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CCPP creates The Blank Space

CCPP creates The Blank Space

CCPP creates The Blank Space

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With travel restrictions in place, four South African fashion designers recently turned to the CCPP Group for help in bringing their show to life digitally. The CCPP Group created The Blank Space in Cape Town specifically for the fashion shoot, utilising 300m2 within its warehouse to create a 22m x 12m working area outfitted with professional lighting and PA equipment.

“Towards the end of last year, there were certain designers who could not get to an international fashion show due to Covid-19 travel limitations and had to fill in their slots from a South African site,” explained Andrew Gleave, operations manager at CCPP Group and designer for the fashion shoot. “Instead of hiring a venue, they opted to use our warehouse. With an industrial look and open feel, they liked the concrete floor with the beam of light forming a runway down the centre so much, that they chose not to build an actual stage.”

The fashion shoot included a Prolyte Ground support with 20 Robe BMFL Blades rigged on the overhead centre. Parallel on either side of the centre truss, was a row of 16 Robe DL4S fixtures.

“The Robe BMFL Blades were great and we used the shutter blades and framing to create the lighting projected runaway on the floor area, while the Robe DLF4S came in from the sides, where we used framing and movement sequences to create nice looking effects,” explained Gleave. The eye-catching entrance and backdrop to the runway comprised two square walls, each featuring 10 Robe Spiiders, 20 LEDBeam 150s and 10 LED panels. Gleave used the Spiiders’ central Multi-Coloured Flower Effects to create a starry effect for an evening shoot, its sharp spikes of light complimented with haze.

Rohard Oosthuizen programmed and controlled the lighting rig on a grandMA2 light with NPU. “I have used the grandMA platform since the brand first came to South Africa, and it’s an easy platform to work on, backed up with great service,” said Gleave. “The performance of the console on this show was great, and we were very happy.”

Black draping surrounded the working area at a 270° angle, allowing the photographers to shoot from one open side and around the back. In total, the event involed 12 models, four designers, five photographers/videographers and four CCPP Group technical crew members.

While everyone missed the audience, the upside saw the production team working in a more relaxed setting where they were able to capture the perfect looks needed for their submissions. To provide background music and monitoring for the crew inside the studio, a JBL Professional PA comprising four SRX812P cabinets and two SRX818SP subwoofers, along with a Soundcraft Expression console for FOH, was also deployed.

“The production team would select a designer, there would be a quick rehearsal and then the shoot,” offered Gleave. “This was not live, so the creative team could stop and go as needed. When the models put on their fashionwear, it was the first time that anyone had seen the garments, which also added to the excitement.”

Having worked on countless fashion shows throughout his career, Gleave noted that the vibe was notably different this time. “The atmosphere ended up being more relaxed compared to a live fashion show and with a smaller group of people, it really was enjoyable. We ran off our own generators and all the kit was our own. If the designers or photographers wanted to change anything, we could redo the shoot and from that perspective, with post edit afterwards, there are certainly advantages. I did miss the goosebump moments or that buzz in your tummy when working on a live concert or show. An audience undoubtedly adds to that warm, fuzzy feeling That said, everything ran smoothly without any stress. The client was over the moon and said we had over delivered.”

While The Blank Space was created for the fashion shoot, due to its success, CCPP’s functional space has since hosted various events and can support studio and film productions, virtual product launches, game shows and music performances.

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