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The Tempest visual spectacular

During the Entertainment Networks & Show Control month-long Module, our students on the FdA Live Events Production formed small groups to come up with a two minute automated show based on different themes.

During the Entertainment Networks & Show Control month-long Module, our students on the FdA Live Events Production formed small groups to come up with a two minute automated show based on different themes. One of the groups based their show on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Following a wealth of backstage training, now was the time to put their skills into practice and show what they could do using show control techniques. They had just one day to prep the show off site, then they built the rig the next day for a 3pm start.

The show had to be triggered by one person or by timecode, so the students had to practice what they had learnt about show control and networking systems together. Run from a GrandMA, Avolites Pearl lighting desk, Green Hippo media server and Kinesys K2 control system, with a Q-Lab show control system, the show involved special effects and pyrotechnics from Le Maitre with control from Aardvark’s Galaxis system, as well as a Water Effects’ water sculptures. They provided a water projection screen and five channel water fountain system.

Lighting was loaned by HSL Group and A.C. Lighting. The students had had prior training on automation systems by Kinesys’ Martin Honeywill, but he returned for a one day top up to show the students their K2 software which was needed to send control information to the Hippo server.

Here’s what they came up with!

For more info on the course (we have a few places remaining for this November!) click here.

Photo: Nick Robinson Photography

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