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21/06/2018

Aurora Lighting To Help With C4's 'The Crystal Maze' Production

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Aurora Lighting has joined forces with frequent collaborator Lighting Designer Gurdip Mahal on the production of Channel 4's reboot of TV classic 'The Crystal Maze'.

Gaffers James Tinsley and Adam Mitchell also worked alongside them to produce the show.

Maze Master Richard Ayoade returns, guiding teams of adventurers through various themed 'zones' to take on a variety of challenges.

Filmed on an expansive set created by original series designer James Dillon at The Bottle Yard, Bristol, the show captures the charisma of the 90's maze whilst incorporating a number of contemporary twists to update and enhance the look of the individual zones.

The sheer scale of the set requires a truly flexible lighting package that can both maintain ambient levels and shift easily between the moods created to accompany each specific area.

Combining creativity and versatility, the crew have installed a variety of automated fixtures including Martin MAC Viper Profile, Clay Paky Sharpy and GLP X-4s which allow swift alterations between moods or the addition of colour and movement to assist in highlighting action. The crew have also incorporated a number of Fresnels into the design, used to cleverly mirror the tungsten warmth of the original show.

Aurora has made key investment in products specifically for the show, in particular to build further on its growing inventory of LED products. As a company recognised by the albert initiative as a supplier that supports an environmentally sustainable future for the TV industry, Aurora furnished the Crystal maze with a variety of low energy solutions. The company supplied a number of Chroma-Q Space Force, Rosco Silk 210s and Mole Richardson 400w Vari Soft heads to deliver highly controllable, even illumination. They were used along with SGM P5's, Phillips SL Strip and Chroma-Q Colorforce to add texture and effects throughout the set.

Commenting on the production, Project Manager Ben Taylor said: "We're delighted to be back in the Crystal Maze for this latest series. The various lighting designs created for the show are fantastic. Gurdip and the whole Production Crew have been wonderfully creative in building custom looks for each challenge zone that manage to reflect the feel of the original series but with a clever modern touch."

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