Eclipse Presentations supplied full technical production, design and equipment – including lighting, sound, video and staging - for the 2014 Catey Awards, which recognise individuals, teams and business within the hospitality sector, and are the industry’s only ‘truly independent’ benchmark of operational excellence.
Staged in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Eclipse’s creative concept for the presentation included a set design based around an edge-blended video projection, which included mapped images onto two large scenic replicas of the Catey Award statue flanking both sides of the stage.
The Eclipse technical team was co-ordinated by Technical Production Manager John Gibson. The video supplied by Eclipse included an 11 metre wide by 5 metre tall upstage projection screen which filled the entire space, fed by two Panasonic PT-DZ 21K projectors, run through a Barco ScreenPRO II switcher for the edge blending.
An ArKaos media server was used for the projection mapping that brought the statues to life, while a 3D look was created by simultaneously changing the backgrounds on the screen. The overall effect was further heightened by atmospheric haze which was tumbled down on to the two statues from Jem Glaciator foggers.
For IMAG relay, Eclipse provided three Sony DSR450 cameras. Two were positioned at the front-of-stage and one on the balcony, fed into a Black Magic vision mixer which output to the screens. Seven 50 and 55 inch plasma relay screens were positioned around the room to ensure good sightlines and that everyone had a clear view of the onstage action.
The house lighting rig was augmented with Eclipse’s LED floods and PARs plus six Clay Paky Alpha Spot 700 moving lights – used together with the house fixtures of the same type. The lighting was run on a combination of the house consoles and Eclipse’s Avo Tiger Touch.
The venue’s d&b Q7 sound system was fully utilised, with six Q7s added around the edges of the room to ensure even coverage. Eclipse also provided a full mics-and-stands package for the band and a Yamaha LS9 32 channel console to facilitate the FOH and monitor mixes, complete with engineers.