Production News

Phaseshift Eat Cake!

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018






2018 kicked off for Phaseshift Productions with a serious party at Let Them Eat Cake on New Years Day.

This year they supplied lighting for three stages as well as lighting the site. Equipment included Claypaky K10 Beyes, Ayrton Magicblade FX, Martin Professional Aura XB, Lightsky X Beams, Showtech Sunstrips, and heaps of outdoor LED fixtures. Control was High End Hog4 Full Boar and MA Lighting International MA2 light.

Photo credits: Duncographic, Christain Patton, Tom Herterich


EI Productions at Lost Paradise Festival

Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018






EI Productions spent several days at Glenworth Valley on the NSW Central Coast providing production for the Lost Paradise Festival.

They supplied production on the Main (Arcadia) Stage, Lost Disco Stage (audio here from Bump Productions), Shambala Fields, My Mums Disco, Yoga tent, Ksub Stage, Clamping Area as well as several floor packages for Client Liaison, DMA’s, and Cut Copy.

EI’s Martin Audio W8LC Line Array was perfect for the Main Stage while other areas had Dyncaord Cobra 4 and 2 and a barrage of powered speakers including their new EV ETX gear on Ksub.

Lighting used a bit of everything including Martin MAC Viper, MAC Aura, Atomics, Philips Nitros, Claypaky Mythos 2, Stormy CC LED Strobes, Sharpy, B-Eye K20 and K10, Elation SixBar 1000, SGM X5 LED Strobes, PixPad, Ayrton MagicBlades, Chauvet Vesuvio LED Smoke Jets, Pro Shop IP65 Quad 18’s and plenty of blinders.

Control was via grandMA2’s and RoadHog Fullboar 4’s.

EI’s new VuePix LED screen was on Main and Lost Disco stages.

“I can’t say enough about what a great job the crew did on a long, hot and challenging festival,” said Neale Mace, managing director of EI Productions. “A big thanks to our friends at Architects of Entertainment for making it all happen.”


Nicolas Beachen tours with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Following the October 2017 release of their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, Courtney Barnett, a Grammy nominated Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, and American singer-songwriter Kurt Vile hit the road for a co-headlining tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. Taking into account that almost each of the venues on the tour featured a solid in-house over head rig, Lighting Designer Nicholas Beachen designed a floor packaged that made each room look specific to a CBKV show.

The show is filled with relaxed conversation about writing styles and anecdotes, including how the two artists kept bumping into each other on the road, leading to their eventual collaboration.

“After starting the tour, I had some basic direction in that they wanted the show to contain no strobes or crazy lighting,” Beachen said. “The show was much less of a rock show than anticipated. I kept a lot of the lighting on players and on the stage, only moving away from the stage for movement which wasn’t so often. This worked really well for their style of music; I was very happy with the results.”

Bandit Lites supplied GLP X4s, Cuepix WW2 Blinder, 1k Fresnels, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite LED Pars along with a grand MA 2 Lite console for control.

With a primary focus of creating a design that would both effectively light the band and the stage and be compact enough to fit in a bus trailer and operate without a touring technician, Beachen credits Bandit Lites team for the ‘A+’ gear prep.

“I can’t stress this enough,” said Beachen. “It was a very impressive prep; it allowed me to load in the package myself with four stage hands very easily.”

“I can’t thank Brent Barrett and Project Manager Gene Brian enough,” Beachen finished. “Although this was a very small job in the scheme of things, I really felt like they cared about what I was trying to achieve every step of the way. Really great work, and I hope to do this again soon.”

“Nicholas Beachen was an absolute pleasure with which to work,” Barrett added. “He had his vision as to what look he was going for, and was flexible with fixture types to both accomplish the look and still hit the needed budget. Working with both Nicholas and Anthony Hook (TM) was a positive experience, and I hope we have the opportunity to do so again in the future!”



Colourblind deploy Green Hippo for Nicolas Jaar

Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Nicolas Jaar, the New York-based Chilean composer, brought in Colourblind to design the lighting and video on his European tour.

The tour made its way through a host of iconic venues and famous festivals, including Glasgow’s Barrowlands and Barcelona’s Sonar, claiming sold-out status and rave reviews. Colourblind, headed by Lynden Gare, designed a show to compliment the Chilean’s explorative music creations, and centre to the operation was a Hippotizer Media Server. The Karst unit used both SDI outputs, as well as splitting the DP to feed the LED strips. Running Hippotizer, it also fed IMAG screens at a number of the festival appearances.

Scenarios covered during the run included: projection at front of house on to a special 3m reflection surface (replaced with upstage LED at festivals); rear projection through smoke; LED strips by Light Initiative; and IMAG were present at festivals. The lighting team also used Marshall SDI POV cameras – all of which were on stage, and able to create video feedback loops to get output.

“Green Hippo’s flexibility was crucial to Colourblind during the tour,” said Lynden. “For a show with no fixed structure or set list, Hippotizer Media Servers gave me the flexibility to create a bespoke show each night in the same way Nicolas was performing.”


Carols by Candlelight with Colourblind and Green Hippo

Posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017

Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight is the largest Carols event in Australia. Broadcast live from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Channel Nine, the event has been running since 1937 making this year it’s 80th anniversary.

Lynden Gare and his team from Colourblind have been involved in the event for around 18 years, and this year they ran 2 Green Hippo Hippotizer Karst’s to control the media content.

Catch Lynden talking about the amazing event and how it all came together above!


CMG AV’s Art Deco themed Christmas Party

Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Take a look at these great images captured at an absolutely spectacular Art Deco themed Christmas Party over the weekend! Completely design-focused down to the smallest of details, the event featured twenty-four of CMG AV’s 1.2m chandeliers, two large format projection screens, a high definition LED screen stage set, Meyer LEOPARD and 900-LFC sound system as well as an extensive selection of lighting fixtures.

The rig included 24 x Martin MAC Quantum Wash, 12 x RUSH MH6 and 20 x Claypaky Mythos. Lighting fixtures were all hung in an alternate ladder arrangement with a staggered 4.6mm Pixel Pitch LED Screen Stage Set and two Barco W8 projectors onto Borderless Stumpfl screens.


DreamPix Tubes feature at Monash Carols

Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The magic of Christmas is captured under the stars each December at Jells Park, where the community comes together to enjoy the Monash Carols by Candlelight Concert. Now in its 29th year, this celebration has become the City’s most prestigious event, which has a strong sense of community and involves the invaluable work of volunteers.

The event was a perfect opportunity for production provider Nextgen to show off their new DreamPix Tubes which enable them to create amazing effects. For this event, CLS constructed some octagon shaped frames to hold the DreamPix Tubes resulting in spectacular Christmas stars.

“We purchased 72 DreamPix Tubes for a point of difference and because they offer us limitless creativity,” said Guy McGregor, director of Nextgen. “With so many DreamPix we decided to run them off a media server otherwise we would have ended up with something like 15,000 channels of DMX.”

The DreamPix Tubes feature an easy-to-use ArtNet interface that works flawlessly with popular industry standard pixel mapping tools.

“They’re very bright and punchy so you can see them clearly during daylight,” added Guy. “I also like that they are double-sided; that’s really useful in our line of work where you often work with 360° displays.”

Also visible in the photographs are Nextgen’s Nitec Litebar Hg strip lights (one metre Hex-colour RGBAW+UV LED strip light with 3 independently controllable segments) zig-zagging along the top of the stage and their ShowPro LED Flood Hex36 fixtures.

“The Hex36’s are fantastic, we have twenty but would be more than happy to buy another twenty as they’re going out on nearly every single job,” commented Guy. “They’re just so versatile and were great on the truss because you need lots of even levels of light for Carols.”

With a 22degree beam this wash light will light up buildings, walls or will work equally as well indoors in marquees or as a massive stage wash.