Nocturne Shows Off The Tiara And Dances With The Stars

Nocturne Video was tapped this year to support two nationwide projects: the 2007 Miss America pageant held at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, and the touring version of Dancing With The Stars, one of the most popular television shows of the past three years, has taken to the road with support from Nocturne Video.

Hosted by Mario Lopez, the Miss America pageant was produced by Don Mischer Productions and reached 7.2 million total viewers in its first two airings.

LED specialists Stefaan Michaels and Shawn Worlow, and projectionist Tom Marconi used an array of Nocturne’s new Stealth LED panels and VER’s Pixel Curtains to build a virtual set filling the background of the stage with light and magic. A total of five Element Labs d2 were used to conform the playback material to the intricate design.

The touring re-creation of the Dancing With The Stars features stars from all three seasons, plus a company of professional dancers.

"Reproducing a television show on the road is a challenge," says Kate Twitchell, the show's video director. "With nearly 30 cast members doing quick costume changes, and over 1,500 lighting, sound and video cues in the show, the backstage area is a very busy place."

Fans feel like they've been transported to the set of the TV show, featuring a huge dance floor surrounded by tables for VIP seating. The usual TV hosts have been replaced by a 50’ projection screen across the back of the stage used to introduce each star and their partner and show highlights of their award winning performances.

Four Ikegami broadcast cameras cover the action on the dance floor, while two Barco 20k projectors fill the center screen with plenty of punch. Two 16 x 9 IMAG screens left and right give the audience a close up look at their favorite performers. The Pinnacle i9000 switcher and six channels of hard drive playback complete the Nocturne package.

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