Thronecast can be caught on Monday nights on Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD, following the episode of Game of Thrones
UK - Sky TV lighting designer Iain Davidson is using one of the latest additions to the Philips Vari-Lite product line, the feature-packed VL4000 Spot, to deliver smooth, precise effects and stunning colour to popular Sky Atlantic show Thronecast.

The official fan companion series to widely-watched fantasy drama Game of Thrones (GoT), Thronecast follows shortly after each new instalment of GoT on a Monday night. Presented by Jamie East and Sue Perkins, the show sees a live discussion of the episode's events with various members of the cast and crew. Iain is employing six of the award-winning Vari-Lite luminaire, supplied by Richard Martin Lighting (RML), to give depth and texture to the chat show set up.

"My original brief was for a glossy set in front of a white cyc and, as the look was going to be high key, the standard beams and smoke approach didn't apply," says Iain. "My plan was to create a subtle movement on the lattice work within the set. To avoid spill from the set header falling on the white cyc I wanted to have precise control of my luminaires, so I needed shutters, subtle gobos and delicate colours."

Iain therefore turned to the Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot, positioning the units flown in the rig to provide gentle background animation but also as break up in such areas as the revolving entrance door.

"I've used movers with shutters before but found they did not always find the exact focus programmed every time," continues Iain. "I've been very happy with the VL4000 Spot's shutters and the color finesse has been handy for the subtle effects required."

"As a moving light specialist, Richard Martin Lighting is proud to stock the fantastic Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot," says Steve Wells at RML. "The reason it's so exciting is simply because it is everything in one. Recently, manufacturers have been moving more and more towards this, offering versatility in their products, which has been well received with lighting designers. It gives maximum flexibility for different looks and also means that designers can be more creative and adapt to the constant changes and demands that can occur during the making of a show. At a time when budgets are becoming more of an issue, having one light that can do the job of many is always going to be popular."

(Jim Evans)

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