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Clay Pak Lighting and grandMA2 Control Do the Honors at Two Las Vegas Awards Shows

D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas with Clay Paky and MA Lighting.

Awards season is in full swing and every genre of entertainment has a gala awards ceremony. Clay Paky Alpha Spot lighting fixtures and grandMA2 control were on hand for both the Interactive Achievement Awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit, which celebrated the best in interactive entertainment, as well as the AVN Awards for the adult entertainment industry. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

The Interactive Achievement Awards was held by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The honors are also known as the D.I.C.E Awards, the acronym for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain -- the core tenets that power the annual D.I.C.E. Summit.

Lighting designer and programmer Chris Lose pixelmapped the entire stage with stock graphics and custom content implemented by the grandMA2. The pixelmapping enhanced sets crafted by creative director Chris Wu.

"Using grandMA was huge for us because we used the internal DMX Art-Net merging feature, which is unique to MA," says Lose. "We usually have to do it externally. But this feature allowed us to take all the media, convert it to DMX info and send it to the rig. The grandMA2 made everything so easy; there were really no challenges for us."

Lose also selected a complement of Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s as front wash fixtures. "They were very impressive," he reports. "We were able to get a nice CTO look and a lot of rock 'n roll looks out of them."

The AVN Awards take place annually during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Oscars of Adult by Entertainment Weekly, the show is broadcast on Showtime Networks and everyone who is anyone in the adult industry attends.

Lose served as house lighting designer for the AVN Awards at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Jeff Ravitz was the show lighting designer and David Zuckerman the programmer.

Lose again deployed Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s for the ceremony, finding them "great for the camera as well as for nice rock 'n roll beams. They just punched through everything else that AVN brought in." Lose notes that the HPE 1500s are particularly effective for making skin tones look good on screen.

"I'm pleased with their lack of maintenance, too," he says. "I haven't had to work on them once. They always work perfectly and are super bright."

Zuckerman programmed the awards show on a grandMA2. "He just migrated to the system from grandMA1 was really impressed by everything that had been added," says Lose. "He loved the grandMA1 and loves the grandMA2 even more!"

See A.C.T Lighting at PLASA Focus: Baltimore, May 8 - 9.

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(19 March 2014)

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