XL VIDEO PROVIDES MARK RONSON BACKDROP
11 March 2008
(London) - Acclaimed video and production specialists XL Video UK supplied MiTrix screens to Mark Ronson's LD Matt Arthur for the latest UK leg of the Brit Award-winning star's tour.
XL worked closely with lighting suppliers Lite Alternative, who supplied the Catalyst digital media server and suggested using media server tech Stevie Marr to look after both elements of the video.
The band really wanted to up the ante and the resolution in terms of video on this part of the tour explains Arthur, who designed lights, video and set. Arthur was working with XL Video for the first time, and comments “XL is the premier video company in the UK, and they came very well recommended as the best screen suppliers”. The account was handled at XL by Jo Beirne and Phil Mercer.
Upstage were 5 ‘fingers’ of MiTrix, each 1.5 metres wide with a 4.5 metre drop, rigged with six 250Kg CM Prostar motors (2 for the centre panel and one each for the others) suspended inside an upstage truss. These fingers were each constructed from 54 panels of MiTrix and spread out into a 1960’s style fan, as Ronson was particularly keen on a retro look for the stage.
There were several risers of heights varying between 2 and 5 ft spread across the stage, including a downstage section for people and dancers, accessed via two sets of stairs. All the riser fronts were bordered by MiTrix panels, so everything facing the audience was video fronted.
Arthur chose MiTrix because of its transparency, and because he was impressed by the quality having seen it in action a few times. He also likes its modularity, which was perfect for fitting it to the riser fronts, giving the whole video design a more 3D feel, and simultaneously bringing it closer to the audience.
He positioned Martin MAC 250 moving lights behind the risers which were blasted through the MiTrix when there was no content showing on the surfaces.
For content, he utilised some standard Catalyst material plus a series of custom retro images produced by Stevie Marr. These included psychedelic moving circles, triangles, lines, etc. The Catalyst was triggered by the Jands Vista lighting desk operated by Arthur.
The 60’s theme was completed with red velour swagged borders and legs and a full red velour upstage drape.
This was Arthur’s first foray into designing high resolution video into one of his shows. He loved the MiTrix because it could become almost invisible, and then pop out of nowhere with massive impact, “It really added an extra element and gave depth and definition to the stage. Above all Mark thought it was really excellent”.
Lighting kit was supplied by Lite Alternative, whose crew of Andy Pollard and Alex Johnson worked closely with Marr and Arthur.
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