Superstar status for DigitalSpots

20 May 2009

Germany - Lighting designer Manuel Da Costa from mo2 Design took the opportunity to use Robe DigitalSpot 7000 and 3000DTs for the final of the latest series of Deutschland Sucht den Superstar (the German version of Superstar), which was broadcast live on national channel RTL.

The series to find new musical talent - now in its sixth edition - is one of the most popular on German TV. It was recorded at the MMC Studios in Cologne and produced by the Magic Media Company TV-produktionsgellschaft mBH.

Da Costa and mo2 have been involved in the show design since the first series. This time, he decided to use five DigitalSpot 7000 DTs and one DigitalSpot 3000DT after seeing a demo by Robe's German distributor, LMP Lichttechnik.

These were integrated into the overall lighting and visual design, a collaboration between da Costa and set designers Florian Wieder and Falk Rosenthal from the Gravity company.

Four of the DigitalSpot 7000DTs were used for lighting the stage. The fifth was used for a specific effect for finalist (and winner) Daniel Schumacher. It was focused directly in front of the Judges panel, and used for illuminating his white suit as he performed on a white carpeted stage, combined with the DigitalSpot 3000DT shining down directly from above.

Using a fixture that had flexible positioning was crucial in achieving this, and the DigitalSpot's two LED modules were also vital in bathing the artist and the floor in colour. Da Costa was delighted with the results, "The DigitalSpots really proved themselves to be an excellent combination of moving light and projector," he says, "It's a very strong tool with great potential". Custom twinkling, starry sky video content was also produced for the effect by Rosenthal/Gravity.

TheSuperstar Final lighting design also utilised 32 Robe ColorSpot 1200E ATs, which were used to highlight the many circular and spherical elements of Wieder's scenic design. The ColorSpot 1200E ATs were arranged in a semi-circular shape mirroring the curved lines down below. Lighting for the show was supplied by Magic Light & Sound from Cologne, with all the video elements from Procon.

(Jim Evans)

 

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