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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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Camera Intern at Cardiff City FC

Camera Intern at Cardiff City FC

During 2nd year at university I took on the position of camera intern at Cardiff City Football Club, here I operate cameras for the home matches on Saturdays, this material is later used for marketing the club and goal replays on their website.

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Castell Coch University Project

Castell Coch University Project

On Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th students from the university of south wales put on a pop cinema in Castell Coch which sits on the welsh vally near Taffs Well. I was involved in the lighting team on this project as we set to show off the castle in a different light. I was involved in team meeting and gave suggestions as to what we could do, during setup I was part of the power distribution team inside the castle making sure runs between the archways were tidy and that all fixtures were working correctly.

 

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USW Engineering Showcase

USW Engineering Showcase

IMG_0517Its was great to be involved with the Engineering Showcase this year. I was in involved with camera work during the showcase of students projects and keynote speakers, I was in control of basic operation involving manual focus, exposure and zoom whilst tracking award winner to and from stage. This was my first proper camera job and I was really pleased with he result. I will certainly be looking for similar work in the future.

 

 

BAFTA Q&A Cardiff

BAFTA Q&A Cardiff

Last night I got the oppertunity through the uni to help with the BAFTA Q&A session for a new Welsh soap, the rig was simple with just two source 4 joinors lighting up a small panel at the front of a cine world screen. The evening contained a mixture of video footage and interviews.

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Wales Millennium Centre Tour with ALD

Wales Millennium Centre Tour with ALD

Today (21/03/15) I had the privilege of a private tour around the Wales Millennium Centre with the Association of Lighting Designers.

We started the day at 12 and meet up for a friendly chat in one of the WMC bars, it was also great to have Rick Fisher with us, this was as he is the lighting designer for the theatre performance Man to Man which is currently in theatre this weekend. Martin the WMC technical manager then meet up with us and showed us around the centre, we started back stage where we saw the trap room and the load in bays. The tour then continued showing us around the wings of the main stage leading up into the fly floor, this struck me as an impressive piece of engineering allowing you to bring in heavy scenery with little effort on a counterweight system. We then continued to the top of the building some 37m up (20m Grid) where we could take a peak out over cardiff bay, following this we looked around the practise spaces.

As I mentioned above Man to Man is currently showing at the western study, I went to see it yesterday and really enjoyed it, the lighting was brilliant and I learnt a lot about theatre lighting thanks to a lecture afterwards by Rick Fisher! We got the oppertunity to look around the set and had a walk on the tension wire grid above, this is where the lights are focused and rigged above the auditorium.

The tour was great and really interesting, thank you to ALD for organising the day and WMC for allowing us to walk around their beautiful theatre. Also a special thank you to Rick Fisher for spending the day with us.

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