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Ryan Lombard chooses Robe for ‘Noot vir Noot’
Robe moving lights were all over the rig designed by Ryan Lombard, HOD of show lighting for lighting suppliers Blond Productions, for the latest series of the Afrikaans language music quiz ‘Noot vir Noot’ which is broadcast on South Africa’s SABC2 channel.
It’s the longest continually-running TV game show in the country, first broadcast in 1991. Ryan Lombard and Blond Productions, who delivered lighting, audio and LED screen, had already clocked up at least ten years on the series.
Lombard started as a follow spot operator in 2008/09, with 12 x Robe ColorSpot 250s and six ColorWash 700E ATs in the mix. “The production has just continued growing organically with more lighting each series,” he comments.
For this series, the producers wanted a complete revamp for the show that was recorded at the Urban Brew Studios in Randburg. Blond Productions’ owner and founder Christiaan Ballot and Ryan Lombard designed a new set concept. Lombard integrated 72 Robes in the design - 24 x LEDWash 300s, 12 x MiniPointes, 12 x CycFX 4s, 12 x MMX Spots and 12 x Robe 600E Beams.
The LEDWash 300s were located all around the studio at the back, and used as primary rear lighting on the band - the shows also all included live performance - and on the contestants, of which there were four per episode. A live DJ was also present in the studio. Positioned as they were, the LEDWashes could also illuminate the audience.
The MMXs Spots were ensconced in the set walls and used for beam work and some gobo texturing and gobo looks. The MiniPointes were also rigged towards the back of the set playing to the front with beams and effects.
The CycFX 4s were in the roof above the set panels just behind the contestant booths and the 600E Beams were also in the roof, supporting the MMX Spots and MiniPointes with more beams and colourful effects. There were no lights on the floor, which was a departure from the previous series where floor lighting was very prominent.
Ryan Lombard worked in conjunction with Alistair Richards who took care of all the white light elements. Lombard ran the show on a GrandMA2 light console while Richards ran the white lights on an onPC.
For strategic moments - e.g. as contestants answered questions - the LED changed colour, and specific lighting cues were also triggered via a MIDI signal sent to both Lombard’s GrandMA light and Richards’ onPC. Sitting on the same network was a VPU for graphics to the LED screens.
Pictured (left to right): Riaan Rademan (Senior RF/Sound Technician), Christiaan Ballot (Blond Productions owner), Donavon Blomerus (Technical Assistant), Ryan Lombardt (Lighting & AV Designer/Operator). (Photos: Mike Schmucker/Studio88 Photography)
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