I just heard on NPR last night that 106.5 million plus people watched the Super Bowl on Sunday – more people than any other event on TV in the history of the world. The last thing that had that kind of viewers was the final episode of M*A*S*H*, back in 1983 – 105.97 million.
(for those of you kids who have no idea what M*A*S*H* is, it was a show about surgeons in a war zone)
One of the things that is still getting some major press is the big spectacle half time show, starring The Who:
For those of you who are like me, I paid more attention to the lighting design for the Super Bowl half time show than I did The Who – I mean, don't get me wrong, I think they rock. They did at least when they were younger. Who did rock this time was the lighting design team and suppliers for one of the biggest shows of the year – and the rumor is that the entire rig had a total of six minutes to get on the field and working.
Oh – and pre-viz/lighting design for the Super Bowl Half Time Show? It was done in Cast Software's wysiwyg Suite! OH YEAH! (That's right, I love it, you love it, and it is the epic awesome.)
The Super Bowl XLIV Lighting Team – definitely not an exhaustive list, and my apologies for the hundreds of people who got left off the list:
Lighting Designers: Al Gurdon
Designer: Bruce Rodgers of Tribe
Lighting Directors: Bob Barnhart and David Grill of Full Flood
Programmers: Mike "Oz" Owen, rocking the Vari*Lite Virtuoso, and Pete Radice
Rental Company: PRG USA and PRG Europe
Lighting Crew Chief/Gaffer: Richie Gorrod
Media Programmer: Jason Rudolph
An update from Jason Rudolph himself – thanks a lot, Jason!
Lee Lodge was the creative producer handling content, which was made by Loyal Kaspar out of NYC.
XL video was the video vendor. The stage was made of 3000+ MiStrips, driven by 2 HD hippos provided by VER, Matt Waters was the server tech.
From XL Video, Ken Gay and Bob McGee were the project managers. Mike Spencer was the system engineer. Luke Pilato was the head system tech. Led techs were Rodrigo Azuriz, Trace Deroy, Douglas Eldredge, David Imlau, Fernando Gutierrez Llama, Curtis Luxton, Stephen Otten, Eric Petty, Rod Silhanek and Don Stevens.
Update - Jason Rudolph writes back (Feb 11, 2010) [Thanks, Jason!]
I can tell you this, the LED fixtures in the rig were Color Blocks, most of the fixtures were VL3500 wash units with the clear lens installed, on the stage were Color Blasts, and Iwhite color blasts. Atomic strobes all over, and a few lightning strikes for good measure. There were also a few Alpha Beam 1500s in the rig, but I'm not sure where they were.
Oz programmed on a Virtuoso VX, I was on a DX2.
We had 2 HD hippos, and one HippoCritter for pixelmapping the Color blocks, which we only used for one song, its output was merged with the console output so that we had both as an option.
If you know any people who worked the crew, give them a shout out in the comments – what a terrific job they did!
I am expecting an equipment list soon – I will update this post as soon as I get it from my source. But for those of you who didn't get to see this amazing lighting feat, below are two videos, part one and part two, of the half time show. Enjoy!
(Thanks, Times Online, for the image of The Who!)