Mandylights at the 2013 Australian Country Music Awards
Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Mandylights supplied visual design and technical production management for country music’s night of nights in Tamworth on Australia Day. In recent years, the Golden Guitars have enjoyed a surge in both popularity and attendance – this year attracting a full house at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre while playing host to twelve fantastic performances.
Continuing a great working relationship with awards producers Whatever, Mandylights’ Daniel Mercer worked as technical director with suppliers TDC (Video) Resolution X (Lighting) and Norwest (Audio) while Richard Neville came on board as visual designer; creating the lighting, custom video and a large part of the scenic for the event.
In an effort to steer the award show’s visual appearance away from the now standard big LED screens look, the show’s design by Julio Himede and Richard saw the construction of sixty rendered rusted corrugated panels which were hung in a checkerboard fashion across the back of the stage. Completely customised video content was then mapped onto the panels and matched with lighting fixtures both in front of and behind the set. Mandylights built the set, created and managed all CAD for the event and then built the show’s custom video content in house. Content included clips made up of hundreds of Australian road signs for Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Ute Me’ performance (pictured).
Clint Dulieu operated the show’s Coolux Servers which were provided by TDC. In order to maintain total control over the video looks, Clint’s servers were responsible for the playback of all awards video content and packages which enabled the creative team to grade and manipulate the show’s visuals to fit in with the scenic design and overall look of the show at any time.
In keeping with the company’s concept of keeping all stages of production design, direction and installation in house, Mandylights’ Michael Gearin managed lighting systems and crew for the event, working closely with Resolution X’s team who provided a faultless lighting rig for the event.
The show was a great hit in Tamworth with a fantastic response from both the organisers and general public.
Technical Director: Daniel Mercer
Visual Designer: Richard Neville
Video Programmer: Clint Dulieu
Lighting Systems: Michael Gearin
Lighting Crew: Andreas Romanowski, Tom Wright
Lighting: Resolution X
Photo Credits: Andreas Romanowski
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