UK - It’s been a tough time for all performance venues and especially for community theatres like The Congress in Cwmbran which cancelled all its shows in March as COVID-19 took hold, mid-way through one of its busiest seasons.
However, through successive lockdowns, the venue has been reimagined as The Congress Virtual Studio, a fully equipped streaming facility encouraging local artists and businesses to record and broadcast music shows and engage in events, generating interest and at least some income during this period.
Cwmbran is also the home of Zero 88’s manufacturing facility. There are close ties between the popular lighting control brand and the 300-seat venue, which has Zero 88 Chilli dimmers installed, and furthermore, Zero 88’s international sales manager Tyler Holpin is actively involved as a volunteer on the technical side.
The Congress Theatre opened in 1972 and became a charity run venue in 1992 after being faced with closure. Martyn Redwood then assumed its management 16 years ago has seen many challenges over that time, but it’s always managed to keep going.
Jon Salman and Green Room Events based nearby in Abertillery are also regular technical suppliers to the theatre, and he, Tyler, Martyn, and a few others came up with the idea of transforming the space into a studio.
Green Room Events are providing video including six cameras - two operated and four PTZ cameras - plus a PPU, LED screen, media servers and additional audio equipment together with lighting control which happens to be a Zero 88 FLX console the
UK - ETC representative organisation 3LR Lighting has added broadcast, film and TV lighting and control to its portfolio as the exclusive ‘rep agency’ for ETC in the UK and Ireland.
Jeremy Roberts, regional sales manager for the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa comments, “It is great to have 3LR supporting the broadcast sector for ETC and especially well-timed as we have recently released our innovative new studio line of fixtures – fos/4. The new Fresnel and Panel lights are designed specifically for the broadcast market with their unique eight-colour LED mix and intense brightness.”
The addition of broadcast lighting and control complements 3LR’s work in the growth of ETC’s architectural product lines. 3LR acts as an additional resource to ETC’s dealer network, bringing its expertise in the field to progress the company’s studio and architectural products in the market.
As part of this extension into a wider market, 3LR Lighting has announced the appointments of experienced industry figures Barry Grubb and Sean O’Callaghan.
Barry Grubb joins 3LR as business development manager for broadcast, television and film lighting. In a 25 year career, Barry has worked with some of the biggest names in the imaging industry both in the UK and overseas, and has forged lasting relationships with stakeholders at all levels. He has contributed to a host of large productions and delivered a wide range of theatre and broadcast solutions with leading brands.
Sean O’Callaghan takes up the post of business development manager for architectur
UK - The ALD has announced the winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence, which recognise the new generation of young production talent emerging from UK universities.
The winners created portfolios that “succeed in demonstrating their skills to best advantage, in a disrupted year where the number of lighting opportunities available to them may have been reduced,” says the ALD.
Winners are traditionally announced at the association’s Annual Lighting Lunch but will this year be showcased to the ALD membership via its bi-monthly magazine, Focus, and then through the ALD’s social media channels in a two-week series of posts.
The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, the most recent addition to the awards portfolio, proved to be a popular choice among applicants, receiving a large number of submissions this year, but Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Liam Sayer rose to the top of the ranks to win the award. The judges appreciated his attention to detail, his innovation and problem solving. They also commented that his testimonials were impressive and shone alongside a clearly articulated work ethic.
The coveted Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design was won this year by Euan Davis of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). The judges were very impressed by his research and demonstrated collaboration abilities which he used to break a complex play into parts to find a language for each piece. They also commented on the flair he showed in the use of his rigs.
Josie Ireland, studying this year for A-Levels,
Poland - JHS has announced the appointment of Grupa ZIBI S.A. as distributor for its brands in Poland.
Grupa ZIBI will distribute a variety of JHS’ popular brands including Vintage guitars, Encore guitars, Antoni violins and KAM sound and lighting.
Founded in 1989 by Zbigniew Pietrzak, Grupa ZIBI became established as importers of watches, which in turn helped in the rebuilding of the Polish economy, opening its first retail store in Warsaw in 1991.
One of the key dates in the company's history is 2004, when ZIBI became the owner of the only music store chain in Poland - Riff stores.
Currently, the musical part of the ZIBI Group is its own Riff retail chain, with 16 stores covering the entire territory of Poland and an extensive network of wholesale partners with over 100 leading music dealers.
JHS export manager Adam Butterworth comments: “I am pleased to appoint ZIBI as the new distributor for various JHS brands. Vintage in particular, is a brand which many Polish retailers, consumers and musicians have a strong connection to, so it’s great to have a new partner on board to grow Vintage along with the other JHS brands which are in our export portfolio.”
Krzysztof Klejnowski of Grupa ZIBI states: “We’re very happy to be working with JHS - the Vintage brand is a great brand and range for the Polish markets. We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful business cooperation.”
Switzerland - The Laserworld Group has announced Nova Event Group as its new exclusive distribution partner in Switzerland.
The Nova Event Group has many years of experience in the sales of laser systems, as they used to be the Swiss distribution partner of Kvant lasers.
With the new partnership, the CEO of the Nova Events Group, Vano Soleymani, makes a significant step for the future: “The ongoing transformation process in our industry allowed us to restructure our partnerships and extend our portfolio even further. The Laserworld Group offers the large variety of products we need to satisfy the requirements of our customers. We monitored the product developments and technological advancements of the past years and are very confident we have found a strong partner for the future.”
The Nova Event Group not only handles laser sales in Switzerland, but also supports customers in Switzerland and, with their German company, all over Europe with project implementations. Currently, Nova Event also handles sales and service for GLP, Fusion by GLP, Fantek, LEDium, LAX Audio and Absen in Switzerland.
“We are looking forward to a great partnership,” states Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group. “The experience of the Nova Event team with lasers, the special requirements of highly professional users and the well-established network makes them the perfect partner for the Swiss market.”
Europe - Prolights has appointed Full AVL as its distributor for the Netherlands. Full AVL Distribution is a wholesaler of professional AV, lighting and sound equipment, selling to the Dutch market.
“We focus on high-quality manufacturers with terrific products that could have a positive impact to our market,” commentsPatrick Leijten, CEO of Full AVL. “We trust Prolights have the right solution that our customers have been requesting, and a diverse enough portfolio to fulfil the markets we are present in.”
Prolights' own R&D and technical vision was at the centre of Full AVL's decision to take on the brand. “We were surprised how technically-oriented the company is, and we certainly see a lot of innovation happening at their headquarters. Our customers will definitely benefit from that.”, adds Leijten.
Paolo Albani, Prolights international sales manager, says: “We were eager to work with Full AVL since they can reach a broader network of professionals, and we will be able to promote our wide product portfolio in several industries while we navigate through these challenging times. Full AVL have specialists in different fields of entertainment but is also well established with system integrators, film and TV markets, and that will make a difference in the way we operate in the Netherlands.”
USA - For the seventh year in a row, the biggest stars of country music performed in a celebration of all things country at the 2020 iHeartCountry Festival presented by Capital One.
Taking place at the Steel Mill with a lighting rig supplied by Bandit Lites, the main stage was hosted by Bobby Bones and featured performances by Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Morgan Evans and Gabby Barrett.
The festival was originally set to take place at the Frank Erwin Centre in Austin, Texas on 2 May, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual show took place Friday, 23 October, and country fans were able to enjoy their favourite artists performing live (from the comfort and safety of their own homes).
Lighting designer Tom Kenny utilised a package with more than 100 fixtures, including Ayrton Khamsin-S, Elation SIXPAR 100s, Claypaky Sharpys, Robe BMFL Spots, Robe ROBIN 600 LED Washes, TMB Solaris Flares and Color Kinetics ColorBlast TRX.
Following a few audience-free shows already in his repertoire, Kenny knew to build a design that would look big on camera, adding fixtures to the deck and rig to fill space. “I really enjoyed the Ayrton profiles,” he said. “They have beautiful colour, even power and the LED was constant.” With no need for audience and scenic lighting, the rig worked exceedingly well for the event, and immense precautions were taken to protect all involved. “We were very well covered on this shoot,” said Kenny. “Everyone from Bandit was very
Belgium - Over recent months, the drive-in movie has been very evident throughout Europe, as drive-in theatres have popped up this year from the Baltic to the Mediterranean.
In East Flanders, the government of Wichelen took a somewhat different approach. Instead of creating a single drive-in movie site for people to visit, it brought the concept to its citizens. Under the leadership of mayor Kenneth Taylor, a Flemish TV and film director, it organised drive-in events at different locations throughout the community.
The Lokeren- based event company D-Dream set up the drive-in sites for the Wichelen municipal government. “We were directly contacted by the city,” said Elke Scheirs of D-Dream. “They told us they wanted to bring a new live event to entertain their citizens in a safe way during the Corona pandemic. Since the shows were to be held at different locations, we wanted a system that was easy to transport and set up.”
D-Dream built this drive-in system around an 8 x 4m LED video wall made up of 64 Chauvet Professional F4IP panels. “Of course, since the shows were outdoors, the IP rating of the panels was essential,” said Scheirs. “We had rain during one of the shows, and temperatures were extremely high this summer. At one of the events it was up to 35ﹾ (95ﹾ Fahrenheit). Nevertheless, the F4IP panels continued to work perfectly.”
Images on the video wall were easy to see when the drive-in shows started, even though it was still daylight, thanks to the F4IP panels’ bright (5,500 NITS) output. The 4.8mm pixel pitch and
USA - When Athens First United Methodist Church in Texas decided to transform an old and seldom-used fellowship hall into a new contemporary worship space they selected an all ADJ, all LED-powered rig. Then, pleased with the quality and reliability of their lighting, the church again chose ADJ when it was time to replace the aging projectors in their main sanctuary with modern LED video walls.
A former paramedic/firefighter who then spent 10 years working in the oil and gas industry, Wes Akin felt a sense of calling to serve others again and began volunteering as the technical director at Athens First. Over time this simultaneously led to a full-time role at the church, overseeing business and operations, and a rekindling of his passion for technical production. Wes founded Gain Stage Productions to offer live audio and visual services to local venues as well as to provide installation services for churches in the area.
Wes’ first project was to design and install the audio and lighting system for Athens First’s new contemporary worship centre, which was created by renovating the church’s old fellowship hall. After meeting over coffee and donuts, members of the congregation now have two choices: a contemporary service in the new worship space or a more traditional service in the main sanctuary.
For the new contemporary venue, Wes designed a system that would offer a great deal of flexibility while also giving a very modern feel to the relatively small space. He also purposely selected all LED-powered fixtures, both to minimize future maintenan
Italy - Since the start of the pandemic, Prolights has been one of the thousands of companies worldwide in entertainment that has been largely hit by the snowball effects of COVID-19.
As a manufacturer of entertainment lighting and video equipment, with a strong presence internationally, the company felt the effects of a total shutdown of the theatre and live events industries, and a cut-back on public spending and delays of many projects that Prolights was involved with together with its partners.
Despite having been in the epicentre of cases in Europe and gone through a forced shutdown of the majority of the markets during the months of March and April, Prolights was able to keep all its staff at work through those times and made a point of not postponing or cancelling any on-going development. In fact, the company kept its ambitious product roadmap and strongly invested into the future of the industry.
“There is, however, a sentiment of sadness for how the industry has been treated worldwide, by the many governments who neglect to acknowledge the fundamental role that entertainment has in the society,” says Prolights. “In a small gesture of solidarity, Prolights has been lighting up its building in red, joining the thousands of other companies that have been doing the same, raising awareness to local governments of the existence of this ‘invisible industry’ and of how much further help the industry still needs. The entertainment sector is one of the most affected by the pandemic, having been the first to be shut down and likely the last
USA - Music technology hardware, software and consumer electronics specialist inMusic has confirmed the acquisition of ArKaos.
ArKaos and its entire engineering department will now become part of inMusic’s R&D family, which includes several music technology and consumer electronic brands such as AIR Music Technology, Akai Professional, Alto Professional, Alesis, BFD, Denon DJ and Denon Professional, Engine DJ, HeadRush, ION Audio, M-Audio, Marantz Professional, MARQ Lighting, MixMeister, Numark, RANE, SONiVOX, SoundSwitch and Stanton.
Agnes Wojewoda, outgoing MD and founder of ArKaos, comments: “We have successfully closed the acquisition of ArKaos. We are very excited and happy about this new chapter. The integration to inMusic Brands creates an amazing perspective for ArKaos to continue to develop and meet with our customers’ expectations.”
ack O’Donnell, CEO inMusic, adds: “inMusic continually redefines the landscape for Music, DJ and visual technology. With ArKaos joining the home of the world’s premier technology brands, inMusic’s ground-breaking advancements in engineering, design and technology guarantees to put ArKaos at the forefront of their industry, and closely integrating them with our other brands will provide consumers an all-encompassing experience.”
Founded in 1996, ArKaos specialises in video processing technologies, including software and hardware for projects like architectural installations, LED applications, broadcast and live events.
Started by developing dedicated video systems for innovati
The Netherlands - Visual Productions has launched B-Station2, a successor to the popular B-Station.
The B-Station2 is designed to offer a user-interface to lighting projects, it is a wall-mount panel with six push-buttons. The buttons can be configured to send out a multitude of control messages via DMX, UDP, OSC, Art-Net or sACN.
The B-Station2 is designed for triggering lighting scenes stored in a CueCore2 or LPU-2 controller. The push-buttons are fitted with RGB LED rings. The LEDs can be freely programmed to create an intuitive user experience, for example by indicating which button or lighting scene is active, or representing the real-time colour of the fixture.
Messages from protocols such as DMX, UDP, OSC, Art-Net or sACN can be used to control the feedback to the LED rings. For small lighting projects, the B-Station2 is a compact and complete stand-alone solution.
Fitted with a DMX port, the B-Station2 can be programmed via the web-interface. It features a patch for 32 fixtures, six playbacks, many cues and even a basic FX-engine.
The bi-directional DMX port is RDM capable. This enables the BStation2 to discover and commission RDM fixtures.
The B-Station2 ‘speaks many protocols that are popular amongst AV equipment and systems integration’. This makes the B-Station compatible with a wide range of third-party equipment like audio players, media servers and show controllers. The B-Station2 seamlessly integrates with other devices from the Visual Productions family of control products including CueCore2, QuadCore, DaliCore
USA - The new IP65 rated COLORado Batten Q15 from Chauvet Professional features an array of rigging options that make it suitable for a wide range of designs.
The adjustable trunnions on this one-meter long RGBW LED batten, which can be adjust without tools on its integrated track, have been given an even greater degree of versatility with the addition of ¼ turn omega brackets.
Adding to the COLORado BattenQ15’s adaptability is a new system for joining different units together. Integrated into the end caps of the fixture is a system to connect units seamlessly for perfect row alignment. Since these attachments are weight bearing, the COLORado Batten Q15 can be hung ‘icicle style’, or arranged in tower configurations using the included hanging/floor mount plate.
“Given the demands of today’s market, when lighting rigs are being set up in many different types of settings, we feel that adaptable rigging options have never been more important,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The COLORado Batten Q15 combines a high degree of rigging versatility with outstanding performance features.”
Among those performance features is the intense output from the new fixture’s 15 20W LEDs, which render beautiful and vivid colours and lend themselves to sizzling pixel mapped displays without the “skittle” look often associated with battens.
The COLORado Batten Q15 features an elliptical 42-15° beam spread, a stowable glare shield, colour temperature presets from 3200 K to 10000 K, and selectable smooth dimming curves.
UK - Avolites has announced the release of the latest version of the Titan lighting software with version 14, featuring time-saving and practical features taken from user feedback.
“We decided that this release was a great opportunity for us to focus on the many feature requests we have from our users. We feel it is really important to listen to what users want and to provide them with what they have asked for. We hope everyone enjoys using this feature packed release,” says Paul Wong, managing director at Avolites.
Key features in this release include Virtual Faders, Open Workspace Window Overlay, MaskFX, Handle Options, and Manual Crossfade FX.
Virtual Faders give you access to 15 virtual handles that provide additional control of playbacks, masters, fixtures and more via the touchscreen. The faders can be paged and the window is fully configurable to suit your needs.
Mask FX is a brand new feature that expands and replaces the old ‘Block Shapes’. MaskFX expands Block Shapes to cover key frame shapes running on any attribute and Pixel Maps. MaskFX is a quick and powerful tool to adjust the shapes running in your show, helping to make programming more efficient.
What was previously Playback Options is now upgraded as Handle Options. This feature has been completely re-engineered under the hood to make it faster, simpler and more predictable, and to help address a very common pain-point: assigning a key profile to multiple playbacks at once. New shortcuts, along with the streamlined interface, are designed to increase effici
USA - Global design firm, DX7 Design, recently embarked on its second season of lighting the hit American TV dance competition Dancing With The Stars, shot at CBS Television City in Hollywood.
Production loaded in at the end of August and the show runs for 11 weeks, culminating in the final over Thanksgiving weekend, at the end of November.
After featuring GLP fixtures heavily on the last series, LD Tom Sutherland has raised the bar even higher this time, deploying 150 GLP fixtures, predominantly X4 Bars and JDC1 hybrid strobes, in his ever-changing landscape. “We reprogramme weekly,” he explained. “Then we bring in extras for certain dances week-to-week if the creative team call for them.”
The lighting brief is heavily dictated by the set design. “[Production designer] Florian Wieder has created a modern take on an art deco ballroom. It’s essential that the lighting and set work in harmony,” he said. “Many elements of the set have been built to contain fixtures of our specification, which is great as it keeps everything looking neat and tidy.”
Turning to the GLP deployment, he said: “I’ve always been a great fan of their products. The X4 Bar and JDC1 strobes are my workhorses on many shows. I love to use those fixtures.”
Sutherland has added in quite a few extra GLP fixtures for this season - all supplied by local vendor Felix Lighting. “These fill in the gaps where we used to have an audience,” he said. “This year we are using 70 X4 Bar 20’s, 66 JDC1 strobes and 14 GLP X4’s.
USA - Eastern Lighting Design has been relying on Chroma-Q products for many years and many projects, including their most recent lighting design project for WGN’s News Nation studio. Specialising in TV and broadcast studios, Matt Gordon, president of Eastern Lighting, along with VP of design Mick Smith, and supported by Barbizon Lighting Company, worked through the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the lighting for the Chicago based facility.
“Working through a pandemic has been a real learning experience and adjustment.” explains Matt “I am still surprised how quickly we were able to turn around the project within the given time-lines considering that most of the world was in lockdown. We opted to work during the night in order to practice social distancing from other trades.”
News Nation is a new national newscast programme that was going into WGNs old, 3,500sq.ft, Studio 3. The studio was completely gutted and redesigned from the ground up in addition to a 12,000sq.ft newsroom with a 2,000sq.ft broadcast space in the middle of that space.
The turn around for the studio was very tight, approximately six months, with a short extension to account for COVID-19 closures and challenges. Clickspring Design quickly put a scenic design in place that integrated many lighting positions into the architecture of the space. Creating lighting that can be built into the set enabled it so that fixtures would be more aesthetically pleasing during wide-angle camera shots. Eastern Lighting always likes to work with clean sightlines, fitting the lighting desi
Denmark - Vejle Musikteater, in the fjord-side town of Vejle is usually a bustling hub for live entertainment, offering a mix of band concerts, dance and DJ events, theatre production and conferences, events and presentations.
Like most venues, it closed as COVID-19 spread worldwide, stopping the industry in its tracks in March. However, far from becoming a ghost-like shell of its former self, staff, management and crew have been busy in the last six month overseeing a complete technical refit and the Musikteater has just cautiously reopened for shows and business to reduced capacities and a new set of COVID-compliant operational rules and regulations.
During this long ‘dark’ period, the venue’s technical manager Rasmus Primdahl explained, they purchased 16 new Robe Esprite LED Profiles which have been added to the existing 16 x Esprites - selected after extensive comparative in-house testing with competitor products - and acquired at the end of 2019 from Robe’s Danish distributor, Light Partner.
The Esprites join 16 Spiiders and 16 Tetra2 moving LED battens which are also new for 2020 plus 10 LEDWash 600s and eight Spikie fixtures which were already at the venue which invested in Robe steadily in recent years.
The moving lights have provided an adaptable solution that works with numerous setups across all their performance spaces.
Additionally, just recently they also just purchased five Robe PixelPATTs which are used to help create atmospheric backgrounds for streaming applications and for adding scenic ‘prop’ dimensions
UK - Arts Council England has opened its £18m Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) fund to a wider pool of creative practitioners in light of the COVID-19 effects on the workforce.
Able to apply for a grant this year will be DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers and creative technicians.
“We know that COVID-19 has had a significant impact for individuals, and many will need to develop themselves and their work to respond to the new environment,” says the Arts Council. “We want to support as many people as possible to reshape and redefine their work and continue to make a positive impact on creativity and culture.”
The grants, ranging from for £2,000 to £10,000, will be awarded for development activities from practitioners working across music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, libraries, combined arts, and museums practice. This includes professional development or researching or creating new work.
The money will be allocated in four rounds running until October 2021, with the first round now open to applicants. To be eligible, practitioners need to have one year’s experience, be based in England, have a UK bank account, and be aged 18 or over.
The first round closes at noon on 5 November, with decisions announced in the week commencing 21 December.
To apply, visit artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP.
USA - Some of the only ticketed live concerts in New York State in recent months took place 30 September - 4 October on Bannerman Island. Illuminance, a fundraising concert by the Daisy Jopling Band, received special permission from the State of New York to hold five nights of open-air concerts amid the natural surroundings and magical ruins of Bannerman Castle.
Daisy Jopling is a classical/rock violinist who tours with her own band and also runs a music mentorship foundation. Illuminance featured performances by the Daisy Jopling Band, Michael Feigenbaum, Sal Lagonia, and local youth musicians with proceeds benefiting the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation and the Bannerman Castle Trust. Five days of sold out shows, two shows per day with 20 lucky guests per show, were lit by New York City Lites using a lighting package of Elation Professional IP-rated luminaires.
Deke Hazirjian and Jimmy Lawlor of New York City Lites served as lighting designer and associate lighting designer respectively on the project. Hazirjian, president and senior lighting designer at the company, was approached by the Bannerman Castle Trust to light the concert series. Having worked on Bannerman Island before, in 1998 and 2007, he knew well the difficulties working on the island presented.
“The island is literally a rock in the middle of the Hudson River and poses a number of challenges,” he said. “The terrain is rugged and there is no electricity on the island so the only way to get power is to bring in a generator. Weather can also be a big pro
UK - Creative Technology (CT) has introduced some changes to its UK senior management structure that have been in development for a few years.
Nick Askew is stepping into the role of head of corporate events and will have overall responsibility for CT UK’s corporate projects.
Matt Eve is the new commercial director, focusing on the development and alignment of sales and marketing across CT.
Dan Burgess has moved into the creative services division as head of creative services and Will Case is taking on the role of director of innovation, continuing to develop strategies and techniques that bring our client’s ideas closer to our services and technology.
“We are pleased to see on-site event work picking up in selected markets as well as virtual and remote production that we moved into heavily over the spring and summer continuing to progress,” says Mark Elliott, managing director CT UK. “Some really hard and challenging work has been done here over the past months where our ability to innovate and offer new solutions has been accelerated to accommodate a quickly evolving and ever-changing landscape.”
France - The Ballet Preljocaj production Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is currently touring Europe.
Created and choreographed by Grand Prix National de la Danse Award winner Angelin Preljocaj, the production, which debuted before a socially distanced audience at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, blends dance with narration in a contemporary arrangement of the classic work. Supporting the performance by the programme’s 27 dancers was a balanced Eric Soyer lighting design that featured Silens 2 Profile fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We first discovered this silent fixture during a demonstration produced by RT-Events at the all-new SMAC in Aix in Provence,” said Luc Corazza, technical director of the Ballet Preljocaj. “There were five of us who saw the demonstration, and the response was unanimous. We were all seduced by its colour management, total ease of use, and clever mixture of additive and subtractive. Then there was also the variable frost, impressive efficiency and quality of the Profile module, with light always straight even in maximum aperture - and of course, it was silent.”
Impressed with this demonstration at SMAC the technical team at Ballet Preljocaj took a Maverick Silens 2 Profile home to their theatre. After another look at the fixture in their 1400-seat venue, they were convinced; so, they went ahead and acquired 14 units of the fixture for the Swan Lake tour.
The initial quantity they decided upon was 12 machines, but this was increased to 14 units for the sake of maintaining consistency with the res
UK - Events and creative industry professionals Mark Davies, Jerry Cleary and Edwin Higgins have joined forces to launch a new event production company, JEM LIVE.
The new venture combines a physical event production offering with services such as live streaming, extended reality (xR) and social media amplification to enable organisers and agencies to expand the reach of their event.
“We wanted to create a company which was fluent in virtual event technologies while not forgetting the importance of more classic elements of event production,” comments Davies. “High quality design, lighting, sound, staging etc. remain at the heart of live events but in the COVID-19 era we have to be willing to integrate virtual elements too.”
Davies has more than 25 years’ experience in live events and entertainment architecture and is responsible for the commercial and business development of the company including global operations and strategic planning.
With an extensive background in spatial and technical design, Cleary has worked at multiple leading companies in the industry and is responsible for channelling the creative vision of clients through all aspects of JEM LIVE and ensuring the quality of projects.
Higgins is an audio-visual specialist with a background in design and has worked extensively in delivering high profile live events around the globe. He is responsible for the technical direction of the company.
USA - Hunter Hughes and his crew at Scout Productions hadn’t worked on an event in well over six months, when they signed on recently to provide lighting and sound for a small outdoor country music show near Landsdale, PA.
“Although 10 years of experience certainly hasn’t been forgotten, it was good to be able to go back to a gig with familiar gear like Chauvet DJ’s ShowXpress, and the ease of use that’s associated with it,” said Hughes. “We are really comfortable working with ShowXpress, so it was nice have it on our ‘return gig’. We use many different fixture profiles with ShowXpress software. Having it at this event enabled us to programme our show quickly.”
Hughes worked his Xpress-Rack 1024 with a split power line that enables the unit to run without the need for a laptop by using pre-programmed cues with either the onboard buttons or via IR remote.
“The rack features True1 power in and out, three-pin DMX out with five-pin adapters that stay in our rack drawer, plus USB B 3.0 inputs for programming computers with the ability to run two 1024 units at the same time in one rack,” said Hughes. “The unit also features 15A Edison power outputs which run through our M8X power conditioner for protection. There are two available universes that the Xpress 1024 rack provides onboard as well as additional ArtNet universes available.”
Programming his show with this setup, Hughes created a variety of colourful looks on the open bandstand stage for the country quintet. A collection of six RGB washes that were hung upstage pr
USA - More than 55m viewers watched as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for the final presidential debate at Belmont University. Bandit Lites supplied the university’s exterior and site lighting, illuminating the campus in striking patriotic and branded looks.
Lighting designer Chris Lisle designed the exterior event lighting, working to up light and enhance any building or structures that would be seen as part of the televised broadcast, including the two main entrances to the Curb Event Centre (where the debates took place), the Bell Tower (the main focus point of the campus) and the historic Freeman Hall (which boasts high visibility from Wedgewood Avenue).
Lisle contacted Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden about a year prior, and even then he had a plan for the exterior. “To look back at that preliminary work seems more like a lifetime ago, but Chris’s specification remained solid and aside from the questions regarding the debate schedule, everything went according to plan,” said Golden.
The lighting was placed two weeks prior to the debate, meaning the fixtures would need to be hardy enough to survive the weather. Bandit Lites supplied more than 160 fixtures for the event.
“For overall building wash, I used the Elation Paladin,” explained Lisle. “Since its debut, it has been my go-to fixture for these type events. For column and building uplight, we used a mixture of the Elation SixPar IP and the Chauvet Solo Batten; both fixtures are super bright and gave us that punch we needed to accent