New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom played host in November to The Red Bull BC One hip-hop dance battle, for which Michael Stiller Design provided lighting design and a team of professionals to oversee all aspects of the lighting. The event shook NYC's iconic music venue to its core, as 16 B-Boys from 11 countries battled in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,600 fans. Says Lisa Wilson of The Usual Suspects, producers for the event, "Red Bull reports have called this the ‘best Red Bull event they've ever seen. Not just the best BC One—the best Red Bull event, period.'"
Stiller's team was tasked with full production lighting design, lighting direction for television, and programming for the in-the-round, nine-camera event. Moving lights included 10 Barco/High End Systems Shoguns, 16 Martin Professional Mac 2000 Profiles, 16 Martin Mac 2000 Wash units, 16 Martin Atomic Strobe 3000s, two Martin Mac 700 Profiles, 16 Robe Spot 1200s, and 50 Philips Color Kinetics Color Blast 12s. Followspots comprised two Robert Juliat Heloises and two Lycian Starklite units. Conventionals included eight ARRI 300W and five 650W units, 10 MR16 6' striplights, two Mole Richardson 2K Baby ZIP Softlights, two Altman Stage Lighting 6" 750W Fresnels, 20 ETC Source Four PAR MFLs, 55 Source Four PAR NSPs, six Source Four PAR VNSPs, four Source Four PAR WFLs, and 79 Source Four ellipsoidals of varying degrees.
Control for the event was via two MA Lighting grandMA consoles, with two NSPs, provided by See Factor. Sholight, LLC provided two 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switches, a Shonet 802.11N WIFI Node (600mw), and an iPod Touch with MA Remote.
Next for Michael Stiller Design is the latest themed architectural lighting design to illuminate Verizon's newest Executive Briefing Center, a 6,000sq-ft. experiential visitors' center, currently under construction at Verizon's operations hub in Basking Ridge, NJ.