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Screenco Video WorkshopAvolites has recently been involved in three very different Open Day and Workshop events, emphasising the dynamic nature of the company’s business within the live production industry.

The first of these was the Illuminated Video Workshop, co-ordinated by Screenco, held at Three Mills Studios in East London.

Avolites contributed to the event by supplying two consoles – a Sapphire 2000 and a Pearl 2000 – and two dimming systems – an Avolites ART 48-way and an ART-24 way.

Avolites had a dual interest in the Workshops. Firstly, Avo equipment helps illustrate the possibilities of how lighting and video can creatively interact, becoming fused or contrasted in a stimulating visual environment.

Secondly, the time in-between demonstrations allowed lighting designers, video artists and operators the opportunity of hands-on experimentation with the consoles, lighting rig and video systems. This turned into a lively forum for discussion, practical feedback and new ideas relating to the potentials of future integration of lighting, moving image and digital graphics control systems.

Avolites also saw the event as an ideal social and networking opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues from around the live production business.

Screencos' Nick Jevons with his Sapphire 2000A week later at theatrical lighting specialists DHA’s HQ in Waterloo, Stage Electrics, Avolites and DHA held two days of open days to demonstrate their full ranges of products.

Stage Electrics’ busy hire and sales facilities throughout the UK offer the complete range of Avolites consoles and dimmers which are constantly in demand.

These particular open days were specifically geared to theatre lighting designers, programmers and operators. On demo was one of each Avolites console plus the new 24-way ART dimmer rack and Avo’s John Snelling, himself in tune with theatrical matters as a graduated BA Lighting Design student at Rose Bruford College, was on hand.

Of particular interest to visitors was the theatre-style programming of the Azure console and its MIDI-based functions like timecode control.

Stage Electrics supply Avo equipment to a plethora of events covering theatrical and industrial tours.

Current and on-going theatrical productions benefiting from Avo gear include the UK tour of Dr Dolittle, the seventies musical spectacular Oh What A Night by Kim Gavin (LD Simon Tutchener) which returns to the Palace Theatre in Manchester by popular demand ; a Pearl and an ART 2000 on the That’ll Be The Day UK tour. Avo desks and dimmers are resident in high profile theatrical and performance environments like the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall and the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

Stage Electrics with their Diamond console Stage Electrics with their Sapphire 2000
The third workshop, Cinemate 2000, was held at Cinemate in Lisbon, the HQ of Avolites’ Portuguese distributor. It was also attended by other manufacturers including SGM, Rosco and Panther.

Avo’s Steve Warren, Tony Shembish and Koy Neminathan attended the workshop, designed for Cinemate customers – particular those working in theatrical and film environments. Visitors came from all over the country to get hands-on with the gear and exchange ideas and information.

Once again, the full gamut of Avo consoles were on display, along with the ART 24 and 48 way dimmers and the Visualiser system. A module of the new 5 kW ART 6000 dimmer was also there, of particular interest to film and TV markets.

The four day event was highly productive, and included seminars on different aspects of film and lighting production – both creative and technical.

Koy Neminathan comments, “It was an ideal opportunity to meet different Avo users and discuss future developments and their specific technical requirements”.

The Portuguese market has expanded rapidly for Avolites since Expo 98 which featured 24 Peal consoles and a variety of Avo dimmers. The simplicity and power of the consoles has made them a clear winner in this territory. Portugal now has over 200 Avolites desks, used in all types of application from architectural lighting to clubs and casinos.

Avolites' Steve Warren demonstrating the Pearl 2000 at Cinemate Avolites' Steve Warren and Tony Shembish show off the Azure Shadow at the Casino Solverde in Porto