JLX Productions take to the Catwalk

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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April saw the return of the Australian Fashion & Design Awards to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. JLX Productions, with Iceworks Design again provided technical and artistic direction for the nationally televised live event through the Nine Network. Apart from the fashion segments the event included performances by Jessica Mauboy and also Wes “Whoa” Carr.

With an entirely new artistic concept brought together by Gavin Hampstead (Iceworks Design), Jason Raft and Jason Organ (JLX Productions) plus an even tighter schedule meant for new challenges along the way.

An entirely neutral set in contrast to the previous years gloss black allowed lighting designers Jason Raft and Jason Organ an almost endless variety of surfaces to light and as Jason Raft says ‘make the magic.’ Along with lighting JLX Productions also provided production management this year with newly appointed Productions Co-ordinator Marcel Micola and Jason Organ sharing site manager duties.

Lighting Plots where drawn up in WYSIWYG perform allowing for 3D rendering of the set and pre-programming for client presentations prior to the event. With a tight 24 hour bump-in schedule including set build the load in was split over two crews working 12 hour shifts starting at 0200.

Lighting crew were JLX with additional labour supplied by Stealth Crewing and Yianni’s Entertainment Services again provided riggers for the event.

The Jasons’ this year opted for a selection of VariLite and Martin Fixtures. The over stage truss held most of the twenty Mac 700 Profiles and twelve VariLite 1000 providing the different set looks. Twelve 700 washes provided the colour for stage and the catwalk. Forty two VL2000 Washes filled out the catwalk wash and provided colour treatments for the room. Forty six Strand 2k Castors provided the main wash on stage and the catwalk with a handful of Source 4 Profiles for the Lectern. Twenty Honeycomb 72’s located under the stairs lit the perspex inserts and another twelve lit a string curtain upstage. The string curtain was used as a diffuser for Soft LED panels. Twenty four Source 4 Pars and more Honeycombs were built into the set to enhance different sections. Two Unique Hazers and three DF50’s provided the haze & two RJ Aramis Follow Spots were used for Award winner pick-ups.

TDC supplied the two Soft LED curtains which hung upstage centre and also two 20’x11’ Screens and Barco R12 projectors for in room vision. Alex Loh from JLX Productions operated the in room AV which included sponsor loops and a feed from the OB truck.

Jason Raft used a Whole Hog 3 console with a second running backup. This controlled all fixtures and the JLX .Productions Arkaos Media Server which fed content to the Soft LED. He was also heard singing along to Wes Carr during rehearsals and performance.

Chameleon Touring Systems provided the bulk of the lighting rig with much thanks to Rob Eastick and the guys at Chameleon for organising the equipment out of Brisbane and Sydney.