Malta - The X Factor landed on Malta for its first season at the end of 2018, culminating in a live final to find the country’s Eurovision 2019 entrant.
The TV series proved to be a big hit on the island, with the ultimate show broadcast live in January from the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre.
Lighting designer for the series was Ismael Portelli, with Duminku Attard and Juan Vella taking care of the programming. Anton Borg Olivier joined the team for the finals, using an Avolites Arena as his master console to give the last rounds of the contest an ‘extra kick’.
“The Arena has a large surface, with a good number of faders and executors, making it perfect for a demanding lighting show like The X Factor,” says Olivier. “And as well as being powerful, it’s also reliable, which is required for a high profile show that’s being broadcast live.”
Programming duties were spread between Olivier, Attard and Vella. In addition to the Arena, the team utilised an Avolites Tiger Touch II with Wing for white light and a second Arena as backup. Another Tiger Touch II ran the pyros and other effects on a separate network.
All desks ran Titan V11.1, networked using two Avolites TitanNet Processors, one master and one backup.
“Some programming was done off site, since we had very tight schedules, and then the shows where merged together on the main desk,” Olivier continues. “All the songs cues were triggered using SMPTE timecodes, which ensured that all the lighting, vision and effects were triggered corr
USA - When Knoxville-based Shoreline Church, Hope Fellowship Church and City Church came together in December for a night of scripture and song called Lessons & Carols, Harmonic Audio and Concert Productions of Chattanooga accentuated the evening with mood-generating lighting using their inventory of Elation Professional lighting.
“Chuck Hooten, worship pastor at Shoreline Church, wanted to create a new tradition in Knoxville and came up with the Lessons & Carols concept, which combines teachings from the story of Christmas with music,” explains Harmonic’s Drew Hornback, production designer for the event. “It was an inaugural event and we turned to our Elation lights to accent what they were doing.”
Held in Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theater, Harmonic was called on to create a ‘massive look’ with lighting as the stand out element of the show. “They wanted an immersive design so we went to Capture and designed a rig that highlighted the Artiste DaVinci as our profile with Fuze Wash Z350s adding colour,” says Hornback, who also handled lighting design and lighting programming duties.
Lessons & Carols was Harmonic’s first show using their zoomable Artiste DaVinci LED moving heads and Hornback says they provided them with a great look. “The DaVinci was the right fixture for the job,” he states. “The CMY colour mixing and the gobos provided incredible texture to the stage. They really gave an impactful punch at an incredible price point. You can’t find another light like it.”
USA - In the hands of Beckie Campbell, an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 mixing system is more than a console, it’s a base from which students can start their careers in professional audio. As the owner of B4 Media Production, a live event production company based in Vero Beach, Florida, Campbell’s business model serves a wide-ranging client base while empowering the next generation of audio engineers.
“I want to give young people work,” Campbell says, “as well as a leg up that I didn’t have when I started out so they can embark on a solid career path. I hire a lot of freelancers who are just out of college or give students a chance to earn credit hours for internships or complete program requirements. It’s challenging sometimes, but ultimately quite rewarding.”
B4 has a presence around the country at conferences, festivals, faith-based entertainment events, live concerts, and more. “I’m not locked into anything,” Campbell says of her gear preferences. “I just want to use the best. When I first used an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 console, I instantly fell in love with the classic, warm sound of its preamps, plus the feel of it, which, if you’re a traditional knob-turner like me, feels right at home. Conversely, if you’re a pinch, drag, drop, and swipe kind of operator, the desk has you covered there too.”
Since many of Campbell’s freelance front of house and monitor engineers are new to the game, they often arrive with experience limited to only one or two other consoles. “Despite its world class sound and advance
USA - Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, holds five weekly services, three of which involve a full choir and orchestra. The church also offers seven weekly television broadcast programmes that reach a local and worldwide audience. Along with its weekly services, the church hosts an Internet live stream three times a week.
Rusty Trowbridge, technical director/lead audio technician at Southcrest Baptist Church, wanted to improve the overall sound quality for the prominent Northwest Texas church’s weekly services and broadcasts. After testing various options, Trowbridge found that a selection of DPA Microphones produced the best sound and were able to handle the church’s high-production demands.
The upgraded microphone package Trowbridge employed consisted of DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for most of the orchestra, including all of the stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp), 12 DPA d:sign 4098 Supercardioid Ceiling Microphones hanging from the ceiling for the choir and a d:fine 4166 Flex Omnidirectional Headset Microphone for the church’s senior pastor.
“I felt that the microphones we were using unpleasantly coloured the instruments,” says Trowbridge. “We found that with DPA’s d:vote 4099 instrument mics, not only was the sound quality of the orchestra outstanding but the reproduction of the instrument sound was unmatched to what we had previously experienced. I also like how sensitive the microphones are. I do not have to give them a lot of gain to get them to a useable level. In addition, t
USA - The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s long history began with its first production in 1852, launching decades of dramatic productions that cut across genres and that reflect the nation’s journey from before the Civil War to the present.
Shortly after its 100-year anniversary, the Fulton Theatre earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. Despite its age, the building has only undergone a handful of major renovations, the last one occurring between 1994 and 1995 and the one previous to that occurring in 1908. Constrained by outdated stage rigging and lighting, the Fulton Theatre worked with AVL integration firm Clair Solutions on a $1.3m upgrade.
Bill Simmons is Clair Solutions’ senior lighting designer and the person who led the project at the Fulton Theatre. “I first worked at the Fulton Theatre in 1979, when I was a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster,” Simmons explains. “I started full-time work there in the summer after I graduated and stayed on as the resident lighting designer for the next 15 years. The 1994-1995 renovation reduced its seating capacity to 680 and made a clean transition to support dramatic productions over its previous vaudeville setup. In recent years, executive artistic producer Marc Robin has made musicals a specialty of the Fulton Theatre.”
The biggest challenges arose from the building’s “vintage” wooden grid and the sheer age of the lighting infrastructure.
“Almost no theatres have wooden grids these days,” Simmons observes. “We wanted to repla
Columbia - The Colombian entertainment technology and production industry is full of colourful personalities, and one of those is Andres Chamorro, entrepreneur event producer who has been an industry trailblazer for 25 years.
His very successful rental company is Chamorro Iluminación and his most recent ventures include opening two major live event venues – both called Chamorro City Hall – one in his hometown, the bustling metropolis of Bogota and another identical space in the vibrant commercial hub of second city Medellin.
Andres has invested in Robe moving lights to ensure that clients can receive the best and most comprehensive lighting packages when they are utilising these landmark venues which are unique in Colombia.
The 4000 capacity Bogota Chamorro City Hall is located in the north of the city and it’s already been a huge hit; an open space offering a full production set up - staging, lighting, sound, video, rigging, etc - tailored to each client’s needs, be it a band, a corporate entity or a private individual.
The City Hall venues are acoustically treated for noise containment as they are both in residential areas and artists can have identical technical production for two locations, so they can easily do double shows.
Andres likes the multi functionality of the most recent Robe products – BMFL, Pointe, Spiider, MegaPointe, and the fact you can do a lot with less actual fixtures, and because they are appropriate for so many different sectors.
Their Robe fixtures are used extensively in the TV work they servi
UK - Nigerian music star Davido wowed 20,000 adoring fans with his epic production at London’s O2 Arena, lit by show designer Anthony Hazelden using Claypaky’s Mythos and A.leda B-EYE K10 fixtures.
Briefed with creating a production on the same scale as a Nicki Minaj or Drake concert, Hazelden took to WYSIWYG to plan a show for the artist, which included a catwalk and a flying stage. “I knew Davido wanted the production to be enormous,” Hazelden says. “As soon as I understood his vision, I began to draw out the rig to make it work for the different areas of stage.”
The set heavily featured video content displayed on a 10m x 4.8m video wall. “The Mythos were the main fixture over the stage,” explains Hazelden. “I needed a bright fixture that could punch through the video wall. I used Mythos’ gobos to create a number of different looks, and for each the light was still visible against the video running at 100%.” The Mythos is equipped with two gobo wheels as standard, including six beam reducers.
“The fixture is fantastic as both a beam fixture and as a spot,” says Hazelden who made the most of the Mythos’ 4-50˚ zoom range for various looks throughout the show. “The PAN/TILT capabilities are great, and it doesn’t struggle when I needed them to move at full speed.”
The 24 x A.leda B-EYE K10s were rigged on the truss at front of house and were used as crowd and effects lights during the supporting acts. Throughout Davido’s performance, they were employed as the main stage wash light. “The colours are accurate
Belgium - For The Oh! dance music club night in Belgium, a tried-and-tested formula of world-class DJ sets and a string of high-profile singles is proving to hold the key to its popularity and longevity, which recently reached the quarter century milestone.
To celebrate 25 years of The Oh!, both old and new generations of Belgian dance music lovers were united in a recent anniversary party that reflected all of the excitement and energy that have made the club famous.
Tasked with providing energetic visuals for The Oh! once again was Belgium design house CRS Rental Solutions, which designed an immersive stage set-up with a Chauvet Professional rig that included 32 STRIKE P38, 12 Maverick MK2 Spot, 19 Rogue R2 Wash, 46 COLORdash PAR H12IP and 24 Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures.
In order to build the visual centrepiece upon which artists could perform, Thomas Vandekerkhove and his team at CRS peppered the rigging structure above the stage with the STRIKE P38 fixture. As a result of the combination of audience blinder and strobe, the punchy 90W warm white LED source was on hand to elevate the EDM DJs taking to the stage by evoking that classic feeling of ‘90s dance parties.
"The P38s awarded the fairly cavernous venue with a proper club ambience," commented Vandekerkhove. “In addition to strobing and blinding effects for visual energy, the warm white tungsten effect ensured that we could introduce a classic house vibe to the stage, which really transformed key moments within several of the performances.”
While the P38s provided the famil
Italy - A sound system from Clair Brothers was deployed for the 25th anniversary celebration of Italian nightclub Odissea Fun City Dance Club. The club’s owners decided their previous system had served its purpose well but that the time had come to upgrade.
Prase Media Technologies, Clair Brothers Italian distributor, was asked to suggest speakers for the upgrade. Emanuele ‘Lele’ Luongo, product manager at Prase, along with Ivan Omiciuolo and Matteo Barbaro, whom supported the project throughout, recommended the new Clair Brothers PA.
“The main challenge in this room,” explains Luongo, “was to achieve homogeneity in the distribution of low frequencies while also minimizing the reflections, within the entire audio range, caused by metal sets and mirrors on the side walls of the dance floor. We also worked to curb the incidence of medium-high range in the bar areas.”
To overcome these acoustic issues, the new PA system consists of two Clair Brothers kiTCurve12 clusters (four cabinets each) and eight CS218 subwoofers. Luongo explains: “The subwoofers follow the perimeter of the stage, with two subs located in the centre, positioned as an inverted stack to help reduce the impact of low frequencies in the console area.”
In addition to utilising the kiTCurve12 as the main system, there is also a pair of the exact same kiTCurve12’s being used as DJ monitors to allow the DJ to hear the exact timbre that the audience hears. The result is an LR system with controlled dispersion teamed with a horizontal sub array which allow
UK - Danish sensation Myrkur captivates audiences by weaving wildly different musical influences into a single performance experience that is as beautiful in its simplicity as it is unsettling in its complexity. On her 2018 northern European tour, which ended in December, the gifted multi-instrumentalist dramatized the breadth of her musical vision by dividing her show into two distinct parts: the first devoted to traditional folk music, the second to black metal.
Despite this stark contrast, the show flowed seamlessly, driven by the artist’s passionate performance and supported by a multi-faceted production design by David Howard with a lightshow that was run on a ChamSys PC Wing.
“The show itself is split into two,” said Howard. “It starts with Folksange, a set of folk music from all over Europe played on traditional instruments. Afterwards, the stage falls to darkness before transitioning into an atmospheric black metal set. The show is designed to progress, with the metal set juxtaposing Folksange, but both have consistent design elements.”
Key to creating the unifying design was the floor package that Howard created. Consisting of 10 “trees” of varying heights topped with LED tungsten-style lamps fitted with special RGB backlights fitted in custom-fabricated mounts, the design evoked images of a forest of light on stage.
To distinguish the two sections of the show, Howard used the LED filament for the folk portion and then turned down the intensity level with dynamic strobing and colour effects for the black metal set. T
UK - UK rental and production specialist Adlib continued its excellent working relationship with Irish singer-songwriter and musician Hozier, and a production team led by Sue ‘Duchess’ Iredale. The Liverpool-based company supplied sound and lighting equipment plus crew for the band’s recent UK and European tour, with a Coda sound system specified by FOH sound engineer Steve ‘Patto’ Pattison, and the realisation of an eye-catching and inventive lighting design created by Steven Douglas.
Patto joined the Hozier team mid-way through 2018, shortly after completing the Freedom Child world tour with Irish trio The Script. Hozier’s Nina Cried Power EP dropped almost immediately and with a new (second) studio album anticipated in the spring, the touring schedule started apace and continues worldwide throughout 2019.
Patto chose a Coda AiRAY system for the UK and Europe sections, after having an “amazing” experience with it on The Script tour. A powerful and versatile speaker system for its compact size, AiRAY can be flown or ground stacked in different configurations, sounding equally good and bringing a continuity to the wide range of venues on the itinerary.
“It sounds great in a 1200-seat theatre and a 15,000-capacity arena – one box covers all applications” enthused Patto. The speaker selection was key to the crew dealing with the daily variations in venues by using different quantities and rigging set ups. In the largest format they used 16 boxes a-side.
For Patto, the ‘devil is in the detail’ of the fill
South Africa - Lighting designer Joshua Cutts was thrilled to drive a grandMA3 light for the Idols South Africa 2018 finale hosted at Carnival City in Johannesburg. The team worked together for the ninth consecutive year and comprised Dream Sets, the full technical supplier headed by project manager Eben Peltz; lighting and set designer Joshua Cutts from Visual Frontier; with Gavin Wratten once again the executive producer and director. The broadcast was aired on the Mzansi Magic Network.
Deciding that Idols would be the ideal opportunity to test the grandMA3 light, Cutts approached Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution, the MA distributors in Africa. Cutts comments: “Still running on grandMA2 software, it’s still the same desk for now but with new hardware. It worked out pretty well because I broke my arm before we loaded in, and only had one arm to program with. The console was small enough for me to reach every button with one arm!”
From a hardware point of view, Cutts says: “I was very impressed with the work MA Lighting have done on the buttons, faders, and the whole tactile experience, which I think is what they wanted to achieve. The buttons were softer and easier to use, the faders were more responsive and the touch screen very accurate. The grandMA3 light integrated well with my grandMA2 light, the MA NPU (Network Processing Unit), MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) and MA 8Port Node. It worked seamlessly with the system and never gave any problems.”
With his arm not working as it should, and Idols being such a high-
South Africa - To cater for a growing congregation, Thrive Church, east of Johannesburg, has invested in an L-Acoustics audio system installed by DWR Distribution. Thrive Church has two houses of worship, a church in Boksburg and another in Edenvale. The upgrade, which was installed at the Boksburg community, consisted of a three per side L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo System (two Focus and one Wide) with two SB18m subwoofers flown per side, two X12 outfills (one per side) and six 5XT front-fills.
“The previous audio system was about fifteen years old and wasn’t adequate for the size of the venue where we had recently extended the seating capacity,” says Pastor Byron Chicken. “It wasn’t giving us a sufficiently full and clear sound and was battling to fill the venue properly. The new L-Acoustics system has made a huge difference; it gives our venue a beautifully full and clear sound.”
The project was managed by Victor Vermaak who represented DWR. “Very little on the market, at this price range, can compete with the sonic size of the ARCS WiFo system,” said Vermaak. “The WiFo system matched the room perfectly and there was no need for additional delay speakers. As the L-Acoustics saying goes, the best sound comes from one source, so where possible, if you can eliminate the need for delay, the result will be a smoother and better sounding system. This has been the case at Thrive Church.”
France - Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting, video, rigging, special FX plus a snow-loving crew to various entertainment venues and events associated with the Varsity Trip 2018 in Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the French Alps at 2,300 metres in the beautiful Tarentaise Valley, Savoie.
The Colour Sound team of four was led by Steve Marley and working for Zero Degrees Events who designed and produced a busy series of Varsity Trip events running throughout the week. Marley and their managing director Neil Cranston have collaborated on many previous projects, and with Tom Williams from Zero Degrees running things on the ground, the mission ran like clockwork.
The main music venue for the week was the Centre Sportif de Val Thorens, which featured three full-scale DJ performances – including Rudimental’s DJ set - with numerous other smaller venues hosting ‘off piste’ events - including restaurants and bars - scattered around the resort.
Colour Sound also supplied lighting and video - with Zero Degrees co-ordinating and managing production - for French corporate networking company Les Big Boss who had a large event booked in to the same venue immediately before the Varsity Trip Opening Night Party. This provided a practical and high-quality technical solution.
Marley designed and drew up a lighting and visual plot for the Centre Sportif, inspired by the stunning mountain location, starting with the video elements – which were made up of Colour Sound’s 2.6mm Unilumen LED screen rigged in three diamond orientated sections u
USA - TMELED – the equipment rental division of creative event and production specialist Time Matters Entertainment (TME) – has made a significant investment in over 50 Robe moving light fixtures. Based in Plano, north Texas and headed by Randy Cline, TMELED purchased the fixtures from Robe North America, bringing Robe’s Tarrantula LED wash beams, MegaPointes, DL4F Washes, DL7S Profiles, LEDBeam150s and BMFL Blades, together with a RoboSpot remote follow spotting system and LightMaster kits which convert BMFL range fixtures into manually operated follow spots.
Cline’s lifelong friends and production industry colleagues Eric Wade from Crossfade Design and Jim Waits from Communilux were instrumental in him making the decision to go with Robe, which was based on the “quality, popularity and future” of the products and “the team behind the brand”.
Time Matters Entertainment supplies equipment to a wide variety of shows, from corporate and industrial events and awards show to concerts, festivals and live music shows, and Cline has always believed in offering the best and most flexible options to all its clients.
He chose the Tarrantulas and DL7S Profiles for their features and functionality. The DL7S Profile was also picked for its quietness – ideal for key lighting speakers and presenters as well as for theatrical shows; and the Tarrantula for its sheer power and punch as one of the brightest LED wash beam luminaires on the market.
TME is dedicated to providing the absolute best in remote automated spotlight packages and tracking
Finland - Oulu enjoys the distinction of being the most populous city in northern Finland with over 200,000 residents. The city recently saw the opening of Basso Club, a new 430-capacity nightclub that hosted its official opening night in December and features a range of Genelec active loudspeakers including the new S360 and 7382 high-SPL models.
The young owners of Basso Club, brothers Teemu and Miikka Sulkala, were determined from the outset that their club would break the mould. “We didn’t want to do anything that our competitors or other nightclubs have already done so many times,” affirms Teemu Sulkala. “We wanted something totally new.”
Teemu and the rest of his family already had a very clear idea of what they wanted inside the space, which was a former furniture store near the centre of Oulu. In fact, their architect produced the plans for the new venue in just 50 hours based on Teemu’s sketch.
However, designing the club is one thing – equipping it with a top-quality sound system is quite another, and Teemu readily admits that when he and his brother started the project, he had no idea of what would constitute a good club sound system. “We just knew that if we invested a bit more money than a typical club would normally spend on audio equipment, it would also be an investment in our future, so that’s what we decided to do.”
Teemu first came across Genelec at a local trade show and was interested by the new S360 loudspeakers and the accompanying 7382 subwoofer, so a trip to the Genelec factory in Iisalmi was arrange
Spain - Madrid is currently hosting some of the most famous musical shows from Broadway, in which French manufacturer Ayrton’s Ghibli spot fixtures are delivering quality light and colour whilst ensuring energy efficiency.
22 units of the popular moving head fixture have been incorporated into the popular and acclaimed musical West Side Story at Madrid’s Teatro Calderón, in a richly-coloured lighting design by Carlos Torrijos and Juan Gómez Cornejo, with lighting production by Proyect-Arte. In this ground-breaking show, the Shakespearean story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York, where the Montesco and the Capuleto are transformed into two gangs fighting for control of the streets. In the precisely defined box set, Ghibli’s compact dimensions and pin-sharp framing system provides the ideal complement for this classic of Broadway, full of colour and filled with vintage atmosphere.
In another venue across town, El Médico, the acclaimed new musical based on the bestselling book by Noah Gordon, shines out at Teatro Nuevo Apolo under a total of 17 Ghibli fixtures. Set in the XI century, El Médico tells the story of Rob J. Cole, an orphan who, after years of travelling as a peddler of pain remedies, decides to undertake a trip to Persia to become a doctor. In this stage production by Spika and Escrito en las Estrellas, lighting designer Luis Perdiguero uses Ghibli’s gobo selection to lead the scenography, recreating textures and patterns that are reminiscent of forests, desert dunes and even the majesty of a P
UK - Canary Wharf event venue, East Wintergarden, welcomed Celebrity Cruises and 40 trade partners to celebrate the Travel Agent Appreciation Awards.
Celebrity Cruises recognised the efforts of the travel trade at its fifth annual Travel Agent Appreciation Awards, whilst marking the successful launch of Celebrity Edge – the first new vessel from the luxury cruise line in six years.
The ceremony was attended by 40 trade partners with 13 awards handed out by host Jo Rzymowska, vice-president and managing director for UK, Ireland and Asia along with Gavin Smith, senior vice president for parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Nicola McNeish, head of sales, Celebrity Cruises UK & Ireland said, “2018 was a remarkable year for Celebrity Cruises with the launch of the game-changing Celebrity Edge. The UK travel trade has been at the heart of Edge’s success and it was important for us to host our annual awards in a stunning venue that reflected the esteem in which we hold them. East Wintergarden’s scale, grandeur and adaptability was the perfect place to host our awards and chimed perfectly with the Celebrity Cruises brand, whilst its beautiful food and impeccable service made for a truly memorable afternoon.”
Dellar Davies Productions transformed the Main Hall with a white stage and branded backdrop, with an LED screen suspended from in-house rigging and a white carpet walkway running through the venue. Canvas images of Celebrity Cruises’ luxury vessels were suspended either side of the venue, uplit with free-standing blue and white
USA - Southwest Georgia-based S&L Integrated Systems chose an Avolites Sapphire Touch for a recent upgrade at First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Georgia.
“When the church was renovated a couple of years ago, the lighting and sound systems were updated to accommodate small performances, as well as hosting professional touring acts,” says S&L’s Clay Byars. In 2015, S&L consulted on the design for worship spaces in the main sanctuary, high school, and children’s ministry areas.
“The lighting console had to be a proven workhorse and something that included industry-standard features and protocols,” he continues. “There are a wide variety of lighting fixtures that the console controls at the church, including LED ellipsoidals, movers, wash lights, and some conventional lighting fixtures, and the Sapphire manages all of their functions extremely well.”
With its 45 motorized, programmable faders and dual 15.6-inch touch screens, the Sapphire Touch has enough control for even the most demanding lighting director who may use the rig with a touring act, but the ease of programming and saving scenes means it’s also accessible for worship teams that may not have a super-technical background in terms of lighting. It’s even decipherable for musicians.
FBC’s worship leader, Jeremiah Spencer, is a great case in point. “I’m a musician and the worship leader, not a lighting guy, but I’ve been able to quickly learn how to program and run the console,” he says. “Having used it for a while now, I love the flexibility i
Brazil - Superstar, Ivete Sangalo, entertained a massive crowd of 55,000 at the Allianz Park in Sao Paulo, on 8 December 2018. The show was filmed for her latest DVD release, Ivete Sangalo Live Experience, and lit by co-lighting designers and programmers, Paulinho Lebrão and Guillermo Herrero, who chose four Robert Juliat Lancelot 4000W HTI followspots to highlight the singer across the massive stadium.
Sangalo is a multi-talented, multi award-winning performer with 22 albums, 15msales, 51m social media followers, and over 150 national and international awards to her name.
“Lancelot is a very special fixture,” says Daniel Ridano, CEO at Lighting Bits, RJ’s Brazilian distributor. “It is a product that combines quality, power, functionality and precision into a followspot that is by far the best in its segment.”
The four Lancelot followspots were supplied by rental company, LPL Professional Lighting, and rigged on two towers located 70m from the stage. It was here that Lancelot’s 2°-5° zoom optics came into their own: “When we began the project, we did not know what the front of house installation would be like, or even if we would have towers,” says Lebrão, “so we chose the Lancelot because we knew it would be able to cope easily with the enormous throw distances, whether we had towers or would need to position them further away. Lancelot has the versatility to work at both extreme and medium distances.”
This is not the first time Lebrão has used Lancelot in live performance and under filming conditions. “The
Slovenia - The seventh edition of Slovenia’s Got Talent was recorded for broadcaster POP TV in Studio 4 of their complex in Ljubljana, and LD Ziga Kranjne’s rig utilised Robe moving lights for its core elements, including MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDWash 800s, Pointes, MMX Spots, CycFX 8s and a BMFL Blade, all supplied by Event Lighting, a rental company for which Ziga works full time as an LD and programmer.
Ziga has lit all the SGT shows since it started in 2010 and for this one, he worked closely with set designer Milan Mukadin who was also the video designer. They took some of the most popular aesthetic moments from last year’s show and reimagined them for this one, adding new and original visual ideas to keep things moving and looking different.
There was a wide range of artists appearing, so the studio design which kicks in for the semi-finals and final sees 35 hopefuls battle it out, and must be very flexible. The auditions before this are staged in a theatre venue with no moving lights.
Ziga utilised all the studio’s available lighting positions, and his first choice of moving lights – for the last year – has been MegaPointes. Eighteen were rigged on the roof following the curvature of the main video screens.
He made extensive use of the animation wheel in the fixtures and also gobo effects, with some special ones created to combine with low fog. He’s used MegaPointes since the first batch was purchased by Event Lighting… and he loves them!
Eight MMX Spots were positioned in the roof, where they were perfect
USA - On most nights, Washington’s Birchmere welcomes musicians to its stage, some legendary like Ray Charles and B.B. King, others up-and-coming newcomers. But once a year since 2009, the noted live music venue turns its attention to dance, when it hosts the annual Ravens Night theatrical belly dance revue.
For house LD David Beebe, who normally busks for musical performances, the chance to light dance represented a welcome opportunity to step outside his comfort zone. He met that challenge this year with help from his six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures, supplied by JR Lighting.
“The theme of this year’s show was ‘Memento Mori’ which means ‘Remember Death’ in Latin, so it was quite dramatic,” said Beebe. “We had two 90-minute sets with an intermission that featured a total of 14 acts. Lighting these dancers was something different for me. It was a little scary and a challenge, but also a lot of fun. Belladonna and Ken Vegas, the organisers of the show, created a very evocative set, and many of the dancers brought their own very colourful costumes, which kind of elevated my lighting game.”
Also aiding in Beebe’s lighting design were his Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures. He left the Maverick units in their normal house position for the dance show, four of them hung evenly spaced upstage and one each downstage left and right. Drawing on the fixtures’ gobo capabilities, he used them to create colourful patterns for the dancers to move through.
“We like to use the Maverick’s gobos to create backdrops and se
Italy - For the December inauguration of Museo del Novecento, a modern history museum in Venice, Marco Mazzon Sound & Lights turned to their inventory of Elation Paladin hybrid LED luminaires to light an extraordinary vertical dance show by Compagnia Il Posto that took place across the dazzling ceramic-tiled façade of the building.
Located in M9, a new urban regeneration district in Venice Mestre, Museo del Novecento, or Museum of the 20th Century, is a place where Italians can rediscover the drama of the previous century to understand how best to build the future. As the innovative and emotionally engaging museum uses multimedia and interactive technology in its storytelling, it was only appropriate that the creative inaugural show was illuminated using an innovative, state-of-the-art luminaire.
Marco Mazzon Sound & Lights, who also served as lighting designers on the project, required a powerful colour wash light that could project up to 20m from the ground with the possibility of varying the zoom angle. Having purchased a number of Paladins from Elation’s Italian distributor Audio Effetti prior to the event, the versatile RGBW luminaire with zoom fit the bill.
The Paladin is multifunctional and can operate as a blinder, strobe or powerful wash light. For the Museo del Novecento opening, its dynamic wash capability was clearly on display with four units used to bathe eight vertical dancers positioned 20m above the ground in a variety of shades. Moreover, because it was important to control and limit the amount of light spill on the f
UK - London-based lighting and visual rental company Colour Sound Experiment supplied video, including LED screens, cameras, PPU and crew, to Madness’s most recent tour.
The Sound of Madness arena tour was production managed and designed by ‘Luton’ Pete Hosier, who was also the LD, with the video elements co-ordinated by Toby Vogel, who has worked with Madness since 2010.
Video has been a massive part of their live show, especially for the last three of these biennial arena tours, and the screens were in use for most of the band’s lively, up-beat set.
Utilising over 175sq.m of Colour Sound’s BT-6 and BT-7 mm LED product, the main screens comprised a 10m-wide by 5m-high upstage centre surface, flanked either side by two 5 x 5m ‘return’ screens positioned diagonally upstage/downstage.
As well as co-ordinating all the video hardware, Toby creates, generates and formats the content, an area in which he works closely with band members Chrissy Boy (guitarist Chris Foreman) and keyboardist Mike Barson.
Colour Sound supplied a three camera/Blackmagic 2ME PPU package, plus video director Phil Woodhead, who brought his own aesthetic to the visual mix as an integral part of the video team. Phil also worked on the 2016 arena tour.
Toby’s control system was based around Mac Pro Resolume 6 media servers which he ran from FOH, with Phil’s camera mix fed in via Blackmagic external capture cards.