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Elite Robe Treatment for 2019 NAIDOC Awards

Elite Event Technology from Canberra – one of Australia’s leading rental and production companies – supplied lighting gear and crew for the 2019 NAIDOC Awards. The lighting design by Tom Wright featured an all-Robe moving light rig with 12 x BMFL Spots 12 x BMFL WashBeams, 26 x LEDWash 300+’s, 12 x LED Wash600s and 14 x MMX Spots. It was the first time that Elite had been a technical supplier, working for main event producers 33 Creative and 38 Ten who coordinated all the technical direction. Elite’s managing director Darren Russell and his team took a very detailed brief from lighting designer Tom and technical director Peter Quinlan of 38 Ten and constructed the lighting rig to their specifications. The curved front stage had a small thrust emanating from the middle, and above this were two semi-circular rings of trussing created with straight pieces rigged in a curved shape, with another gentler V-shaped truss further upstage. Most of the BMFL Spots, BMFL WashBeams supported by the MMX Spots were positioned on these for good coverage of the stage. The ones on the outer ring could also swing around and highlight the audience. BMFL Wash Beams were chosen as an ideal fixture to balance the lighting levels for camera against the five columns of LED screen which were onstage. Tom comments that they were ideal for the role: “Shaping the beam was key to removing spill onto the screens and parts of the stage. It allowed performers to stand proud of the video screen and gave plenty of depth with lots of intensity to play with. Colour balancing the fixtures for cameras was also great … with lots of range.” Tom operated lighting for the show using a grandMA2. Elite’s CEO Darren Russell was delighted to be involved with the event for the first time and comments that it was a “great-looking show.”

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