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ADJ lights up winter

ADJ lights up winter
Images courtesy of Daniâlle van der Veeken

ADJ lights up winter


Hundreds of ADJ fixtures have provided the backdrop for the annual Nuland Verlicht community celebration. Translated to Nuland Illuminated, the event is held around the village of Nuland in the Dutch province of North Brabant and is designed to bring light to the darkness of winter. Even though the event had to transition to a virtual format, lighting designer Bart Stofmeel created an impressive light show for audiences watching in their homes.

The venue chosen for the recording was Nuland’s picturesque village church, H Johannes’ Onthoofding, which is more than 150 years old. To create the atmosphere of a festival stage, Stofmeel used a significant number of moving head and static wash fixtures, primarily from the ADJ product line, to create mid-air beam effects and also to colour wash both the inside and outside walls of the church.

The primary moving head fixture was ADJ’s Vizi CMY300, with 14 units positioned across the stage area, with some standing on the floor in front of the DJ booth and others mounted to truss plinths of various heights towards the rear of the stage. This gave a feeling of depth to the performance space and allowed the beams from the fixtures to completely surround the artists on all sides.

To illuminate the performer on the video stream, Stofmeel made use of Encore FR150Z LED-powered stage lights. “For this project, we only needed to have the four units set to around 10% and that was more than enough to ensure the performers could be seen very clearly on the video recordings,” he explained. “Plus, it also runs very quietly, which is always welcome.”

To augment the front light, Stofmeel also made use of four 32 HEX Panel IP LED wash fixtures to illuminate the performers with side and rear colour fills. Throughout the shoot, these units were repositioned between the DJ booth area and the performance space in front of it used by the vocal performers. In addition, six further fixtures were used to illuminate the rear wall of the performance space, which incorporated intricate stone carvings.

Stofmeel chose to illuminate the main body of the church with 63 7P HEX IP LED wash fixtures to individually light every pillar, arch and wall, which allowed for the inclusion of atmospheric wide shots into the livestream. A further 69 of these fixtures, together with 16 additional 32 HEX Panel IP units, were used to illuminate the outside of the venue. This included every side of the church, its large bell tower and the trees that surround it. Finally, a further Vizi CMY300 fixture was used to project a Nuland Verlicht logo onto the front of the bell tower.

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