Another look for Southland Christian!!! We’ve been on a design kick of “self-illuminating scenery”– it’s an awfully cheap way to build in some “punch” into a light rig while also creating something scenic. This stage look attempts to take full advantage of the self-illuminating scenery idea–and dials up scale big time!
JRAGS (16×16 self-dimming banks of MR-16 lamps) are literally everywhere in design right now. The warm, punchy glow of loads and loads of little tungstan lamps is nothing short of pure bliss. I’ve had a strong desire–ok, more like an obsession (NOT obsession as in an old ETC desk) for some of the punchy warm low temp awesomeness. However, Southland’s stage is very wide for its height (almost 4x width to height), so it often takes a LOT of scale to make a statement. Since an appropriately sized system of JRAGs was well beyond budget, we decided to take the idea of a Jrag and expand it: bigger lamps with larger spacing to gain more impact.
I’ve also wanted to play with arcs and curves and sightlines in the space make smooth subtle arcs really impressive. So, we landed on big graduated arcing light walls.
We lamped each reflector within the light wall with a 75w mirror lamp to create the radiating circle look of old school ray light kits. Each lamp base assembly was wired to a terminal block, and then circuited to our self-built low wattage dimmers using zip cord. A separate universe of DMX was delivered to the mini-dimmers and then patched as a pixel mapped surface within Southland’s ETC EOS. For programming, we shot video clips across the wall to create waves, wipes and bumps, even some low-resolution text.
The remainder of the lighting rig utilizes existing gear. We hung clusters of two source4 pars, a leko and either a colormerge of Bargeheights 1200 profile on sch40 pipe, positioned at varied elevation to mirror the arc of the clamp light wall. Pars and lekos formed three separate systems of backlight. The flown Colormerge and BH profiles are used for aerials. The clusters of lighting gear helped shape the rig and provided a nice break from more typical catwalk backlight positions. We also placed a system of moving washes upstage of the clamp light wall–an effective ground rig when the light wall is lower in intensity.
This look was all about scale. Even small things, with enough repetition can fill a space! As always, you can check out some more photos over at the BH Flickr Page.