Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Aurora Lighting Used On The Crystal Maze

News Image
Aurora Lighting have said that they are "extremely proud" to be working alongside Lighting Designer Gurdip Mahal and Gaffer James Tinsley on Channel 4's hit re-boot of TV cult classic The Crystal Maze.

Based on the classic format and filmed at The Bottle Yard, Bristol on a custom built set created by original series designer James Dillon, the aim was to remain faithful to the feel of the iconic zones, whilst adding a contemporary look to update the show for a modern audience and enhance the show's newly added areas.

Talking about the show, LD Gurdip Mahal said: "The sheer scale of the show presented a number of challenges for the entire crew. With so many small studios and unique spaces, lighting the production was both new and exciting and presented a few difficulties which the terrific crew were able to resolve."

The lighting specified for the show allowed the crew the flexibility to seamlessly shift between scenes and to custom create specific moods for individual zones. A variety of automated fixtures including Martin MAC Viper Profile, Clay Paky Sharpy and GLP X-4s allowed the addition of colour and movement. A number of Fresnels were also incorporated into the design, particularly useful in delivering the tungsten warmth of the 90's original.

The LD continued: "Everybody worked really hard to create the right look for the show. We had some fantastic support from Ben Taylor and the team at Aurora, who made some key investment in new products, specifically for the Crystal Maze."

Of particular note was the level of LED products that Aurora were able to make available. As a company recognised by the albert initiative, as a supplier that supports an environmentally sustainable future for the TV industry, Aurora always strive to offer low energy alternatives to traditional light sources.

The Crystal Maze set was no exception, with a selection of Chroma-Q Space Force heads providing highly controllable, ambient illumination, whilst a mixture of TMB Solaris Flare, Phillips SL Strip and Rosco Silk 210s added texture and effects throughout the set.

Commenting on the show, Head of Lighting at Aurora and VER, David March said: "Bringing such a revered classic show back to our screens can be a huge responsibility. Gurdip and the whole Production Team have done an incredible job, not just in re-creating the look of the original, but also making it slick, stylish and modern."
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Barix To Show Final Shipping Version Of Redundix At 2018 NAB Show
Barix is set to unveil the final shipping version of Redundix, its cost-effective solution that automatically corrects glitches and failures on IP STL
Production News : C4 Commissions More Crystal Maze
Channel 4 has announced the commission of more all-new episodes of The Crystal Maze from Fizz, part of RDF Television. The 12 x 60' order from Channel
Yahoo Sport Commissions New Football Show
Yahoo Sport has commissioned a new weekly football series that is hosted by Colin Murray and Dion Dublin. For The Win is the first series greenlit in
Barnfind Brings Enhancements To IBC Show
Barnfind Technologies will use IBC2017 to unveil a number of enhancements to its BarnOne and BarnMini ranges, it has been announced. New for Europe at
Production News : Paddy McGuinness To Host New Talent Show
BBC One has announced details of a new talent show, Even Better Than The Real Thing. Hosted by Paddy McGuinness, the 60-minute special will celebrate
Production News : New Online Comedy Show Announced By Channel 4
Channel 4's online comedy showcase highlighting the brightest new comedy stars and freshest TV ideas returns with a brand new three - part bite-sized
BB&S Lighting Adds New LED Lighting Fixtures
BB&S Lighting has announced the introduction of 3' and 4' Pipeline Free remote phosphor LED lighting fixtures. The 3' and 4' (914mm and 1,219mm) sizes
New TVLogic Reference 4K And OLED Monitors At 2017 NAB Show
TVLogic, designer and manufacturer of LCD and OLED High Definition displays, is introducing several new 4K HDR and OLED monitors at the NAB 2017 that
Production News : BBC Two Announces Satirical News Show The Mash Report
Following a very competitive piloting process, Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, have a
Vortex – On-Show At BVE (Or Not)
I last had a "proper job" back in the 1980s when I ran the European office for the Videotape Editing company Convergence Corporation – at the time, le
Production News : C4 Commissions The Big Narstie Show
Channel 4 Entertainment has commissioned Expectation to produce a non-TX pilot, The Big Narstie Show (w/t). Grime MC, Big Narstie, of BDL (Base Defenc
LED Creative Deliver Lighting For The Price Is Right
LED Creative have supported the recently revamped game show The Price Is Right by supplying the lighting for scenic designer Chris Webster and lightin
New "Solo" Lighting Kit From Photon Beard
Great quality lighting is a cornerstone of all great productions. We pride ourselves at Photon Beard on creating quality luminaries that meet and exce
Coronation Street: Lighting For Drama
Churning out 3 hours of original drama to an average viewership of 8 million people each and every week, ITV's Coronation Street is an undeniable prod
Cineo Lighting, NBCUniversal To Showcase Lighting Solutions
Cineo Lighting will co-exhibit with NBCUniversal at Live Design International (LDI) 2017 (Booth 2817), later this month when the show takes place at t