A new hybrid spot/beam fixture, the GLP GT-1, was part of the rig at the 44th annual American Music Awards, which took place on November 20, 2016, at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Broadcast on ABC, the lighting design was by Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees.
“Mark Ravenhill from GLP reached out to me in August and told me about a light they were working on: the GT-1,” Barnhart states. “He explained it would go in the family of Claypaky Mythos and Robe Pointes.”
“He said they would be ready to demo at LDI, so I made a trip to Vegas to take a look,” Barnart explains. “I find it hard to really evaluate a fixture in the normal demo environment—too many loose lumens and nothing to really compare next to it.”
“Mark and I worked out a way to fit GT-1s into this year’s American Music Awards produced by Dick Clark Productions,” Barnhart notes, who used 60 of this new fixture.
The GT-1s were positioned between the two video screens that ran the length of the stage. “This would put them in a place where we could utilize the tight bright beam but also take advantage of the zoom out feature,” says the designer.
“We found the GLP GT-1 to be versatile with its zoom option from a tight beam to a decent zoomed out spread,” the LD adds.
“It might be a bit of a fetch to call it a wash light, with its bulb having that familiar hot center,” notes Barnhart. “Although, there is a frost option, and with the ability to have a bright, tight beam, it certainly has a place in this small family category.”
“One nice feature is the animation wheel’s ability to move from a horizontal to a vertical motion within the beam,” the LD explains. “This opens up the creative options and gives the effect another life.”
“I think the three prisms also add to this little toy chest of features,” Barnhart says. “Funny enough, it has its own quirks when it comes to dousing as most of these types of fixtures seem to have. I guess it is not easy slowing down a cannon ball of light.”
“I like the size of the unit,” adds Barnhart. “It’s a little stealthier and a bit lighter than its friends with similar features.”
“I know GLP is continuing to refine some of the software for the fixture,” Barnhart indicates. “I look forward to using it again in the near future.”
The lighting rig also included Claypaky Sharpys, Ayrton MagicDot fixtures, TMB Solaris Flare LED Strobes, Philips Color Kinetics ColorBlast units, PRG Best Boy and Bad Boy Ground Control followspots, ARRI Fresnels, and a collection of ETC Source Four units in varying degrees.
A host of Philips Vari-Lite fixtures were also positioned throughout the rig: VL3500 Spots, VL3500 Washes, VL3500 Wash FX units, VL3000 Spots, VL6 Spots, VL5 Arc Washes, and VL5 Wash luminaires.
Stay tuned for Barnhart's AMAs lighting plots to be published next!
Lighting designer Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees tried out GLP’s new GT-1, which premiered at LDI 2016, at the 44th annual American Music Awards.
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