Continued from January 2012 CTI Newsletter
How The Miss'd America Pagent Used SHoW Babys®
Show: MISS’D AMERICA PAGEANT
Electrician : Greg McGeary
: Greg McGeary
Dan Wright: Lighting Director
Dan Wright: Lighting Director
We spoke with Robert Thorpe of
Earl Girls Inc. about the
We spoke with Robert Thorpe of Earl Girls Inc. about the show:
CTI: What were the general parameters and design needs for the project (in this case, why did you need to use wireless DMX)?
RT: Our loadin time is only
eight hours for a show of this magnitude.
We wanted to go with wireless DMX for this show to help speed up the
data runs to all the flying trusses to help bring our labor costs down within
the time constraints we had for loadin.
We had three flying trusses loaded with moving lights and
effects. Going wireless was the
easiest and best choice to get the DMX signal to those locations.
RT: Budget on any show
is always an issue. Atlantic City
is a Union town and anything we as the Production Company can provide to help
make the setup and operation faster and easier translates into savings for the
Earl Girls Inc.
strives to make our client’s experience a great one.
The more we can do to make our client happy, the more they will want to
keep coming back to Atlantic City over and over again in the future.
The SHoW Babys saved us an enormous amount of time and hence labor by
not needing to run DMX Splitters and long runs of DMX cable.
RT: Don Earl and I saw
SHoW Baby at LDI 2011. We
decided then and there that we wanted this unit.
We have used wireless DMX for years now from Interactive Technologies,
Wireless Solutions, City Theatrical—we thought this is the perfect unit for us
in our rental and production areas.
RT: Our shop manager, Ed Keith and Cory Williams (lead production technician) tested the units in our shop from over 200’ using various combinations of consoles, dimmers, moving lights and LED units. Earl Girls Inc. also provided a pair of units to Harrah’s Atlantic City for their ballroom. We had zero issues with any of them and figured this was the way to go for this show.
CTI: How did you set up the equipment? Was there anything special, unique, or difficult about the installation?
RT: Using the
mounting brackets that come with them, the
SHoW Baby units were hung on three flown trusses.
Nothing fancy or special with this aspect.
CTI: Did you use any special accessories, such as SHoW DMX directional antennas, antenna splitters, etc. and if so, how did you set them up?
RT: Not needed on
CTI: What was your overall experience in working with City Theatrical equipment on your production?
RT: We used six units on this particular show. We have now put 12 in rental stock. We have already quoted them for a number of shows in Philadelphia. Greg McGeary (one of our LD’s) will be using them on the Snoop Dogg show this coming weekend.
CTI: Would you have done anything differently in hindsight?
RT: We should have used even more of the units on stage left and stage right on the floor. This would have made the loadin even faster and easier.
City is notorious for being crowded with RF signals amongst all the casinos,
hotels and emergency services. We have
used the City Theatrical SHoW DMX in town for years.
The new version with the
SHoW Baby was rock solid.