A couple of the shows requested a classic fashion tungsten open white overhead, but for the rest the overhead wash was provided by moving lights as well as them being used to highlight some of the periphery elements.
The remaining five Pointes were rigged on the ‘front’ truss at the short end of the grid with the BMFL WashBeams also on this same truss for lighting bands and performers. The shutters of the WashBeams were “amazing” for shaping and defining light for specific areas.
The BMFL Spots and LEDWash 600s were positioned all around the trussing grid spaced so their focus could be maximised.
The front array lighting at the end of the runway – for amassed media, photographers and videographers – was a mix of LEDWash 600s and LED profiles and fresnels.
The BMFL Spots on the sides of the box were ideally placed to produce an even white wash down the centre of the runaway that contrasted well with the LEDWash colours spread generally over the space. The BMFL Spots were also used to highlight assorted props, funky furniture and other artefacts around the showspace.
Rehearsal time was tight … and the programming intense! They stepped through each of the six shows twice, and Darren and his team simultaneously programmed furiously to get the numerous looks and atmospheres wanted by the 9 designers involved in each show into the desk, at the same time they were sound checking two different live music acts per show, building video content and generally creating the show from scratch.
“We really appreciated having all these great tools on hand,” he says. The hardest thing was getting some of the more obscure colours being requested – like browns and other more atmospheric hues – which were also not always precisely described. Thanks to Robe’s colour mixing being “so amazing” they achieved a result for all of them!
Darren contends the combination of being smart with the rig design as well as very organised in the programming process enabled them to help deliver another highly successful FASHFEST event. The programmer and console operator was Blake Watkin, one of Elite’s full time staff.
Elite Event Technology also supplied audio, video, rigging, staging and power for the main showspace, the foyer, VIP areas and the entire building.
The company has a large stock and a wide range of Robe moving lights in its lighting inventory which were supplied by Robe’s Australian distributor, The ULA Group.