Author: Dominic Boston

Soul Survivor Main Stage

Soul Survivor Main Stage

Soul Survivor is a year christian festival for 30,000 attendees over 5 weeks. During 1 of these weeks I was asked to volunteer to do main stage camera. This year I worked on stage, providing close up shots of musicians and crowd shots from stage. Camera was handheld using shoulder mount and working for around 2 hours on morning and evening sessions.

Teach First – Science Museum

Teach First – Science Museum

At Teach First it was my primary role to operate camera for the event for on stage overage on screens around the dinning area operating a Song PMW – EX3. During the setup I also helped rig and focus serial source 4’s for a dappled effect across the museum floor.

Best Parties Ever Event City Manchester

Best Parties Ever Event City Manchester

Each year Best Parties Ever host their Christmas party in Manchester’s Event City – Hawthorn provide technical support for Event City. The client requested a last-minute change to a pre-programmed show on Avolites so I was given responsibility to go into the show and make changes as requested by the client. After this I operated the show for three weekends traveling up to Manchester from Loughborough, making regular changes for the client, setting up and shutting down each show. Other duties included a kabuki setup and drop.

Moonwalk

Moonwalk

Not all jobs are glamorous! At moonwalk Hawthorn provide full technical support in London and Edinburgh. In London my priority was working 9m up to install large floors inside the main big tent, running lots of soca down steel cables into distro. Also helped around site with power and uplighting for the smaller VIP areas.

Manchester Vivid Christmas Party

Manchester Vivid Christmas Party

This project was set in Manchester Great Central Hall, a large space in which a large winter wonderland set was constructed. The rig was a large triangular truss section with two smaller triangles lifted vertically so they stood like three pyramids. The main challenge on this project was raising the structure, experienced venue riggers too the lead on the job, removing bottom sections to avoid a twisting effect due to the strains of being lifted. The lower sections of the triangular truss were attached after the larger sections were raised. With the rig being preloaded with sharpys it was important to consider the weight on each leg and on each motor as the structure was lifted into place.

Further to rigging many small birdies had to be installed in a large log cabin, using par behind windows to give a warmth effect and chandeliers to make it authentic. Cabling had to be subtle and tidy, giving a professional finish, the team were able to drill strategic holes in set to achieve this.

National Lottery Stars

National Lottery Stars

Each year Hawthorn provides media surge to the BBC production of National Lottery Stars, National Lottery Stars invites celebrities to celebrate the achievements of charities across the country which have been given money by the National Lottery to help them achieve their goals. The job entails hanging around 100m of media surge around the studio to give a low-resolution video wall that moving graphics can be displayed across to give a large textured effect around the studio. The media surge however is temperamental and often pixels break causing lines of pixels to freeze, in order to fix this a ladder was used to access the fault pixel (often the first in the line of dead pixels) and apply pressure to the pixel to push the 5 wires into the sharp connectors in the pixel. Although the team were under high pressure to get it done in time for going live it was important to remain calm and fix the surge, the studio was busy with a lot of people trying to get on with their jobs so it was essential to get the job done safety, efficiently and without leaving trailing cables.

URC General Assembly

URC General Assembly

I have been working on a corporate event running lighting for this conference in Southport. The job involved setting up a generic rig on a long board table and lectern. LED lights were used around the room an operated by me using a ChamSys Magic Q console. The event feature mainly static lighting with a few chases during worship.

The rig presented challenges as it was at a high angle to the focused area using cross light to overcome this. The conference was live streamed and was attended by 300 delegates.

 

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Architectural Lighting Design – The Meeting House

Architectural Lighting Design – The Meeting House

During my time as a second year student I was tasked with redesigning the lighting in “The Meeting House” on the university campus for the chaplains. The new system needed to be energy efficient, meet the needs of the client for multipurpose rooms and on a tight budget. The following feedback was given by the client after a design pitch where key ideas and information was provided to the client.

During this project the following items were considered:

  • Climate and site context
  • Building functions
  • Building systems
  • Energy features and strategies
  • Suggestions to improve energy efficiency
  • Design appropriate for client
  • Control system (RGBW & Dimmer)
  • Visualisations of Design
  • Power System
  • Analytical techniques that may be used:
    • Daylight factors
    • Cost benefit analysis (simple payback/life cycle cost)
  • Site inspection / measurements
  • Interviews / surveys

 

Feedback from Client

Thank you for your lighting presentation at the Meeting House.

The material you provided for your presentation was professional and comprehensive. Your prospectus was much appreciated and helps us to continue to reflect on your ideas long after the presentation took place. You had a very engaging manner which drew us in and gave us confidence in your ideas. You addressed the brief well with sensitivity and demonstrated your understanding of the complexity of our needs. You also addressed the importance of natural light and darkness in the room and thought about the effect that would have on your proposed scheme. You considered costs and offered us clear understanding of how long it would take to recoup our investment. You had spent time building a sign ‘RELAX’ as a means of demonstrating possibilities to us. This demonstrated enthusiasm, innovation and imaginative application for the task.  All in all we were very impressed with your presentation. Well done.

Vaughan Rees
Director of Chaplaincy Services – University of South Wales

 

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Work Experience at Sonalyst

Work Experience at Sonalyst

I’ve been working with a team of professional lighting engineers preparing the kit for the Strictly Come Dancing tour, the tour goes around large cities in the UK and is a large production with a few hundred moving lights. During my time at Sonalyst I helped with various jobs such as loosing and labelling up cables, addressing, testing, labelling inserting new modules into ROBE BMFL Moving Lights. I was also involved in a few other hands on jobs around the warehouse preparing equipment for the tour. My time spent at Sonalyst has allowed me to make some key contacts in the industry and spend some time learning skills from professionals, I’ve also had the opportunity to understand the workings behind a large production and how plans are made for such a large installation.

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