Rohan Thornton complains about new Clay Paky fixtures

Posted on Monday, May 30th, 2011


Renown Australian lighting designer and GTV9’s Head of Lighting, Rohan Thornton can’t stop grumbling and whinging about the Clay Paky Sharpy and the Alpha Spot 1500.

“On all productions I now instantly specify sixteen of each model – I would ask for more but that’s all there is available for hire!” he protested. “And on top of that, they are becoming so popular I can’t get hold of them. Clay Paky is back with a vengeance.”

At GTV 9 Rohan has utilized the Clay Paky Alpha Spot 1500 on such projects as The Footy Show Grand Final Special, Carols By Candlelight, This Is Your Life, TV Week Logie Awards and Million Dollar Drop.

“The Alpha Spot 1500’s are a great light,” he said. “They are bright, but that’s not the most important thing, the optics is sensational, the zoom range is great and the colours are consistent. The CTO wheel is particularly good and manages to remove the ‘green’ spike that their competitors have been unable to achieve.”

Rohan recently used the Clay Paky Sharpy on Million Dollar Drop. Sixteen of the units were supplied from Res X and were used very affectively as a beam light that Rohan reports was able to cut through anything.

“The Sharpy comes with a good selection of colours and gobos,” he added. “Best of all they are unbelievably fast. They have a ‘mirror like’ speed combined with the organic elements of a moving head!”

For all Australian enquiries please contact Clay Paky representative Simon Barrett on (03) 9681 7511 or 0404 898 998