changed the spec from the two tr
USA - Robert John Baker was called upon to light the award-winning Andrew Lippa musical based on the famously eccentric Addams Family, at the historic (121-year-old) Casino Theatre in Vandergrift, PA.
“Before designing this show, I went back and watched some of the old Addams Family programmes and the film to see the world through their perspective,” he said. “The way they saw the world was quite different than what we deem to be normal. I wanted that to inform my design.”
Baker’s empathy for the characters in the Addams Family is readily apparent in the way he uses light to distinguish their unique personalities, express their hopes, and accentuate key moments as their stories unfold in this darkly funny musical comedy.
Helping him convey the family’s emotions, while creating a sense of mystery around them were the Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal and Rogue R1X Wash in his rig.
Given that colour was so critical to reflecting the varying moods in the play, Baker relied heavily on the Ovation fixtures, which were attached to the proscenium and focused on the centre stage. “The amber and lime colour mixing options in the E-910FC allowed me to create a range of tones,” he said. “I also used these fixtures to colorized some of my props, which was essential to evoking different feelings.
“The set for the production was very simple, so I needed to find ways to guide the audience to where I wanted them to focus on stage,” continued Baker. “I also wanted to create the mysterious and shadowy environment be
UK - TV lighting specialist Version 2 has launched a new Lighting for Radio podcast series that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of some of the UK's leading TV & film lighting professionals.
Each episode will talk to some of the industry's leading lighting experts as they share first-hand experiences and lessons on how they reached the top of their profession.
Nick Edwards, managing director of Version 2 explains the concept of the podcast. "Born out of a lockdown idea, this behind the scenes podcast series will give listeners and I hope In particular students’ ideas for their future career paths,” he says.
Hosting every conversation is broadcaster Nia Visser, whose career credits include work as a radio presenter with the BBC and currently Jazz FM.
The first episode, which is available now on all popular podcast apps, talks to Nick Edwards himself about his 25 years of dedicated television lighting experience, having held technical, commercial and management positions at some of the industry's biggest and well-known companies PRG, Panalux and Aurora, after his training at the flagship training facility in BBC Wood Norton, all before founding Version 2 back in 2016.
Nick talks through the whole journey, starting from where it began at St Clement Danes School and why Nick has subsequently gone back to be a governor of the school. To working as a technician across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East with show credits including The X-Factor, The Brit Awards, Live Earth, The Royal Variety Performance, MTV Europe Awards, Th
USA - LEDtronics has announced its latest series of Slim LED flood lights designed for easy installation in various applications.
The area lights are offered with a choice of angular adjustable brackets with multiple mounting options for various lighting situations indoors or outdoors, such as in pole-mounted area and building security lighting, wall washing building exteriors, sign lighting, landscape lighting, tennis courts, parks, playgrounds, parking lots and structures, as well as driveway and walkway lighting, tunnels, caves and mines, and up/down spotlighting, among many others.
The bracket choices include adjustable yoke, knuckle, U-bracket and trunnion for wall and roof, and adjustable slip-fitter for pole mounting. LEDtronics’ UL and CE-listed FLL00 series flood lights have a 110-degree-wide Type-V circular beam and are IP65 rated to be moisture-proof, making them suitable for outdoor locations.
The new low-wattage and high-lumen LED area lights consume only 33, 52 and 149 watts, and replace metal-halide and HPS luminaires up to 70, 250 and 600 watts, respectively - an energy savings of up to 60%. The luminous intensities range from 3,614 all the way up to 18,617 lumens.