PWL lights the WEGA Global Games OC in Doha
Painting with Light (PWL)’s creative director Luc Peumans was asked to design a lighting scheme for the opening ceremony (OC) of the first Qatar eSports WEGA Global Games staged in the Khalifa Stadium in Doha. Show artistic director Steven Martin from The Cintamani Stone: Architect of EMOTION (TCSAOE) asked Luc onboard for their pitch, and they were awarded the project by Doha-based event company The Planners LLC. Integral to the winning pitch were elaborate projections mapped onto the stage floor and holographic images beamed on a special 30- metre by 12-metre scrim. Large amounts of video and LED screens to generally contend with were additional challenges for lighting. Luc chose 100 Robe MegaPointes as his main effects lighting fixtures. Lighting was supplied – along with audio, LED screen, ground support trussing, vari-speed motors for performer flying, general rigging and trussing – by the Doha branch of mediaPro International who also built the stage. In addition to the MegaPointes, there were 60 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams, 36 x Cyclops LED washes, 50 x Claypaky Mythos and 42 CP Scenius Unicos which were used to highlight cast positions and for illuminating specific parts of the projection areas. Due to the short turnaround time, once the initial design proposals were accepted, Luc WYSIWYG’d the stage and lighting in PWL’s studio in Genk, Belgium, a process that involved intense and constant communication with Steven Martin and Ludo Vanstreels. Luc created his lighting design with the equipment that was available in the region at the time. Working in WYSIWYG gained them considerable time in the production phase with Luc and Ludo working on one master file – into which Ludo was adding all the technical equipment whilst Luc was drawing all the lights. The video elements were assembled, coordinated and controlled by Jo Pauly from Visual Solutions.