Maximus – new outdoor key lighting standard
The designer says though what was a surprise for him on the project was the Proteus Maximus, a luminaire he has turned to previously for its weatherproof qualities. “On this location, we used them at much longer distances than we have in the past,” he explains. “I was really surprised how much output I could generate out of them in terms of brightness and they also look really good on camera. I was really positive about the result, including the color quality, and I can say it is now one of my new standards in terms of outdoor key lighting.” Appelt used the 50,000-lumen LED profile Maximus at key light positions to light the orchestra from the front of house terrace, a throw of approximately 30 meters. They also provided audience key and spec lighting, as well as site lighting on the castle itself.
Additional Elation lighting on the show included the Proteus Rayzor 760™, a IP65-rated LED wash luminaire that Appelt used for its weather protection and workhorse wash capability. The compact RGBW lights were used for architectural washes and area lighting, including uplighting facades of the buildings and trees.
Responsible for the complete technical lighting solution on the project was LIMA GmbH with lighting gear supplied through Motion in Germany. LIMA handled installation of the lighting for the park, Palace and hill, providing transportation, infrastructure, and crew. It was their third successful year working on the show.
Appelt concludes by relating an aspect of the show that makes it unique and one of his favorites to work on. “It is always a fine balance between the needs of the orchestra and their professional musicians, and the needs of the television and live entertainment world. This is something that makes the show very special. The people we work with are always very friendly and open hearted and put a lot of faith in us and my crew and I always look forward to go to Vienna every year for this show. Thank you to event organizer Zigo Mutschlechner and the Vienna Philharmonic, also a special thanks to Thilo Fechtner and Johannes Schneider for the excellent teamwork.”