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Philips Vari-Lite creates camera-ready looks on Naledi Theater Awards

Philips Vari-Lite creates camera-ready looks on Naledi Theater Awards
Philips Vari-Lite creates camera-ready looks on Naledi Theater Awards

South Africa Philips Lighting has announced lighting designer Robert Hoey applied the award-winning Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash to create a camera-ready, glittering lighting design for South Africa's prestigious Naledi Theater Awards 2016.

The ceremony took place at the Lyric Theater in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. The Awards, which has been running for 12 years, celebrates excellence in the performing arts and aims to raise the profile of live theatre in South Africa.

Hoey had to ensure the ceremony was perfectly lit for broadcast, so positioned the VL4000 Spots in a front of house position for maximum cover.

"The Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spots' framing shutters and super bright output made them ideal for front of house," explains Hoey. "The shutters allowed the looks to be nice and clean as they cut off unwanted spill and there was loads of headroom for the cameras.

"I used the Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash on the floor to help fill in the background of each shot and for some striking beamwork in the entertainment sections of the night, which they were perfect for."

Hoey's design was inspired by the vibrant Naledi logo set piece, which he used to inform his colour palette for the varying looks.

"I have always loved the color mixing system of Philips Vari-Lite products and these latest additions are again top of the range," says Hoey. "I was very impressed by the output and colour temperature. The speed is also impressive for such large units."

The Philips Vari-Lite luminaires were supplied by South African theatre rental company Gearhouse Splitbeam, which sponsored the lighting system for the event.

"I'd like to say a big thanks to Alistair Kilbee from Gearhouse Splitbeam – the fantastic products they supplied made such a big difference to the event and it was brilliant to have the opportunity to work with such a great rig," says Hoey.

This year's Naledi Theater Awards recognised a broad range of talent from both established performers and up and coming stars. Taliep Petersen and Alvon Collison won the Lifetime Achievement Award for their dedication to South African live theatre.

15th June 2016

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