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Stunning AV tech steals the show at Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Analysis, Content production
The main screening area located at the Museum of Islamic Art.
The main screening area located at the Museum of Islamic Art.
Analysis, Content production
Analysis, Content production
DTFF executive director Amanda Palmer pictured on the red carpet.
DTFF executive director Amanda Palmer pictured on the red carpet.

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The recent Doha Tribeca Film Festival showcased a host of cutting-edge event production technologies, with the highlight being an impressive LED ‘red carpet’ runway.

Organised by the Doha-based Museum of Islamic Art in conjunction with Qatar Museum Authority and New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival took in 11 separate venues across the city, each of which featured an impressive array of AV and event production technologies.

Event organisers contracted Doha-based Creative Communication Group (CCG) and Dubai-based Creative Technology (CT) to supply the bulk of the kit required, which included HD projectors, LED displays and assorted pro audio and lighting tech.

CT Dubai’s Mark Woodhouse was approached by production manager Sarah Whitmarsh and technical production manager Daryle Payne to provide video support for the event. CT ultimately provided 16 projectors from manufacturers including Christie, Barco and Panasonic, ranging from 10K HD to 30K HD. Each film screening was played back using Sony HDW2000 VTRs, which were also supplied by CT.

CT Dubai supplied two Lighthouse 9x7 (49 m2) R7 LED screens, which were positioned at either side of the main stage located at the Museum of Islamic Art and were fed from an SDI source.

Measuring 30m wide, 18m high and 32m deep, the stage featured a lighting rig consisting of Clay Paky Alpha fixtures supplied by CCG, which is also the Italian lighting manufacturer’s official distributor in Qatar.

“The stage lighting rig was designed by LD Adam Bassett,” explains CCG managing partner Jalal Dudin. “Hundreds of Clay Paky units were installed in various venues across the city, including Souq Waqif and Doha City Centre Mall.”

Meanwhile, CCG’s significant investment in new pro audio and lighting technologies prior to the festival paid dividends for the company at the event.

Expanding on the 148 Griven lighting fixtures already within its inventory, CCG purchased 12 Kolorado 4000s, four KolorGlobe MK2 7000s, six GoboStorm Plus’, 12 Parade D-RGB12s, 50 2k Fresnel lenses, 50 1k Fresnel lenses and 24 500W Fresnel lenses.

“The architectural lighting installations located at the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif were powered by our Griven units,” says Dudin.

In terms of audio, a full Dolby Surround Sound configuration utilising EAW loudspeakers was installed at the Souq Waqif and Museum of Islamic Art venues.

“We installed EAW KF760s in a surround sound configuration at Souq Waqif and EAW KF730s at the Museum of Islamic Art,” explains Dudin.

CT Dubai general manager Damien McGurn said the festival also presented an ideal showcase for the merits of HD projection and LED display technologies.

“The outdoor displays located at the Museum of Islamic Art in particular proved a stunning platform for displaying the various films and live presentations during the event,” he says.

Bright lights

CCG’s rental division invested heavily in new lighting fixtures from Clay Paky specifically for use during the festival.

Adding to its existing inventory of 300 Clay Paky Alpha Series fixtures, CCG purchased 22 Alpha Beam 1500s, 24 Alpha Spot HPE 1200s, 24 Alpha Wash 1200s and six Alpha Profile 1200s.

The investment saw CCG become the largest rental supplier of Clay Paky fixtures in the Middle East.

“During the past 12 months, our Clay Paky units have featured in a range of events staged in Qatar including the Vodafone IPO launch and the Qatar Gas2 LNG launch. For Tribeca, we cleared out our entire inventory of Clay Paky fixtures.”

Not your average red carpet…

The inaugural edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival kicked off on October 29 with the premiere of celebrated filmmaker Mira Nair’s film Amelia. DTFF rolled out a high-tech red carpet comprising 155,000 LEDs and constructed a 24-metre screen — the largest ever erected in the Gulf country — for the festival. International film industry identities including Martin Scorsese, Ben Kingsley, Youssrah, Patricia Clarkson and Jeffrey Wright, attended the event.

More than 5,000 Qatar residents turned out for the open-air screening of Amelia.

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