When India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the UK in late 2015, PRG XL Video were asked to supply lighting, video and rigging for a special celebration event at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The show combined the best of British and Indian culture and included dancing displays, musical performances, and speeches from both Modi and UK’s PM David Cameron.
To compliment the festivities, a team from PRG XL Video, working with Production Stage Manager, Trish McGlenaghan, Lighting & Production Designer, Mark Cunniffe, and Production Manager, Tim Hudson, specified all the lighting, rigging and video technology and expertise to ensure the production was a success.
Rigging for the event incorporated many different elements both on stage, and around the stadium, and included a Kinesys system on stage for the automation. The rigging team were led by Q Willis, with Yose Lawson and Jay Call leading the team. Call also performed the role of Kinesys operator on show day.
Luke Jackson was the lighting crew chief tasked with delivering Mark Cunniffe’s design, which used over 500 fixtures around the pitch and stage, including PRG’s own Bad Boy and Best Boy HP units, and over 240 SGM P-5 LED lights which formed a brightly coloured border around the stage.
The SGM P-5 wash lights each contain 44 high power 10W RGBW LEDs for a powerful output at a low power consumption. Combined with a small footprint, the power consumption is actually reduced to just 420W while the LED source life expectancy is 50,000 hours.
The Account Director for Lighting and Rigging was Yvonne Donnelly-Smith, with Project Management support from Bill Martin.
Donnelly-Smith commented: “The event was interesting and creatively challenging. Whilst the lead time was short, we were fortunate to work with an amazing production team headed up by Tim Hudson and Trish McClenaghan. As we supplied lighting, video and rigging together, it meant that we were able to deliver solutions on budget and in a timely and efficient manner.”
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