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Star spotting on Lip Sync Battle UK with Aurora
UK – Television and entertainment lighting rental specialist Aurora hit the stage with lighting director Gurdip Mahal for Lip Sync Battle UK, the new celebrity 'mimefest' from Channel 5.
Following the success of its US counterpart, Production Company Whizz Kid kicked off Lip Sync Battle UK with a brace of exclusive performances from Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
Loading in to BBC Elstree Studios with gaffer James Tinsley, Aurora kitted out the performance area with a host of Vari-Lite fixtures including VL500, 2000 and 3000s to add colour and movement across the stage. Clay Paky Mythos were added for their pin sharp spots and powerful beam ability along with Martin’s Viper Performance for it’s superior framing, perfect for key lighting the celebs in action.
Martin Rush Pars, SGM P5 and Phillips E Strips were woven in and around the set, highlighting the set pieces and providing the LD with the flexibility to shift seamlessly between the show’s ‘live’ performances, introductory links and subjective comment from Professor Green’s ‘DJ’ booth. ETC Source Fours and RJ Alex fixtures made sure the performers remained in the spotlight throughout.
Aurora worked closely with set designer Matthew Weekes and TV electrician Alan Doolan to create a look that remained faithful to that of the US Show, incorporating an extensive selection of set practicals and festoon to accentuate the tungsten warmth of the show.
The complex installation remained under the watchful eye of board operator Ross Williams who put the High End Systems Hog 4 desk through its paces to stay on top of things.
Speaking about the show, Aurora managing director Nick Edwards said: “It’s always exciting to be supporting a brand new show, particularly when its following on from major success overseas. The intricate use of set practicals has been a challenge but I know that we are in safe hands with Gurdip and his team taking care of proceedings.”
13th January 2016
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