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AV and Beyond gets innovative for FNB Bank

AV and Beyond gets innovative for FNB Bank

AV and Beyond gets innovative for FNB Bank

South Africa:

When lighting designer Marius Coetzee was asked by Johannesburg-based technical production company AV and Beyond to create a ‘vibrant, energised and stimulating’ visual for the 2019 FNB (First National Bank) Innovators Awards, he turned to fixtures from Czech manufacturer Robe. Supplied by DWR, over 100 Robe moving lights – including AV and Beyond’s new ESPRITE LED Profiles – helped him produce a spectacular lighting design.

The event recognises and celebrates the efforts, contributions and ideas of the innovators within South Africa’s FNB Bank. All recipients work for FNB Bank and received awards based on multiple elements, including flair, imagination and ability to think creatively and out-of-the-box in formulating solutions and instigating good working practices. With the focus on innovation, it was an appropriate first event for the ESPRITES in South Africa.

AV and Beyond designed and built the slick, stylish set to the client’s brief. It featured a central (in-the-round) presentation stage and four individually themed satellite stages, one in each corner of the room, each with their own distinctive set and screen elements. Each stage represented four hubs of innovation – Africa, France, India and Tokyo, Japan – all connected to each other and the main stage by a series of ‘roads’ or walkways traversing the venue.

The performers on the current stage would then introduce the next stage, and as the emphasis shifted to different areas around the room, the audience simultaneously seat-hopped at the dinner tables inserted in between the stages and runways, the idea being that they could experience the vibe of each different geographical region. All this kept the idea of constant motion, movement, interaction, international communications and development high on the agenda.

The lighting challenge was ensuring that all parts of the large room and all the different performance and presentation areas were covered with general light as well as with their own specials that distinguished and set them apart. Other challenges included a short get-in, tech and rehearsal timeframe of four days and just one single, intense, overnight programming session for Marius to get hundreds of lighting cues into the desk.

A network of trussing was installed in the roof to provide lighting, video and audio positions with substantial bridling required to get some of these into meaningful and practical places so the stages and their sets could be properly lit.

When the eight ESPRITES arrived on the site, as there had been no guarantees that they would clear customs in time for the event, they were added to the main room’s side trusses and utilised for additional key light plus gobos and striking colouring / texturing on the central stage.

Despite only having a minimal amount of time with the fixtures, Coetzee reportedly loved them. ‘It’s an absolutely fantastic fixture and very cool to be among the first to use them in the country,’ he commented.

AV and Beyond’s owner/director Warren Freidin was also delighted with his investment, stating that he likes the CTO and colour mixing, gobo and animation wheels, the zoom and focusing. ‘The ESPRITE is a super-versatile fixture and one of the best in our inventory right now,’ he summed up, adding that they intend to purchase more soon and use them extensively for stage and key light fixtures.

Also used for the FNB Innovator’s Awards were Robe BMFL Spots, MMX Spots, LEDBeam 150s, miniPointes, LEDWash 800s and ColorSpot 700s. This was in addition to another 350 assorted fixtures making a total of around 450 lights. AV and Beyond also supplied an L-Acoustics Kara sound system as well as all the event video – screens, cameras and playback. Coetzee programmed the show himself using a grandMA3 console.

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