Lighting Channel 4’s Stand Up 2 Cancer from the Central Hall to the Crystal Maze

11/24/2016

AURORA LIGHTING are extremely proud to have supported Lighting Director Gurdip Mahal and Gaffer James Tinsley on a brace of shows for Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer.

Filmed in front of an audience at Central Hall, Westminster, the SU2C live event included appearances by Boy George, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and John Legend, for an evening of entertainment, all focused on raising awareness of the fight against cancer.

The LD, Gaffer and crew made fantastic use of an array of fixtures including almost 100 GLP X4 and SGM P-5 LED to add deep, vibrant colour washes throughout the grandiose interior of the Central Hall. Using a mix of the ultra Versatile Clay Paky Mythos, Vari-lite 1000TS and Martin Mac Viper Profile automated heads, the look was given a modern edge that contrasted perfectly against the majestic setting.

Shooting The Crystal Maze on location in London, the crew were challenged with recreating the look and feel of the 90’s original for the Stephen Merchant hosted one-off SU2C special, whilst adding a few contemporary touches of their own.

Working within the confines of the location, the team specified a selection of low energy products to help keep the power requirement to a minimum and assist in lowering the levels of heat being generated. Aurora supplied Chroma-Q Space Force LED fixtures, perfect for the provision of consistent, controllable lighting levels, to mimic the softly lit feel of the original show, along with SGM P-5 LED panels to help create the clearly defined colour coding assigned to the puzzle zones.

For additional colour and movement, a selection of Clay Paky Mythos and Novalight Super Novas were included in the installation to allow the LD full control over the various moods designed to accompany each stage of the maze.

Working in non-conventional venues can raise both logistical and technical challenges. Aurora are extremely proud to be associated with the production teams, lighting crews and technicians whose diligent work helped make The Crystal Maze and SU2C live broadcast a success.