Curve Studio – Colour Call

As part of my Technical Theatre Course, we produced a Colour Call for the local venue, Curve. Below is the Colour Call and Gobo Call for the Studio Saturation Rig V1.3 and Curve.

Curve Colour Call

This shows each fixture used in the lighting plan down the left side of the table. Along the top of the table, are the colour’s the Gobo and a column for the total number of fixtures used. The first section is the colours, these were taken from the lighting plan so there are a mixture of exact and descriptive colours. The second section is for any Gobos in the lighting plan however, the plan only features a single descriptive gobo, used for a breakup. Lastly is the total number of fixture used.

Mercury 2015 – Technical

Mercury, the touring Queen Tribute band, visited The Concordia Theatre recently, bringing in two sell out nights at the venue. I was the lighting designer for the theatres equipment, designing to the bands rider and assisting with their get in. Bellow is a time-lapse video of the second half of the show, operated by the bands touring technician, Ian Sands.

The show toured with the PAR Cans at the back, the raised platform, two smoke machines and the flood lights under the stairs. All other lighting was provided by the venue. Below is the main LX plan, it doesn’t include the Back Pars, they are on a second plan further down.

Mercury 2015 LX Plan


Their are four pipe end Source Four Zooms, these were used to provide a breakup for the stage each being focused across the stage with a leaf breakup gobo. These were the only things on LX 3 being used. They were also effective at providing some top and side light for the drummer sitting on the riser. This was useful for some of the more dramatic scenes.

Throughout, there are a number of specials including, the keyboard player, the drummer, the guitarist, the bass player and a down stage centre spot. To help with general face light, there are six Source Four Zooms on the back roof bridge (FOH 1) focused across the stage to create an even wash.

Finally, there are six sets on four PAR Cans, used to create the classic Queen colour wash, which matches the bands touring PAR Cans. Four of these sets are on the stage Ladders behind the Pros. Arch ad LX 2, while the other two sets are on the FOH ladders. Below is the plan for the bands toured PAR Cans at the back (Directly Behind the raised section).

Mercury 2015 - Back Pars LX Plan

For simplicity, the PARs at the back are being run from the same dimmers that would usually provide the middle section of LX 3 with dimmers, simply removing this section’s Soca cabling and inserting two Soca cables to run LX 4. This allowed us to save the patchable dimmers for use elsewhere and allows for a quicker get in, which was important due to it being put in the same day as the first show. These PAR Cans where attached to short sections of Truss and hung from a fly bar at the back.

The final piece of paperwork is the venue patch plan. This is the final piece of information that would allow us to put the show in again, showing us exactly where all of the lighting are patched, how they are patched and all of the addresses.

Mercury 2015 - LX Patch Sheet

Humpty Dumpty LED Cards

So it’s panto time again, with it brings a magnitude of lighting rarely scene on other shows. With a lighting rig of more than 40 moving lights designed by Pete Watts of Live LX, there is always lots to do. This year, the Pros. Arch was covered in 10 giant playing cards, a major theme throughout the show.

Below is the demo video for these 10 cards, all of which are DMX controlled using the venues ETC Ion.

As you can see, the two bottom cards aren’t working. This was unfortunately due to us waiting for the parts required to make the controllers break out box to be delivered. The system uses three DMX RGB controllers. Each set of RGB data is output at the full 12 volts through 4 pin cable to a break out box. These breakout boxes are behind the cards and use three two-pole speaker terminals. Each one of the connectors output one of the RGB channels.

The cards all feature a single RGB LED strip around the edge of the card. This is hidden by a lip on the card, the light reflecting of the white background of the card. These required one breakout each meaning that in total, 10 breakout boxes were used for the card edges. Each of the cards features number of symbols, for example the bottom left card (Stage Right) feature 5 heart shaped symbols. These symbols use a single colour LED strip, the red suits feature Red LED’s, the black suits feature White LEDS. In total there were 34 symbols each requiring it’s own channel. For simplicity, 12 breakout boxes were used. These left two extra channels in the centre of the Pros. Arch.

The system also allowed us to use a LED strip as a moon box. The backdrop that can be seen in the video features a small moon above the lake. This is now been lit by a simple box hung directly behind with White LED around the edge and a tin foil backing. This lights the moon up giving a fantastic effect during a dark scene in the show.

Server Change

The website is now running on the new dedicated server, however in the process of migrating, much of the old content has been lost. From this point on the site will take a more lighting related post schedule. Featuring a heavy theatre based look at lighting technology.

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