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Innovative Show Design’s Elation rig at College Football Awards on ESPN

On December 12, college football’s most talented student-athletes were recognized at the 2019 Home Depot College Football Awards presented live on ESPN from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.


Justin Garrone and production design firm Innovative Show Design (ISD) have been involved in the show since 2012 and again produced visuals for the 2019 edition, employing a setup that featured 90% Elation Professional products, comprising 58 x Rayzor 760, 23 x Satura Profile, 44 x Platinum Beam 5R Extreme, 24 x Design Wash LED 60, 16 x ACL 360i, 44 x SixPar 100, 7 x CuePix Panel, 3 x Colour Chorus 72, and 261 x EVLED 1024 SMD 20 mm LED panels.


This was Innovative Show Design’s 8th year doing the College Football Awards and 5th year since it moved to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. ISD served as a one-stop-shop for ESPN for the production, handling every aspect of the show from the first truck’s arrival to the last truck’s departure.


ISD created and managed all lighting, scenic and graphics, handled complete fabrication and installation of the set and was also responsible for all logistics involved with the production inclusive of project management.


Asked by ESPN to update the design and modernize it scenically, as well as help with the reverse shots into the audience, ISD changed the sets configuration, and added 36 linear light boxes to accommodate the request. Lighting supply for the event was by CYM Lighting Services of Thousand Palms, CA, a company that ISD has worked with for years.


The Awards show took place in a long yet narrow windowed room in the Hall of Fame, a turfed area scaled to nearly the size of half a football field and used by visitors to throw and kick footballs. “The most important task for the rig was to be functional and flexible for multi-point/multi source TV light,” says Garrone.


Lining the tunnel entrance and main staircase of the stage, the Rayzor 760s projected a team color with a sparkle effect rotating around the fixtures. Garrone also created custom pixel chases for the team wins.


Used for main key lights both front and back, audience specials, as well as main key lights for talent standups were Elation Satura Profile LED movers while Platinum Beam 5R Extreme moving heads provided beam lights for air effects and team win ballyhoos.


Elation’s ACL 360i single beam effect lights were incorporated as background lights with SixPar 100 LED Par lights used for architectural lighting highlights. CuePix Panels were used to cap the end of trusses that were in camera shots. A 60’ wide x 19.7’ tall LED wall covering the room’s glass windows was made up of 261 Elation EVLED 1024 SMD 20 mm LED panels.


Justin Garrone worked with lighting programmer Andrew Giffin, lighting/rigging TD Kevin Swank, red carpet lighting director John Lotz, artistic director Chris Runnells (ISD), creative director Nate Mitchell (ISD), and lead fabricator/scenic installer David Barber (ISD). The electricians were Ignacio Sanchez, Tony Mora, Mikey Pacilio, Max Vigil, Anthony Miller, David Ruiz, and Leo Garcia, with Chris Wagner and Greg Hays being the master electricians.


Garrone would also like to take the opportunity to bring attention to Kevin and Colleen Swank of CYM Lighting who are dedicated to the AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) charity event, whose aim is to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.


“From May 31st through June 6th, they both will be riding their bikes with their Desert Roadrunners team 545 miles on a life-changing ride, not race, from San Francisco to Los Angeles to support and raise awareness to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and honor those who have passed from AIDS-related causes,” he says. Information can be found at www.aidslifecycle.org.






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