More Industry Chaos with LSC Lighting Systems distribution
Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Despite the uncertainty currently whirling around distribution agreements in the Australian entertainment technology sector, LSC Lighting Systems have, despite all rumours to the contrary, retained exclusive distribution of their own products, worldwide.
In a shock move, bucking industry trends, LSC Lighting will continue to manufacture, distribute, and support their range of dimmers, power control, lighting control and data infrastructure to over 40 countries worldwide. Despite taking a long, hard look at themselves and determining if they really wouldn’t mind giving it all away and letting some other mug deal with it, the management team decided to continue to build and deploy their industry standard products from their own site in Melbourne, as they have done since 1980.
LSC was founded by Gary Pritchard 38 years ago and, remarkably, he continues to manage the company to this day. The Australian sales team of Richie Mickan and Greg Hughes have both been with the company for over a decade each, building up the kind of institutional and technical knowledge that has suddenly become unfashionable amongst other technology brands as of early 2018.
At a recent industry show, LSC was tempted by many enticing offers of new distribution, including pitches from JB HiFi, Bev’s Discount Bedding, Ando’s Fully Sick DJ and Party Services, and Peters of Kensington. However, LSC’s powers-that-be, over a few quiet VBs in a local café, unanimously rejected all offers.
When interrogated about this controversial decision, LSC’s Richie Mickan stated “Why would we want to change? LSC is wholly Australian owned by LSC, so we are the perfect company fit; it’s just so easy. If there are technical questions that need answers, it’s a 20 metre walk to talk to the R&D department. It’s only 30 metres more to the Production Manager and manufacturing floor, allowing us direct access to the entire assembly team.”
LSC Lighting Systems will be on the show floor at ENTECH Roadshow, where you can take them to task on this obviously hare-brained decision. Come on have a go at them between 11 AM and 6 PM on:
Tuesday 20th February Brisbane: Royal ICC at RNA
Thursday 22nd February Melbourne: Crown Conference Centre
Tuesday 27th February Sydney: Royal Randwick
Thursday 1st March Adelaide: Adelaide Convention Centre
Wednesday 7th March Perth: Perth Convention Centre
Register free at: http://cxevents.com.au/
Ravenswood School adds Chauvet Professional
Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Ravenswood School for Girls is an independent Uniting Church Day and Boarding school for K-12 girls, situated in Gordon, an Upper North Shore suburb of Sydney New South Wales Australia. The school has been leading the way in terms of large scale theatre production with investments to its performing arts theatre, specifically with the implementation of Chauvet Professional fixtures to their lighting rig. These Chauvet Professional fixtures were been put into action with dazzlingly displays of drama and music to present shows such as Ravo Presents: ABBA, Grease The Musical, and numerous Dance performances over the last few years.
To start 2018 Jason Grimsted, Production & Events Technical Coordinator for the school went searching for lighting fixtures that would enable the school to maintain, as well as bring new levels of professionalism and looks to its school theatre for its upcoming production schedule. After having much success with its Chauvet Professional range in the past, Jason couldn’t look past the brand and again acquired fixtures to add to the schools impressive lighting inventory. The acquisition included 32 Chauvet fixtures including 12x Maverick MK2 Washes, 12x Rogue R1X Spots and 8 x Ovation E-910FC’s from Showtools International.
The Maverick MK2 Washes rewrites the rules on wash fixtures with its flawlessly even output and custom designed optics. Jason was impressed with the output and design possibilities the fixture provides, “The MK2 Wash is Powered by 12 (40 W) Osram RGBW LEDs and it will handle any application, even aerial washing, with ease, combined with a fully-featured RGBW LED yoke wash fixture with pixel mapping and zoom, 16 bit dimming with built-in colours for quick design possibilities and virtual gobo wheels which will allow us to accomplish impressive atmospheric effects, fast movement and zoom.”
The Rogue R1X Spot comes with a rotating 3-facet prism, a motorised iris and focus for beam shaping, as well as two gobo wheels, one of which rotates and has 7 interchangeable gobos for custom looks. Rogue R1X Spot shines brightly with a 170 W LED light source in a 16° beam angle for crisp gobo projections in a range of eight beautiful colours. “Previously, we had invested in the Rogue R1 Spots with tremendous success, so upgrading to the new Rogue R1X Spot was an easy choice, especially with a 170 W LED light engine for punchy, solid beams and Iris/3-facet prism for stunning visual effects. It’s the perfect light for innovation and creativity for drama productions. We also value the ability to reduce the output of the R1X to match our current stock of R1 Spots,” stated Jason.
With moving heads acquired, Jason was also looking for an ellipsoidal that had great output and dimming options and decided to acquire 8 of the Ovation E-910FC. The Ovation E-910FC is a high-performance ERS-style fixture with full RGBA-Lime colour mixing and colour temperature presets of 2800 to 6500 K that match the output of a tungsten source to perfection. ‘With full colour LED lighting, the Ovation E-910FC was a perfect choice for our upcoming theatre productions such as our Senior Musical, The Sound of Music. Combined with ultra-smooth 16-bit dimming, flat event field of light with superior colour mixing and Virtual Color wheel with colour matched to popular gel colors, and virtually silent operation this fixture is a great addition to our inventory,” claimed Jason. “An added bonus has been the ability to interchange our existing stock of Source Four profile zoom lenses with these fantastic fixtures,” he said.
With the addition of these new Chauvet Professional fixtures to the Ravenswood lighting rig, the school will now have the required lighting to enable different looks for their large-scale productions and continue to bring a level of theatre professionalism for years to come.
Novatech’s New Look
Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Novatech are in the business of presenting clients’ brands in their best possible light. They do this in a variety of locations, environments and working conditions across Australia. Just as they’re conscious how the audience will perceive their clients’ brand, Novatech have always prided themselves on their staff’s presentation. Novatech have a reputation around Australia for the professional presentation of their staff & equipment so when it came time to consider a new uniform, it was only natural that considerable time and energy were invested to ensure a brilliant outcome.
The new uniform not only had to look good, at all times even in tough, dirty and demanding working conditions, it had to be comfortable to wear, easy to maintain and contribute to Novatech’s strong commitment to workplace safety. Recognising that their strength is in events and not clothing, and rather than just settling for off-the-shelf solutions, Novatech needed to engage an expert who could help design a new suite of clothing that would meet the above objectives.
As a proud South Australian company for over 16 years, it was clear that a South Australian solution best fit their business ethos and is why Liza Emmanuel was chosen to act as a consultant to not only design but also produce all elements of the new uniform. Liza has a proud design history with national recognition for her work in the bridal & couture field. This was indeed a new challenge for her – and one she was invaluable to the overall process. About the project, Liza commented “I have had the privilege of working with Leko, Menk, Renae and their fantastic team on many fashion and private events for over 15 years. They are industry leaders, and I have loved watching their incredible rise. I am very proud to have been invited to design the new uniforms which I hope showcase the exciting, versatile and quality company they represent”.
Firstly, a focus group of a cross section of staff was established to discover what worked & what didn’t work out on event sites and what the crew would like to see in a new uniform. This was followed by a series of workshops with Liza to not only take this feedback on board but to work out what items were needed, what materials might be best to use and what safety standards needed to be considered to deliver the best possible outcome all round. Once a variety of designs were produced, prototypes were ‘road-tested’ by crew to test the wear, tear and comfortability of each piece. This process took time but was time well invested to ensure the end product would be long lasting, easy to maintain and allow the staff to perform at their peak.
One example of the detail invested into the new range was the high visibility vest to be worn in dangerous and high activity worksites. In-depth research was undertaken into the Australian standards for work site high visibility requirements which were then overlayed onto a tailored version of a high vis vest. The end result is almost a fashion statement in itself. From the stylish cut to the built-in pockets for storage to the reflective strips to keep their staff safe and visible, the result is a testament to close collaboration and a consultative approach.
From January 1st 2018, the new range was rolled out to their staff ready for the demanding summer of festivals, special events and corporate events ahead. As well as the extreme temperatures that the crew (and uniform) need to perform in during the warmer months, the staff are well equipped for the colder months with the apparel including a range of jackets and hoodies that can be adapted to keep the crew warm by clever tricks such as a jacket turning into a vest when required. From freezing cold to searing heat, the Novatech staff are sure to be kept safe and comfortable all at the same time continuing the professional and stylish image that event crew should be known for.
ResolutionX on The Move
Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Moving an entire 2760 square metre warehouse is no small undertaking. Over the space of 2 weeks, ResolutionX managed to fit out a bigger & better warehouse to accommodate growth in both their stock and their crew. And since their move to 148-152 Browns Road in Noble Park, ResolutionX has been kicking some serious goals.
From its humble beginnings back in 2000, ResolutionX has always strived to be the best-of-the-best when it comes to entertainment hire. Starting as just a small operation, the ResX team quickly expanded, moving into a new warehouse in 2013. In just 4 short years ResX had outgrown their previous location, prompting the move into 148-152 Browns Road.
Now that they have settled into the new Melbourne location, ResolutionX are better able to deliver the quality service and equipment that has built their reputation. With an extra 1000 sq. metres in warehouse space, ResX have plenty of room to grow with new additions. These additions include doubling the stock of their ETC Gio consoles, as well as making a serious investment in some new moving fixtures (watch this space!).
And the momentum has only increased since the move in to the new warehouse. ResX are constantly investing in the latest products to provide the best possible solutions, while still maintaining older equipment in perfect operating condition. Make sure you head down soon to check out the new location!
J&C Joel appoint Yeo Creative Solutions
Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018
J&C Joel have been exporting show textiles and event flooring to Australia since 1990 and this is an exciting development for the business as it strengthens the company’s presence in the region and helps better support the market.
Yeo Creative Solutions specialise in events and entertainment production with the business comprising YeoProjects, YeoSupplies and YeoDesign. They have more than 20 years’ experience in the industry creating photorealistic visualisations, design drawings and turning them into reality managing every step of the process, from commissioning, through to construction and installation.
Yeo Creative Solutions will hold stock of J&C Joel’s primary range of event and production flame retardant fabrics and flooring as well as offering the drapes and shapes that J&C Joel are renowned for. This partnership will ensure Yeo Creative Solutions’ and J&C Joel’s customers’ needs are met with improved lead times and technical support.
Yeo Creative Solutions’ Managing Director, Jonathan Yeoman, said: “J&C Joel has been my first choice as a fabric and flooring supplier for many years and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to formalise the excellent relationship that has developed between our two organisations. This enables us to offer the full range of J&C Joel products and services to the Australian market from a local supplier for the first time.”
Fiona Blackett, J&C Joel’s Australasia Business Development Manager, said: “Having Yeo Creative Solutions as a dealer, only helps build a stronger presence in the region. Jonathan has a strong commitment to J&C Joel products and is a great ambassador for us. He will grow the product range, especially in the events market and by holding stock, be the first choice for any event.”
Showtech Australia Invests In Kinesys
Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
The company was founded in 1987 by Tiny Good with headquarters in Braeside, Victoria, and a satellite office in Hong Kong – to serve the growing Asian market.
Showtech Australia specialises in entertainment rigging, staging, automation, flying effects, technical and ‘uncommon’ services, applying expert knowledge and imagination to the intriguing world of motion control.
Tiny was already familiar with Kinesys products before he committed to the purchases, as they had been working regularly with Kinesys elements … “basically I knew the power and scope of the Vector system, so I was confident it was the right choice,” stated Tiny.
They have been purchasing and utilising Kinesys products regularly for the last five years.
As a busy production facility, it reached a stage where owning a reliable and flexible brand which could be used as standard for all projects made sense … and the first purchase was the Kinesys Velocity drives, Vector control and a Mentor E-stop interface, which they used in combination with their existing Zero Fleet AC winches.
Their Vector control system was installed in a bespoke console, complete with 15 inch touch screen, the Vector keypad, E-Stop and DMH, all incorporated in one easy to use and transport box.
Other subsequent Kinesys investments have included LibraCELLs, more Velocity Drives, DigiHoist , mini Array PDES, Vector console, Liftket 1 tonne motors and Elevation 1+ drives … “and there will be more coming” confirms Tiny.
Tiny reckons the DigiHoist is “one of the best and most powerful fixed speed controllers on the market and great value for money” with features like digital communications, limit monitoring, load and position feedback and group halt functionality.
Vector is “a great piece of control software that’s powerful, user-friendly and straightforward to teach people in terms of operating a basic show, as well as being extremely stable and reliable”.
Showtech has proudly been engaged and worked with many producers within Australia and internationally to produce both complex and simple motion and aerial scenarios for shows and events with their Vector system.
Along with Showtech’s growth of shows requiring automation and motion control comes the need for training new operators and Tiny has taught the system to several key personnel who are now operators in their own right.
LibraCELL and DigiHoist are regularly used by Showtech to ensure real-time monitoring of the hoist loads.
Tiny believes that LibraCELL and DigiHoist will become increasingly common in the concert, event and touring sectors, especially when video walls are concerned, which is something they are pushing to make mandatory in Australia, especially when involving more than three support hoists.
The support they receive from Kinesys is “really great” despite the difficulties of being in an opposite time zone and together with recent expansions at Kinesys USA this has become “even easier”.
Tiny observes that flying and automation, be it a person, lighting, video or other production elements, is becoming more popular within Australia and Asia, and in fact across the world, live audiences are expecting more spectacle and WOW factors now than they did a decade ago. Producers therefore have more creative options for making live shows visually and physically exciting… with automation playing a massive part
Automation is on the increase in theatres and venues due to enhanced safety and repeatability … and with all of this maturation, “we need more emphasis generally on automation as a technical skill. It’s not something for which we can simply rely on stage managers or lighting operators to push the button on cue!”
The evolution of the motion control sector of the industry is a hot discussion topic in the rigging community right now and something that Tiny feels Kinesys addresses in its ongoing and forward thinking product development.
Tiny and Showtech are looking forward to the ongoing expansion of their Kinesys inventory and the exciting future of automation and motion control.
ULA Group announce exclusive partnership with SGM
Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Cuono Biviano, MD of ULA Group comments: “We are extremely proud of our new partnership with SGM, which came just in the right time when our company is growing and expanding into new market segments. The SGM products are of a superb quality, incorporating ground-breaking technology which makes them unique and a perfect fit for both entertainment and architectural lighting markets. The core values that ULA Group has been built upon align with those that SGM proudly represent throughout their business practice. We are very excited to be able to partner exclusively with SGM in Australia and New Zealand and to help grow their network globally.”
Originally founded in 1975, SGM has more than 40 years of experience within the entertainment lighting business. Focusing on innovation and experimenting with emerging technologies, SGM has gathered one of the most experienced R&D teams managed by Peter Johansen, pioneer who helped to shape the entertainment lighting industry as it stands today.
Peter Johansen, CEO of SGM, states: “I have known Cuono Biviano since the early ‘90s, and I have been looking for the right partner capable of representing SGM, having the technical skills and qualifications to market a high-tech brand. I am happy to re-establish these old ties, and I foresee that combining forces between ULA Group and SGM will definitely bring great value for Australia’s and New Zealand’s market, leading us to reclaim the growth potential of this region.”
The SGM award winning LED products are renowned for their quality and reliability and have been recently specified as a main lighting fixtures on world tours by artists including Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, Pink, One Direction and featured on numerous international events such as Eurovision Song Contest etc.
The SGM architectural range offers high-powered LED IP rated fixtures, ideal for permanent outdoor installations illuminating iconic building and structures around the globe.
The ULA Group will announce the dates for the official SGM product launch events in their Australian and New Zealand facilities in upcoming weeks!