High End Systems centre stage on The Prom
Friday, 12 March 2021
high-endThe creative team employed SolaFrame Theatre, SolaFrame 3000 and SolaHyBeam 3000 fixtures
USA - For the 2020 filming of Netflix musical, The Prom, Hog programmer Scott Barnes worked alongside director of photography Matthew Libatique and CLT Jeff Ferrero, with High End Systems Sola Series fixtures and Hog 4 control becoming central figures behind the scenes. The creative team employed SolaFrame Theatre, SolaFrame 3000 and SolaHyBeam 3000 fixtures in many of the performances; all luminaires featured High CRI engines and were supplied by Lux Lighting.
When production commenced, Barnes says they already knew the SolaFrame Theatre and SolaFrame 3000 would be their ‘go-to’ movers. Barnes says, “The SolaHyBeam 3000s were not available until about midway through production, but they soon became our powerhouse fixture. The SolaFrame Theatre was especially helpful because of its ultra-quiet performance.
“After the first week of production, we realised how valuable they truly were to our needs. We decided to carry four of them on the truck throughout the entire schedule, and Matty loved being able to just have a few fixtures roving around camera to bounce into ceilings or backlight actors in a pinch.”
The SolaFrame Theatre’s ability to be placed close to the actors without upsetting the sound department was key to the production. “They are bright enough to be used for a variety of purposes, and have a nice assortment of features to give us flexibility in their use. Features like shutters, frost, iris, and gobos are important to us, since we never really know what we need them to do until on the day of filming.”
“The SolaHyBeam 3000s were similarly amazing,” Scott continues, “and instantly became the favourite. It’s bright, has an impressive lens size, fantastic zoom range, and is packed with features like shutters, multiple frost filters, multiple prism choices, gobos, iris, it just has so much to offer. It truly is the can-do-it-all mover. I’m using around twenty of them on the new Spider-Man movie. Lux Lighting is fast becoming the first choice for my mover needs; their inventory of Sola Series movers has exploded. Best of all, these Sola Series are High Fidelity luminaires.”
In addition to his Hog 4 desk, Barnes - who is known for his work on complex networked control setups - employed Rack Hogs for almost every set. High End Systems new HPU hardware for Hog 4 was released at the end of last year and now replaces the Rack Hog 4.

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