ETC supports 2015 International Lighting Forum
CHINA: Taking place in Beijing, the recent 2015 International Lighting Forum featured presentations from several noted lighting designers alongside American manufacturer, ETC. Organised by the Communications University of China (CUC), together with the Television and State Visual Art Committee and University Art Committee of China, the three-day forum on innovative studio lighting system design and technology provided attendees with the opportunity to learn from international examples and interact with other professionals. More than 120 broadcast lighting professionals from cities throughout Asia attended the forum.
Mark London, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) member and the EVP of operations and systems for the Lighting Design Group (LDG), gave keynote addresses alongside Emmy Award-winning LD, Brian McRae. The speeches covered broadcast-lighting infrastructure and the future of broadcast lighting in China and abroad. Mr London talked about the key components and considerations of system design and global trends, while Mr McRae demonstrated ETC LED luminaires while sharing his experience, insight and tips for filming in a studio.
‘It was our pleasure to represent LDG at the conference,’ said Mr London. ‘We share many of the same concerns as our Chinese colleagues regarding how to support the evolution of broadcast lighting, primarily how to move past the “basic illumination” concept that used to dominate TV news lighting, and move towards the more creative and entertainment-oriented visual style that's now required.’
‘McRae’s demonstration was uniquely technical, and he did an excellent job in terms of lighting fundamentals and advanced LED lighting capabilities,’ described Johnny KL Yeung, technical director of Transmedia in Indonesia.
ETC’s West Coast associate regional manager, David Hilton, gave a presentation on lighting outside of the broadcast studio, focusing on case studies from television series, talk shows and famous awards ceremonies. Following the presentation, he conducted training on colour controls of ETC’s LED fixtures, showing attendees how to use the luminaires to make the optimal colour of white light on camera.
The audience was split into groups to allow them to get hands-on experience with the various Source Four LED and ColorSource fixtures, as well as the latest v2.3 Eos-family software.
Chinese television lighting professionals were asked to share their thoughts on LED fixture development and case studies in new studios. CUC lecturer, Han Dong, talked about broadcast lighting design development and its impact on lighting education. Ge Guang Li, deputy section chief of the news production department at the CCTV News Centre, gave presentations on studio and live broadcast LED applications. Lastly, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation lighting designer, Yang Shan, analysed the lighting design of JSBC’s news studio.
Fang Zhi Ling, stage lighting department manager at Wuhan Television, described the forum as ‘bringing out a totally different mode of communication for the industry. In particular, our American counterparts generously shared their experience and new-market knowledge, helping attendees better understand where the industry is heading.’
‘The forum brings together top lighting professionals and major players in the industry here and abroad, and provides an unparalleled platform to freely exchange ideas and foster in-depth discussions,’ concluded Liu Guang Jun from Shanxi Television. ‘The interaction between attendees and guests brought about intense but enjoyable debates, especially during the exploration of future broadcast infrastructure.’