Chroma-Q’s Color Web and The Killers

Did anyone see the Color Web product at LDI? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it was the HUGE LED NET that was on that wall at AC Lighting‘s booth.  The product was pretty cool, and the size was just mesmerizing.  For some reason I remember some guy remarking about the product to his buddy – “I’m gonna wrap my whole house in that instead of Christmas lights!”

The product is out with The Killers right now – lighting designer Steven Douglas has 265 square meters of Color Web 125 LED panels rocking the “Day and Age 2009″ tour, and the work is good stuff.  Artistic License makes the Color Web, and AC Lighting and AC ET has exclusive rights on the product.  Steven is out with gear from Christie Lights UK.  Check out a video:

AC Lighting released a press release for the product and tour – from that article:

Tour LD Steven Douglas was looking for a semi-transparent video surface that would enhance the band’s performance rather than detract from it. In addition, he needed something that would take up very little truck space and could be curved into different shapes, due to the design of the stage truss configuration. Steven considered several popular LED video surface solutions before selecting the Color Web system, which he had used to great effect on a previous tour.

The 265 square metres of Color Web 125mm cell pitch LED panels are configured as a 28 metre wide by 18 metre high curved back wall with three 5 metre circles truss-mounted above the stage. In addition, the LED webbing covers the band’s on-stage backline. Steven chose a mixture of custom video content designed for the tour, as well as stock footage and photos taken by himself. In addition, Steven is using the Color Web backdrop in solid colours as a lighting tool.

Steven seems to likes them too:

Summarising his experience using the LED display surface, LD Steven Douglas commented: “The Color Web ticked all the boxes for what I needed for this particular tour. As a low-res product it is a great option. For the people in the front of the stage it is just a bunch of coloured dots at this distance, so doesn’t detract from the band’s performance. However, as you get further away you start to see the images take shape, so at a distance it acts as an enhancement…

Nice work, Steven!

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A Venture into the Color Block DB4

I’ve used the iColor Cove and Color Blast fixtures from Color Kinetics in past productions, but this last week I had the pleasure to use some of the Chroma-Q Color Block DB4 LED wash fixtures in a design.  I was impressed with the fixture on several aspects – I did not have the diffuser accessories available in the kits that arrived on the truck of lighting gear, so I used them in their naked capacity.  They worked out fairly well as close surface fixtures, and extremely well as illumination inside of a nylon-covered stick of truss.  They’re 14° fixtures, so they need diffusing in certain wash situations.

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My pictures aren’t great, but they give you a decent idea of how the Color Block DB4 fixtures performed.  I would certainly use them again.  I programmed the show on a Wholehog II using an RGB only mode (they also have several HSI modes – Hue, Saturation, and Intensity).  They fade nicely, no choppy fades at all.  They looked great on video as well.  The PSUs are also easy to operate and set, and have several modes for stand-alone operation as well.

I used 8 Color Blocks in the rear of the stage from above to light the 8 vertical surfaces from the truss, and 12 Color Blocks (2 per truss stick) for the downstage vertical sticks.  Funny enough, the scenic design is mine too, designed for a local company back in October and used a few times thus far.  It’s awesome to light your own scenic design!  I also used a ton of Source Fours and Martin Mac 2000 Performance fixtures, and a few High End Studio Colors.

Check out some images – the screen was pretty blown out in my pictures I was trying to just get shots of the work – I’m not great with my DSLR yet:

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A look for a video that played to “Cheeseburger in Paradise”

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My view for the week:

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I worked from a gear list provided – but I learned a few things about the use of the Color Block.  I would have added 2, maybe 3 units to each of the 8 vertical panels, and I would have used four units per truss.  This is only my preference – I think the truss sticks worked out great.  Adding the extra units to the vertical pieces would have helped the coverage, but I’m pretty strict about my design work.

The production company that hired me was great and polite, the house crew was absolutely awesome, the client was pleased, and the week was a heck of a lot of fun.  I love it when gigs go that well!