Event News

Clay Paky Australian Launch Event of SuperSharpy, Mythos and Stormy

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

You are invited to the exclusive Australian launch of Clay Paky’s Mythos, Stormy and SuperSharpy – the first time these revolutionary new products will be seen in the country.

Special guests from Clay Paky are Alberico D’Amato, Head of International Sales, and Giulia Sabeva, Sales Support Engineer. Special guest direct from MA Lighting is Glyn O’Donoghue.

Sydney
Tuesday October 14th
X Factor set, Fox Studios 3B, Driver Ave, Moore Park, NSW
Time: 4.30 – 7.30pm

Melbourne
Thursday October 16th
Alumbra, 9/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC
Time: 4.30 – 7.30pm

Light meal and refreshments served at both events.

RSVP this week to eblanch@showtech.com.au

 

ALIA Tour to Justin Timberlake, Perth

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience World Tour” is currently in the country complete with the highly anticipated custom, automated bridge which seamlessly carries the performers from one end of the arena to the other over the crowd. The lighting is designed by Nick Whitehouse with Jason Gangi acting as lighting director.

The rig includes 104 x Clay Paky Sharpy Wash, 74 x Sharpy Spot, 44 x VL3000, 32 x VL3015, 12 x VL3500W FX, 12 x VL3500 Spot,75 x TMB Solaris Flare, 6 x MDG ”The One”  fog machines and 2 x 360 followspot chairs with RJ Flo 1.8K Followspots. Control is by 2x grandMA2 fullsize consoles, 4x NPU, 2x NSP and 2x W-DMX Transmitters & Receivers. Lasers include 6 x Lasers KVANT SPECTRUM 20W, 16 x Lasers RAY TECHNOLOGIES PIKO 11W, E-Stop control, 1 x Network Control System (1000MBs over Fiber Optic), 1 x Solotech / Pyrotechnico Lasers 32-Way Master Control Unit and 3 x Solotech / Pyrotechnico Lasers 8-Way Remote Control Unit.

Jason has kindly agreed to conduct a tour if the lighting rig next week in Perth.
Where: Perth Arena
When: Thursday Oct 9th
Time: 5pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

PLASA Awards for Innovation: Nominate Now!

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

As the deadline for entries approaches, nominations for the PLASA Awards for Innovation are rolling in. Examples of all the nominated products will be exhibited at the PLASA Show’s Innovation Gallery at the centre of the PLASA show (ExCeL London, 5-8 October), forming a focal point for visitors to the exhibition keen to view the latest technologies.
The products will be judged against one another on the strength of their innovation alone. All nominees will have the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation, during the show, to a team of independent expert judges, who will have eight awards of equal standing at their disposal – plus the option to give a ‘Gold’ Award to one or more products which they feel reach a particularly high standard of Innovation.
The judges are tasked with making their decisions based on the PLASA Awards criteria for Innovation. The winners will be those which most clearly demonstrate “a new style of thinking; improve technical practice; introduce new technology, materials or new techniques; include patents or unique intellectual property; offer a new commercial advantage; or improve safety.
In addition, the judges can also choose to give a PLASA Award for Sustainability to a product or products which can claim: significant reduction of power usage for its product type/application; effective use of renewable energy sources; or significant reduction of environmental impact of product lifecycle.
Entries to date include the latest innovations from many of the leading manufacturers, including some brand new product launches which remain under wraps until the eve of the show itself. Exhibitors are encouraged to make their nominations to take full advantage of this high profile showcase, and to be in with a chance of winning one of these prestigious awards.
The Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the show on the evening of Tuesday 7 October.
To ensure exhibitors are able to make their nominations at this very busy time, the deadline for entries will be extended to Thursday 2 October. Nominations can be made online HERE.
Contact awards@plasashow.com for further information, or if you have any questions.

As the deadline for entries approaches, nominations for the PLASA Awards for Innovation are rolling in. Examples of all the nominated products will be exhibited at the PLASA Show’s Innovation Gallery at the centre of the PLASA show (ExCeL London, 5-8 October), forming a focal point for visitors to the exhibition keen to view the latest technologies.

The products will be judged against one another on the strength of their innovation alone. All nominees will have the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation, during the show, to a team of independent expert judges, who will have eight awards of equal standing at their disposal – plus the option to give a ‘Gold’ Award to one or more products which they feel reach a particularly high standard of Innovation.

The judges are tasked with making their decisions based on the PLASA Awards criteria for Innovation. The winners will be those which most clearly demonstrate “a new style of thinking; improve technical practice; introduce new technology, materials or new techniques; include patents or unique intellectual property; offer a new commercial advantage; or improve safety.

In addition, the judges can also choose to give a PLASA Award for Sustainability to a product or products which can claim: significant reduction of power usage for its product type/application; effective use of renewable energy sources; or significant reduction of environmental impact of product lifecycle.

Entries to date include the latest innovations from many of the leading manufacturers, including some brand new product launches which remain under wraps until the eve of the show itself. Exhibitors are encouraged to make their nominations to take full advantage of this high profile showcase, and to be in with a chance of winning one of these prestigious awards.

The Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the show on the evening of Tuesday 7 October.

To ensure exhibitors are able to make their nominations at this very busy time, the deadline for entries will be extended to Thursday 2 October. Nominations can be made online HERE.

Contact awards@plasashow.com for further information, or if you have any questions.

 

ALIA Tour to Robbie Williams – Brisbane, September 23rd

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

One of Britain’s premier pop superstars, known for his cheeky wit as much as his hit-studded albums, the one and only Robbie Williams has made his long overdue return to Australia for a national run of dates this September, bringing his incredible swing album, Swings Both Ways.

The Stufish stage is lavish and multi-layered, transforming in appearance from an Art-Deco hotel, to a 20’s style club and a luxurious ocean liner, and is surrounded by a massive, curved Austrian drape, all of which set the tone for Williams’ sumptuous Swing Era extravaganza and big band sounds.

The lighting for the show is designed by the talented Mark Cunniffe with Keith Duncan touring as lighting director.

The rig includes 64 x Martin MAC Viper Air FX, 30 x MAC Viper, 24 x MAC Viper Performance, 53 x MAC Auras, 6 x VL3500 FX, 79 x MAC Quantum LED Wash, 51 x Clay Paky Sharpys, 12 x Chroma-Q Colour Force, 426 x Martin 300mm Tripix, 2 x RJ Victor Followspot, 3 x RJ Ivanhoe Followspot  and a grandMA2 for control.
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
When: Tuesday Sept 23rd
Time: 2pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read and agree to the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

Nick Schlieper wins Helpmann Award for Best Lighting Design

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
PRESENTER(S)
Sydney Theatre Company

Nick Schlieper has won the Helpmann Award for Best Lighting Design for Sydney Theatre Company’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Other nominees were Nigel Levings for Opera Australia and John Frost’s The King and I, Matt Scott for Victorian Opera’s Nixon In China and Geoff Cobham for Windmill Theatre & State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Pinocchio.

www.helpmannawards.com.au

 

wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge 2014

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Lighting designers can enter their own Imagination into the wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge by CAST Software – a challenge open to all current wysiwyg R33 users and members and to those who become so before the deadline of 26 September 2014.

“As in previous years, we’re looking to discover the next lighting design talent through pre-visualization, but this year’s participants will be challenged by having a ‘budget’ just like they would in a real world project. This ‘budget’ will be represented by an equipment limitation list,” explains, Igor Silva, marketing manager at CAST Group.

“Entrants can be pros or amateurs – all you need to do is be a registered wysiwyg member, follow the equipment limitation list and guidelines, create a two-minute video of your lighting design using wysiwyg version R33 then post it to your YouTube account and share it on CAST’s Facebook page. That’s the challenge!”

The best three entries will be handpicked by an expert panel of judges assessing entries on creativity in lighting rigs, programming and overall lighting design. Winning entries will be showcased at the CAST Booth P10 at PLASA London on 5 October, 2014 then promoted online and in social media.

Additionally winners will take home: 1st place – one year free wysiwyg membership; 2nd place – nine month free wysiwyg membership; 3rd place – six-month free wysiwyg membership.

There will also be a People’s Choice award voted for on CAST Software’s Facebook page by industry peers, where the winner will receive a year’s wysiwyg membership or option to upgrade to wysiwyg Perform.

http://www.cast-soft.com/content/wysiwyg-video-challenge

Lighting designers can enter their own Imagination into the wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge by CAST Software – a challenge open to all current wysiwyg R33 users and members and to those who become so before the deadline of 26 September 2014.
“As in previous years, we’re looking to discover the next lighting design talent through pre-visualization, but this year’s participants will be challenged by having a ‘budget’ just like they would in a real world project. This ‘budget’ will be represented by an equipment limitation list,” explains, Igor Silva, marketing manager at CAST Group.
“Entrants can be pros or amateurs – all you need to do is be a registered wysiwyg member, follow the equipment limitation list and guidelines, create a two-minute video of your lighting design using wysiwyg version R33 then post it to your YouTube account and share it on CAST’s Facebook page. That’s the challenge!”
The best three entries will be handpicked by an expert panel of judges assessing entries on creativity in lighting rigs, programming and overall lighting design. Winning entries will be showcased at the CAST Booth P10 at PLASA London on 5 October, 2014 then promoted online and in social media.
Additionally winners will take home: 1st place – one year free wysiwyg membership; 2nd place – nine month free wysiwyg membership; 3rd place – six-month free wysiwyg membership.
There will also be a People’s Choice award voted for on CAST Software’s Facebook page by industry peers, where the winner will receive a year’s wysiwyg membership or option to upgrade to wysiwyg Perform.
 

AV Industry Awards (AVIAs) 2014 Finalists Announced

Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

AVIA_logoHow do you compare an opera house stage management system with a national retail video narrowcast network, or a virtual chamber orchestra with a city-wide event control network? That was the task set for the AV Industry Awards (AVIAs) judging panel to arrive at the list of finalists for the 2014 awards. The substantial increase in entries submitted in this fifth year of the awards presented the independent judging panel with the complex task of selecting from a truly diverse range of nominated projects.

The 2014 winners of the AV Asia Pacific-sponsored AVIAs will be announced at 6pm during an AV industry social gathering at the Integrate Show at Olympic Park, Sydney, on Wednesday 27th August. Refreshments will be provided from 5:30pm through the generosity of InfoComm International.

The AV Industry Awards are hosted and presented by AV Asia Pacific in conjunction with a panel of independent judges nominated by industry associations, InfoComm International, ALIA and AETM (the Association of Educational Technology Managers).

 

The finalists for the 2014 AVIAs are:

Category: Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation with a budget exceeding $500,000.

Royal Randwick Racecourse – Grandstand PA and IPTV systems. Submitted by The P.A. People.

Sydney Opera House – Stage management system upgrade. Submitted by Rutledge AV.

University of WA – M Block, collaborative teaching and learning facility. Submitted by 3D Audio Visual.

 

Category: Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation with a budget between $100,000 and $500,000

Blacktown Council – Customer interaction centre. Submitted by Fredon Technology

Melton City Council – Library and learning hub. Submitted by Soundcorp.

St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney – PA System. Submitted by Acoustic Directions.

 

Category: Best application of AV in an education project with a budget exceeding $500,000.

University of the Sunshine Coast – Nursing Simulation – Sippy Downs building E and Gympie building. Submitted by InDesign Technologies.

University of Sydney – Charles Perkins Centre X-lab. Submitted by Fredon Technology, WSP and The University of Sydney.

University of WA – M Block collaborative teaching and learning facility. Submitted by 3D Audio Visual.

 

Category: Best application of AV in an education project with a budget under $500,000.

University of the Sunshine Coast – Immerse and Engage Spaces. Submitted by InDesign Technologies.

University of the Sunshine Coast – Workstations on Wheels. Submitted by InDesign Technologies.

 

Category: Best application of AV in a production.

Australian Chamber Orchestra – ACO Virtual. Submitted by Mod Productions.

International Fleet Review – Mediornet and Intercom system. Submitted by Riedel Communications Australia.

White Night Festival Melbourne – Crepuscular Beam. Submitted by eleven Design

 

Note: The judging panel may not necessarily bestow awards in every category.