Modanso entertainment provided the technical for the Intimate Sessions Bloemfontein show hosted at Pacofs on the 9th of Feb.
LD Lucky Lewele made use of an Elation Professional rig consisting of 24 x Dartz 360, 12 x Platinum HFX and 4 x Platinum 1200 Washes all controlled by ChamSys MQ100.
Job well done!
Lady Gaga launched her Las Vegas residency Enigma show at MGM’s Park Theater on December 28th with Elation Professional DARTZ 360 beam/spot effects playing an integral role in LeRoy Bennett’s lighting design. Lighting supply is by Solotech.
With an acclaimed performance in A Star is Born and recent Academy Award win for Best Original Song behind her, the multi-talented superstar is arguably today’s hottest performer. Renowned for her dynamic showmanship, showy costumes and staging, and powerhouse vocals, the pop superstar knows how to captivate an audience.
Headlining her own Vegas show, Enigma, and an accompanying jazz and piano show, the two-year residency will cover 74 shows and possibly more. The theatrical show relates the story of Gaga and her Enigma character and embraces a message of healing and discovery. Lady Gaga herself calls the show “a celebration of all that is unique and different within us.”
What makes Enigma even more extraordinary is a visually stunning set and eye-popping lighting design. Although the Park Theater is a smaller venue, Bennett, who serves as production, lighting and set designer, says he designed the show to feel like an arena concert. To that end, a huge custom-built light pod fabricated by Unison and outfitted with over 230 DARTZ 360 LED moving heads floats above the performer onstage and is the main lighting instrument on the show. The oval-shaped light pod measures 38′ in length and 28′ in width and comprises 33 pre-rig sections. It is articulated and angled by automated hoists and is used throughout the show, sometimes as one huge wash light, at other times for individual, super tight beams.
Bennett, who counts stars like Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson and Paul McCartney among his clientele, has worked with Lady Gaga since her Monster Ball tour in 2009. He is also using DARTZ on his current Paul McCartney and Kelly Clarkson tour designs and said of the narrow beam luminaire, “The DARTZ 360 is a bright, reliable, fast, and compact light source. It’s proven itself to be the best when used in mass.”
Harry Forster, lighting director and programmer for the Gaga residency, noted, “We knew we needed a lot of smaller fixtures to get as many into the pod as possible so the fixture’s output to size ratio and low weight were important,” adding that they were also impressed at the quality of the fixture’s white light.
Solotech is providing lighting, video, rigging and personnel for the Vegas residency, as well as the house PA system for the Park Theater. “The low weight and low wattage of the DARTZ enabled us to handle the logistics of cabling and rigging the DARTZ fixtures with great ease,” Solotech’s Andy O’Toole commented. The entertainment technology supplier began working with Lady Gaga back in 2014 by supplying video on the Art Pop tour. Their commitment has grown over the years, having provided lighting, video and rigging for the 2017 Joanne world tour and now the Vegas residency.
How the six-time Grammy Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-winner maintains such a high level of creativity and quality on such a busy schedule and across genres is impressive to say the least. Her Vegas residency shows are spectacular and reviews have been phenomenal. See it if you can.
Photos: Kevin Mazur
The Pepsi Super Bowl Half-time show with headline performance by Maroon 5 was the first live show debut use of the new Elation #Rayzor760.
Los Angeles-based Elation Professional’s home team Rams might not have come out victorious in Super Bowl LIII but the company was a winner nonetheless as its new Rayzor 760™ LED wash/beam light played an integral role on the American football championship’s celebrated halftime show.
Held February 3rd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and broadcast live on CBS, the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show featured a headline performance by Maroon 5, along with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. Production design was by Bruce Rodgers of Tribe Inc. with lighting design by Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees for what is traditionally the most-watched musical event of the year in the U.S.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show marked the live show debut of Elation’s Rayzor 760, a unique LED luminaire with 7 x 60W RGBW LEDs, 5 to 77-degree zoom, continuous pan and tilt, and new SparkLED™ technology. Barnhart, who has lit over 20 Super Bowl Halftime Shows and says he was happy to audition the fixture, positioned 45 Rayzor 760s in an impressive 60-yard row behind the large M stage at field level. “When we layout a Super Bowl Halftime light plot we look for different layers that give us effect, scale and diversity,” he stated. “When Eric Loader showed me the new Rayzor 760, I immediately told him I had a place for them on the Super Bowl.”
Barnhart placed the Rayzor 760s on a field truss all the way upstage, close to the first row of seats. “I wanted to use the 760 to color the air in the background, which becomes a nice layer to offset the beams in the foreground,” the designer explained. “We also used the continuous pan and tilt to give a different tool for tempo and scale. The quickness of the LED engine also allowed us to dual purpose the fixture as a strobe.”
Although the designer did not get the chance to feature the fixture’s patent-pending SparkLED™ effect – white LEDs placed inside the fixture’s seven oversized lenses that create a unique sparkle effect – he anticipates employing it in the future. “I think the venue was too large to properly show off the SparkLED,” he says, “but we did play with it and I look forward to having that option on other shows where it can really shine.”
The Rayzor 760s produce a well-defined mid-air beam or can spread exceptionally wide for an even wash coverage and performed well during the 12-minute musical halftime performance, holding their own against the 100s of other higher power lights around them. “The fixtures performed really well and not one needed attention from the crew,” Barnhart says. The Rayzor fixtures were supplied for the Super Bowl Halftime Show by PRG.
Other Elation lighting fixtures were used elsewhere in the stadium, namely the company’s new feature-rich Artiste Picasso™ LED profile moving head, employed as front key lights on the CBS Sports stadium broadcast studio, and the Colour 5 Profile™ LED ellipsoidal spot, which was used on the field set. Leading up to the Super Bowl, Elation products were spotted all around Atlanta, supporting the numerous events surrounding the game.
CRC Potchefstroom chose The Production Warehouse as their preferred lighting supplier for their new marquee venue.
The rig features Elation Professional Dartz 360, Fuze Wash Z350, Platinum Spots & Opti Tri whites. Controlled by ChamSys MagicQ and complimented by hazebase base hazers.
Thank you to the CRC Potchefstroom team for your continued support!
To keep up with increasing demand, Johannesburg based Modanso Entertainment has invested in 42 new fixtures from Elation Professional.
These inlcude 24 x Dartz 360 Beam Luminaires, 12 x Platinum HFX Hybrid Luminaires and 6 x Platinum 1200 Wash Luminaires supplied by local distributor The Production Warehouse.
“Moving the company forward and the need to meet international rider requirements at an affordable rate to the client, Elation was the best investment for Modanso Entertainment. The efficiency, Power and ease of use, Elation lighting was always our choice of stage lighting but was never available in South Africa until 2 years ago.
We couldn’t be happier with our investment with Elation and the after sales support from Production Warehouse.” said Patrick Paledi, Owner of Modanso entertainment.
Modanso Entertainment is one of the leading technical suppliers in Johannesburg and offers turnkey solutions for AV requirements, catering for Lighting, Rigging, Screens, Audio & more.
“The 1200s are just beasts!” said Lucky Lewele, head of lighting. “The Dartz are crazy, their infinite pan and tilt is handy for effects and the unit is very light in weight yet powerful”
Marnus Nieuwoudt, Director at The Production Warehouse added “I’d like to thank Patrick & the Modanso crew for their continued support. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Elation and Modanso”
Pictured: Elation rig at the Soweto International Jazz Festival.
Pictured: Modanso and Production Warehouse crew at Elations Stand, Prolight & Sound 2018.
Congratulations to the Virtual Productions team on your investment of 24 GIS LP series hoists.
Arf&Yes [Belgium] has raised the bar to a new level by controlling a record breaking 64,000 parameters over 186 universes
Arf&Yes [Belgium] has raised the bar to a new level by controlling a record breaking 64,000 parameters over 186 universes direct from a single MagicQ MQ500 console to illuminate a spectacular centre piece of 2,260 moving lights. An additional 50 universes of key lighting were easily controlled from a second MagicQ MQ500.
Read the full story at https://secure.chamsys.co.uk/news_nye2017_china
Lectrix has seen over 90 Roadie Roadie series intelligent distros and 100’s of cable orders leaving the production line in the space of less than 2 months.
Various distribution boards had to be custom built to client specifications and the team pulled it off without a hitch.
Thank you to all the customers for your loyal support and to the team for all the late hours and hard work.
CCPP Professional Productions, Wild and Marr (Pty) Ltd, Shattered Glass AV, Multi-Media Event Trading Pty Ltd, Seven Amps Ltd., Modanso Holdings & more!
The Production Warehouse recently won a Gold for their stand at Mediatech 2017 which showcased the latest products and boasted a time-coded light show.
Mediatech Africa is a biennial advanced media and entertainment technology trade show held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The expo which was held at the Ticketpro dome from 19 to 21 July 2017 saw 145 exhibiting companies showcase the latest technology to 7465 visitors.
The Production Warehouse displayed various new products from Capture, ChamSys, Elation, Eurotruss, GIS, Hazebase and Lectrix.
Programmed on ChamSys MagicQ by Shaniel Laloo.
City Varsity recently launched a new multi-cam studio at their Braamfontein Johannesburg campus.
The South African city of Johannesburg is the country’s hub for film, television and music and that focus on the creative industries spells opportunity for those interested in fields like production, design, and multimedia technology. City Varsity school of media and creative arts plays an important role in the education of young talent in the region and access to professional equipment is essential. So when the school recently launched a new multi-cam studio at their Braamfontein Johannesburg campus they chose to outfit it with Elation Professional broadcast-optimized lighting including TVL CYC RGBW™ cyclorama wall wash luminaires, TVL Panel DW™ softlight luminaires and DW Fresnel™ LED lights.
Elation’s South African partner The Production Warehouse (TPW) was responsible for consulting and installation on the project from start to finish, including design of the lighting rig and installation of the lighting, rigging and control equipment. According to Marnus Nieuwoudt at TPW, the wide range of color temperatures that the Elation fixtures offer, as well as the power savings of the LED were key factors when choosing to go with the Elation products along with the wide zoom range of the DW Fresnel.
The TVL CYC RGBW cyclorama wall wash is used to light the studio’s green infinity wall, the curved backdrop surface used in broadcast and photography to blend the floor and wall together, creating a seamless background. The TVL CYC RGBW houses COB LEDs for a more even light distribution with better color homogenization, and an elliptical beam angle gives a broad, asymmetrical wash of light. Floods of seamlessly blended color and linear variable white color temperature presets (7200K – 3200K) make it an exceptional broadcast luminaire, ideal for infinity wall floodlighting.
The TVL Panel DW softlight luminaires and DW Fresnel LED lights are used for general floodlighting, as well as front lighting and back lighting for both the infinity wall and the studio area. The TVL Panel DW, Elation’s new dynamic white soft light luminaire with 480 cool white and 480 warm white LEDs and linear color temperature control, work as 45-degree front lights and as side lights on the studio section and at 45 degrees for the infinity wall.
– ChamSys MQ40N Console
– 12 x Elation DW Fresnel
– 6 x Elation TVL Panel DW
– 6 x Elation TVL CYC RGBW
– 2 Custom Rigging Grids
Congratulations to Vusimuzi Mdiniso and his team from 802 Media on the purchase of your new equipment.
The new lighting rig made its debut at Cameron ward’s DVD recording ft. Hugh Masekela at the Orbit music venue in Johannesburg.
– ChamSys MQ40 Console
– Hazebase base*hazer*pro
– Elation Professional – 4 x ACL360 Bars, 4 x Sniper 2R’s, 2 x Platinum Spot LED Pro 2’s, 6 x Colour Pendants and an E-fly wireless DMX solution.
802 Media can be contacted on 011 264 0606 or at http://www.802media.co.za/
Christian Revival Church East Rand, Johannesburg & Potchefstroom chose TPW for lighting upgrades across SA.
New equipment includes:
Elation Professional – Platinum Spot LED Pro 2’s, Opti Tri White 2’s, Sixpar 200’s
Eurotruss – 10M x 3M of Prostage decks with accessories, FD34 truss pieces.
ChamSys – MagicQ control systems
Hazebase – base*hazer*pro’s
& various other top-notch gear.
As a kick off for the resellership they just introduced Capture to Africa during the Mediatech show in Johannesburg
We are happy to announce our first reseller in South Africa, The Production Warehouse. As a kick off for the resellership they just introduced Capture to Africa during the Mediatech show in Johannesburg, where it received a very warm welcome.
Special congratulations go out to Mikel-jes Productions in Namibia, who won the raffle during the show for a Capture license!
Elation Professional has announced that The Production Warehouse of Johannesburg is a new sales partner for the company in South Africa, now stocking a full complement of Elation products.
Started by brothers Jacques and Marnus Nieuwoudt in 2014, The Production Warehouse specializes in supply and installation of lighting and video equipment affordable and reliable enough to meet international touring standards while stressing a high level of service commitment.
The Production Warehouse’s inventory now includes a full range of Elation products including the Platinum SBX hybrid moving head; Satura Spot CMY Pro moving head; award-winning Sniper 2R effect light; powerful Protron 3K LED Strobe; Cuepix Series of blinder/strip lights; Colour 5 Profile ellipsoidal spot; SixPar 200 LED colour changer; Rayzor Q12 LED wash with zoom; and more.
The Production Warehouse will be exhibiting at the upcoming Mediatech Africa tradeshow 15-17 July at The Dome @ Northgate in Johannesburg and invite all interested lighting professionals to stop by Stand F-58 to see the new Elation equipment.