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WorldStage Returns For Sixth Year in a Row with AV Support for EA’s “The Download” Press Event at 2013 E3

Once again Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) wowed videogame fans and media at “The Download: EA 2013 Preview,” the top game publisher’s must-see press event held during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. WorldStage returned for the sixth consecutive year to provide AV support for the event, which looked at upcoming titles via live demos, world premiere trailers and breaking news.

This year “The Download” was marked by a change of venue. “EA wanted to exponentially grow the show, so they moved from the Orpheum Theatre to the massive Shrine Auditorium, the one-time home of the Oscars ceremony,” said Michael T. May, senior account executive at WorldStage. “The challenge for everyone involved was to recreate the incredibly dynamic show that was staged in the smaller theater last year in this much larger environment.”

The action-packed preview was telecast live on cable’s Spike TV and streamed worldwide via multiple webcasts. The event began with the surprise reveal of the first-person shooter game, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare,a stunning new game originated from the famed franchise that pays homage to the action genre while retaining the signature quirky humor, depth and accessibility that fans love about the Plants vs. Zombies franchise.. The show also featured NBA star Kyrie Irving to introduce new bounceTek ball physics for NBA LIVE 14 and hip-hop artist Drake took the stage to showcase gameplay for FIFA 14. Need for Speed Rivals debuted All Drive, a mode that blurs the line between single-player and multiplayer racing experiences. The event closed with an astounding live 64-player multiplayer demo of Battlefield 4.

“To provide the same visceral impact as last year, this year’s design called for high-resolution LED screens instead of the projection screens we’ve mainly used in years past,” said May. “The brightness and pop of the LED screens definitely played better in the bigger space. ”

Three 13×25-foot PixeLED F6 high-resolution 6mm LED walls, were positioned at the left, center and right of the stage to display speaker support, title slides, IMAG and game footage and demos. The center LED wall flew in and out and the two side walls moved on and off stage on custom-built carts that traveled up to eight feet per second. The LED wall movements were choreographed to sync with lighting and stage calls. Additionally, three PixelLED F40 low-resolution 40mm LED walls served as background and scenic visuals.

In addition to the LED Screens, a 45×25-foot front projection surface was flown in to showcase the 64-player Battlefield 4 demo, and several other segments. Video playback was handled by the proprietary WorldStage Media Hub; a Vista Spyder X20 switched all sources to the screens.

Equally, if not more important was the quality of the feed to the webcast and to support that component WorldStage supplied a seven HD-camera system, including three with long lenses, one on Steadicam, one hand-held, and one on a 30-foot jib. One of WorldStage’s Ross 3.5ME Vision Mixers was used for camera cuts for the live telecast.

Debra Robins, Managing Director/Executive Producer at Plumbago Productions, adds, “This show had a tremendous amount of moving parts – both in the technology required and last minute design changes coming in from the client. I can’t imaging pulling off such a complex show as successfully as this one without the support of WorldStage. They were with us every step of the way.”

“EA’s E3 preview event looked great for the audience in the Shrine Auditorium and, with all the dynamic elements, played extremely well for all the home viewers, too,” said May. “Once again we were proud to be the technical solutions provider for such an impressive event.”

At WorldStage Jack Dussault was the project manager, Neal Gass and Carl McMillan the video engineers, and Bryan Dominick lead projectionist.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Clay Paky Sharpy Washes Give a New Look to Shakespeare in the Park

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” got a new musical treatment this summer at Central Park’s famed Shakespeare in the Park, and Clay Paky Sharpy Washes helped give the show a new look, too. Popular for rock and pop music tours, the Sharpy Washes were the perfect fit for the six-week run of the innovative staging of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

The Public Theater presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater every summer. This year it paired “Comedy of Errors” with a spring break-style musical version of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

The Sharpy Washes were provided to lighting designer Jeff Croiter, who lent his talents to both plays in the park. “I was very lucky to find them. I didn’t know they existed until I saw them at a demo,” he explains. “They proved to be the perfect light for us – I couldn’t imagine using anything else.”

Croiter mounted the Sharpy Washes to the set since there was no overhead lighting rig at the Delacorte. “Because they were mounted to the set, they couldn’t be very big or heavy,” he notes. “But they had to provide the majority of the backlight for the show. Sharpy Washes are small, lightweight, quiet, incredibly bright and zoomable enough to cover the whole stage without losing intensity.”

He points out that the fixtures’ color options were an added advantage. While “the biggest reason for using them was their size, overall footprint and weight, they also offered great punch and strong color options,” he says.

In addition, their “nice sleek design” meant they “looked good hanging on the set,” he reports.

“I love the Sharpy Washes – they were a perfect fit and an impressive light,” he says. “A.C.T was great about providing everything we needed. They helped us find the lights and were incredibly helpful throughout.”

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting’s Vice President of Automated Lighting, commented, “We are honored to be associated with a New York institution like Shakespeare in the Park. We believe that the Sharpy Wash is a very useful tool for theatrical lighting designers and Jeff’s great experience confirms that.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great to see our Sharpy Wash units employed for this type of application. They really are the perfect outdoor light and we look forward to hearing about more success from Shakespeare in the Park.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Clay Paky Makes Different Kind of Headlines at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

While the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards attracted lots of press for its outrageous performances, the show made headlines among professionals for its creative staging, too. Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes lit up the stage at Barclays Center, Brooklyn where artist and designer KAWS reimagined the VMAs’ iconic moonman statuette.

“For the 30th anniversary of the VMAs and its first time in Brooklyn we were celebrating Brooklyn and Brooklyn artist KAWS, who redesigned the moonman as a 60-foot inflatable silver statue that towered over the main stage,” says lighting designer Tom Kenny. “I wanted to make it feel like you were in a gallery or museum honoring his work – it’s an unusual idea for an awards show, but MTV is always on the edge.”

To achieve his goal Kenny deployed a large complement of Sharpys and Sharpy Washes supplied by VER. “I had extremely high trims and needed audience light, back light and aerial beams,” he explains. “They did a great job for me. The whole idea was that the show didn’t look like a normal awards show, yet it needed the performances to be theatrical. Even though the trims were high, the Sharpys were powerful enough to do the job.”

Kenny marshaled 220 Sharpys and 40 Sharpy Washes for the event, all of which were hung in the air. “They worked great – the color was great. I had the lights on site for three weeks without a problem.”

Kenny notes that the VMA Awards tallied huge ratings and always enjoys worldwide appeal. “Emails from my peers after the show complimented me on how great and iconic the show looked,” he reports. “It really achieved the status of art piece. And we had a great time in Brooklyn, where the crew was fantastic.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great to be part of such a high profile event. The Sharpys looked great and really highlighted the program.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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“The Today Show” Brightens Up the Morning with a New Set Plus a Moving Light Package from WorldStage

For the first time in seven years NBC’s iconic “The Today Show” has introduced viewers to a new set enhanced by a moving light package from WorldStage. The complement of fixtures supplied to lighting designer Fred Bock includes nine Martin MAC 350 Entour LED spots, 10 Martin MAC Aura LEDs, nine Clay Paky Sharpy Washes and six Clay Paky Alpha Profile 800 STs.

The new set is “a combination of modern and homey at the same time,” says Bock, who previously teamed with WorldStage on NBC upfronts and the ESPN booth at the US Open. “There’s a lot of automation and a lot of displays. The Home Base Desk is on a turntable, which allows the home base for the opening of the show to turn around and face Rockefeller Plaza for the first time,” he explains. “Viewers can come in and look right into the window and then pull into the studio.”

According to Bock, “the moving lights are mostly used in the production area where big interviews, cooking demos and music performances take place. They have to keep that space as flexible as possible to deal with all types of production in a small space.”

The network has been promoting LED usage where practical and Bock says the MAC Auras and 350s fulfill that mandate and “give a more natural look” to the new set. The Clay Paky Sharpys provide “a nice punchy light” for music. “They do many different things, from a tight beam to a nice wash on the floor – they help modernize the look of the studio,” he reports.

Bock is also “enamored” with the flat beam of the Clay Paky Alpha Profiles. “Their shutters work really well,” he adds. “They have great effects and smooth dimming.”

Choosing WorldStage to furnish the moving light package was “a no brainer,” says Bock. “WorldStage has a very strong working relationship with NBC, and I have a great relationship with them. They’re always there whenever you need something; they respond at a moment’s notice.

“We needed to test equipment, and WorldStage got it to me very quickly. They were so responsive and helped us make our decisions. It’s very helpful to be able to rely on WorldStage for a changing project like this where you can’t plan for everything.”

At WorldStage Drew DeCorleto who was the account executive for the project, stated “We were very pleased to be part of the team supporting this update. At WorldStage we understand the particular demands of the network environment and we have always worked hard to be an ideal vendor for NBC and other broadcast projects.”.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Versatile Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up Ravens Super Bowl Ring Ceremony

When the NFL champion Baltimore Ravens gathered at the team’s training facility for the Super Bowl Ring unveiling ceremony, Clay Paky Sharpys played a key role in the gala evening.

Frank Serutto, president of Excel Lighting Services in Baltimore, developed the initial lighting design for the event with Mario Serutto then selected lighting designer Mike Lurz to fine tune the design and program the team’s big evening, the first event of this scale in their training facility.

Excel aimed to create a party atmosphere mixed with a corporate environment for the dinner and ring presentation. Versatility was the name of the game, so Serruto selected 60 Clay Paky Sharpys to fill a number of lighting roles.

“We needed to pinspot 60 tables for the actual presentation of the rings, which was done simultaneously,” says Serruto. “Then, with the remainder of the evening being a party, we used the Sharpys for movement and room treatment. There was even a moment when we simulated the blackout that happened during the Super Bowl. We created a cue with the Sharpys to simulate them coming on a little at a time.”

To pinspot the tables, a Sharpy fixture was positioned over each group of diners. To accommodate the decorator’s need to move the tables around right up to the last minute, the Sharpys were mounted on moving yokes for the ultimate in flexible positioning.

During the simulated blackout the Sharpys pinspotted each table while the players reached down to open the crystal cubes hidden in each table’s centerpiece for a very dramatic ring reveal.

“The Sharpys allowed us to do so much – we were able to go from pinspotting a table to throwing gobos up around the room to create a party atmosphere,” Serruto reports. “We could use them anywhere: as aerial lights, spots, with gobos for texture. They’re so versatile and provide so much flexibility.”

R & R Events produced the gala. At Excel Mario Serruto served as crew chief while freelance production manager Alicia Lin of Advanced Events LLC coordinated the Excel team.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “This was a very creative use for our lights and we’re thrilled to see it. There were many Super Bowl events that we were involved in but this is one of the more interesting ones. Kudos to Excel for this.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes Accompany Bruno Mars Around the World on his Moonshine Jungle Tour

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been getting rave reviews for his Moonshine Jungle Tour, which will continue to play dates around the world through March 2014. The tour is accompanied by Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures.

“We were tasked with creating a world for Bruno and his band to inhabit,” says lighting designer Cory FitzGerald who codesigned the tour with Roy Bennett. “Bruno has a lot of sounds and pushes past a lot of genres, so he needed an environment that would accommodate all his music. The lighting fixtures help a lot with that. We have 42 Sharpy Washes and about 80 Sharpy beams and we’re very happy with the rig.” VER supplied the tour’s gear.

The versatile Sharpy Washes are “used for everything,” he says. “They’re the main wash for the show, and we have 36 overhead and six on the floor. We built a ceiling, and the Sharpy Washes are so small that they can be recessed in it and still shoot through.

“They also have a great zoom range and can do amazing beam effects,” he adds. “It’s great to have the option to go super wide or super narrow. The fact that they can color mix is a life saver.”

FitzGerald also made room for a number of Sharpys in the rig. “I can’t remember the last time I did a show without them,” he says. “They’re well established and high powered. With prism, frost and gobos I can get a lot of looks out of them. I have them everywhere on the show: overhead, on the back wall of light, on the floor. We even have 14 gold Sharpys on the deck.”

Dave Marcucci is the touring lighting director for the Moonshine Jungle Tour.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “We’re very proud to have so many of our fixtures on this tour and are impressed with the great work that Mr. Fitzgerald has done on this tour. We enjoy working with him on all of his projects.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Electrosonic Helps Michael Lee Design and Technifex Transform the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Digital 4D Theater

The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Laie, Hawaii, celebrated its 50th anniversary with an upgrade of its theater, which now features AV support from Electrosonic. A new digital 4D theater replaces the center’s aging film-based IMAX theater, which was more than 20 years old, and offers an enhanced guest experience both inside and out.

Set on 42 acres on the North Shore of Oahu, PCC enables visitors to explore all of the Polynesian cultures in the South Pacific. Since opening, PCC has welcomed over 37 million guests, becoming Hawaii’s number-one paid attraction.

Although the IMAX theater and its “Polynesian Odyssey” film served PCC well, it had become apparent that the center needed something new and different to help overall efforts to grow attendance and make better use of the facility for alternative purposes.

The exterior of the new 4D digital theater was transformed by Michael Lee Design of Orem, Utah (MLD), from a gray box that had nothing Polynesian about it into an ancient volcano whose visuals – including volcanic vents that exhale “steam” from deep below the surface – blend in with PCC’s natural, tropical surroundings.

MLD also converted the interior, leading guests through dark and glowing “lava tubes” where guests see flame-effects lighting and hear the sound of the ocean coursing through rock fissures. Upon entering the theater, black-light illumination and artwork create the impression of being inside a large volcanic chamber. Once guests are seated, the new 14-minute production, “Hawaiian Journey,” takes them on a breathtaking flight through the islands as they explore the spectacular beauty of Hawaii through the eyes of the first Hawaiians.

Electrosonic installed a new digital AV system, including a Christie 4K projector, 7thSense 4K media server and Strong/MDI 40×74-foot projection screen. “Converting to digital 4K projection offers numerous advantages over the former IMAX 15/70 film system,” says Electrosonic project manager Guy Fronte. “The cost of maintaining the film-based system – the price of lamps for the 15,000-watt projector, the IMAX maintenance agreement and the high fees for shipping and replacing the films – was excessive. The Christie digital system is more economical and efficient. It has no significant operational costs other than lamp replacement, and it doesn’t require a projectionist.”

Electrosonic also provided a new 7.1 surround sound system (five screen speakers, two theatrical subwoofers and 11 surround speakers) featuring JBL Cinema Series speakers and QSC amplifiers. An assistive-listening headset system allows simultaneous playback of the signature film’s narration in eight languages. A Medialon Show Manager system was selected for show control.

Technifex of Valencia, California, designed the 252 motion-base seats from the ground up to fit into the rake and rise of the former IMAX theater. The new high-back, special-effects seating was custom engineered with forward and backward motion, two headrest speakers in each seat, additional low-end speakers for vibration sensations, and water mist and scent spray effects. Six subwoofer speakers in the theater generate sounds down to 2Hz to create realistic rumblings evocative of an erupting volcano.

One of PCC’s goals was for the theater to serve as a true multi-purpose facility. To achieve that end, the MLD team filled in the screen pit and built a stage platform in front of the screen. A stage door was added for quick load in/load out and as an entrance/exit for performers. Electrosonic installed AV system connections to accommodate a presenter on stage giving PowerPoint presentations from a laptop or iPad projected through the Christie projector. A black curtain in front of the projection screen can be opened to the appropriate width for each media source.

With its transformation complete, PCC’s digital 4D theater is enticing crowds to take an exciting new “Hawaiian Journey” and is fulfilling the center’s need to repurpose the space for conferences and special events.

Alfred Grace is PCC’s president and CEO. Les Hill was the Electrosonic account executive. Mike Lee heads Michael Lee Design, and attraction producer Pat Scanlon heads PRS Associates, Inc. in Colorado Springs. “Hawaiian Journey” was written and directed by David Warner and shot by Reed Smoot. Sam Cardon composed the score with Mike McDonough sound designer. Rick Gordon was the postproduction technical director with Lee and Scanlon acting as executive producers.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA Consoles Make Different Kind of Headlines at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

While the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards attracted lots of press for its outrageous performances, the show made headlines among professionals for its creative staging, too. Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes, controlled by grandMA2 consoles, lit up the stage at Barclays Center, Brooklyn where artist and designer KAWS reimagined the VMAs’ iconic moonman statuette. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

“For the 30th anniversary of the VMAs and its first time in Brooklyn we were celebrating Brooklyn and Brooklyn artist KAWS, who redesigned the moonman as a 60-foot inflatable silver statue that towered over the main stage,” says lighting designer Tom Kenny. “I wanted to make it feel like you were in a gallery or museum honoring his work – it’s an unusual idea for an awards show, but MTV is always on the edge.”

To achieve his goal Kenny deployed a large complement of Sharpys and Sharpy Washes supplied by VER. “I had extremely high trims and needed audience light, back light and aerial beams,” he explains. “They did a great job for me. The whole idea was that the show didn’t look like a normal awards show, yet it needed the performances to be theatrical. Even though the trims were high, the Sharpys were powerful enough to do the job.”

Kenny marshaled 220 Sharpys and 40 Sharpy Washes for the event, all of which were hung in the air. “They worked great – the color was great. I had the lights on site for three weeks without a problem.”

To control the Clay Paky fixtures he used two grandMA2 consoles “with massive amounts of universes” and had two more grandMA2s on hand as back ups. “There’s really only one kind of desk for this type of show,” says Kenny. “When the artists are rehearsing we only have a turnaround of a couple of minutes because they’re so busy. The grandMA2 is perfect at making the quick changes. It’s really the only lighting desk that can do it. Everywhere I travel in the world I see grandMA2s.”

Kenny notes that the VMA Awards tallied huge ratings and always enjoys worldwide appeal. “Emails from my peers after the show complimented me on how great and iconic the show looked,” he reports. “It really achieved the status of art piece. And we had a great time in Brooklyn, where the crew was fantastic.”

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Infinity Park Gets Vista System Spyders for Events Center’s 360º Screen

Infinity Park Event Center is proud have a new Vista Systems Spyder X20 system. Infinity Park is a municipally-owned sports, entertainment and events campus in Glendale, Colorado. Blazen Illuminations LLC of Loveland, Colorado installed two Vista Systems’ Spyder X20s at the core of a refurbished projection system dedicated to the venue’s 360º screen.

Infinity Park is a unique site featuring an events center, fitness and recreation center, high-altitude training facility, expansive outdoor park and rugby stadium with a 4,000-person capacity.

“We were originally called in by the events center to maintain and program the High End Systems’ DL.2 digital lights, but they were having difficulties handling the projection demands,” says Nate Webb, Co-Owner of Blazen Illuminations. “We sat down with the staff at Infinity Park and developed a master plan starting with a pair of Vista Systems Spyder X20 1608s running in parallel that would drive the first 12 projectors to cover nearly the entire room in 360 degrees.”

Nate Webb is familiar with the Vista Systems Spyder, so when the project came up he knew Spyder would be the perfect solution. “There are a lot of Spyder systems in the area, so we know it is a great solution,” he says. “When event center clients find out we’re using the Spyder they get excited! It actually becomes a selling point for the venue! They’re confident that the Spyder will do everything they need for their show.”

Blazen Illuminations was tasked with reusing the Christie Digital projectors from the DL.2s, so they removed those components and remounted them in a more conventional way. “After doing some engineering we incorporated 10 of the projectors as well as two other existing projectors already in the room,” says Webb. “We also incorporated fiber optic HD extenders with HDCP to eliminate any potential of latency or image degradation. Those systems work phenomenally. Through HDCP the Spyder X20s can see each projector and we can send the correct resolution to each.”

“All of the projectors are on a Christie net system so we can power them on and off from a PC. The DL2s did not always want to work. The new system saves us massive amounts of time. The DL2s all had on-board servers which had to be managed and updated through the ArtNet network. We would spend over 30 hours a week to develop and load graphics to each server for each show, now we can do the whole thing on the Spyder system in less than a day,” Nate explains.

“We used to have to align everything daily and we were much more limited in projection quality: Alignment and blending used to be very time consuming. But the Spyder systems have taken all those problems away,” he notes. “The production team saves 30 hours a week in graphic and tech work alone. Now we have three media servers handling all of the video playback and nine other input sources such as IMAG cameras, client laptops, and more, which can simply be placed anywhere we like on the giant screens.”

In addition to saving time at the events center, the Spyder system requires less manpower to operate a show. “It used to take four to six technicians to operate a show, and now the production team only requires three,” Webb reports. “The learning curve for in-house AV techs has been very quick, too.”

The Vista Systems Spyder X20s are performing “excellently, and they are exceeding customer expectations” he says. Having completed the first phase of a three-phase upgrade effort, Blazen Illuminations hopes to “add more Spyder X20s for digital signage and lobby effects, as well as replace the projectors in the main ballroom.” Nate notes.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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About Blazen Illuminations
Blazen Illuminations offers a full range of services and solutions for the entertainment industry. Systems design and integration for state of the art audio, lighting, and video production and presentations in all markets. For more information, visit Blazen Illuminations at www.blazenlights.com.

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About Infinity Park
Infinity Park Event Center is a state-of-the-art event venue nestled in the heart of Glendale, Colo. next to the Cherry Creek shopping district, minutes from downtown Denver. The Event Center is the ideal place to hold your next customized event with our unique indoor and outdoor spaces.
Visit http://infinityparkatglendale.com/eventcenter

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Robert Juliat Fixtures Light Concert Portions of Metallica’s New “Through the Never” IMAX 3D Movie

Metallica lights up the big screen with its IMAX 3D feature, “Metallica Through The Never,” which premieres September 27, and Robert Juliat fixtures helped light up the concert portion of the movie courtesy of Spotrental North America in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

Directed by Nimrod Antal (“Predators”), “Metallica Through The Never” takes a hybrid approach to plot interspersing a concert by Metallica with a dark fantasy narrative about a roadie who encounters a post-apocalyptic situation that, true to the band’s philosophy, leaves a lot of interpretation to viewers and fans. Metallica’s previous film was the 2004 documentary, “Some Kind of Monster.” The new movie has no dialogue – rather, the 16-song soundtrack runs throughout the narrative portion of the film. Following it’s one week exclusive run in IMAX Theaters, “Metallica Through The Never” opens on 3D in theaters nationwide on October 4.

Spotrental supplied eight Robert Juliat Aramis and four Cyrano 2500w HMI followspots to the production for the concert portion of the film. “There were four actual concerts shot for the movie,” explains Joe Zimmerman of Spotrental. “They wanted to make the spots as unobtrusive as possible, so we put the stands over the top of the seats. The stands for the Robert Juliat fixtures are easily adjustable compared to other followspots.”

Aramis is often used in concerts and is constructed to withstand the rigors of touring. It’s well suited to the long throws of big venues indoors and outdoors. Cyrano does everything that Aramis does plus its narrower beam angle makes it perfect for really long-throw distances; its filters also offer additional design possibilities.

According to Zimmerman, the lights “performed flawlessly. They were so bright that we actually had to bring them down. The consistency of field was very even all the way across – there were no hot spots. These fixtures are very solid and almost never go down.”

Zimmerman says the lights’ “maintenance is very good” and “service with the factory is the best of any manufacturer we work with. We always get the information or service that we need. The Aramis and Cyranos are great lights – I really like them.”

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent, family-run company dedicated to stage lighting. The current chairman’s grandfather was, at the end of the 19th century, one of the pioneers in creating special effects for the fledgling motion picture industry in France. Robert Juliat lights are used worldwide by customers who include the Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion in Las Vegas, Disney World, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Comedie Francaise, the Holiday On Ice tour, the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games and football’s World Cup in Japan and Germany.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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