DPA Presents New HydrophoneDPA Presents New Hydrophone
Wednesday, 14 November 2001

DPA Microphones has released its next-generation model of waterproof microphones - the Type 8011 - which, according to the company, is the only high-quality phantom-powered hydrophone in the world.

The 8011 is the only 48V phantom powered waterproof microphone specially designed to handle the high sound pressure levels and the high static ambient pressure in water and other fluids. With a full bandwidth of 100Hz-20kHz, the 8011 hydrophone uses a piezoelectric crystal sensing element which is enclosed in a capsule so that it can withstand high pressure encountered at depths of up to 50m without being damaged or suffering changes in its performance characteristics. The sensing element gives the hydrophone a dynamic range of more than 100dB, so that even large fluctuations in the SPL emitted from a sound source, or in the distance from the sound source to the hydrophone, will cause no distortion in the recorded audio signal.

The Type 8011 uses a built-in precision preamplifier, which remains unaffected by temperature changes. The preamplifier is powered via a standard P48 system and is equipped with a standard 3-pin XLR-connector. The integral cable has a robust and abrasion-resistant jacket, which allows the product to be used in permanent installations immersed in water or ice over long periods of time.

At the Olympic Games in Sydney, broadcast engineer Al Craig chose DPA hydrophones to provide a sound that matched the underwater cameras covering Swimming, Diving and Water Polo. "The idea was to provide a contrasting texture when the vision went underwater,"

Soundcraft Names New Product Director
Wednesday, 14 November 2001

Soundcraft has announced the appointment of Ian Staddon as product development director - a newly created role at the head of a team of experienced product managers. Staddon assumes responsibility for Soundcraft's strategic product development activities, including market research, new product definition and specification, project management and new product introductions.

Staddon has been with Soundcraft for more than 10 years, working in purchasing, project management, production and sales, where his most recent role has been as regional sales manager for Asia and South America. He has been in the audio industry for over 16 years, having started at Bandive where he became production manager for the last SECK range of mixers.

New Distributors for L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 14 November 2001

French PA System manufacturer L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of several new distributors. Representing the company in the territories of Belgium and Luxembourg is ASC, one of the leading multi-brand pro audio distributors in the region, involved in the sale of high quality products as well as complete audio systems since 1978. ASC also designs and services turnkey systems for the pro-audio industry as well as leisure facilities such as theatres, entertainment centres and multi-purpose venues, interior and exterior paging systems for public areas, broadcast radio and TV studios and music recording and AV studios.

On the other side of the world, Random Audio has been appointed as the Australia and New Zealand distributor for L-Acoustics. Random Audio was established in the late 1980s to service a growing demand for consultative services to the Australian professional audio industry. Founder Peter Ratcliffe had 20 years' experience in every aspects of sound reinforcement and saw an opportunity to utilize this knowledge. Consultation quickly developed into supply, and for the past 10 years Random Audio has supplied a wide range of professional audio equipment to customers around Australia including theatres, entertainment venues, installations and professional users.

Bauer with ScreencoBauer with Screenco
Wednesday, 14 November 2001

Dutch performer Frans Bauer recently played seven dates at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, the experimental nature of his stage set matching that of the music produced by the vibes/marimba percussionist. The production called on 81sq.m of 25mm LED screen, supplied by Screenco Holland, to present a graphics display in line with the music. But what was so unusual was that this display was set at an angle of 20°, enabling the orchestra to sit within the screen itself, creating a type of virtual décor environment. Explained Screenco’s Jeroen Jongenelen: "At the front of the stage a further 30 modules of 15mm LED screen were set under a plexi-glass floor, allowing the artists to walk over the screen."

This was the first time that a screen had been positioned at an angle of 20° to form a vibrant part of Hub Berkers' imaginative set decor and the overall stage environment. "It was made more exciting by the fact that the orchestra could sit within the screen," remarked Jongenelen. To facilitate the front-stage screen, a special construction was fabricated, allowing the modules to be laid on their back for the artists to walk across.

"This was a highly original application of our products and a major step forward for LED screens," summarised Jongenelen. "It was a taster of what we can expect in the future as LED screens form an intrinsic part of increasingly ambitious stage sets."

Martin Leads Yates' New Technology Drive
Wednesday, 14 November 2001

Yates Group is striving to give a more contemporary feel to its traditional Wine Lodges, using the latest technology to add a younger, metropolitan concept to its brand portfolio. The new-look venues will give higher priority to dynamic music and lighting, as demonstrated by the most recent conversion - in Peterborough’s trendy leisure strip, The Broadway.

The Yates Group has a long association with Martin Audio loudspeakers, and the company’s technical manager Les Farmer, had no hesitation in returning to their catalogue to create even coverage across the new 525-capacity, 3000sq.ft bar. The requirement from the designers, Mason Wood Architects, was for discrete lighting and sound reinforcement. Thus four recessed white C516 ceiling speakers, with their own volume control, have been concealed in the far corner chill-out area of the four-zone venue, to complement the eight white EM26s distributed throughout the venue, and a pair of strategically concealed EM150 subs (one on the dancefloor and one at the back of the venue). The system is driven by Inkel amplification and mixed through a Cloud CXM modular mixer.

The venue's technology was installed by TTL, who also provided the lighting and their Music Manager hard disk delivery system - which hands over to a DJ several nights a week. The stridency of the lighting effects - predominantly recessed Abstract VR8 scanners and AVR miniature DMX colour changers - are dictated by the style of the music, the compatibility ensured by a Pulsar Replay unit (with memory card). Vision is also a vital part of the Yates&rsqu

The Ministry Makes History
Wednesday, 14 November 2001

The Ministry of Sound has unveiled the only DTS Digital Surround DJ station and multi-channel sound system in the world. The booth - relocated to the far end of the main room - is the first to incorporate eight decks, along with seven sound mixers and seven other input sources in a DTS Surround Sound environment. ProMedia Systems were called in to specify the system, working closely with the venue’s technical consultant, Keith Hardy.MoS selected a Martin Audio Blackline monitoring system to meet the high-system specification of its newly-commissioned DTS 5.1 Digital Surround DJ station and multi-channel sound system - the first in the world. Aware that other superclubs had adopted the Blackline F12 for their house booths, the Ministry of Sound decided to go one better, and on the recommendation of ProMedia’s Matt Bate, Hardy asked to demo a pair of Blackline F15s at the club over a busy weekend.

As a result, house engineer Mauro Tarable and resident DJ Sandy Rivera, gave an unqualified thumbs up - and Hardy extended his order to five of the F15s, to be run in conjunction with an S218 - creating the highest-impact combination in the Backline series. The F15s are arranged in the traditional 5.1 configuration, with the centre speaker mounted horizontally, horn down. The sub is recessed in an enclosure at the centre rear. Martin Audio sales manager Simon Bull commented: "The requirement at the Ministry is far more comprehensive than normal, owing to the 5.1 digital surround sound design. Using the F15s makes this one serious system, which underlines the impor

Arts with Marquee & TurboArts with Marquee & Turbo
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

A multi-purpose arts centre in Leamington Spa entered the latest phase of its redevelopment this month when new Turbosound trapezoidal Floodlight enclosures were installed by Marquee Audio as part of a high-quality sound specification, jointly designed by the Shepperton suppliers and the venue's technical manager, Chris Whalley. Flown as a three-wide centre stage cluster under six Turbosound TFL-118 (1 x 18") bass bins, the unusual configuration at the Royal Spa Centre in a confined space meant that Turbosound's Danny Cooklin, working with Marquee Audio's Scott Wakelin, had to design special flying hardware. Cooklin explained: "There wasn’t really sufficient height above the cluster for the bins so we had to create a lot of angle to enable us to array them properly."

The two sets of bins sit either side of the flybar which supports the central three trapezoidals boxes - and actually sit above the height of the grid suspended over the floor. Six Turbosound TCS-40s occupy the three delay positions down the 800-seat venue (500 stalls, 300 balcony) with a pair of TCS-35s used as front-of-stage image speakers. Turbosound TMC-1250 and TMC-750 amplifiers power the system. Marquee Audio also sold the venue an 8-in/8-out BSS 9088 Soundweb, which takes care of the digital routing and matrixing.

Wakelin explained: "Chris provided us with a wish list which we fed into the budget." This included a 40/8 Soundcraft Series 2 mixing desk which takes feeds from a Sennheiser EWS535 UHF radio system, also specified by the venue's technician.

New Controller from Elektralite
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

Elektralite has launched the CP 16/24, a universal moving light controller and big brother to the renowned CP10xt - the workhorse of many club designs the world over. Whereas the CP10xt offers control of 16 x 8-channel fixtures, the new CP16 / 24 allows the user to control the very largest fixtures with its 16 x 24-channel capability (384 DMX channels). The CP16/24 is capable of programming a wide variety of different manufacturers' intelligent moving fixtures through the use of extensive libraries already patched and ready for use. There are even additional entries to cover fixtures not already specified in the library. It will also control dimmers, colour changers - in fact, virtually any device that utilises DMX protocol.

Retaining the ease of programming which made the CP-10xt such a world-wide success, it takes only seconds to learn how to enter a cue, create a chase, and construct a macro. Manual control of any individual or multiple fixtures can be done at any time even while a pre-programmed show is playing. Other features include: auto-masking, timed crossfade, and coarse or fine joystick control. The user also has the added ability to turn the joystick from absolute to relative position control, providing accurate positioning of moving lights. To enhance creativity, a MIDI port is provided which allows control of the CP16/24 remotely from another MIDI device such as a keyboard. The MIDI port also allows CP16/24s to be linked, and to download or upload complete memory content to a 3.5" disk, for example. The CP16/24 is supplied with an external power supply

PRG to Cultivate LSD/Fourth Phase in Atlanta
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

The Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), a leading provider of entertainment technology products and services, has announced a plan for its Atlanta facility to aggressively develop and promote itself locally as the leading provider of entertainment lighting in the region. Fourth Phase, the Group's entertainment lighting branch, is embracing the local market in Atlanta, one of its many strategic locations. LSD/Fourth Phase has called Atlanta home for approximately five years, and is moving forward with plans to direct its focus on regional business opportunities. The company will be expanding its sales efforts in order to build its local presence in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Simultaneously, LSD/Fourth Phase Atlanta will make a significant commitment to building and sustaining a standing inventory to service the region.

"As Atlanta's draw continues to grow, LSD/Fourth Phase will be there for support. With Bryan Gazo as the driving force for local sales, I am confident that we will be an invaluable resource to visiting and local exhibitors," said Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG. With an established plan for expanding the local capabilities in Atlanta to include complementary audio equipment and support, LSD/Fourth Phase will take up residence in an expanded facility in the area equipped to support PRG's growth plan for 2002.

Dragons Pump up Value with TSC Music
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

TSC Music recently completed an extensive audio-visual installation for Dragons Health Clubs Plc at their newly opened Milton Keynes venue. As a leading supplier of business music solutions, TSC is proud to have built up a professional working partnership with Dragons to supply all their new and existing clubs with music and audio-visual systems. At Dragons Milton Keynes, TSC installed their latest state-of-the-art Hard Disc music management system to run 'Dragons FM' bespoke simulated radio service, incorporating a maximum of up to 10,000 purposely selected tracks as well as audio commercials and messages. In addition, TSC also installed an eight-hour CDi music system and audio-visual system in the gymnasium together with an audio communication system in the aerobics studio. TSC offers a complete design and installation service covering the whole of the UK with an extensive portfolio of products including Hard Disc and eight-hour CDi music systems, CCTV, public address and telephone music-on-hold.

Newbury Racecourse with Community
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

Newbury Racecourse has had a sophisticated new public address system, involving 6km of cable, installed into its new Tattersalls Grandstand by Racecourse Technical Services Ltd (RaceTech). Owned by the Racecourse Association, RaceTech is responsible for upgrading and maintaining the public address systems throughout all the UK's racecourses. They are also responsible for the starting stalls, photo-finish, and with a five-camera television unit roaming the course, providing pictures to the race stewards to ensure race integrity and produce the on course television programme. On the 28 race days that take place each year at Newbury, signals are sent to TVs dispersed around the course, while a RaceTech PA engineer feeds commentary and information announcements from a broadcast PA office in the Weighing Room.

Newbury's three-storey Grandstand - designed by Foster & Partners and built at a cost of £9 million - is divided into a five-zone audio configuration - one for each floor (including the betting hall, viewing galleries, 600-seat restaurant and conference areas), as well as a general circulation area. The fifth is designated for outside, where maximum speech intelligibility has to be delivered for a balcony audience of 700, and a further 2,500 on the stand steps. But when budget cutbacks forced audio systems engineer Robin Dibble to dispense with the auxiliary under-balcony enclosures, he turned to Community R2s and R0.5s, mounted high up on the new grandstand. "The remit was to provide front coverage and onto the lower part of the steps," he explained. "Th

Fruitmarket’s Facelift
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

Our picture shows the new lighting scheme for the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. The project was launched in November 1995 when the Fruitmarket announced an international contest to design a new and permanent lightwork to highlight the position of the gallery in central Edinburgh. The winning design, which came from artist Peter Fink, features a ‘roof fin’ light triangle, light detailing on the east and west roof and a light pavement. As far as we know, the project is unique un Britain and uses Color Kinetic LED systems installed and programmed by Lighting Technology Projects.

Stardraw: New Software for LDs
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

Stardraw selected LDI 2001 as the launch platform for its latest lighting design and documentation software. Stardraw Lighting 2D is an all-new offering from the London-based software company and replaces the Stardraw 2DV3 package which has been available since 1998. The Windows application boasts a library of over 8,000 symbols of fixtures and truss, regular monthly updates of new symbols and program features, advanced reporting and an interface that is "so easy, even a salesman can use it."

David Snipp, Stardraw’s managing director and head of development, described some key elements: "This code has been under development and evolving for eight years so it’s very robust, reliable and above all, fast. With Stardraw Lighting 2D we've added a lot of advanced features and implemented a subscription-based philosophy, in line with Stardraw Audio and Stardraw AV. Our users place a lot of value in receiving new symbols in a timely fashion, and the cutting-edge architecture we use allows us to add new features very easily. For example, we have just added a utility which identifies any serious problem, whether it's caused internally by bad data from an imported file, or externally by bad device drivers, and Stardraw will mail a comprehensive report back to the developers. This means we can fix any fault without our users having to spend time on the phone, and fixes are always posted within 48 hours. This new version immediately notifies users whenever updates are available from our website."

A significant new step with this software is the abilit

Roadster X4 at Walsall IlluminationsRoadster X4 at Walsall Illuminations
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

For six weeks every year, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council turns the town's beautiful arboretum into a world of lakeside lights, laser and water projections within the floodlit gardens, and plays host to a rich programme of entertainment. Celebrating its 50th year this autumn, the Walsall Illuminations prides itself in being Britain's biggest inland illuminations. The event evolves annually and this year featured video projection for the first time.

Birmingham-based Laser Hire, who were again appointed main audio-visual contractors, this year hired in a Christie Digital Systems' X4 Roadster from a local partner trading partner, AT Communications, to present a spectacular water screen projection over the lake. Laser Hire first delivered laser and lighting back in 1989, but according to Mike Kinsella it has only been the last four or five years that the event has developed into its current spectacular format.

While Laser Hire produce the images for the laser show, the Roadster is fed from a Powerpoint-based presentation projecting space images onto a six-metre water screen, repeating on a loop every four and a half minutes. The opening intro features the council’s branding and closes with the logo of the main sponsor, Birmingham Midshires Building Society. Using 3-chip DLP technology the Roadster X4 is housed in the Laser Hire 'shed', mounted at floor level on one bank of the 200-year-old man-made lake, to deliver a 4000 ANSI lumen output over a projection distance of 45 metres. The overall show has been running nightly this Autumn for two and a half hours.

Tuesday, 13 November 2001

ARX Systems, the Australia-based manufacturer of pro audio products announces the release of the new ARX Product CD-ROM V5, the total resource centre for all things ARX. Completely revised and updated the V5 CD includes new products such as the SPL8, SPL20 and SPL 28 powered loudspeakers, 8 Pre mic preamp, ZAT multi-channel transformer packs, updated application notes and much more.

To obtain a copy you can either register online at the ARX website below.

Rosco Model 1700 Fog Machine
Tuesday, 13 November 2001

A high quality successor to the Rosco 1600 fog machine - with radical improvements and lower cost, has been introduced by the company, offering solutions for theatre, clubs and rental applications. According to Rosco, every feature has been evaluated and state-of-the-art technology applied to give long-life reliability and high performance. The Rosco model 1700 delivers fog output equal to or more than that of the 1600, but in keeping with modern practice, draws low power - 1190W (230v) or 1130W (110v). The machine accepts either the 4L or 2.5L Rosco Fog Fluid bottle. The entire range of Rosco fluids is available in these sizes. This new machine has a remote control stored on board, with a 5m lead and fine control for on/off settings. It can be connected to a lighting control board through an optional DMX interface. An XLR socket port enables up to four machines to be operated with one remote control.

Stardraw Links to Italy
Monday, 12 November 2001

Industry software provider Stardraw has announced the appointment of Link srl as Premier Partner in Italy. The agreement was struck at the IBTS 2001 show in Milan and took effect from October 8th. David Morrison, sales manager for Stardraw explains: "We were particularly happy to build a relationship with Link because their profile and positioning is ideal for the current range of Stardraw products. As a leading Italian supplier of cable, connectors and connection solutions they have all the right contacts in audio, AV and lighting. Everybody in systems integration needs the 'glue' that Link supplies, and everybody in systems integration needs Stardraw. It's a perfect fit."

Link's managing director Assunta Fratocchi adds: "Link has built its reputation by observing and driving the technological evolution of equipment used for system interconnection. We are now implementing a new, long-term strategy to bring the best in software tools to our clients. This means offering the right products, dedicated staff, training and front line support. Of course, the Stardraw applications had to be the first in our portfolio since they are so particularly appropriate for all of the markets we service. Historically the acceptance of software in the Italian market has been slower than we might have hoped, but we have watched this software grow in popularity internationally and the time is now right for a concerted push into our domestic market."

Morrison continued: "With a market like Italy, product localization is important - Stardraw applications are already a

PSA to Assess Impact of 11 September
Monday, 12 November 2001

In an effort to assess the effects of 11 September, the PSA are setting up a web-based questionnaire on their website. The survey will try to determine how much work and money has been lost, what area the respondent works in and asks for their predictions for the following year.

PSA member Nick Cooke told us: "There are a number of people in our industry across the UK and Europe who are suffering serious financial hardship as a result of the WTC/Pentagon attack. The cancellations were rolling in practically before the first tower collapsed. I've met several freelancers in the conference industry who have lost some major work as a result of this and then there's the question of what happens next year as the war continues."

Montgomery Leaves Bytecraft
Monday, 12 November 2001

Bytecraft has announced that its long-serving international marketing manager John Drummond Montgomery, has left the company after more than nine years service, following his appointment as Australian Consul-General / Senior Trade Commissioner to Japan, based in Osaka. In an announcement to staff, general manager John Rowland said that Montgomery had been the most successful marketing manager Bytecraft had had. Mr Rowland stated that John had been responsible for opening up new markets for Bytecraft's stage automation business in Holland, Korea, China and Japan, as well as ameliorating the Bytecraft name internationally. In opening these markets, Montgomery had won the biggest stage automation contracts in Bytecraft's history, notably the Singapore Arts Center and most recently the China Grand National Theatre in Beijing.

John had played a key role in Bytecraft's development and position as the premier Stage Automation company in the world, not only in winning business for Bytecraft against larger competitors, but also in developing strong relationships with Bytecraft's strategic partners around the world. Further, the company stresses, Montgomery played an important role within Bytecraft in team-building and keeping morale high.

As a lighting designer of International standing Montgomery was also able to add value to Bytecraft’s business by winning prestigious lighting jobs, which would subsequently be prepared by Bytecraft and utilize Bytecraft technology. The Spire atop the Victorian Arts Centre perhaps being the greatest monument to his ability.

Mobos - Rising Star
Monday, 12 November 2001

The MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards is the fastest-rising star of the international music awards circuit. In just four years the event has grown from its niche origins, through last year’s production at Alexandra Palace, to the London Arena in 2001. The star-studded event included performances from R. Kelly, Mis-Teeq and Usher, plus Beverly Knight and the legendary Dionne Warwick, amongst others.

Production managing the event was Mick Kluczynski of MJK Productions. "It was definitely the best MOBO Awards ever - the show has finally grown up, and I really enjoy working with the team. This year we had a new director, Nicky Parsons, and new producer, Lisa Chapman, with a 3,500 live audience. In spite of the events in America, we managed to retain most of the artists - only Luther Vandross pulled out."

Sound contractor Britannia Row decided to take the unusual step of trialling a new system at the event. With the help of Telex/EVI’s Bob Doyle and Paul Barretta from UK EV distributor Shuttlesound, Brit Row was able to put Electro-Voice’s new line array system, X-Line, through its paces on its very first major UK gig. Sound designer and FOH engineer, Derrick Zieba, who has vast experience of such events, confesses to an initial reticence about using the X-Line, as he had previously found line arrays to lack the bottom end required for rock and roll.

However, he was persuaded by Brit Row’s Bryan Grant, who had been running X-Line on a number of large Radio One events over the summer. "We plugged it in, selected the pre-sets on the

AMX Appoints New CEO
Monday, 12 November 2001

AMX Corporation, a leader in advanced control system technology, has announced that Scott Miller, chairman, president and CEO has resigned, and the company’s board of directors has named Robert J. Carroll, a director of AMX since January 2001, as his successor.

Carroll has over 30 years' experience, including 25 years' operational experience, with a wide variety of technology companies engaged in software development and electronics manufacturing. He served as a consultant to the company in early 2001, and since 1995, has provided similar consulting services to other companies as a principal in Roscommon Limited, which is a technology investment and consulting practice providing specialized support in turnarounds, acquisitions and divestitures.

Additionally, AMX reported 2002 second quarter financial results. Including one-time charges of $8.2 million, the company reported a net loss for the quarter of $8.1 million, or $0.74 per share. As a result of current business and market conditions, the company recorded one-time non-cash charges which included inventory related reserves of $3.2 million; additional accounts receivable reserves of $0.5 million; the write-off of miscellaneous intangibles of approximately $0.3 million; and a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets of $4.2 million. Excluding one-time charges, the company reported pro-forma breakeven operating results on revenues of $23.0 million as compared to $0.02 per share on revenues of $25.9 million in the year ago quarter.

In one final piece of news, the company has expanded its West Region pres

E//T//C  in Bloom for the Poppy AppealE//T//C in Bloom for the Poppy Appeal
Monday, 12 November 2001

Large format projection specialists E//T//C UK illuminated London's famous Wellington Arch at Hyde Park corner in spectacular fashion for the 80th Poppy Appeal. For the first time in its 176-year history, the landmark carried a powerful moving image of blood red poppies cascading down the monument, against a cyan background. The words 'We Will Remember Them' were boldly emblazoned across the top of the structure - in a dramatic tribute to all those who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars.

E//T//C were approached by project director Mick Worwood from Ace Consultants, who had been commissioned to produce the event by Rear Admiral Burns, head of the Kensington & Chelsea branch of the British Legion. Burns initially had the concept of projecting onto a suitable building to make a stirring impact, and also to boost the two days of street collections that are an integral part of the annual Poppy Appeal. He worked with Colonel David Williams - head of the Poppy Appeal - and Ace Consultants to co-ordinate the Wellington Arch project.

E//T//C supplied four 6kW PIGI large format projectors - two for each side of the arch, and also produced all the necessary artwork. Its brief was to produce something that was immediately recognizable to the passing motorists coming up Constitution Hill, and that could be read and understood instantly. E//T//C's Ross Ashton explains how they photographed the Arch and applied 'architectural masks' to ensure that the large format artwork fitted exactly the shape of the Arch.

The police and local authorities were initially concerned

Blitz Opens NEC Office
Saturday, 10 November 2001

Blitz Communications has recently opened a new office near to the NEC as part of its ongoing expansion programme.

The move, a major investment for Blitz, is aimed at giving the company access to the £7million Midlands market. Blitz MD Michael Breen told L&SI: "We have invested £500,000 to ensure that we are offering our customers the high quality, professional service that is expected . . . namely, specialist skills in AV, video imaging, interactive media and graphics for business presentations."

The office will be run by branch manager Martin Green and operations manager Martin Clowes, with Ian Riley overseeing the operation.

Fourth Phase Goes Potty about Harry Potter!
Friday, 9 November 2001

Forget the Oscars: what appears to have been the biggest event in the film industry this year took place in London on 4 November at the Odeon Leicester Square. Crowds of fans turned out in their best wizard and witch outfits to attend the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the cinema was transformed into a replica of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

West Design commissioned Visual Elements and Spirit Design to illuminate the exterior facade of the cinema and, in turn, Mike Townsend approached Fourth Phase to supply the lighting equipment. As the cinema's fascia decorations had been painted with UV paint, Fourth Phase provided 30 Mac 600s, together with eight each of Studio Due’s City Colors and City Beams, used alongside a substantial quantity of conventional lighting to create a striking backdrop for the film's premiere. The long-awaited film will open to an eager public later this month and, with a staggering £1million in advance ticket sales, suggestions are that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will break all box office records. The books have received much critical acclaim and in the UK alone the young wizard's adventures have won author J.K Rowling numerous prizes, the most recent being Whitaker's Platinum Book Award 2001. The adventures of Harry Potter and his two friends, Ron and Hermione, have sold an amazing 120 million copies worldwide and, with the arrival of the film, Harry's fame looks set to last!


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