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Spotlight Christie As The World Tipped Tour





Christie helps to keep a tipping world in sharp focus with the Roadster HD10K-M.


One of the most exciting things about lighting is its ability to get involved in enormous and impressive technical feats of all shapes and sizes. For Christie, the most recent opportunity turned their whole world upside down!


A to V (UK) have dipped into their inventory of Christie Roadster HD10K-M series projectors to help deliver the ‘As The World Tipped’ outdoor show, using five aerialists and climbers, which have been touring UK towns and cities throughout the summer as part of festival celebrations. The show made its world premier at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May. A grey-painted 10m x 10m steel sheeting


provides the projection backdrop for the M-series projectors as A to V (UK) project manager Matt Bailey explained. His company had originally been contacted by stage manager Dolan Hewison, of Manchester-based production company, CDH Creatives, on the recommendation of lighting designer Jim Gee, who has worked with the projection company in the past. The immediate challenge was to interface with Jamie Ogilvie’s intricate, custom- designed stage design, including complex flying hardware and rig movement within the tight rehearsal time frames available at each venue. The solution was to rig two stacked pairs of the HD10K-M on a front-of-house scaffolding structure, 40 metres from the stage, and fitted with


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2.6:4.1 semi long throw HD zoom lens. The frame starts horizontally on the ground and slowly gets lifted and tilts until it is in the vertical plane. “The base of the stage is 4m from the floor where we first project onto it, but when it moves to its second position — 8m off the floor — it tilts back 45° before straightening…and that’s when we use the second set of projectors,” he said. All the blending and keystoning takes place within the fully featured projectors themselves, although Matt Bailey admits that lining up the projectors was a very easy and speedy process. The compact, eco-friendly 3-chip DLP projector outputs 10,000 ANSI lumens with dual 350W mercury lamps. Aside from its 1920 x 1080


native resolution and a variable contrast ratio of 2500-10,000:1 the M Series’ expanded suite of high-quality lenses includes two new zoom lenses – all with Intelligent Lens System (ILS™) capabilities. “The projector has a great feature set but ease of use and the compact form factor are the fundamental reasons why we like this projector,” says Matt Bailey, whose company also runs a fleet of Christie WU12K-M (WUXGA) 1920 x 1200 M series devices.


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