Singapore National Day Parade cloaked in a Robe of light
SINGAPORE: Lighting designer Mac Chan was enlisted for the recent Singapore National Day Parade (NDP), working on the event for the fifth time in his career. The last time that Mr Chan provided the lighting design for the event was in 2012, and with the 2016 parade taking place for the first time at the National Stadium, he was called upon due to his previous experience at the venue having lit the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2015 South East Asia Games. To fill the huge stadium with light, Mr Chan deployed a total of 500 Robe BMFL luminaires, provided by rental company Showtec Communications Pte Ltd.
The crowd of approximately 50,000 and a television audience of an estimated 5 million people witnessed a spectacle that featured visual effects such as real-time video motion-tracking that depicted the Singaporean skyline and told the story of the nation, from its ancient myths to the modern day. Working as part of a team led by the event’s creative director, Beatrice Chia, Mr Chan opted to rig 400 BMFL Blades and 100 BMFL Spots on trusses that were flown throughout the stadium.
Mr Chan’s team included associate lighting designer Michael Chan and co-programmer Javier Tan. The team used LightConverse 3D lighting pre-visualisation software to save time during the planning stage.
Almost all of the stadium’s field of play was dedicated the stage, which was designed to resemble a giant watch and the trim heights between that and the overhead trusses varied only from 37m to 39m. This posed a challenge, but one that Mr Chan was able to overcome by rigging the BMFL Blades in three layers along the roof of the venue on both sides. The BMFL Spots meanwhile were flown on four trusses, two on either end of the stadium roof. He had been confident in the Robe lighting solution, having used the manufacturer’s products for the first time when at the stadium for the SEA games.
The Spots were used to light up the stage area, while the Blades served three purposes: the first was to provide the key lighting for the entire floor area, the second was to serve as base stage washes, and the third was to deliver texturing and treatments on the stage, for the cast of thousands of performers.
Mr Chan described the Robe solution as ‘great to work with’ and went on to praise the NDP team. ‘They always unite a really imaginative and lateral-thinking creative team who are great fun to work and spend time with,’ he said.
Adding to the visual effects at the NDP were lasers that were also supplied by Showtec, pyro that was designed and deployed by Glorious as well as an audio system from Showco.