Video and AV News

hannoverAbsen in the driving seat in Hannover
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Germany - The International Automobile Exhibition (IAA), which took place in Hannover on 20-27 September, is the one of the world's most important trade fairs for mobility, transport and logistics. This year saw two of the show’s biggest names - DAF Trucks and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles - rely on Absen’s Polaris products to ensure that their respective booths packed a visual punch.
DAF used its stand to showcase 90 years of vehicular innovation. This was illustrated by the classic DAF A1600 from 1967 through to the future DAF CF Electric Innovation, while a prominent position was taken by DAF’s latest LF, CF and XF ranges. The stand was based around the theme, ‘Proud of our Heritage, Leading Today, Ready for the Future’.
Providing the striking 30m x 4m video wall for the 2,500 sqm DAF stand was Netherlands-based rental and sales company, Bazelmans AV, which made good use of the its newly acquired inventory of 120sqm of Absen PL2.9 rental LED screen; all of which was earmarked for the IAA show. As well as attracting visitors to the stand, the giant LED wall provided a powerful backdrop for press conferences like the one given by DAF Trucks’ president, Harry Wolters.
Project manager for Bazelmans AV, Aart Hakbraken commented: “The LED wall was the star of the show on the DAF stand and helped to leave a lasting impression on visitors. At Bazelmans AV we like to work with high-end premium brands to deliver the best visual performance and Absen’s Polaris series certainly fit the bill."
Elsewhere at the IAA was the Volkswagen Co

green-hippoIlluminate expands Green Hippo holding
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has provided a range of video solutions, including an additional Hippotizer V4+ Media Server to Illuminate Lighting, to expand their rental stock offering.
Illuminate Lighting was founded by entrepreneur Jonathan Pask to provide lighting control systems exclusively to rental houses. Since then, he has expanded their offering to include video control systems.
Jonathan has deliberately kept the focus on these systems and credits that to the business’s strong growth. He commented: “I think what makes us successful is that we offer a concise range of services. Rather than offering everything, we strive to excel at what we do offer.
“Green Hippo Media Servers are our preferred choice because of their power, reliability and ease of use. They are the perfect tool for our diverse range of clients.”
Alongside the Boreal+, AC-ET have provided Illuminate Lighting with Luminex GigaCore network switches, Lightware matrices and Blackmagic Design editing equipment to create tour-ready racks.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
RealMotion now integrates with Notch
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Canada - RealMotion, the new technology venture stemming from award-winning experiential design firm Float4, has announced the market introduction of the next generation of its transformative RealMotion content generation and editing platform which now supports full integration with Notch software.
According to director of RealMotion Geoffrey Platt, the second generation updates stem from user requests and research, and they underscore the company’s commitment to make the RealMotion platform the most powerful, flexible and creative content generation and delivery system available for entertainment purposes today.
“We listen to our users,” Platt emphasized, “and we want to evolve RealMotion into a platform that optimizes workflows in the way that creative professionals work in entertainment today. By adding full integration support for Notch, we are directly addressing the industry’s need for the best tools that empower professionals to produce their very best work.”
In addition to the Notch integration, RealMotion now supports the NDI video streaming protocol, offering creators “even more flexibility for every project”.
The company is also adjusting its product catalogue, evolving from performance-based configurations into versions designed for specific vertical market applications, beginning with fixed installations. This new organisation will provide end-users with the specific tools and capabilities they need for the work they do, and comes as a result of market needs.
“Ultimately, the new capabilities introduced to

 
mirage-sstChristie expands RGB laser projection line-up
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Christie has announced the launch of the Christie Mirage SST, a high-performance RGB laser projection solution featuring Christie TruLife electronics.
Featuring an ultra-compact, fibre-coupled projection head, the Mirage SST is suitable for complex, demanding applications including theme park attractions, dome theatres and planetariums. Weighting just 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and with its small form factor, the Mirage SST projection head enables installation where space constraints have previously been a barrier. The remote light source allows the chilling equipment to be placed away from the projector head, saving space and ensuring a whisper-quiet experience for audiences.
With TruLife electronics, the Mirage SST delivers 4K resolution at 120fps, or, with an optional license, 480fps at 2K resolution. High frame rates remove blurring and strobing effects in fast-moving images, critical to creating an immersive experience for audiences.
“The Mirage SST joins the recently released D4K40-RGB in Christie’s line up of RGB laser projectors,” says Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The Mirage SST brings flexibility to system design and incredible image fidelity, and, as a result, we believe the creation of the next generation of spectacular, immersive visual experiences is now possible.”
The Christie Mirage SST can be installed in single or multi-projector configurations and is compatible with Christie Mystique Install, which simplifies the design, installation and maintenance of multi-projector arrays, and Christie Guardian, whi

 
 
l8-llc-wOperational changes at Lightconverse
Monday, 12 November 2018

Ukraine - Kiev-based visualisation specialist LC product has adopted a new trading name - L8 LLC - following ownership changes at the organisation.
The company is now fully owned by the development team, with Dmitriy Giventar, the product developer, acting as a founding director. Existing Lightconverse users will continue to receive direct support from L8, which will exclusively develop, support and sell LC product.
The company says in a statement: “We have made this significant step in LC’s development to improve our support and supply the most technologically advanced product in visualisation world. We will continue to provide our customers and dealers with support and sales worldwide from our new offices.”
Lightconverse (LC) integrates and visualizes multiple show-related disciplines including lighting, video, laser, pyrotechnics, and moving object. It is the primary visualiser for High End Systems’ Wholehog 4 range and won the 2011 PLASA Member’s Choice Product Award for Equipment.
(Jim Evans)

 
univ-s-mDanley Sound Labs reinforces The Rock
Monday, 12 November 2018

USA - Known locally as The Rock, M.M. Roberts Stadium is home to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Golden Eagles football team. It originally opened in 1932 with 4,000 seats and has since expanded to hold 36,000-plus Southern Miss fans. Its most recent expansion happened a decade ago, and although the expanded infrastructure and seating is in great shape, the sound reinforcement system that went in didn’t fare as well. After an overhaul installed by AV integration firm Sound & Communications, of Flowood, Mississippi, M.M. Roberts Stadium now commands a full Danley Sound Labs loudspeaker, subwoofer, and amplifier/DSP system.
“The old system didn’t stand up to the elements, and pieces of the speaker cabinets and components were failing,” explained Jeff Crowe, director of operations with Sound & Communications. “The coverage was going, the high end was going, and intelligibility was going. I talked with some friends who attended home games last year, and they said it sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher - laughably unintelligible!”
Larry Lucas of Anthony James Partners worked with USM’s senior associate AD for external operations, Stephen Pugh, to design a system with “superlative intelligibility and musical impact”. “We were aware of Danley’s reputation in the industry and the commitment they have to quality and customer service,” Pugh says. “We spoke with past Danley clients and did some independent research, all of which convinced us that Danley’s reputation was earned. We felt that we had found the right fi

 
 
confluence-ocubo-movements-wHS Series illuminates Eindhoven light art festival
Monday, 12 November 2018

The Netherlands - Christie Digital’s latest HS Series projectors are currently in use at the GLOW Eindhoven international light art festival in Eindhoven.
A total of 12 Christie D20WU-HS projectors, provided by Christie partner Sahara Benelux, are utilised in a video mapping installation on the face of the 19th century Catharinakerk, a neo-gothic Roman Catholic church located in the centre of Eindhoven.
“We’re delighted that Sahara Benelux has chosen to invest in our latest HS Series models, and it’s rewarding to see them already being used in high profile global events like GLOW Eindhoven,” says Miles Donovan, senior channel development manager, enterprise, EMEA, Christie. “The HS Series is an excellent choice for a wide range of applications, delivering high brightness and vibrant colours in a lightweight and compact form factor. It’s our pleasure to play a part in helping to enable the world’s best shared experiences, and we can’t wait to see the creativity on show at GLOW.”
Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to descend on Eindhoven for the international light art festival, which attracts international artistic talent in the field of light art and technology. The event, which is in its 13th iteration, will see more than 30 art installations located on a 5km route across Eindhoven’s city centre, with this year’s theme based on ‘Shadows & Light’.
At Catharinakerk, visitors will see the Confluence video mapping installation powered by the D20WU-HS projectors, which can operate at full bright

 
psi-wPSI delivers for Halloween spectaculars
Friday, 9 November 2018

UK - Production Services Ireland (PSI) capped a busy Halloween period by supplying technical infrastructure and support for Belfast City Council's Halloween Monster Mash and Samhain Live Halloween TV special, which was filmed in Derry/Londonderry.
PSI specialises in lighting, rigging, audio and video - for sale and hire. In the build-up to Halloween, the company also supplied riggers for the visiting U2 and ELO productions at Belfast’s SSE Arena, and full technical production for Harlem Gospel Choir at the Ulster Hall and a major public event in Lisburn.
Monster Mash afforded PSI an opportunity to deploy its Adamson PA inventory, which the company acquired in April when it became a certified reseller and rental partner. It also supplied lighting, video, rigging and staging for the themed event that welcomed thousands of people to the Titanic Slipways.
Sound reinforcement for Monster Mash featured 24 Adamson S10 full-range cabinets and 12 S119 subwoofers, powered by Lab.gruppen PLM20K44 amplification. PSI supplied a mix of Robe, CLF Lighting and Showtec fixtures, together with an Avolites Tiger Touch II for control, as well as four Litec Flyintower 13-2000 towers and a 10m x 7m stage.
In Derry/Londonderry, the brief demanded production support across a number of locations, as well as feeds for local TV channel TG4, BBC Two Northern Ireland and BBC Foyle live broadcasts. PSI provided sound, lighting, video, rigging and staging for two stages at the Craft Village (a reconstruction of an 18th Century Street and 19th Century Square), a stage at

 
 
knightsElite Multimedia backs Nashville Knights
Thursday, 8 November 2018

USA - As part of the LA-based Legends Football League, the Nashville Knights are a 7-on-7, tackle football team that incorporated into the league in 2018. Playing their inaugural season in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the Knights wanted to offer an in-game experience that would create a lasting connection with their fans.
Needing to supplement the production gear inside the multi-purpose event venue, the Knights worked with Elite Multimedia Productions who oversaw a complete game-day audio, video and lighting design.
“We try to design our in-game experience to be similar to what they do in the NFL to heighten the experience for our fans and provide a deeper connection to the action on the field,” says Candice Leisengang, operations manager. “When we started looking for production companies, we really needed someone who had the ability to do live audio, camera’s and video screens, plus we needed to implement an instant replay system. The Elite Multimedia team, led by Harry Shaub, was absolutely incredible and they really helped us walk through all the possibilities.”
“Our initial concept for the video portion of the production design was to have the screens hanging above the field, almost like a hockey rink,” says ToniAnn Santana. “As we started working with Elite Multimedia Productions, we decided to place the screens in the end zone so that everyone in the arena would be able to see the high-definition 4K video. Harry really took the time to educate us on the technical side, and it looked great.”
With the LED video d

 
survey-wPLASA posts ‘most comprehensive’ industry research
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

UK - The UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28bn in 2017/18 and its value is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.
The study - said by PLASA to be 'the most comprehensive study of the entire entertainment technology industry in many years' - is available to download from plasa.org. It delves into each market sector’s performance and also looks at the effects of macro-environment trends and employment.
According to the findings, all sectors have experienced growth, particularly AV and audio, which represent 38% and 27% of the market share respectively. AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including architectural and retail. Audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.
The suppliers surveyed showed a positive sentiment about the future of architectural & commercial, concert & touring and themed attractions; performing arts, DJ and studio sectors were also listed. The future of the industry is also positive, with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.
PLASA managing director, Peter Heath, comments: “It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape. And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live enter

 
 
roe-visualROE Visual expands technical support team
Monday, 5 November 2018

The Netherlands - ROE Visual has appointed Emmanuel Pezant to the role of technical sales support.
An experienced LED technician, Pezant has worked as a video technician for over 15 years. Pezant has worked as LED and video technician for notable partners in the French market.
“Combining his practical skills with a commercial flair, Pezant will support our French speaking clientele in both their commercial needs as well as the occasional technical support. We are very pleased to have him joining our team,” states Auke Meijer, operations & sales director for ROE Visual Europe.
(Jim Evans)

 
led-creative-wembleyLED Creative supports Radio 1’s Teen Awards
Friday, 2 November 2018

UK - Celebrating the world of entertainment, the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards recognises some of the UK’s unsung heroes alongside stars of music, sport and screen. The live event, held at the SSE Wembley Arena, fronted by Greg James, Mollie King and Maya Jama, featured a host of acts including Little Mix, 5 Seconds of Summer and Sigrid.
Working alongside gaffer Richard Gorrod and PRG, LED Creative assisted in building the vast ‘neon’ archways and circular truss system that spanned the areas above both the stage and the audience. The installation allowed the team to create a truly immersive viewer experience that extended beyond the main performance stage to fill the entire venue with a spectacular array of shape and movement.
LED Creative also provided a range of proprietary products, including the company’s Pulse Wands and Sigma Fairground fixtures paired with BYTE Controllers, which the LD and LED Gaffer Craig Davis incorporated into performances from 5SOS and Not3s & Mabel. The 2m Pulse wands allowed intense bursts of colour, perfectly choreographed to match Lighting Op Chris Scott’s dazzling display on stage and out into the arena.
Speaking about the show, LD Stuart Pring says, “The equipment supplied by LED Creative for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards allowed us the flexibility to build a stunning installation for the show. In particular, the arches created above the performance areas and across the audience allowed us to extend the visuals beyond the confines of the stage right throughout the venue.”
LED Creative project manage

 
 
super-serviceGreen Hippo Amba+ debuts at awards show
Friday, 2 November 2018

South Africa - Cape Town’s first Green Hippo Amba+ was put through its paces at the Shoprite Super Service Awards held in at the ExecuJet Hangar at Cape Town International Airport, with one third of the 2400sq.m space used for a jet plane parked inside.
Solid Group were appointed by Venturescapes Events to supply the full technical at the awards, attended by 600 guests. They took ownership of the Hippotizer Amba+ a few days before the event.
“We initially came up to visit DWR Distribution purely to attend the L-Acoustics Kiva demo with Richard Smith,” Alex van Dyk, owner of the Solid Group, explains. “Luckily we set aside enough time so that we could go through all the toys. Dylan Jones spent time with us on the Green Hippo, and we completely fell in love with it. Even having the baby Amba+, it’s incredible how powerful such a small unit can be, and this is the entry level unit! It packs a punch.”
Keystone Productions created the content around the three separate screens. “The nominees' names would appear on the left-hand screen, and the area from which they came from would be on the right-hand screen, with an award category always on the centre screen with a rolling video,” adds Van Dyk. “For some of the artists’ performance, they had a camera in the middle and video running on both sides or vice-versa. So we would split the screens up to do different things at different times which is exactly where the Hippo came in and did incredibly well.”
(Jim Evans)

 
dinosaursVDC in Walking with Dinosaurs
Friday, 2 November 2018

EuropeWalking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular (read report in LSi November) is a $20m production based on the award-winning TV programme of the same name.
The show benefits from major improvements to animatronics, which have enabled the life-like dinosaurs to 'eat' and 'breathe' - and live arena experience has already been seen by over nine million people in more than 250 cities globally. 
Experience and expert technical knowledge has been essential in executing the brief, and South Wales-based Sonalyst was called upon to deliver. The audio, lighting, BlackTrax system and comms for the production were all provided by Sonalyst.
Project manager George Pakenham explains: “Being able to provide it all was exciting to us, generally we always supply the full production package on our tours. Due to the length of this tour it needed to be a brand-new system, so it gave us the opportunity again to invest into the latest equipment available.”
Sonalyst then turned to VDC Trading. The two companies had previously worked together on productions including We Will Rock You, The Commitments London Musical and Monty Python’s O2 reunion.
Pakenham explains: “It was natural to go back to VDC. Audio Signal & System Data flow’s are increasingly digital based now so we didn’t need as much of the analogue based infrastructure but we still source

 
 
colombia-wDirectOut appoints distributor for Colombia
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Columbia - DirectOut has expanded its worldwide business network with the appointment of VCR as its sole distributor for the Colombia market.
Based in Bogota, VCR will handle distribution of the full DirectOut product portfolio and provide technical and sales support.
Hernan Suescun, VCR’s CEO comments: “As a company, we aim to offer our clients the most advanced technologies available to the AV world, especially now that new IP technologies are rapidly developing. DirectOut has the best solutions in terms of audio networking, routing and conversion along with a well-known quality and reliability.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business developer at DirectOut, adds: “A few months after we met with VCR for the first time it was quite clear to us that both companies had a common interest in developing their business together. VCR not only has skills and a deep knowledge of our products, but also has the passion that we look for when we are searching for a new distributor. We came together, and we are totally convinced that VCR is the perfect distribution partner for us in Colombia.”
(Jim Evans)

 
esta-logo-wStolen equipment requires identification
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Argentina/USA - Over $10m worth of equipment has been seized from a black market organisation in Buenos Aires following a two-year undercover operation.
The equipment was retrieved on 13 September in a joint operation between Argentinian police forces, the NYPD major crimes squad, the FBI and the US embassy. The authorities said 10 raids had been carried out, with the kit believed to have been stolen from the USA and rented out to film and TV production companies on the black market in Argentina.
ESTA’s Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) worked closely with the police to coordinate the identification of the recovered items via its searchable online database for missing equipment, Rental Guard.
Martin Pastor, NYPD major case squad detective, comments: “We have recovered over $10m in stolen equipment thanks to Rental Guard. I urge anyone who suffers a theft to post it on the database immediately, and anyone considering buying used equipment to search the database first to make sure the item is not stolen.”
He adds: “I would especially like to thank the members and staff of PERG for their vital assistance in the recovery. Everyone I contacted made themselves immediately available to help. This was a joint effort that could not have been accomplished without their participation.”
ESTA has released a list of equipment for identification. Those who believe any of the items belonged to them should submit a police report or an orig

 
 
l-acousticsL-Acoustics integrates P1 with Q-SYS
Friday, 26 October 2018

World - L-Acoustics has released a plugin to enable interoperability between its P1 processor and QSC’s Q-SYS designer software.
The integration will enable users to control and monitor L-Acoustics’ P1 through Q-SYS.
Jeff Rocha, director of product management for L-Acoustics, comments: “Following the successful introduction of a Q-SYS plugin for LA4X and LA12X in June, accompanying the P1 release with a complementary plugin seemed essential.”
The L-Acoustics P1 plugin for the Q-SYS platform as well as the LA4X and LA12X Q-SYS plugins are available from the L-Acoustics website.
(Jim Evans)

 
cpl-elrow-town-london-wCPL enables Elrow Town’s London spectacular
Thursday, 25 October 2018

UK - Festival Elrow Town took over London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer, bringing eccentricity and an expanded two-day schedule of dance and DJ line-up to match the hot temperatures.
CPL was asked to provide “an eye-popping large format projection system” for the main and second stages.
Mike Radford led the CPL team after they were asked onboard by technical services provider Production Hire from Brackley.
Giant inflatables, mad puppets, massive confetti blasts and lots of fun-filled mayhem abounded and immersed Elrow’s ever-ebullient fanbase in a megamix of fun, fantasy and sheer visual extravagance.
While CPL’s roots lie in the rave and party scene, the company has grown into one of the UK’s fastest expanding full technical production specialists, working across all sectors and more recently building a great reputation in the ‘black art’ of large format projection.
Elrow London’s 2018 main stage (The Town Square) was a big scenic multi-layered design - part of the brand’s highly theatrical touring system - which is alive with colour and detail right at the centre of Elrow Town’s dynamic theming, a look that is hugely popular throughout Europe.
Radford specified CPL’s largest projectors for the Town Square - two pairs of Barco UDX 30Ks - a new acquisition for the company this summer. This was the fourth event on which they had been used.
The projection platforms were built behind the FOH position, approximately 70m away from the stage.
With 120,000lm of output, the animated images

 
 
colour-sound-soft-cell-photo-copyright-stufish-0074Soft Cell wave goodbye with Colour Sound
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

UK - Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and LED screens for the Wave Goodbye concert by UK synth pop duo Soft Cell, who reunited after 17 years for one final show at London’s O2 Arena.
Award-winning lighting designer Rob Sinclair helped build the ambience and vibes for this sold-out pop music moment for the band who’ve occupied some hypnotically catchy and viscerally emotional space in the slightly darker echelons of 1980s synth pop.
Once he was confirmed on the creative team along with set designer Ric Lipson from Stufish, Rob started imagining the lighting.
It was also being streamed live to cinemas around the UK and Ireland and recorded for a live CD and DVD/Blu-ray release in 2019.
Both Rob and production manager Kamal Ackerie agreed early on that they wanted Colour Sound to be involved in the event, “We needed a London company that could supply both lighting and the main video elements and that had a good sense of humour,” he explains.
He’s also worked with H (Hadyn Cruickshank) and the team on previous tours and shows, so knew they would deliver
Once the stage set and screen layout was evolved, the lighting positions became obvious.
A 9 x 9m box truss - clad in a pink metallic-finished fabric surround to emulate the ‘soft cell’ - was installed above the stage on six Kinesys Elevation 1+ motors.
Rob wanted to have lots of fixtures on the rig and the choice of specifics was based around what Colour Sound had in stock, with Robe BMFLs being the main profile. Thirty-six of these, nine a s

 
mariejoseeprimeauretouchee-wSolotech appoints business development director
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Canada - Solotech has appointed Marie-Josée Primeau as business development director.
In her new role, Primeau will work closely with the management of the sales and integration division to identify and develop new business opportunities.
She has held multiple roles in sales over the last 25 years in companies such as Canon Canada and telecoms firm Telus. She also pursed her career for a few years with the Canadian Business Council in the United Arab Emirates and recently worked at Cognibox International Sales.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dwrAudio Engineering on track with Absen LED
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

South Africa - Cape Town-based Audio Engineering took delivery of their new Absen LED Screens just in time for the Lamborghini Urus launch, followed by the launch of the new Porsche Studio situated at the Cape Town Waterfront.
“We didn’t even have a moment to unbox the panels at our offices,” says Marcel Bezuidenhout, owner of Audio Engineering. The Absen gear, comprising of 84 panels, four senders, two scalers and flying gear, went straight to the Lamborghini dealership in Century City, where DWR Distribution’s Bruce Riley and Bradley Bruchhausen were on site to help set it up for the first time. DWR are the distributors of Absen in South Africa.
“Once the Absen was up, everyone was over the moon,” adds Bezuidenhout. The positive feedback continued at Audio Engineering’s next event, the launch of Porsche’s new home at the V&A Waterfront, and a couple of other corporate productions.
“The training and set-up went very well,” Bruce Riley from DWR confirms. “It was easy thanks to Marcel’s extensive knowledge in all technical aspects.”
(Jim Evans)

 
koiKnight of Illumination Awards USA winners announced
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

USA - The winners of the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) have been revealed.
An independent jury picked 18 lighting and video designers who were ‘knighted’ for their creative talent across Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events at a gala ceremony attended by 300 professionals in Las Vegas on 20 October.
The winners are as follows:
Theatre
The DTS Award for Projection Design: Finn Ross & Adam Young for Mean Girls
The ETC Award for Dance: Al Crawford for Victoria
The Altman Award for Plays: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer for The Iceman Cometh
The Elation Professional Award for Opera: Joe Levasseur for Cellular Songs
The Robe Lighting Award for Musicals: Tyler Micoleau for The Band's Visit
Live for Broadcast
The Philips Vari-Lite Award for Awards Shows: Robert Dickinson & Travis Hagenbuch for 90th Academy Awards
The Green Hippo Award for Set & Video Design: Michael Figge for The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
The SGM Award for Unscripted Series: Noah Mitz for America's Got Talent
The ARRI Award for Scripted Series: P.J. Dillon for The Alienist, Season 1, Netflix
The Ayrton Award for Entertainment & Events: Al Gurdon for Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
Concert Touring & Events
The MA Lighting Award for Club: Sarah Landau for Fever Ray Tour 2018
The disguise Award for Video Content: Bob Bonniol for GM World In

 
 
cpl-tropic-skincare-photo-by-ben-daure-50CPL video design for Tropic Skincare
Friday, 19 October 2018

UK - CPL supplied full technical production, including video design, equipment and crew, to show producers Pandora Events for a large Glambassador motivational event.
The event featured numerous presentations and awards as well as a gala dinner for Tropic Skincare in Hall 12 at the NEC, Birmingham UK.
CPL’s project manager Mike Radford, working with Lee Gruszeckyj and Karl Johnstone, composed a contemporary stage and screen design, which utilised over 200 panels of the company’s new ROE CB5 indoor / outdoor LED screen product - so new that it had only been delivered to the warehouse the previous day.
Three onstage LED screens were flanked by two IMAG screens out to the sides giving an impressive widescreen look. The central screen was made up of two pieces - an arch with a central cut-out panel - which was manually removed for artist entrances and exits for the evening portion of the event when the 2500 audience were entertained by an array of dancers and performers.
(Jim Evans)

 
stonehengeGreen Hippo joins Stonehenge experience
Friday, 19 October 2018

UK - It took a year of negotiations, but 2018 saw Stonehenge host its first-ever live DJ set. And lighting creative Motion Mapping, complete with a pair of Green Hippo Hippotizer Karst Media Servers supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies, was tasked with delivering a digital video projection show equal to the brooding majesty of one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
Up until this happening, ‘playing Stonehenge’ had proved impossible. Deep, booming bass, large crowds, and ancient stones are not always a good mix and English Heritage, Stonehenge’s current protector, had turned down numerous requests from music acts. But one Alon Shulman was perfectly placed to make the gig happen.
Shulman is a special advisor to English Heritage and a business partner with DJ Paul Oakenfold. His live DJ set pitch ticked all the boxes: the show - including Live from Stonehenge, the album of Oakenfold’s DJ set - would raise funds for English Heritage; the event would introduce the Wiltshire monument, parts of which date back 5,000 years, to a new generation; the crowd would number but 50 lucky souls; and, thanks to ‘silent disco technology’ - aka headphones - the noise impact on the celebrated shrine was zero. At last, one of the ultimate scenes was set.
In contrast, though, to the serene setting, Motion Mapping had only 30 minutes between Stonehenge closing to the public and the guests arriving to get ready to dazzle. Speed and reliability were of the essence and Green Hippo and Hippotizer delivered exactly that. Using a pair of Hippot

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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