PWL calls on Chauvet for Wheel of Fortune
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
het-rad-van-fortuin2Painting with Light created a series of captivating pictures for the set
Belgium - The Belgian edition of Wheel of Fortune (Het Rad van Fortuin), first appeared in 1976, only a year after its American counterpart debuted.
Like all long-running success stories, the Wheel of Fortune franchise has survived thanks to its ability to adapt and change, a quality that has enabled it to appeal to new generations of fans without losing their parents. This renewal process was very much in evidence in the 2020 edition of the Belgian show, which featured a sleek new set designed by Deusjevoo.
Accentuating this set and endowing with extra vibrancy and depth was a lighting and video design by Painting With Light that featured an extensive collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Splendit, including the EPIX Strip IP, Maverick MK3 Profile, Maverick MK2 Profile, Rogue R2X Wash, Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal, COLORado Panel Q40 and COLORdash Batten-Quad 12.
This is the first season of Wheel of Fortune that has been produced in Belgium by SBS, and the broadcaster wanted to distinguish its rendition of the legendary show by giving it stand out looks that combined modern elegance and style with a relaxed, welcoming feel.
Painting with Light took “a theatrical approach” to this project by creating a series of pleasing visual ‘big pictures’ that stood out on their own while also encompassing the overall coziness. Luc Peumans, CEO of Painting with Light, and his team worked closely with C-Mine neighbour Dries Hermans and art director Lieven van Overbeke over an intense six-week period to create the balanced design SBS was after.
Painting with Light created a series of captivating pictures for the set that endowed it with style. Adding to the sleek looks of the set are the 150-pixel mapped EPIX Strip IP linear strips that border key scenic elements on the set, such as the stairs that lead up to the famous puzzle board and the banquet seating behind the contestants.
In addition to the EPIX units, a full LED lighting rig was used, with Ovation and Maverick fixtures serving as the workhorses for key and backlighting. The Maverick MK3 fixtures, COLORado Panel Q40s and COLORdash Batten-Quad 12s were used to colorise the cycloramas and scenic curtains. Rogue fixtures are in the design to light the walls, floor, and the displays of prizes, such as new cars. Vertically oriented EPIX units were also used as backdrops in the prize area.
Adding more excitement to the show was a laser proximity sensor devised by Painting with Light that connected the handles that contestants use to spin the wheel to MIDI notes. This triggered cues that set off dynamic lighting and audio effects with each spin of the wheel, that is packed with several custom RGB and white LED light sources.

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