The annual event welcomes 2000 guests for an evening of entertainment and fun
South Africa - Gearhouse South Africa (GHSA)'s Ryan Dunbar became the latest South African lighting designer to be impressed with Robe's new BMFL fixtures after using the Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire at the 2015 CCI Call Centre Awards staged at Durban International Convention Centre (DICC).

The annual event welcomes 2000 guests for an evening of entertainment and fun. This year the organisers asked GHSA to design a custom stage - complete with runway leading from the main to a circular satellite stage where Awards were presented mid-audience - as well as supply the lighting, audio and video.

As well as the BMFLs, Ryan also used nearly 100 other Robe moving lights - 24 x Pointes, 48 x LEDWash 600s and 24 x LEDBeam 100s, together with 48 x Robe LEDForce PARs ... and a selection of other lights.

The BMFLs were positioned at the four corners of the stage on the floor and used to project massive gobo patterns in the air above the audience, taking the onstage excitement right to the back of the arena. "The zoom function is fantastic" states Ryan, "The coverage is simply amazing".

When not in action for gobo projection and cool aerials, the BMFLs were panned and scanned as tight fat-beams of light around and across the audience just above head-height. "When in narrow focus, they resemble searchlights," said Ryan adding, "They are truly impressive and instantly bring a big arena / sense-of-occasion atmosphere to any room."

The backdrop at the back of the main stage comprised three trussing 'diamonds' adding some serious razzamatazz.

The inside of each diamond shape was toned with four LEDForce PARs. LED panels were rigged in the centre of the diamonds fed with graphics that gave the effect of movement and these, combined with the LEDForces, looked like some kind of new super-fixture. Ryan ran the lightshow on an M1 lighting console.

(Jim Evans)

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