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A back-wall of 72 x Robe CycFX 8s and Pointes helped create effects for Carrie Underwood's Introduction for NBC’s 2014 Sunday Night Football.

Los Angeles based Lighting Designer Benoit Richard was responsible for lighting Underwood's rendition of 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night', a re-working of Joan Jett's classic 'I Hate Myself for Loving You' for NBC Sports and San Francisco and New York based producers, Bodega Studios.
Richard’s design included eight 35 foot high vertical towers directly behind the stage, each of which was rigged with five CycFX 8 fixtures. He then placed 32 x Pointes in between the CycFX 8 for yet more variety, making an impressive Robe back wall of highly versatile fixtures.
It is the second year that Underwood has performed the Opening Intro for NBC’s number one TV show, and also the second year that Richard has designed the lighting for her performance, which was directed by Tripp Dixon with a production design by Evan Rohde.
The Intro was recorded at the Raleigh Studios at Playa Vista, a former aircraft hangar near the beach and also near LAX International Airport. The site is also a historical landmark where the Hughes H-4 Hercules ‘Spruce Goose’ prototype heavy transport aircraft was constructed in the 1940s.
The hangar, which measures over 700 feet long, 102 feet wide and 50 feet tall, was divided into four separate sets. A large main performance stage was built, complete with runways and catwalks. Two green screen areas were also established to film the NFL Players. An interview / ‘backstage’ area was available for the use of various press and media outlets covering the event.
The lighting brief for the main performance area was to replicate the drama and excitement of a full-on rock concert – in the finished Intro Underwood plays to a massive outdoor audience - so Richard thought it would be an ideal opportunity to utilize some of the very latest lighting technology available.
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