GLP’s X4 Bar 20 Battens Helps Production Designer Successfully Design Five-Piece Dance Show – rAVe [PUBS]
When Tess Minor (of Major Minor Designs) was given her first major production design project last fall, she wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity. The Canadian has played many roles as an operator/programmer – including Kylie Minogue, where she worked alongside the artist’s frontline team of Rob Sinclair and Frank Strachan – and it gave a overview of the cornucopia of lighting and video effects needed to create a great arena. scene to life.
Tess began working with Christie Lites in Canada, moving from Vancouver to Toronto, where she did a four month stint with Sixx:AM. She then moved to the UK where, with an Irish passport, she knew she wouldn’t need to struggle. with obtaining work visas.
In the UK, the baton originally held by Martin Kelly of Christie Lites in Canada was passed on to Andy Strachan at the company’s new Coventry base. “Christie started promoting me right away,” she says.
But it was his namesake, Frank Strachan, who proposed the creator for the role of Steps. She not only undertook the expansive stage concept for the five-piece dance-pop band – using JDC1 hybrid strobes and X4 Bar 20 battens from the GLP portfolio – but programmed the lighting and piloted the show.
She received her award with interest at the last O2 shows at the London Arena. “It was crazy: a two-hour dance party with everyone on their feet,” she recalls. “The crowd was so into it.” She received good support from team leader Aidan Mccabe, dimming technician Matt Morris, lighting technician Sam Hooper and honorary lighting technician Giulio Ligorio.
Discussing its design, she points out that “the X4 Bar 20s were one of the main features. As for the JDC1s, I could put them in full mode and use all aspects – both individual strobe cells and individual LED cells It was nice to be able to generate creative effects and optical illusions.
She says despite having used the JDC1s before, this was her first opportunity to run all 24 devices in full mode. The light fixtures – which were located on wing trusses either side of the centerpiece video screens, with an additional row on the upper deck of the structure – “were raised to create an effect that I really liked” , she exclaims.
“Initially, I was worried that the LED cells would look too ‘blocky’…too robotic. But once I got a good seat with them I realized how versatile and much softer they were. I noticed how bright they were and how punchy and punchy they were, and that added a huge element.
The X4 Bar 20s were placed vertically, in four towers, six in each. “We ran them in single pixel mode, and the fade and delay times created some really cool effects in framing video towers. It has really good zoom,” Minor continues.
In summary, Tess Minor says the X4 Bar 20 and JDC1 are never far from her thoughts when plotting her designs.
“These are two of the fixtures you think of first: good, reliable and still very current, even though they’ve been around for a while,” she says. “I really enjoy working with them – they are definitely one of my go-to products.”
Finally, she talks about the support that Andy Strachan has always had for her since her arrival in the United Kingdom. “He’s a big fan and he was a major influence,” she admits. “There have been a lot of adjustments [to the design] and he was always incredibly patient.