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Ecom-Events Adds Big Lighting Touch to Coupe du Monde De Baby-Foot with Chauvet Professional
France – A table soccer playing field measures only about 120 centimetres long by 61 centimetres wide, but that doesn’t mean that a championship event in this sport can’t get the bold, broadcast-friendly looks of a 'real' football tournament. Ecom-Events demonstrated that in brilliant fashion recently at the Coupe du Monde De Baby-Foot (Table Soccer World Cup), with help from a collection of 74 projectors anchored by Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Positioned at strategic points throughout Nantes’ Palais des Sports de Beaulieu, the lively and colourful lighting accentuated all of the drama, excitement, and intense emotions that characterised the ITSF (International Table Soccer Federation) tournament, which ran from 28th June to 3rd July and drew over 1,000 competitors from 45 different nations.
Enlivening the centre court playing area with vivid colours and dynamic special effects prior to the competitive events, were eight Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures arranged in equal intervals across the top of the bleachers at the 5,500-seat capacity venue. The ballyhoo looks the high output fixtures created, filled with the promise of excitement, contributed to the upbeat mood of the event and made all competitors feel special.
Spectators were invited onto the floor of the sports complex during the pre-final match-ups to get close-up views of the games, which was understandable given the actual playing area is so compact. Many more fans watched live on Twitch, as the event garnered 15,000 unique views from across the world for each of its six days. Additionally, the finals were shown on nine giant screens every evening during the tournament. Filming was done using 10 4K cameras.
Providing added colour for the competition’s finals were 12 COLORado Q40 rectangular wash units. The design team, relied on these RGBW fixtures to create deep and even colour washes through the designated area, to create a consistent visual image for the camera.
Given the large number of fans viewing the event and its various ceremonies on a screen of one kind or another, maintaining consistent flicker-free lighting for broadcast was essential to the Ecom-Events design team. The 12 onAir Panel 12 IP units and 12 Ovation F-415FC Fresnel fixtures delivered this level of performance at the all-important podium during the competitive finals section of the tournament.
Speaking of the onAir units specifically, Mathieu Simon of Ecom-Events noted: “Their wide angle is perfect. They also cast light without shadows, which is very helpful when you have many little characters on the table soccer that will be on camera.”
As all who watched the finals will attest, those “little characters” generated a profound level of excitement on their compact playing field. Thanks to an artfully executed lighting design, they were supported by the “big time looks” they so richly deserved.
25th July 2022
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