Awards season is in full swing and every genre of entertainment has a gala awards ceremony. Clay Paky Alpha Spot lighting fixtures and grandMA2 control were on hand for both the Interactive Achievement Awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit, which celebrated the best in interactive entertainment, as well as the AVN Awards for the adult entertainment industry. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.
The Interactive Achievement Awards was held by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The honors are also known as the D.I.C.E Awards, the acronym for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain - the core tenets that power the annual D.I.C.E. Summit.
Lighting designer and programmer Chris Lose pixelmapped the entire stage with stock graphics and custom content implemented by the grandMA2. The pixelmapping enhanced sets crafted by creative director Chris Wu.
"Using grandMA was huge for us because we used the internal DMX Art-Net merging feature, which is unique to MA," says Lose. "We usually have to do it externally. But this feature allowed us to take all the media, convert it to DMX info and send it to the rig. The grandMA2 made everything so easy; there were really no challenges for us."
Lose also selected a complement of Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s as front wash fixtures. "They were very impressive," he reports. "We were able to get a nice CTO look and a lot of rock 'n roll looks out of them."
The AVN Awards take place annually during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Oscars of Adult by Entertainment Weekly, the show is broadcast on Showtime Networks and everyone who is anyone in the adult industry attends.
Chris Lose served as house lighting designer for the AVN Awards at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Jeff Ravitz was the show lighting designer and David Zuckerman the programmer.
Lose again deployed Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s for the ceremony, finding them "great for the camera as well as for nice rock 'n roll beams. They just punched through everything else that AVN brought in." Lose notes that the HPE 1500s are particularly effective for making skin tones look good on screen.
"I'm pleased with their lack of maintenance, too," he says. "I haven't had to work on them once. They always work perfectly and are super bright."
Zuckerman programmed the awards show on a grandMA2. "He just migrated to the system from grandMA1 was really impressed by everything that had been added," says Lose. "He loved the grandMA1 and loves the grandMA2 even more!"
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About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas' off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky's Café and ?Fú; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones and Rocks The Jewelers. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.