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Vista Systems’ Spyder Checks Into Chicago’s Hotel Sax

saxChicago’s luxury Hotel Sax has chosen a Vista Systems Spyder to power a videowall comprised of 36 16×9 plasma screens located just outside its high-tech, fourth-floor conference center. The system grabs the attention of executives and conference-goers with images ranging from company logos and promos, to client-created content. more

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UVLD and Production Glue Team On Dynamic Lighting Treatment To Celebrate 125th Birthday Of The Brooklyn Bridge

bbbday-061.jpgUnlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) partnered with Production Glue to mark the 125th birthday of The Brooklyn Bridge with a dramatic Syncrolite lighting treatment during a five-day celebration of the iconic structure.

“The story of The Brooklyn Bridge is inextricably linked to that of our city. It’s unique in the history of architecture, a gateway for transportation and a symbol of our economic vibrancy. For all of us it is, without question, a part of New York,? says UVLD lighting designer Greg Cohen.

“We wanted to find a dynamic way to tell the bridge’s story while providing a visual punctuation to the 125th birthday observation,? he adds.

Producer Jennifer Kurland of Production Glue notes “This was a very upbeat moment for the City, one that celebrated the bridge in the way it deserves. Spectators heard a performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic followed by a Grucci fireworks display. At that time Mayor Bloomberg turned on our lighting installation which spanned the length of the bridge illuminating the East River cityscape from 9 to 11 pm daily through the Memorial Day weekend.?

UVLD proposed using Syncrolite searchlight-style fixtures to light the bridge. “There’s nothing more implicit to a high-profile event than a searchlight,? Cohen points out. “Large beams of light draw in the crowd and show spectators they’re part of something important or historic. At that moment in time, they’re where it’s at.?

But searchlights are typically “somewhat limited in their theatrics,? he notes. “Out of the box, they can only do one thing — throw big circles of light in the sky, usually in white, and usually in groups of four. So we suggested using more theatrical, large-format lighting. Syncrolites are fully programmable from a modern lighting controller. And, like any modern moving light, the fixtures can change color, direction and beam shape.?

Working in tandem with Production Glue, UVLD installed 24 Syncrolite XL 10 10K luminaries on the bridge center and tower anchors, six Syncrolite SB 5Ks on the Brooklyn Tower anchor scaffolding and six Syncrolite SB 5/3 on the Brooklyn shore. Most of the five-foot tall lights, which weigh in at 320 lbs each, were positioned on the bridge’s guardrail between the roadway and the pedestrian walkway. Staggered on both sides, the lights zigzaged across the bridge span.

“The biggest challenge was working in a public space — and a highly-trafficked public space at that,? says Kurland. “We had to design production so it wouldn’t impede the pedestrian walkway which remained open to walkers and bike-riders throughout the installation. And we worked closely with city agencies to minimize impact on the public and maintain security on the bridge.?

Using the Syncrolites enabled Cohen and fellow UVLD principal John Ingram to combine the impressive look of searchlights with an expanded creative palette. “Our possibilities became vast: beams of light tracking the area could transform into illuminating the bridge as has never been done before. We enjoyed using beams of color to highlight the bridge’s architectural features and changing the treatment into a wash making the whole structure glow. The multicolor light show we designed with Production Glue was a memorable event for everyone,? adds Ingram.

The Syncrolite rigs are controlled by a grandMA lighting console, and were provided by Syncrolite of Dallas, Texas. Tom Blancato served as production electrician, David Arch as programmer. Tom Bussey, principal of production glue, was the staging producer.

About UVLD

Unlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) creates lighting designs for corporate theater, live entertainment, themed environments, trade shows and special events. UVLD is a partnership of 10 designers working in all aspects of lighting design; their work has been seen on stages and screens nationwide and around the world. Clients include IBM, Mitsubishi, Honda, Kia, Mercedes, Volvo, Volkswagen, John Deere, Microsoft, Cartier, Victoria’s Secret, FedEx, Avon and Audi.

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A.C.T Lighting appoints LS MEDIA in Canada

Bob Gordon, CEO and president of A.C.T Lighting, has announced the appointment of LS MEDIA as their new Canadian representative. With this agreement, LS MEDIA will represent A.C.T. Lighting’s exclusive & non-exclusive portfolio of lighting products which includes MA Lighting, Brother Brother & Sons, Reel EFX, Zero88 as well as an extensive range of cable, connectors and assemblies. more

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Coemar ParLite LEDs, Infinity Wash XLs Power-Up F/N MTV Premieres As Friday Night Music Headlines 24/7 Bill

fnStarting June 13th, weeklong interactive musicfest F’N MTV (their user-generated music video feedback/review recap) will kickoff each Friday night with F’N MTV Premieres, lit with Coemar’s ever-ubiquitous ParLite LED and Infinity Wash XL lights.

The Impact Video-outfitted multi-screen show, featuring A-list artists performing and chatting about their newest videos, emanates from L.A.-based Renmar Studios and is what lighting designer/director Tom Kenny calls “high-profile: a huge undertaking, huge production.? For it, Kenny, the show’s producers and set designer Scott Storey all wanted a very big, very impressive lighting system, to be provided by Video Equipment Rentals. more

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Christie Selected For SAT(osphere) Dome Venue At Quebec 400th Anniversary

SatoshphereChristie projectors were central to SAT’s innovative SAT(osphere), a portable projection dome 18m (59 feet) in diameter, which played a key role in the aboriginal commemoration facet of the festivities marking the 400th anniversary of the city of Quebec.

The SAT(osphere), open from June 21 to July 1, was created by artists at Montreal’s Society For Arts and Technology (SAT). Built on the banks of the Bassin Louise in the old Port of Quebec City, the inflatable dome showcased the First Nations-themed multimedia show, “Domagaya,? named for the son of the Iroquois leader whose village became present-day Quebec City. more

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Stage Research Triggers Their New Website Aimed At Sound And Lighting Show Pros

Stage Research, a leader in the theatrical/concert control, sound and lighting worlds, has launched a vibrant-new and exciting website.

On it, sound and lighting technicians and designers will have easy access to an array of information about much-sought-after Stage Research products such as lighting, sound and control hardware and theatrical playback and show control software, as well as popular brand-name sound effects library packages, drafting templates and evaluation and training software. more

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UVLD Helps BMW Shine

bmwUnlimited Visibility Lighting Design (UVLD) combined its expertise at lighting automobiles and corporate events when it designed luxury automaker BMW’s twin presentations in Atlanta recently. The three-day event, produced by Media Loft, was held to reveal new products and company plans to the BMW team. Tony Siekman of The WIT Company was the Technical Director. more

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Coemar Infinity Wash XLs Accelerate The Action As R.E.M Tour Lights Canada, U.S. And Europe Through The Roof

REMFor the R.E.M. tour launched this past May in Vancouver, lighting designer/director/programmer Susanne Sasic brought Coemar Infinity Wash XL lights into brilliant interplay as support of the band’s latest album, Accelerate, continues.

Designing a frame of lights around a set of five Mitrix video screens plus two soft LED panels, Sasic set out to create a “skyline? of video which forms the centerpiece of her basic design. Infinity Wash XL lights, 1400w with a full range of features including a CMY color mixing system and an entire spectrum of effects, seemed perfectly targeted toward this latest succession of concerts presented by the Athens, GA-based legendary alternative rock ensemble. more

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grandMA Meets Prince At Coachella Festival

CoachellaThe grandMA hobnobbed with royalty at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival where it was the console of choice for programmer Demfis Fyssicopulos and lighting designer Garry “Sport? Waldie who helped headliner Prince light up the stage. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

The three-day annual Coachella Festival was held April 25-27 in Indio, California. It was founded as the first major independent festival of all-rock, electronica and hip hop and has since grown into a top showcase for indie bands. This year Prince headlined day two of the event. more

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Christie Projectors Are Ubiquitous At The Newly Built Newseum

NewseumChristie was among the many newsmakers at the recently opened Newseum, and supplied over sixty projectors throughout the various exhibits and galleries. Integrators Electrosonic, Inc. and Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) specified and installed the technology.

A seven-level, high-tech interactive museum, the Newseum traces the history of news reporting from the 15th century to the present. more

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