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Aurora Lighting head back into The Crystal Maze with Lighting Designer Gurdip Mahal

Aurora Lighting head back into The Crystal Maze with Lighting Designer Gurdip Mahal

UK - Aurora Lighting is collaborating once again with lighting designer Gurdip Mahal plus gaffers James Tinsley and Adam Mitchell on Channel 4’s hit re-boot of TV cult classicThe Crystal Maze.

Following the production’s hugely successful format, Maze Master Richard Ayoade is back in the driving seat, guiding teams of intrepid adventurers through various themed ‘zones’ to take on a variety of dastardly challenges.

Filmed on an expansive set created by original series designer James Dillon at The Bottle Yard, Bristol, the show captures perfectly the charisma of the 90s' maze whilst incorporating a number of contemporary twists to update and enhance the look of the individual zones.

The sheer scale of the set requires a truly flexible lighting package that can both maintain ambient levels and shift easily between the moods created to accompany each specific area.

Combining creativity and versatility, the crew have installed a variety of automated fixtures including Martin MAC Viper Profile, Claypaky Sharpy and GLP X-4s which allow swift alterations between moods or the addition of colour and movement to assist in highlighting action. The crew have also incorporated a number of Fresnels into the design, used to cleverly mirror the tungsten warmth of the original show.

Aurora has made key investment in products specifically for the show, in particular to build further on the growing inventory of LED products they are able to offer. As a company recognised by the albert initiative as a supplier that supports an environmentally sustainable future for the TV industry, Aurora has furnished the Crystal maze with a variety of low energy solutions. Of note are the numbers of Chroma-Q Space Force, Rosco Silk 210s and Mole Richardson 400w Vari Soft heads supplied by the company to deliver highly controllable, even illumination. Along with SGM P5’s, Phillips SL Strip and Chroma-Q Colorforce, which are used to great effect, adding texture and effects throughout the set.

Commenting on the production, project manager Ben Taylor says: “We’re delighted to be back in the Crystal Maze for this latest series. The various lighting designs created for the show are fantastic. Gurdip and the whole Production Crew have been wonderfully creative in building custom looks for each challenge zone that manage to reflect the feel of the original series but with a clever modern touch.”

21st June 2018

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