RATHER THAN deploy traditional staging features for the set of The Hunna, lighting designer Tom Campbell conceived a 3D “lightscape” of intersecting beams.
He says he needed a desk on which he could create the visual effect from scratch at venues including The O2 Academy (cap. 4,900), Manchester’s O2 Apollo (3,500) and Southampton’s O2 Guildhall (1,700).
“I created the 3D lighting and laser ‘set’ for the band to play within,” says Campbell. “I played around with negative space and silhouettes, but always with the band being the centre of attention. The grid of lasers allows you to always make out the band members, even with the rest of the stage in blackout.”
He chose an Avolites Sapphire Touch and Quartz desk, whose Key Frame Shapes feature allowed him to set movements between positions.
“This was the first time I used a console to control lasers, and this was a majority-laser show, with the RTI NEO SIX laser operating as a 60-channel DMX fixture,” he says. “I had that intricate control to allow them to be the backbone of the design.”
Among the lighting rig were 37 MegaPointes by Czech Republic-based manufacturer Robe, which Campbell describes as, “The best spot fixture I have ever used,” while atmospheric effects, provided by MDG’s ICE FOG Compack low fog generator and an ATMe haze generator, needed to be controllable and reliable.