Energy savings for Sofitel
Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Several high output Anolis LED fixtures have been specified and installed to illuminate the exterior facade of the Sofitel Hotel in the heart of Broadbeach on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
It only required 2 of the high powered Anolis ArcPad Xtremes to replace the 4 existing 1000w discharge lamped floods, which previously illuminated the exterior walls of the hotel The new RGBW LED fixtures have breathed fresh colour and vibrancy into the prestigious hotel creating a stunning ‘stand out’ structure amongst a vast skyline of towering hotels and residential buildings.
The hotel management made a decision to invest in this new lighting technology, as they were carrying out a mandate to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs throughout the Sofitel complex. After their initial consultation with Blair Terrace from ULA Group and a number of onsite demonstrations of Anolis ArcPad Xtreme their decision became clear. The Anolis Arcpad extreme ticked all the right boxes - High light output, vivid saturated colours, low power usage and no lamps required.
The Anolis ArcPad Xtreme is a high powered, energy efficient, outdoor flood constructed with two independent LED modules. The LED’s are densely populated, providing extremely bright output and seamless colour mixing. The unique combination of RGBW LED colours deliver a stunning quality of white light as well as great palette of rich saturated colours. The fixtures are completely silent due to the conventional cooling and the IP67 rating makes them perfect for exterior installations.
The low power consumption and minimal maintenance costs, were key factors which were considered when the ArcPad Xtreme fixtures were selected for this project. They are controlled via a wall mounted DMX keypad which enables the hotel staff to easily change the state of the lighting for themed events and functions.
Young Talent Time delves into Pandora’s Box
Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012
Channel Ten have reinvented Young Talent Time after a 24-year absence from our screens, and there’s no doubt it packs a visual punch.
The lighting is designed by Francesco Calvi and supplied by Chameleon Touring Systems with Paul Collison producing and replaying the screen content for the show. Paul also acts as lighting director when Francesco is unavailable.
Integral to the look of the show is a large panorama of LED which allows the creative team to create the show’s environment on a 360 degree surface. Sometimes the LED surface is treated as one single surface but this is not always possible as the LED screens are used similar to legs in the theatre to mask entrances and this leads to overlaps with the images.
“This means that often the LED screens are treated as individual surfaces rather than part of the panorama,” said Paul. “It’s a fairly organic thing to be working with, evolving and changing according to the song.
“It’s a monstrous video project. Our LED map is 11,500 pixels from end to end and 800 pixels high. It’s a massive surface area to treat and although some songs only use maybe a third of that, you still have to build your content to fill that map as you never know when the camera will pan out. We’re building all of the content in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, and then rendering all the different images to create the panorama made up of the four different LED screen types that have been supplied by TDC.”
Controlling all of the above mentioned media are thirteen coolux Pandora’s Box Media Player Pro’s all being run from a Pandora’s Box Media Manager Pro and a MA Lighting MA2 console.
Once the content has been created in the 11,500 pixel wide map it is broken up into different cells of information so each Pandora’s Box Media Player Pro only receives the images that it is required to display rather than each machine receiving the entire image and only outputting a little bit of it.
Paul favours Pandora’s Box for this type of production mainly because of the versatility of being able to run it from a lighting console when required and then being able to syncronise to timecode that he has made with particular detail to the interaction between the performers and their choreography and the video content.
“I bounce between triggering loops from the MA2 and treating them like lighting fixtures, to running clips from the timeline so that we can synchronise all of our videos with the soundtrack,” explained Paul. “That way we can get some of the interaction that we’ve been working with fairly closely between the content and the performers.”
Paul particularly likes the fact that Pandora’s Box is an entire system; it’s not thirteen stand-alone media players rather one system.
“So all I need to do is load the content into the Media Manager Pro and it automatically spreads the content to each machine across the network. The Media Manager Pro does all the communication to the individual media players and that allows me to easily to go between triggering loops from the lighting console or playing back from the timeline directly from the manager.”
The rig includes Martin MAC TW1 fixtures for key lighting and stage washes, Martin MAC2000 Profiles, Pro Shop Honeycombs, Unique Hazer, Studio Due NanoLEDs, Pro Shop truss warmers and heaps of Martin MAC101 LED fixtures.
“The MAC101’s have been fantastic,” added Paul. “They’re so punchy and they’re in every nook and cranny we can find to put them in! They really are awesome.”
Workshop Manager – Showtech Australia, Braeside Vic
Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Showtech Australia, Showtech Rigging & Showtech Training Australia
Location: Braeside – Melbourne – VIC
A fulltime workshop manager required. Min 35 hours per week.
A general knowledge of the industry, and rigging hardware would be advantageous.
Must demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team along with showing individual initiative to work independently.
Must be able to work in a busy environment and have strong time management skills.
Must have a fork lift licence, a drivers licence would be preferred, and a truck licence would be favourable but not a necessity.
- Prepping and maintaining equipment.
- Daily inventory management of equipment.
- Daily housekeeping of workshop & vehicles .
- Working with production managers on upcoming jobs.
Please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please no faxes.
New Global Product Marketing Manager for Philips Dynalite
Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Leading lighting control and automation solutions provider, Philips Dynalite, has appointed Peter Glasheen to the newly created role of Global Product Marketing Manager – Controls. Glasheen assumes product marketing management responsibilities for the company’s leading portfolio of lighting control based solutions. He will be based in Sydney at Philips Lighting’s Centre for Competence for indoor networked controls, from which he will provide leadership to Philips Dynalite’s regional product managers worldwide.
According to Glasheen, the role involves liaison with key industry stakeholders to better meet the market’s current and future needs for control products, systems and services. “It is essential to gain market insights to be able to identify the solutions that the end-user requires,” he said. “With this understanding, Philips Dynalite will be able to utilise our extensive research and development program to develop these requirements into sophisticated solutions to meet the market needs.”
With 30 years in the Australian electrical industry, Glasheen brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the new position. He has invaluable experience in engineering, research and development, and in a variety of product, marketing, strategy and general management roles. “My recent responsibilities with multi-disciplinary project groups have given me a wide view of the industry,” he said. “This provides me with a broad spectrum of experience to the position that will enable me to better serve Philips Dynalite’s customers.”
Glasheen predicts that his immediate focus will be on selected industry segments, including offices, retail, hospitality and ‘high-end’ multi-dwelling apartments. “I am particularly interested in the needs of end-users such as retail complexes, institutions and multi-unit residential development companies,” he said. “There is enormous scope in this market to make significant improvements in the levels of lighting, automation control, productivity and energy savings that we can deliver to these sectors as we move forward.”
Looking ahead, specific targets for 2010 include the production of a road map to facilitate integration of Philips Dynalite’s products, systems and services with the Philips Lighting solution-set. “The aim here is to simplify dealer, distributor and installer partnerships in order to make the delivery channels more seamless and intuitive for the end-user,” said Glasheen. “The road map will additionally help establish how Philips Dynalite can best prepare for continuing to meet its customers’ evolving needs into the future.”
Theatre Technical Assistant, Greater Shepparton City Council
Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2010
Applications are invited for the position of Theatre Technical Assistant with the Performing Arts and Conventions Branch at Council.
The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with technical operations in the Eastbank Centre and WestSide Performing Arts Centre (known as the Riverlinks complex of venues), and other council venues for Riverlinks events including stage operations, lighting, sound, audio visual, mechanist, wardrobe duties on an as needed basis.
Individuals with experience, knowledge and a keen interest in stage and event management are encouraged to apply.
Salary: $41,773.68 to $45,241.04
For more information visit http://www.greatershepparton.com.au/council/employment/positions_vacant/theatretechassistant.html or contact Liz Zito on (03) 5832 9505.
Applications close: Friday, February 26, 2010