Lighting designer Joe Beardsmore is among the first lighting designers in the world to use the VL10 BeamWash on a touring show. “The VL10 honestly blew me away,” he says. “I thought it would be a compromise somewhere along the line, but no - I would happily use it for any dedicated application.”
Lighting the stripped-back set, without video screens and only reversible red or cream drapes as a backdrop, he employs a range of techniques to enhance Odell’s performance. As the tempo changes, he moves from single spots and precise, slow-moving effects to the full-on, powerful toolkit of effects for the rockier numbers. “Finding units that can do a simple, crisp, very slowly rotating gobo, but can also be super-bright and super-smooth when moving at speed, or performing quick color chases, is really important,” said Beardsmore.
Impressed by the VL10’s output quality and dynamic effects capability, Beardsmore comments, “The optics are the first thing that hits you: the quality and smoothness of the beam effects, and the brightness, even at wide zoom, is really impressive.”
He adds, “The dual prism gives some great effects, especially when spinning in different directions - fantastic for air effects. Between the two gobo wheels and the VL*FX wheel, there is an endless supply of gobos, and not just for rock and roll: I can really see this working well for theatre shows, especially with the great fine adjustment on the beam shapes.”