Finland - Scandinavian lighting creative MOBB Helsinki counted on a legion of Notch-loaded Hippotizer Media Servers to help deliver Finland’s biggest domestic arena production.
Profeetat is the project of Cheek and Elastinen, Finland’s two biggest hip-hop artists. Formed in 2016, this year the duo marked their rapid rise by selling out three arena shows in their homeland.
First filling the Turku’s Gatorade Centre and then maxing out two nights at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena, Profeetat’s shows stacked up to be Finland’s biggest domestic indoor arena production, one to be designed by creative outfit Mobb Helsinki, headed-up by the Finish firm’s Ari Levelä.
The gear and personnel required to run the nights mounted up, and the lighting tech armoury included two Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers and one Hippotizer Karst Media Server to run the main show, plus a further two Boreals acting as back-ups.
Add a pair of Kinect cameras, seven Live cameras, and a brace of GMA2 lights and you begin to get the picture – as well as an awesome video presentation.
Continuing to up the numbers, MOBB Helsinki surrounded its Green Hippo line-up with 350 lighting fixtures, and a world-class PA system. And there was more, namely: 13 band members; 75 crew members; 16 riggers; 34 local stage hands per show; and 13 trucks for transport duties.
With the hardware, software and personnel in place, crucial to the ultimate success of the operation was the Hippotizer’s ability to integrate with Notch, the game-changing real-time visual creation too
Morocco - Lighting designer Chris Binks selected an Avolites Tiger Touch II and Tiger Touch Fader Wing to facilitate his authentic live control and design approach for the third edition of Oasis Festival, an electronic dance festival held at The Source Marrakech Private Resort Music & Spa in Morocco.
Chris, whose design method relies on live, intuitive control, selected the Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing to ensure easy access to all his programmable elements throughout the festival.
"When I was specifying a desk for Oasis one of the main things for me was ease of access," says Chris. "Avolites consoles are the only consoles that tick all the boxes for me, especially when busking a show. The line-up at Oasis is mainly DJs and they can change their set at any time. The Tiger Touch II has a clear layout and intuitive software features that make it perfect for me."
The Oasis Festival featured a line-up of top underground electronic artists including Nicolas Jaar, Solomun and Daniel Avery. The event was open to the public for four nights, with Solomun playing a 8-hour set on for the festival's opening party on Thursday.
Chris was contracted by the festival to provide the lighting design, installation and operation, while the sound, power and crew was provided by Casablanca-based Energy Sound, Light & Video. Chris was accompanied at Oasis Festival by his "young Jedi" Rob Elliot, who operated the lighting on Stage Two, again using a Tiger Touch II console.
"I was head-hunted by Karim and his team from Energy Sound, Light
USA - Australian electronic band Rüfüs Du Sol recently began their 2017 North America autumn tour playing two sell-out shows at Oakland’s Fox Theatre, along with headlining slots at CRSSD Fest in San Diego, CA and Austin City Limits in Austin, TX. LD Matthew Smith, of Australian lighting design team, Colourblind, provided the visuals to match Rüfüs’ style.
Helping to create these effects were the well-established impression X4 Bar 20 and impression X4 S from GLP - supplied by VER, along with all other lighting and audio requirements.
Smith was excited by the prospect of using the X4 Bars for the 2017 USA touring cycle; having used them for a previous tour in Australia, he was eager to push them to their full potential.
“I’ve been a big fan of the GLP X4 range since I took a number of X4 Wash lights on another Australian tour in 2014. They’re an incredibly reliable unit - both bright and fast, with a great zoom range and very nice saturated colours,” says Smith. And he has been using GLP lights ever since.
“With Rüfüs Du Sol, we used GLP extensively on our Australian tour in 2016,” he continued. “We were the first to take the X4 Bar 20s and X4 atoms around Australia, both of which are now favourite fixtures of mine.”
Smith was eager to find a fixture that was small enough to be transported easily, and yet could provide the power typically seen in a much larger fixture. “For the US run, we needed to fit the rig and backline into a bus trailer, so we opted for the X4 S.
“The units are small but very punch
USA - Philips Lighting reports that the David A. Straz Centre in Tampa is enjoying significant savings in labour and power costs after upgrading its TECO Theater lighting rig with LED products from Philips Entertainment Lighting's Showline range.
The second largest performing arts complex in the south-eastern United States, the Straz Centre is home to the Patel Conservatory, one of the country's leading education facilities for theatre, music and dance. Because the 250-seat theatre is used exclusively by the Patel Conservatory's education programmes, it is important for its technical equipment to be as up to date as possible. In addition, the technical team was looking for the benefits of flexibility, ease of setup, low energy use and low maintenance offered by high-quality LED fixtures.
Joshua Young, technical manager for the theatre, says, "Previously, we used large, heavy cyc light units. Each required four people to move it and three 2kW dimmers to operate. After renting some Philips SL BAR 640s for one of our lighting designers we were very impressed, so they became our first purchase. The biggest selling point was their versatility. The features allowed us to create visual effects on our cyc, which we had never been able to accomplish before. Another great benefit is that one person can move them."
He adds, "The SL BAR 640s produce an amazing variety of colour at higher intensity and use far less power. Our entire top and ground row now use less power than one of our old cyc light instruments. On average, each LED fixture we've installed repla
USA - The Global Connect 2017 conference, held in April at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, was larger than ever this year, with over 3,000 attendees. For the third year in a row, Atlanta-based audio-visual rental company Technical Elements was hired to provide sound and lighting for the speeches and music in the 95,000-square-foot Gatlin Ballroom, as well as dozens of separate rooms throughout the facility.
In order to elevate the event’s production values to their highest level yet, Technical Elements deployed a complete Harman solution consisting of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplification and Martin lighting.
“The Harman audio and lighting products helped us execute the production plan in a pristine manner,” said Winfrey Shields, owner of Technical Elements. “The clients were very pleased with the clarity of the audio system. We had some challenges with weight ratings for the roof, and we had a number of LED walls in the space, and so we had to get a little creative with the design. But at the end of the day, the success for the customer is the primary goal, and they were elated.”
The ballroom audio system featured 66 JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers, configured in four 10-box main hangs and four six-box delay-hangs. Eight JBL VerTec VT4886 loudspeakers served as side-fills. Fourteen JBL VTX S28 subwoofers were deployed on the ground in two sets of eight. Crown I-Tech 12000HD and I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers supplied the power. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager 2.0 software provided system configuration, optimization and monitoring.
Austria - The Burgtheater - the Austrian National Theatre - is part of a group of three Austrian theatres, together with the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) and the Volksoper Wien opera house, and is generally considered to be one of the most important German language theatres anywhere in the world.
As part of a recent upgrade to its audio systems, the theatre has installed two SSL System T networked production systems along with a building-wide, redundant Dante Audio-over-IP network and SSL Network I/O. The system was specified by David Müllner (manager, sound & multimedia, Burgtheater), supplied by TSAMM Professional Audio Solutions, and installed by Klangfarbe GmbH.
Müllner started researching consoles back in 2012, looking for emerging technologies, technology trends, and workflows that might suit the theatre’s needs. The Burgtheater was an early investor in digital audio, and its previous digital console was nearly 18 years old by the time it was replaced, so the new system would have a long legacy to live up to. "As a repertory company, there is a different production on every day during our 10-month season," explains Müllner. "Those are chosen from a rolling repertoire of around 40 productions that include traditional drama and contemporary plays. We put on around 20 premieres during the year, all produced by us."
Müllner was especially interested in the SSL Live console range when it was released and says that, from a workflow perspective, he was "hooked immediately," though was ideally looking for higher path counts, and se
Spain - After 647 shows and a massively successful run of almost two years at the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht - delighting more than 800,000 fans - Stage Entertainment Holland’s blockbuster production of The Bodyguard has opened at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid.
Imaginative and eye-catching lighting is again designed by Luc Peumans of the Belgian mixed-media visual design practice, Painting with Light.
Luc was integral to the original Dutch production’s creative team, who were all commissioned to bring their style and magic back to the show in the vibrant Spanish capital. This included Carla Janssen Hofelt, responsible for the impressive automated video set featuring content produced by Ad de Haan.
Juxtaposed against this, Luc’s lighting captured the drama of the story and presented it in the distinctive cinematic aesthetic they developed for the Dutch show that garnered critical acclaim.
“It was great to be back working with everyone again and enjoy the synergy we all shared on the original production,” commented Luc.
The main challenge in Madrid was fitting the production into the reduced stage space, which was 4m narrower and 3m shallower than Utrecht. Working with these parameters, they replicated the Dutch show as closely as possible, maintaining all the spirit and production values.
The five flying scenic video screens were accommodated together with a number of set trucks, some partly covered in LED, so it wasn’t possible to work with standard overhead lighting positions.
Instead, 12 x Claypaky Mytho
UK - For the second year running, Robe’s newest moving lights - including the just launched MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light – featured prominently on the UK’s much anticipated 2017 X Factor final series. Six weeks of nail-biting live show excitement with lighting designed by Tim Routledge will reveal some incredible singing talent and culminate on the final at Wembley Arena this weekend.
The show was staged for the first time at LH2 Studios in Park Royal, north-west London, and joining the 43 x MegaPointes on Tim’s rig were another 270 Robe fixtures - 112 x Spikies, 52 x Spiider LED wash beams, 37 x BMFL Blades, 34 of the brand new LEDBeam 150s, 35 x onePATT single cells which are also new and a BMFL RoboSpot, adding up to a grand total of 314 x Robe lights.
Another stunning set by Florien Wieder of Wieder Design included multiple LED screens and a strong video presence defining the space, building on the look that was such a big hit with everyone last year. The set occupied slightly more space this year, incorporating a series of balconies and a mezzanine level.
A new creative team from The Squared Division came on-board for 2017 alongside series director Julia Knowles. The executive producers wanted an immersive feel to the show, so the 3mm high definition LED screens gave a wide and apparently continuous look, with some discreet breaks in between that were filled with concealed lighting.
A trough beneath the main screen and the slim gaps in between the LED surfaces were the starting points for Tim’s lighting design.
USA - LiteGear Inc., designers and builders of LED lighting products for professionals in the Cinema, TV, and HD Video industries, made its first Pledge-a-Product donation to Behind the Scenes on the show floor at LDI 2017. Pioneers behind the popularization of flexible LED lighting for use in Cinema and TV lighting applications, LiteGear presented a cheque for $7750 representing a percentage of the profits from sales of their new flagship fixtures, LiteMat+ Plus, to support the charity.
On presenting the cheque, LiteGear CEO, Al DeMayo, stated, “We are very proud to be part of such a great charity. The support for entertainment industry members is an admirable cause that LiteGear can really get behind.”
Tobin Neis of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors commented, “Behind the Scenes is thrilled to have LiteGear as a part of our Pledge-a-Product programme and for their first year they and their customers have made a wonderful contribution that will go far to help entertainment technicians in times of crisis.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit www.behindthescenescharity.org.
Germany - Eighty Anolis ArcSource 4MC LED fixtures were specified to illuminate the indicator for a new heat storage tank (Wärmespeicher) installed in the Drispenstedt residential district of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony.
The impressive 17.5m high 4m wide structure which resembles a quirky piece of contemporary sculpture was designed by pape+pape Architekten from Kassel. It contains an internal cylindrical water feature which is illuminated by the ArcSources which are programmed to indicate how much of the energy generated from the nearby natural gas-fired combined heat and power plant (CHP) is currently stored and available for use.
The lighting installation was commissioned by energy company Energieversorgung Hildesheim (EVI) and the lighting design was imagined and delivered by locally based architectural lighting specialist SSP Design, with Matthias Schiminski and Henrik Nolte as the project’s lead engineer and designer.
When there is a lot of energy stored up and available for use to heat the nearby homes, the 20,000 litre water feature glows red. When there is less available, the colour gradually morphs through to blue.
EVI and the city’s planning and development department Gemeinnützige Baugesellschaft Hildesheim (gbg) initiated the plan which also involved the renovation of heating systems in 1600 homes over two and a half years, at a cost of around 3m euros.
Being right in the heart of a residential district, it was imperative that the indicator structure was aesthetically pleasing in its own right, and something that Arne H
USA - It was an evening of memories, music and celebration as Kenny Rogers celebrated his retirement from an illustrious career. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for Blackbird Presents, All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration, a one-night only send-off to one of music’s most successful artists of all time.
In a recorded production to be televised at a later date, the music industry’s finest, including Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Lionel Richie, Idina Menzel, The Flaming Lips and Little Big Town performed the hits of Rogers, before the evening culminated in legendary duet partner Dolly Parton taking the stage with Rogers himself.
Lighting designer Mark Carver crafted a lighting look that would match the Gambler’s classic style while creating looks that would translate the feel of the live show to those who would eventually view the production at on television.
“The producers were looking for a contemporary yet classy look to go along with the feel of the evening,” Carver explained. “The creative team used a LED video wall to provide content and themes for each song. It was our job to be in sync with both our colour palette and attention to tempo.”
Carver utilised the B-EYE K20 fixtures for colour toning, with Viper providing texture and Sharpys giving the hard edge beam looks. “The Patt 2017 and Truss tower fixtures were used for video camera cross shot eye-candy,” said Carver. “The goal was to translate the audience experie
UK - Based on the 1984 cult film by Lloyd Kaufman in which an aspiring earth scientist transforms into an unlikely superhero after falling into a vat of toxic waste, The Toxic Avenger - The Musical is now earning critical praise in the UK. Driven by an intense rock score by Bon Jovi band member David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro, the show is running in London’s West End.
Contributing to the bold design of the musical is a richly textured lighting design created by Nic Farman that features a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures. The London-based LD deployed 10 Maverick MK2 Spots, six Maverick MK1 Hybrids, 14 Ovation E-910FC profiles and eight Ovation B-2805FC batten fixtures throughout his rig to help create the Toxic Tromaville world the show is set in.
“I wanted the lighting design to be a key storytelling element,” commented Nic. “I’ve worked with the creative team on this show a number of times before and we love creating work that is bold and fun. The director, Benji Sperring, allows me to make the lighting integral to a production and to create stage pictures filled with colour and texture that support the action on stage.“
Hung overhead, the Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures were chosen for their flexibility and were used to create everything from saturated coloured washes to tight pin spot beams and gobo washes. This allowed the lighting to instantly change the stage dynamic and helped to make each scene and song feel unique and fresh. The high output of the hybrid fixtures delivered the high energy level demanded by
UK - London TV and feature film post production studio, halo, has carried out a major £300k upgrade of its main Studio 1 film dubbing stage, which it acquired towards end of 2011 after taking on the lease at 25 Noel Street in Soho.
As one of only three cinema-scale audio mix rooms in central London, halo had earmarked this as the first phase in a comprehensive refit of the 10,000sq.ft building, converting the stage into a Dolby Atmos environment, based around 46 JBL loudspeakers.The speakers, along with the Crown DCi-N network amplifiers and BSS Soundweb DSP, were supplied by Sound Technology, who distribute these and other Harman brands in the UK and Ireland.
Providing technical support from Sound Technology was senior application engineer, Ben Todd. He explained that with Atmos gaining traction in the industry, halo had felt the time was right to bring their main studio up to a reference spec.
With halo’s head of audio operations Richard Addis, and lead mix technician Johnathan Rush overseeing the implementation, in addition to the new generation technology, a heavy commitment was made at the same time to updating the room aesthetics, in order to provide a level of comfort and quality to match the already very highly regarded room acoustics.
halo, at first, had been reticent to change from their existing trusty bi-amped JBL loudspeakers. “So we persuaded them to have a demo of the tri-amped [JBL] 3732T ScreenArray to ensure that their LCR channels were up to date and worthy of the room,” said Todd. Sound Technology provided demo units
USA - Mark Waker, owner of the New England-based integration and consulting firm Balanced Input, faced a variety of challenges for an audio upgrade at Phillips Academy Andover’s historic Cochran Chapel in Massachusetts.
In addition to two lines of large pillars that run the length of the building and obstruct the passage of sound, the Chapel walls have 10ft high wood panelling running around the space along with the wooden pillars and pews, all of which contribute to reflectivity that can further impact audio reproduction. Fortunately, Martin Audio CDD12 speakers would help in providing a one of a kind solution to overcome these challenges.
Phillips Academy, a private boarding school founded in 1778 with a list of prominent alumni that includes former presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, originally dedicated the Cochran Chapel in 1932. The historic space underwent an extensive renovation in 1998 to expand the balcony and seating and add projection screens, but the audio coverage still fell short.
Discussing the recent audio upgrade, Mark points out, “The system had to provide superior audio for the wide variety of events held in the chapel, including school functions, weekly worship services for different faiths, weddings, concerts and recitals by high profile artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin along with guest speakers like Spike Lee and Jane Goodall.
“Of course, the biggest challenge was overcoming the problems posed by the two lines of pillars which are such a huge obstruction the school had to install the large
Ukraine - Four years in its construction, Ukraine’s impressive Lavina Mall has opened the doors to its vast 140,000sq.m shopping and leisure concept – the largest in the country.
Housed within and occupying a staggering 20,000m2 is Galaxy Amusement Park, one of Europe’s largest theme parks. At such a superlative destination reliability is at a premium. Dependability is the prime driver, and so the uniform and fail-safe sound coverage for the entire amusement park is under the steadfast control of Powersoft Ottocanali power amplifiers, specified and installed by integrator and Powersoft’s Ukraine distributor, MAG Audio.
A consistent audio soundtrack is integral to the amusement ride experience and at Galaxy this is distributed via a network of over 400 loudspeakers, installed at the 20m ceiling height and zoned around the indoor park and its attractions. Driving the audio across the vast space are just four Powersoft Ottocanali 4K4 power amplifiers, ideal for multi-zone locations and well suited to distributed systems.
Igor Sydorenko, MAG Store’s field service engineer, and the Lavina Mall project manager, responsible for project’s design and implementation, said: “In the end, the key factor for winning the deal came down to performance and price. The power capacity and complement of eight channels in the Ottocanali series saw the entire, huge, installation fitted with just four Ottocanali amplifiers. Other amplifier brands just couldn’t compete and integrators had significantly higher prices as they were forced to specify
Sweden - On one of the brightest nights of the year in Kumla, Sweden, lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson showcased a drama-filled lightshow using products from the SGM P-family. The show took place on a man-made hill, with smoke pouring from the ground, complementing the spectacular artistic light show on this bright summer night.
The light show took place during a gala dinner during a world leadership conference. It did not take long to choose the man-made hill, as it was the highest point for miles and with an already fixed art-installation with large outdoor installations called Art on the Hill. With a concept of dining at a very scenic place, the event company Bright Blue decided to build a huge tent with see through sides and roof on a scaffold construction on top of the peak.
Kvarntorpshögen was made during World War II, when extracting oil from slate. Although the oil extraction ended immediately after WWII, the hill is now a hot area, and sulphur and smoke still pour from the ground in some areas. With these special surroundings, a light show here called upon both drama and a storyboard to make it alive.
“My synopsis for the lightshow was that the art-installation wakes up during the night and greets guests with colour and lights, and ends with an up-tempo colour explosion where the installations dance,” said Jönsson, the designer behind a spectacular five-minute light show on Kvarntorpshögen.
The task of distributing power and signal around the hillside was immense, and lights were scattered almost everywhere on the hill
UK - The Band is a new musical written by Tim Firth, featuring the music of Take That. Cast through the 2017 BBC reality television show Let It Shine, it is produced by David Pugh and is currently touring the UK through until July 2018, with more dates being added.
With so many theatrical venues playing host to the production, Kate West, production manager has brought Unusual Rigging on board for the duration of the tour to provide motors, truss and rigging for LX and sound positions and for some scenic items, as well as supplying staff for the get-in and get-out at each tour move.
While The Band is not a particularly complex show in terms of rigging, as with the nature of touring productions, some venues are more challenging than others and Kate needed peace of mind that the points could be installed relatively quickly in each venue to enable the fit up to be completed on time. The team also had to be quite conscious of how much truck space was used to transport equipment as space was limited.
Kate explains: “I have worked on many productions with Unusual Rigging and they have always been very helpful right from the start of the process – making suggestions on how things can be achieved, which is why we brought them on board for this particular tour which sees us visit lots of different venues across the UK.
“Unusual provides us with a person who is a point of contact for the show, which means you have one person who is completely on top of the job, which makes it a lot easier and ensures things are less likely to
New Zealand - Since 1984, Grouse Lighting Aotearoa in Wellington, New Zealand, has been renting high-quality lighting gear locally and nationally for everything from weddings to grand opera. With services spanning design, installation, production, and operation, their lighting control platform needs to be fast, efficient, and scalable.
That’s why managing director Allan McShane has made Grouse Lighting a High End Systems Hog house for coming onto eight years. To keep it all in the Hog family, Grouse Lighting has purchased two Road Hog 4 consoles to replace their trusty but aging Road Hog 3s.
“The Road Hog 4s are our general workhorse desk and are used on all sorts of events; from large-scale orchestral concerts to corporate presentations,” Allan states. “Grouse Lighting supports any job that requires lighting, from something as simple as hanging festoons in a garden for a wedding, to outdoor rock festivals. We do lots of opera and theatre work, too. The Road Hog 4s will help us do it all, and do it affordably; they are simply a massive desk for the price.”
The Road Hog 4’s 22-inch multi-touch display can be augmented via a video output that supports touchscreens, and Grouse Lighting’s operators like the four encoders, 12 user keys, and 10 playback faders. The Road Hog 4 comes with four DMX universes on-board, and is capable of a further eight universes of DMX 512 over ArtNet or sACN, via its two Ethernet ports, which are also used for console networking. Five USB ports enabling connectivity to Wholehog wings and more external screens m
Russia - Mercury Space Moscow is a 975sq.m, ultra-luxury, multifunctional venue located on the 40th floor of Mercury City Tower in the Russian capital. The owner of this new space, which has been designed for celebrity events and parties, wanted a sound system that would set it apart. When Sonoruss, L‑Acoustics certified distributor for the region, suggested an L‑ISA immersive audio system - the first nightclub installation in the world - it was agreed that there was no other choice.
L‑ISA, which stands for Immersive Sound Art, is an immersive audio technology, combining L‑Acoustics’ sound design and world-class loudspeaker systems with sophisticated processing tools to create a hyperrealistic soundscape at live shows.
“We introduced the venue’s owner to the new multichannel L‑ISA system, using Kiva II and KS28 when they visited the L‑ISA Lab in Highgate. We suggested that they could do the installation in two phases to spread the cost,” explains Igor Verholat, CEO of Sonoruss. “But he was so blown away by what he heard that he decided to have the complete system installed straight away. In fact, the trip determined the entire concept of Mercury Space Moscow.”
The installation was performed by Theatre Technique and Technology, with the Sonoruss and L‑ISA teams providing support from initial consultations, through to the sound design and final calibration.
“L-ISA provides an amazing localisation of sound sources that immerses the listener in the sound space,” says Alexander Ananiev, acoustic engineer for Sonoruss.
Poland - On a late September weekend, the 54th edition of the popular song festival, the National Festival of Polish Song, was held in the Millennium Amphitheatre in the city of Opole in south-western Poland.
This festival is the annual celebration of the Polish music scene, transmitted live by the national public broadcaster TVP to a multimillion audience. This year it was also a tribute to one of Poland's greatest artists Maryla Rodowicz, who celebrated her 50th anniversary on stage at the festival. DiGiCo’s SD5, SD12 and SD-Racks, equipped with the latest 32-Bit Mic Pre-Amp cards, played a central role in the event.
Almost three weeks of preparation and six days of intensive artist, sound, lighting and camera rehearsals took place from early morning to the dark of night, with dozens of people involved in the production of this three-day event.
The digital mixing system used for the audience PA in the venue had to work seamlessly with the television OB truck's mixers, as well as providing the highest quality sound, failsafe redundancy and ultimate reliability during the live TV feed. DiGiCo consoles were chosen to meet all requirements.
Responsibility for delivering and operating the venue’s PA system went one of the largest and most reputable Polish rental companies, Gigant Sound – Letus
"DiGiCo was an obvious choice, right from the start when the contract was signed for this event,” says Jerzy ‘Gigant’ Taborowski, owner of the company and a highly-experienced specialist in electroacoustic systems. “The high demands of t
Belgium - For lighting designers, testing their design during a show isn’t an option - but neither, in the majority of cases, is it feasible to put together a live trial.
That was the challenge facing Raphaël Ganhy, lighting designer for Gedinne Plein Air Festival 2017. Raphaël turned to CAST Software’s wysiwyg, a comprehensive design suite that incorporates virtual real-time pre-visualisation of lighting, motion, and media content.
“I used wysiwyg from the beginning to the end of the project,” he explains. “That meant spending around 200 hours using wysiwyg and all of its many functions – CAD, Design, CAD Plan, Report and so on. In total, I used around 133 DMX universes. It was a challenging, but very enjoyable, project, and wysiwyg enabled me to determine whether my ideas would work – and to find alternatives if necessary.”
What Raphaël was looking to achieve was something that can be described as innovative and ground-breaking. Where, traditionally, a lighting designer might have looked to video, they wanted to use LED pixel mapping instead. They designed a solution using 300 SGM LT-200 2m graphics tubes loaded with RGB LEDs to create a concept they called ØKUBE in which each pixel is individually controllable.
“Without wysiwyg and the support of Dino Mazza, wysiwyg’s product manager, I would never have been able to test and see if my idea was feasible,” Raphaël said. “Most importantly: wysiwyg was vital in helping us to not only meet the client’s expectations, but to exceed them.”
UK - Created by the Olivier-nominated Les Enfants Terribles, Inside Pussy Riot is inspired by the all-female punk rock group who staged a protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012. This immersive theatre experience is currently taking place at the Saatchi Gallery to coincide with their Art Riot exhibition. Having supplied a range of immersive theatre projects already this year, White Light was called upon to supply the lighting equipment.
Inside Pussy Riot invites audience members to pull on their balaclavas, stand in the dock and experience the realities of imprisonment. The lighting designer for the show is Charlie Morgan Jones. He comments: “Inside Pussy Riot takes its audience through the complete experience of Nadya Tolokonnikova’s trials and tribulations as the founder of Pussy Riot. At only an hour long, it’s extremely ambitious; as are all Les Enfants’ shows”.
The show takes place across two galleries inside the Saatchi Gallery within a multi-purpose set. Charlie explains: “There are numerous locations used throughout the piece, such as the Cathedral, the police station, the courts along with the prison. Part of my role as the lighting designer was to help define each location. Similarly, after speaking with Les Enfants and the set designer in the initial planning stages, we decided to create a feel of heightened reality. There are a lot of scenes that are deliberately absurdist (reflecting a lot of the situations the Pussy Riot group found themselves in) so this felt like an appropri
UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) needed to specify a moving strobe fixture for a major motion picture company and picked Ayrton’s MagicBurst for the job.
Distributed by Ayrton’s UK distributor Ambersphere Solutions, the 240,000lm white LED strobe unit has continuous rotation on pan and tilt and allows individual control of any of the 64 pixels.
RML operations manager Steve Wells asked Ambersphere Solutions to provide a couple of units for testing. He says: “The team at Ambersphere have always been very keen to let us test fixtures in real world conditions. In the film world, our customers work in environments that are not always dust and dirt free. With some shoots running for a couple of months we don’t want to have to swap units out and disrupt filming.”
The MagicBurst’s pan and tilt capabilities meant there was no need to hang multiple units – the crew could just rig a cluster of strobes and point them to the desired area remotely, saving time and power previously required for traditional strobe effects.
On taking delivery of the new units Wells says: “We have already had a number of other requests for these fixtures. With the incredible output it delivers, it’s already proving to be a “blinding” investment.”
USA - Texas state fair’s nightly spectacular Illumination Sensation took place in Dallas from 29 September - 22 October and incorporated Elation Professional gear.
LD Nick Belley and show producers Interlaced Productions used the company’s IP65-rated Proteus series moving heads along with other Elation gear, with all production and lighting supply provided by local event solutions company Onstage Systems.
Set to music celebrating Texas heritage and American pride, Illumination Sensation was held nightly at the Fair Park Esplanade fountain and incorporated an array of lights, projection-mapped buildings and firework displays. This year’s show included lighting of the Hall of State building, expanding the length of the rig to 400 yards in total.
“The biggest challenge we have with this show is the fact that it is outdoors for almost a month,” said Scott Britt, producer and director of Interlaced Productions, who has produced shows at the fair for more than 20 years. “I saw a prototype of the Proteus Beam last January at the Elation headquarter office in Los Angeles and after seeing a demo we were convinced to use them on this project.”
Nick Belley, lighting designer and programmer for the show, adds: “We wanted to add the Hall of State into the show for 2017, and our producer and the fair approached me with a research image from the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936 of these amazing beams of light from searchlights radiating out from the Hall of State in hopes of coming up with a modern recreation of that look.