Video Design enjoys British Summer Time
Monday, 5 August 2019
hyde-parkBritsh Summer Time headliners included Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion and Florence + the Machine
UK - AV solutions rental company Video Design has reported a busy summer, including work on high-profile tours and festivals.
“We started the summer run casually with a really successful tour for Rita Ora in May,” reports company head Alex Leinster. “Then mid June and production manager, Steve Voudouris asked us to support a quick sweep through the UK arenas plus a couple of shows on the continent for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Nice camera package, large rear screen full of lovely content - no dramas. And things soon hotted up.”
Leinster continues: “Stormzy commanded the stage at Glastonbury, supported by the outstanding vision of creative director, Chris ‘Bronkski’ Jablonski fused with LD Tim Routledge’s lighting. Production manager, Joel Stanley pulled it all together at extremely short notice, and yes, we sweated some bullets assembling the diverse elements of LED screen that defined Bronski’s iconic set. Even so, working for a visionary like him was well worth it.”
As Glastonbury revelled in the music another Video Design team, led by Richard Corns was busy in Hyde Park with Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time (BST). “The 950sq/m of WV8HD that we installed across the full panorama of the main stage and wings was fed by a very carefully chosen HD camera and Disguise gx2 package,” he said. “Artists the stature of Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, or Florence + the Machine have very distinct styles; these are not the sort of shows for an ever-hungry camera. It might sound counterintuitive, but through that huge panorama of LED the music is given space to speak for itself.”
That BST screen might remain the largest contiguous installation of LED video at any event in Europe, but there is another 135sq/m spread throughout the BST site by Video Design for relay screens and the smaller Barclaycard Stage. “That’s an aspect of working Barclaycard’s BST we really enjoy,” added Leinster. “When the big acts have played their last note and everyone has gone home, all that hardware is put to good use for the people of the city through the weekdays between BST weekends - and frequently free of charge.”
As BST loaded out, another contingent from Video Design were already on their way across the Atlantic for a North American tour by Jeff Lynne’s ELO. “Production manager, Chris Vaughan runs a really sharp production,” said Leinster. “We ship across our PPU control and camera system along with all our custom-built LED carts and associated packaging. We arrive ready, straight into the first show with a production team Chris already knows will load out in under two hours, and barely take two hours longer to load in. In a hot and busy summer, it’s the human dimension that brings proper definition to the world of HD.”
(Jim Evans)

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