LONDON – (For Immediate Release) – After becoming the first group to win The X Factor back in 2011, Little Mix’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of remarkable. Thanks to their plucky pop hits and energy-filled live shows, the four-piece girl band has earned a number of chart-topping accolades in a number of countries, including the highest debut US chart position for a British girl group's first release - a record previously held by the Spice Girls.
Catering to the huge demand for Little Mix in the UK is tribute group Glory Days, who have been delighting fans with their mix of outstanding lead vocals, harmonies and choreographed dance routines. For one of their recent UK concerts, LD Ollie Wilkinson of Arranpaul was brought on board by Ant Wilson of Darkerside Creative to create a number of exciting visuals for the show, which was produced by Curtis Productions. To do so, Wilkinson utilized a number of Arranpaul’s arsenal of CHAUVET Professional fixtures, including 8 Rogue R2 Wash, 4 Rogue R1 Spot, and 16 Rogue R1 Beam, fixtures - all controlled through a ChamSys MagicQ MQ100 lighting console.
In order to create a number of vibrant and colorful looks to accompany hits such as “Shout Out to My Ex,” “Power” and “Black Magic,” Wilkinson hung the collection of Rogue Wash, Spot and Beam fixtures from above stage trussing. Utilizing the saturated colors of the R2 Wash’s 19 pixel mappable (15W) RGBW Quad-LEDs and 12° to 49° zoom, Wilkinson created a glittering array of looks on stage, all while endowing it with a greater sense of depth.
“In shifting the color of the R2 wash to produce a warmer white, we were able to create an inviting tungsten look,” said Wilkinson. “What’s more, the zoom gave us a lot of depth to play with, which was necessary to create a larger feeling and visual aesthetic.”
For added depth, Wilkinson drove the punchy Rogue R1 Spot fixtures through the blanket of spot lighting to create an interesting juxtaposition to the wash fixtures. "The R1's speed and output were perfect for creating a vibrant atmosphere for the girls," commented Wilkinson. “I also found that it is the perfect accompaniment to the R1 Beam, which I utilized to assist transitions between chorus and verses.”
Wilkinson also had to make his lighting camera-friendly, since the band’s performance was recorded for a promotional video. This made it necessary to light the stage so that even the smallest of details could be picked up.
“This was a tricky show to light given that we had to create the right atmosphere for the cameras and for the audience simultaneously,” continued Wilkinson. “Fortunately, the excellent color rendering and dimming capabilities of the Rogues ensured that the girls were bright enough for the audience but not overpowering for the cameras.”
In order to create eye candy for the cameras, Wilkinson and his team also opted to incorporate a number of pyrotechnic and confetti effects in euphoric moments within the performances.
“The Geysers and Funfetti fixtures really rounded off the entire visual aesthetic for the camera,” continued Wilkinson. “It’s amazing how much we could change the whole dynamic with these versatile effects!”
Thanks to Wilkinson’s incorporation of CHAUVET Professional fixtures, Glory Days were given the visual foundation upon which to give the audience a taste of the infamous Little Mix atmosphere.
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