More than 400 LED lighting fixtures have been supplied for a new eco-friendly installation at the HD hub of Johannesburg-based satellite channel Supersport. Sustainability was the watchword for a lighting rig that comprises eight Philips Vari-Lite VLX Wash luminaires and 400-plus Anolis LED units, and can be run off two 15-amp plugs.
Michael Gill worked closely with lighting designer Joshua Cutts (AV Unlimited) on the project, which took place at M-Net's Studio 6 in Randburg. The newly constructed studio was launched in time for the FIFA World Cup, and was one of several projects related to the tournament for which DWR delivered equipment.
The ability to change the entire look and feel of the space quickly and easily, along with the option to create various idents and looks reflecting the Supersport brand, were among the priorities for the new lighting installation. Suitable for deployment as one huge area or eight different segments, the studio houses Anolis LEDs (mostly ArcLinks) underneath selected floor panels and behind the back-wall set-pieces, with these lightsources yielding a smooth wash when combined with the diffused panel fronts. Run from Arc Power transformers, the Anolis fixtures are complemented by Robe CitySkape 48s to highlight set pieces and tone the trusses and metalwork.
Meanwhile, the eight VLXs are rigged on top of vertical trussing sections running around the curving back-wall of the set. For the World Cup broadcasts, they are used to mimic stadium lights for stings and other moments requiring additional tension.
"The feedback has been phenomenal. I would put LED lighting and these products into any show we'll ever do from now on if the budget allows," said Gill.
DWR completed its lighting supply to Studio 6 by commissioning locally based Giant Light to build custom DMX-controlled LED strips.