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Sharpys Welcome VIPs to ‘Skyfall’ Gala

PLSN Staff • International News • January 31, 2013

LONDON – LD Nick Gray used Clay Paky Sharpys to welcome VIPs for the James Bond film release of ‘Skyfall.’ Gray’s concept was to use lighting to create an environment of “mystery, action and intrigue” to mirror the Bond film. The gala was held at London’s Tate Modern museum.

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LONDON – A squad of Clay Paky Sharpys proved the must-have gadgets for lighting designer Nick Gray at the latest Bond film premiere party at London’s Tate Modern.

Gray, of London-based lighting creator Renegade, specified 24 Sharpys to create a high impact welcome for 1600 A-list guests at the Turbine Hall party to celebrate the release of Sam Mendes’s James Bond film Skyfall.

The Sharpys were positioned pointing directly toward to entrance, shooting piercing shafts of light down The Bridge at arriving guests.

“I’ve been a long term user of Clay Paky luminaires for these sort of shows as well as for all my Kasabian concerts,” says Gray. “The Sharpys have taken lighting to another level with their vivid, dynamic beam which stays so continuous at long distances and gives such a great effect.”

Gray specified a further 14 Sharpys to liven up the far end of the Turbine Hall, which worked alongside 14 Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1500s. To dazzle the exterior of the main building, Gray rigged six Alpha Beam 1500s, which generate a parallel beam for long-throw projections. Alpha Beam 1500 can also become as a spotlight for long distance focused projections and also perform as a narrow-angle washlight.

“The Turbine Hall was an amazing environment to work in and already highly atmospheric, so the real challenge was to add requisite 007 qualities like mystery, action and intrigue to the setting, and to further wow those who had already been blown away by experiencing the movie premiere,” adds Gray.

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Penelope Cruz and Dame Judi Dench were just a handful of the stars living it up at the party on London’s South Bank.

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