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A.C. Supplies Chroma-Q® Color Blocks to Both BBC Comic Relief TV Shows


A.C. Lighting have supplied 169 Chroma-Q® Color Blocks to the BBC for recent prime time BBC One programmes Comic Relief Does Fame Academy 2005 and Red Nose Night Live 05.

The star-studded Comic Relief DoesFame Academy returned this year to see another 13 well known celebrities go head-to-head in the ultimate singing competition that asks stars to go one step further to raise money for the Red Nose Day 2005 campaign. Hosts Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty also returned to present the extended series from the new Academy location on the banks of the Thames.

The show aired for the first time on Saturday 26th February and saw the students perform live from the Academy every night on BBC One. At the end of each show, one was expelled until just three were left for the final showdown live from BBC Television Centre during Red Nose Night Live 05 on Friday 11th March. Extended backstage coverage of the show also ran for digital viewers on BBC Three and BBCi.

Comic Relief DoesFame Academy show lighting was by Mark Kenyon and Console Operator Roger Williams, and featured 69 Chroma-Q Color Blocks providing a wide variety of effects lighting as part of the overall rig.

The producers of the music show were looking for ways to light the set around the perimeter of the stage performance area, to complement the other main set lighting in camera shots, and saw the Color Block's compact depth and length as a means to providing colourful floor illumination behind the celebrities during their performances.

To achieve this effect, 25 Color Blocks were built into the set at floor level around the rear perimeter of the circular stage in an arc batten formation. The batten was used throughout shows to create various static and effects looks and featured during front-on and overhead stage camera shots along with other set lighting.

A further 12 Color Blocks were also used as side fill/mini blinders, with 6 units mounted vertically on walls either side of the stage and 4 units mounted horizontally to the rear of the set. The final 28 units were used at 1m centres in the riser to wash the audience.

Show Lighting Designer Mark Kenyon commented: "The fixtures looked very rock and roll and are great for creating different looks with any sort of shape, due to their modularity. I was very impressed with their brightness and the Blues and Whites were particularly strong. I'm very pleased with the end result on the show and the support we received from A.C. Lighting during the filming."

A.C. also supplied a further 100 Chroma-Q Color Blocks for the set of main Comic Relief programme Red Nose Night Live 05. Celebrating the 10th ever Red Nose Day, this special evening of television brought together the very best in UK comic talent as well as knockout live music.

The show was broadcast from BBC TV Centre on an interlinking three-stage set which saw main presenters Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Chris Evans and guests move between stages during the 7 hour two part live broadcast.

Red Nose Night Live 05 show lighting was by Chris Kempton and Designer Richard Drew, and featured Color Blocks providing stage floor uplighting as part of the overall rig in a similar application to Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.

Show Lighting Designer Chris Kempton used Color Blocks in arc batten formations to highlight the front perimeter of the Main stage, the rear perimeter of the Performance stage and part of the walkway between the two stages. Due to their compact size, the units were able to very precisely follow the curves of the two circular stages and linking walkway.

The Color Blocks were operated in 4 cell, individual block control mode to provide colourful alternating Red and White blinder chase effects during the more dramatic sequences of the show, and left in static Red mode during the rest of the programme to complement the overall set branding. The units featured prominently during front on and overhead stage camera shots along with other set lighting.

Show Lighting Designer Chris Kempton commented: "I was interested in using the Color Block due to their slim size and modular design, as this enabled me to run them in a continuous curve under the main stage set riser when no other LED fixture would fit. I particularly liked the simple 3 LED front end, which makes them look great in the primary colours. I was also pleasantly surprised that when colour mixing, the camera didn't see the individual LEDs too clearly and they were very bright. Overall the flexibility of the Color Block will be a very useful new tool, enabling a fix of colour to be positioned in places previously not possible."


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