Great words by the great man Don Draper.
Simple touches with your event lighting, such as these Edison bulbs through a tree in the middle of a venue and a focal point and reinforce a mood.
A couple of weeks back we had the opportunity to do a concept shoot at Coriole Winery. We wanted to create a look that was unique to the venue.
The gardens at Coriole are gorgeous, and as you will agree, a little event lighting showcasing the natural beauty of the space means guests can enjoy the gardens well after dark.
There is no shortage of colour combinations available to us – in the end it is up to you to shape the feel from your lighting.
A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity of providing event lighting for one of Adelaide’s most unique ceremony spaces, Burbrook Forest.
Our brief was simple – transform an inspiring space into something out of this world. Utilising bold colour we were able to bring this old stringy bark to life in all its incredible glory.
Given the right canvas, simple but bold event lighting can lift a space into something incredible.
Make it simple, but significant. Looking at the photos, I believe we nailed it.
In events we love a good reveal. This can be from opening the doors for guests to see a beautifully set room right up to driving a tractor through a parted drape under a 30′ screen (which was certainly one of my top three reveals).
My favourite reveal however brought a groom to tears, then smiles.
I once did a wedding for an ex-pat British groom and his Australian bride. It was shaping up to be a complete disaster – his father had headed back to the UK in a huff after an argument and his best man was a late withdrawal after the birth of his child.
The bride steps in to save the day.
Not to let a little drama hijack her day, the bride contacts me in secret to request we surprise her groom with a live Skype call from England by the best man. The only problem? No internet on a venue surrounded by water.
Via the magic of 3G in the tropics we were ably to rally, complete the test call and perform the reveal during speeches. I stayed to make sure the call worked and was truly touched by the grooms reaction – first tears, then a very big smile.
So rewarding was the result that I “forgot” to send a bill for the additional equipment.
Lighting Designers, or “Lampies” as per the term of endearment handed out by us audio brethren, often debate what makes great Event Lighting. Call me a pragmatist but I feel the answer is pretty simple.
I recently went to see Motley Crue on their farewell tour. This was a show that was so over the top on its lighting that it was a complete assault to the senses – I could almost feel my retinas singeing. While I hated the design and the visual ocular pummeling, I hand my hat to their LD for delivering the exact excessive feel he was after.
Great Event Lighting is about augmenting the mood you are trying to capture. It should highlight a theme but not overstate nor detract from it. Throughout my career I have seen the care that goes into getting the design right, all the way through to a complete lack of consideration that detracts from an Event’s message.
When done well, Event Lighting reinforces a point of interest. This can be a performer perfectly framed by a profile or a tableau bathed in colour. These possibilities are only limited by imagination.
Colour has an effect on mood as well – blue is calming while red incites passion (and, in the right circumstance, hunger). We are also taught early on not to wash a room with green during food service as it makes the food appear sickly.
When I discuss a lighting design with a client I’m not concerned so much by equipment specification, rather what I can do to perfectly capture the mood and message. This makes great Event Lighting, and it is what we are about at Amuse.
Welcome to Amuse Event Lighting & Audiovisual! It’s a new company that comes with a lot of experience…
For the last decade I have worked across the AV industry, mostly in events. For a bulk of this I worked for a large multi-national business in both Adelaide and Far North Queensland.
Both areas had a different approach to events, and it was in Port Douglas that I really had a chance to be creative. In the tropics, a real emphasis was put into augmenting the natural surroundings. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree, Port Douglas was very laid back with big, bright events on a naturally stunning canvas.
To wow event participants, we would use a lot of environmental lighting to colour the natural elements – and to great effect.
I’ve started Amuse to bring this approach to the Adelaide market. It shouldn’t only be destinations that have this wow factor.
Photos will be posted as we execute events – however if you would like to see some of my work (which I can’t post due to copyright) please contact me!
PO Box 228 Torrensville SA 5031 | 1300 760 041