ZDF New Year's Eve show at Brandenburg Gate with weatherproof Elation lighting
In addition to the Proteus fixtures, 16 new KL Panels™ with RGBWLC array were used for white light on the moderator stage. The fixtures, broadcast-quality softlights, brought an additional challenge however: AMBION had ordered a number of the versatile LED soft lights but delivery was tight due to extremely high demand in combination with the global effects of the pandemic. "It was not an easy task for manufacturers and sales," says Marc Petzold, Managing Director of LMP Lichttechnik, Elation’s German distribution partner. “But we worked between the holidays to get the goods, which had arrived just in time on December 29th, delivered to Brandenburg Gate in Berlin."
AMBION GmbH was not only responsible for the lighting, but also for the functional sound system optimized for the transmission, including artist monitoring and wireless technology, as well as set construction, rigging and rigging support.
Denny Arndt from BlendWerk, who developed the lighting design on behalf of production company sib Silvester in Berlin Veranstaltungen GmbH, specified the Proteus lights. Project manager was Knut Winkler from AMBION. He comments: “Since so many lamps were hanging completely unprotected in the open, it would have been very time-consuming to provide all of them with weather protection. That is why IP65 lights were extremely important and also a great help visually. So many lights with weather protection would not have looked nice on camera, especially since many fixtures were directly in the picture.”
A total of 67 Elation Proteus Rayzor 760™, 43 Proteus Smarty Hybrid™ and Proteus Hybrid™ moving heads were used as show lights on the stage and on the surrounding buildings, all of which did a great job, as Winkler adds: “We were extremely satisfied with the performance of all devices. There was not a single failure. Despite the challenging circumstances with open-air production, tight schedules and of course the strict hygiene requirements, everything went well and was a lot of fun.”
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Based in California with facilities in Florida and Mexico City, as well as European offices in The Netherlands, Elation designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of innovative lighting products known for its superior performance, excellent efficiency, and outstanding price:value ratio, all backed by a hard-earned reputation for Total Support. Elation also offers an advanced line of lighting control products through Obsidian Control Systems, as well as a full range of dependable specialty effects called Magmatic. Our mission has always been simple: to provide best-in-class products and service while offering the best value:performance ratio in the industry. Elation products continue to be a part of the industry’s most exciting projects across the globe.