IPS supports drama of “The Thorn” with powerful visuals from Elation Professional

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Illuminate Production Services (IPS) plays an integral role in creating the visual magic that is “The Thorn” and again this year enhanced the drama using a large package of Elation Professional lighting. Lighting Designer Caleb Franke of IPS uses the dynamic lighting to help sculpt the inspiring story while wowing audiences with a variety of visual effects.

Passion of the Christ meets Cirque du Soleil

“The Thorn” is a modern day Passion play, a theatrical depiction of the life and death of Jesus, yet with a modern touch. The immersive theatrical show combines modern dance, music, martial arts, aerial acrobatics, and emotionally powerful performances, with state-of-the-art lighting and visuals. The play is known for its stunning visual effects and has been staged yearly since 1998. The current 10-city tour launched on March 1 in Loveland, Colorado, and ends on April 8 in Miami. This year, IPS provided audio, video, lighting, staging and special FX for “The Thorn,” their
10th year working with this incredible theatrical production. IPS Vice President of Design & Operations, Caleb Franke, served as lead lighting designer on the project. He comments, “This
show is often affectionately described as ‘Passion of the Christ meets Cirque du Soleil’ so it’s truly a theatrical journey filled with moments ranging widely from subtle to celebratory. The Elation fixtures we use give us the dynamic range we need to help tell the story.” Elation has featured in IPS’s visual design for the show for many years.

FOR-A Strengthens System Offerings through Partnership with Alfalite

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FOR-A, a cutting-edge video broadcast technology company backed by more than 50 years’ experience, has expanded its offering still further through a strategic partnership with Alfalite, manufacturer of high-quality LED panels for screens and volumes. Initially the agreement allows FOR-A to market the screens in selected areas but the intention is that this will become a global arrangement.

Alfalite, based in Huelva, Spain and the only European manufacturer of LED panels, has unique technologies which allow it to produce 1.9mm pixel panels with 175˚ horizontal and vertical viewing angles, and very high brightness and color fidelity. The panels can be built into any size of LED wall or volume, creating virtual production and augmented reality spaces ideal for broadcast, corporate and educational applications.

A View from the top of the World…Includes Chroma-Q

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2022 Grammy-winning Prog Giants Dream Theater worked throughout the pandemic to create their newest album “A view from the top of the World”. In January 2022 they set off on their world tour named “Top of the World Tour.” The entire vision was created in their Dream Theater headquarters (DTHQ) in the USA.

Steve Baird has been the Lighting Designer for Dream Theater from 1995 to 2000 and then returned in 2007. “As a drummer and artist, I have an innate passion for music, lighting, and how a live show functions smoothly while impressing the audience.” The artistic, and creative work of Baird, is what allowed him to light a simple, yet creative stage for Dream Theater.

Elation’s All-in-One KL Profile FC™ Ellipsoidal Now Shipping

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Elation Professional is simplifying ellipsoidal lighting with the new, all-in-one KL Profile FC™. Designed for the ultimate in flexibility and performance, the KL Profile FC combines everything a designer needs in one innovative package, eliminating the need for additional lighting accessories and making it the most convenient and cost-effective ellipsoidal lighting solution on the market.

Following an extremely positive reception from designers and specifiers at the LDI show in Las Vegas, Elation is pleased to announce that the KL Profile FC is now shipping. The unit projects a superior quality of light and is designed for any application where a compact ellipsoidal or wash fixture with outstanding color range and a flexible zoom range is required. It is an excellent choice for the wide variety of white or color illumination needs required in theatre, broadcast or any performance environment.

PROLIGHTS CYCLORAMA Now Available in North America

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A.C. Lighting Inc., a distributor of world-class lighting and rigging technologies, announces the North American launch of PROLIGHTS EclCyclorama 100 during #LDI2022.

The EclCyclorama 100 is a soft-edge, linear cyclorama, and floodlight, designed in a surprisingly low profile form factor to meet applications at both the front and end of the stage. This fixture offers an unprecedented level of brightness in its category.

elektraLite Mini Family Grows with 60-watt COB LED Fixtures

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – November 2022 – LDI booth #1455 – elektraLite’s lighting fixtures have long been reliably making tours, studios, installations, and other professional environments a brighter place—and for a fraction of the price that many might expect. Carrying that same mission forward, the company is pleased to announce the expansion of its cost-effective Mini family with the addition of the new 60-watt, DMX-controllable Stingray Mini and Fresnel Mini, which now join the manufacturer’s existing 20-watt Stingray Mini.

“Our original Stingray Mini COB LED profile spot fixture proved to be such a popular choice among lighting designers that we decided to also make the product available in a 60-watt version, as well as simultaneously add a companion Fresnel wash fixture, both of which deliver professional-grade features and performance,” says Brandon Tsaptsinos, national sales manager for elektraLite, a division of Group One Limited. “These new fixtures are unique in the field due to their size, power, and ability to be controlled by DMX, and a number of LDs have already quickly come to depend on them to light high-profile museums, houses of worship, and TV studios around the country.”

Follow-Me Track-iT Launches During LDI

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Follow-Me Track-iT is the next generation of Ultra Wideband auto-tracking. It is fixture independent and flexible. As an add-on to Follow-Me 3D SIX. Follow-Me Track-iT allows operators to switch seamlessly between manual and auto-tracking. With Follow-Me Track-iT both manual and auto tracking can be used autonomously, simultaneously, and as redundancy within the one system.

INDEPENDENT – Follow-Me Track-iT works seamlessly with any manufacturer’s moving lights, used as a follow-spot. There is no limit to the number of fixtures you can use in the Follow-Me Track-iT system. Stable beams are generated on the performer through smart motion filtering algorithms and prediction. You can also integrate and merge any lighting console and/or video, audio & automation system, using Track-iT’s performer positioning information allowing you to get creative.

Luke Combs Spotlights Follow-Me

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When Luke Combs finally hit the road again for his What You See is What You Get tour in 2021, he was happy to be back in the spotlight after the collapse of his 2020 tour due to the pandemic. But this time, the spotlight will be a Follow-Me 3D Six system, which is being supplied by Special Event Services (SES) of Mocksville, NC, and Nashville, TN.

Jeff Cranfill, Vice President of SES, chose the Follow-Me system, and he said that the first thing that caught his attention about it was that it could be used with any DMX moving light. “That’s going to be a huge advantage,” he said.

Modular NX1™ Console System From Obsidian Offers Complete ONYX Lighting Control Experience

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Following a successful launch at the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Germany in April, Obsidian Control Systems is pleased to announce availability of the NX1™, an ultra-compact yet full-featured lighting controller designed to handle a huge variety of shows using the intuitive ONYX™ lighting control platform. The NX1 also features an expandable playback wing (NX P™) along with a 10-digit keypad (NX K™) that combined with the NX1 creates an even more powerful and flexible console.

Designed for smaller to medium projects where an intuitive console is needed without a PC, the NX1 will be valued by rental companies and the mobile lighting programmer alike. The NX1 joins the compact yet fully-integrated NX2™ and Obsidian’s flagship NX4™ under the ONYX lighting control platform.

BenQ Debuts Color-Accurate, High-Brightness, Large-Venue Laser Projectors

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today added two new laser projectors to its renowned BlueCore laser projector family: the LU9750 and LU9800. Specifically engineered to deliver high brightness, precise image accuracy, and long-lasting reliability with zero maintenance, the new 8500-ANSI-lumen LU9750 and 10,000-ANSI-lumen LU9800 laser projectors are perfectly suited for large venues, simulations, and museum applications.

“Our latest laser projectors were developed for markets and applications that demand brightness and the highest attention to color accuracy but can’t afford the steep price tag of a digital cinema projector in which these desired features are traditionally found,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “In the past, these markets either had to make large investments for a color-accurate cinema projector or compromise on the precision of color and brightness, thereby negatively impacting the outcome of the installation. We’re the first company to offer a 10K-lumen, color-accurate laser projector with 95% Rec. 709 color coverage for under $15,000.”