Martin MAC Encores debut with The Merry Widow
Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Graeme Murphy waltzed his way through many a production of The Merry Widow for the Australian Ballet, and now turns his renown as a director and choreographer to the operetta itself. He brings the action forward just a little, from the turn of the century to art deco Paris of the 1920s. It’s a dream canvas for the design team: Michael Scott-Mitchell’s dramatic sets feature faceted mirrors, geometric screens and a stunning Monet-inspired night garden.
Jennifer Irwin’s costume designs include elaborate braided dress uniforms for the men and elegant shapes with stunning embroidery, feathers and prints for the women. Lighting designer Damien Cooper creates a shimmering world for Hanna and her admirers to play in.
The Joan Sutherland Theatre closed in May last year for the first time since opening in 1973, to replace theatre machinery that had reached the end of its operational life – the more than 40-year-old ‘engine’ of the JST – and to use the opportunity to make significant improvements to the orchestra pit, acoustics and safety.
As well as a new theatre flying system that is quieter, safer and more reliable, there’s an improved grid deck providing a more flexible system of hoists and a clearer, more open work area. But the cherry on the cake is the addition of eighteen Martin MAC Encore Performance WRM fixtures that integrate cutting-edge LED technology with a proprietary and innovative light engine carefully engineered to generate pristine, full spectrum light with ultra-high colour rendition.
Lighting designer Damien Cooper was delighted to have such contemporary and innovative gear on what was his third production of this classic opera.
“There were quite large equipment changes with this production,” commented Damien. “We spent a fair bit of time just changing moving lights over during the transfer. Fortunately I had Kyle Bockmann as my programmer and he is excellent.”
Seventeen of the MAC Encores were rigged on the orchestra bar from where they were basically replacing twenty-two ETC Source Fours. The feature-packed moving head offers unparalleled 3000 K warm tungsten emulation that truly challenges the output quality of a real incandescent light source. Its advanced colour mixing system delivers the full palette from smooth and subtle pastels to rich and vibrant saturated colours. Moreover, it offers a fully variable colour correction to blue/daylight.
“The MAC Encores were excellent,” stated Damien. “Optics, gobos, coverage, balancing with other fixtures – all were incredible. They’re quiet and there was no light coming out of the back of the fixtures which was fantastic. Being rigged on the orchestra bar made them a very visible moving light so that was great.”
The Merry Widow is an operetta, a light musical, and Damien discovered that the MAC Encores allowed him to achieve many downstage centres, lots of punctuations and extra coverage.
“It was very refreshing to be able to use front light a little bit harder in the JST as it was quite restricting before,” remarked Damien. “The MAC Encores did a lot of specials, front of house washes, gobo work onstage and musical accents as everything is programmed to run on a musical button.”
Damien was fortunate to also have nine Ayrton WILDSUN-S25 fixtures in his rig, as they were recently purchased by Opera Australia. The Ayrton WILDSUN-S25 is the full colour variation on the powerful WILDSUN-K25 luminaire. Equipped with 217 ultra-powerful RGBW mono-chip LED emitters, this technologically innovative marvel is the most powerful moving-head LED wash fixture on the market today.
“The Ayrton fixtures are very big, very bright and we used them to replace Vari-lite VL3500 washes, which are also big and bright but tend to unbalance against each other as the discharge lamp runs over time,” added Damien. “I enjoyed using the WILDSUN-S25 fixtures but would like more time to get to know them. There’s not much halation coming off them which is really good because they were great in a legs and borders situation. It meant we didn’t have borders being unduly lit which can be a problem with some of the moving head LED fixtures. There’s a substantial noise reduction from fans compared to the VL3500’s which is always good for an opera situation.”
This delicious new production of The Merry Widow plays at the Joan Sutherland Theatre until February 3rd.
Photos: Daniel Boud, Jeff Busby
CCP with Fatboy Slim
Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
It was a pleasure to be back up at Red Hill Auditorium last week for a sold out concert headlined by Fatboy Slim (DJ Norman Cook) supported by Gorgon City, Henry Saiz and Motez. An amazing selection of electric DJ sets were enjoyed by everyone of the sold out crowd.
We provided both the lighting and video packages consisting of:
18 x Light Sky Extreme Beam 230w Beam Light
26 x Ayrton Nandobeam S6 LED Wash Fixture
14 x Vari*Lite VL 3000 Spot
14 x Martin Atomic 3000 Strobe
17 x DWE 4 Lite
2 x ETC Source 4 PARNel 750w
A very healthy collection of various smoke and haze machines.
Control was via grandMA2 full size and Avolites Tiger Touch 2.
Rigging and trussing to suit.
Fatboy Slim’s lighting by Stephen Abbiss.
CCP’s Josh was the local lighting operator.
51.84m² Hi Lite P12 LED Panels
2 x Sony XDCAM 400 Cameras
2 x Panasonic PTZ AW-HE130K Cameras
1 x Hog 4 Console with Catalyst Media Server
Vision mixing and switching to suit
Rigging and trussing to suit
Fatboy Slim video by Bob Jaroc.
CCP’s Jake was the local video operator.
Audio was supplied by AAA Production Services
It was a pleasure working with the FBS team again, an amazing thank you to everyone involved. Special thanks to Savtrans who had great fun getting our semi trailer into the loading dock of the auditorium.
FOMO Gets Creative
Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018
Fomo Festival began in Brisbane in 2016 as a “one day – one stage – zero timetable clashes” event. 2017 saw it expand to three states purely based on demand and in 2018 they added “Fomo By Night” in Melbourne. The festival’s International Headline Artists included Californian based RL Grime, Hip-Hop and Dance sensation Kaytranada and the Grammy acclaimed ZHU amongst others.
Creative Productions took on the East Coast Lighting and Video production elements working alongside JPJ Audio. Whilst FOMO kicked off at the River Stage in Brisbane, the Sold Out Sydney event in Parramatta Park took the largest production package.
Creative Production’s video team installed a massive 12m wide by 8m high LED wall as the backdrop to the stage with an additional 5m wide by 8m high IMAG screens flanking the main stage. There was several video floor packages that were rolled in as required as well as a four camera fly away production system.
Lighting for the event saw both MA lighting and Hog platforms at Front of House, with GLP GT1’s, X4 and X4L washes and JDC1 strobes, Ayrton MagicPanels and MagicBlades, Lightsky X-Beams and Aquabeams and TLC RGBW Storm LED Strobes. Dimmer and Distro land was packed with the new LSC GEN VI dimmer racks.
Production for Fomo was predominantly toured from Creative’s Gold Coast Office with rigging and additional production support from the Sydney team.
Green Hippo AMBA delivers Virtual Catwalk
Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
FM Digital installed a ‘Virtual Catwalk’ in Toowoomba’s Grand Central Shopping Centre.
In this unique and clever installation, 12 LED screens run video content that stimulates a live fashion show. A Green Hippo AMBA handles all the video and audio content with ease.
Watch to see the install in action, and hear John Westney from FM Digital talk about how Green Hippo made it all a reality.
Australian Distributor: Lexair www.lexair.com.au
XMLITE for Rap of China
Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
The XMLite 10R Beams are fast and quite while producing sharp and focused beam. Their 16 facet prism and frost look brilliant and add to the variety of looks that these beam movers can create.
Hotbeam on the other hand has a second gobo wheel, and a zoom function offering much wide beam angle and more impressive prism effect. These two fixtures works very well together to produce the vibrant and dynamic lighting show that suits this type of performance. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in demo our products.
CCP at Origin NYE 2017
Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018
On New Year’s Eve CCP were off doing a few shows around Perth, but their largest event on the night was Origin NYE 2017 at Claremont Showgrounds. CCP supplied lighting and video production for the POD stage.
The lighting rig featured:
12 x High End Solaspot Pro 1500 Profiles
10 x MAC Viper Spots
44 x X Beam 230W Beams
34 x Ayrton Nandobeam S6 LED Washes
8 x Robe Pointes
5 x High End Shapeshifter C1s
11 x DWE 8 Lites
18 x DWE 2 Lites
44 x Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes
2 x grandMA2 Full Size
CCP’s Josh also doubled as the local operator for this stage.
Video rig featured:
1 x 10.8m x 6.0m Main Screen 12mm Hi Lite
4 x 5.0m x 1.0m Side Screen 4.8mm Dicolor
1 x 15.0m x 1.0m Banner Screen 4.8mm Dicolor
1 x 6.0m x 1.0m DJ Screen 4.8mm Dicolor
2 x 5.0m x 3.0m IMAG Screens 4.8mm Dicolor
VJ was Tristan Garner
Original lighting design was by Justin Twible.
CCP wish to thank the massive crew involved on this stage: Aden, Adrian, Alex #1, Alex #2, Clare, Dan, Eric, Georgia, Gina, Hamish, Jake #1, Jake #2, Jerry, Josh, Kai, Lee, Mark, Simon, Sean, Zainal with Nick and others from Ambassador Crewing and 360 Crew.
It was a great collaboration of many different lighting companies involved with this stage: ICON Audio Visual, Matrix Productions Australia, Clifton Perth, Lux Events, Frontier Lighting, Reece’s Event Hire, Austage Events, Perth Concert Hall. Photos from CCP and Origin Events.
Creative sends new LED to Falls Festival
Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
The Falls Festival is an annual event within the music and performing arts industry and this year saw the 25th year that the festival has been running. The line-up for the event saw artists ranging from Daryl Braithwaite to Peking Duk, Dune Rats to Slumberjack, and everything in between. It is staged around Australia with events in Perth, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Having recently taken delivery of 300 panels of the new TLC Global TourPro Dicolor M Pro 590 5.9mm LED screen, Creative Productions crossed the border and delivered multiple video systems for the New South Wales event at Byron Bay. The Valley Stage saw a massive 9m x 5m LED wall on stage with a further 7m x 4m LED screen for IMAG, whilst the Forest Stage received a 5.5m x 3m LED wall.
The LED screen is IP rated and therefore very well suited to the outdoor festival events and this event was no exception, with a substantial rainstorm during the event and the LED just kept on going, which was a testament to both the product and the crew that installed it.
Whilst the new 5.9mm LED wall initially has found its home in the Gold Coast Office, that’s not to say it won’t be traveling the country when needed! The Sydney office has considerable quantities of the 4.8mm LED and Creative Productions is well equipped to service any event anywhere in the country.