BIAFF setup timelapse

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BIAFF setup timelapse

Post by John Roberts » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:46 pm

Hi to everyone :D

When setting up the lights on Friday in readiness for the festival weekend at Harrogate, I managed to find a corner spot to point the camera from and recorded a bit of a timelapse sequence. I shot it initially just for my own entertainment but I thought others might like to see the copious amounts of head scratching, finger pointing and general wandering around that NERIAC people get up to when they don't realise they are being filmed! :wink:

Actually, everyone worked extremely hard to set up their respective cinemas, often for many hours without a break and flitting from cinema to cinema to respond to issues or requests for advice from other teams, whilst unaware festival-goers enjoyed the delights of Castle Howard.

Here is the lighting set up, the sound system being installed and the exhibition screen being erected for the award winner's shows.

4 hours compacted to 4 minutes :D

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Post by Brian Saberton » Sun May 01, 2016 2:53 pm

All the hard work was worth it John. The presentation was excellent.
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Post by TimStannard » Sun May 01, 2016 11:52 pm

What was with the lighting then? how was it used. The only BIAFFs I've been to have been very straightforward in presentation: Announce a film, show it and if present, the winner presented with his/her award.
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Post by John Roberts » Mon May 02, 2016 12:17 am

Don't worry Tim, you didn't miss any late-night disco dancing! :lol:

The lighting rig was part of the LED rig I have for the band, expanded to include high powered tungsten lights via dimmer packs. Basically the only other option would have been for someone to hide in a cupboard at the side of the ballroom and flick 12 light switches to illuminate the chandeliers and wall lights in between the films, but Derek Mathieson and I managed to come up with a better solution.

The ballroom was illuminated by reflecting 3200W of tungsten light off the ceiling, and various tungsten and colour-balanced LED lights were used to illuminate the host and presentation area in between the films. All completely automated - I had simply programmed the controller to slowly illuminate or dim the scene at the press of a button. During the intervals I programmed several slow crossfades of colours across the different lights, just to add a bit of 'something.' Most people commented on the lights used for the trophies; the 'Diamonds' and glass awards sparkled with back lighting.

I'm sure I have some photos somewhere, if I can find them I'll post them on here, somehow :D

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Post by John Roberts » Mon May 02, 2016 1:29 am

Sorry for the grotty photos, Tim - I just found these on my phone :roll:

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Post by TimStannard » Tue May 03, 2016 4:36 pm

John Roberts wrote:Don't worry Tim, you didn't miss any late-night disco dancing! :lol:
It is fortunate that I wasn't there. I have been known after a bottle or so of vin rouge (or a pint and a half of shandy) to attempt to dance, whether or not the Village People are being piped into the room. Strange that i have no problem at all as a muso with even complex time signatures but as a dancer have three left feet.
However ...

Between my post and your's Jan's write up appeared. Bizarrely this is the first mention of the "presentation". I might have expected other attendees to have commented on it. It's a shame they haven't - but maybe they were all so gobsmacked they didn't know what to say!

It looks great John. Adds a bit of pizazz. It's our annual trophy night, we should be screaming it from the rooftops if we want to get others interested and this sort of presentation is a great start. I'm now doubly disappointed I couldn't get there.

Well done, John, for raising the bar of presentation.

And well done Jan for the comments at the end of your article. Unfortunately I've no idea where I read it and cannot find it again so cannot direct anyone to it :(
[Ed: There is a link on the front page of the website but because I am kind - and married to Jan - here is the direct link:
http://www.theiac.org.uk/eventsnew/biaf ... event.html]
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Post by John Roberts » Tue May 03, 2016 5:13 pm

It was a shame you couldn't make it Tim, I'd have loved to have witnessed the dancing, whether it be to Village People or not! :lol: However in this age of social networking you might very well have logged into FB to find a highly embarrassing video tagged to yourself and all your friends of friends...! :shock:

I will be putting together a formal offer for the next and all subsequent BIAFF's, wherever they might be and however they are presented, to use my lighting rig for the awards show etc, should they so desire. I have every intention of attending all BIAFF's and the rig fits into the back of the Aygo (astonishing, but true) so I might as well bring it with me and use it. Obviously there's a lot of organising and discussion that needs to be done before each event but the offer is there should anyone want it :D

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Post by Brian Saberton » Tue May 03, 2016 6:11 pm

Err, I mentioned John's lighting, along with Michael Gough's presentation and Billy Ellwood's projection in my post on 27th April. I wish I'd said more about it but I think the photos on this thread show more eloquently than words just how good it all looked on the day.
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Post by Michael Slowe » Tue May 03, 2016 9:38 pm

Sorry to have to mention one slight negative point but it was mentioned within my hearing that the audio loud speakers were situated too far away from each side of the projection screen. A few people were having trouble in hearing clearly and they thought that the speakers could have been better situated. I'm not sure if this would have helped the hard of hearing but it does seem sensible to get the speakers into a more central position if possible, and, in this case, there was space for this.

Otherwise it was all first class and everything went as well, if not better, than other BIAFFs that I remember.

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Post by John Roberts » Tue May 03, 2016 10:24 pm

An interesting point, Michael! Curiously a few people mentioned to me that it was nice to be able to hear some stereo separation and 'space' in the ambience of the sound tracks for a change!

Maybe a few people on the outer extremes of the front couple of rows of seating might have experienced a wider audio field than ideal, but I'm sure the majority of viewers would've enjoyed decent audio. It sounded great during the set-up on the Friday, and the sound engineer positioned the speakers so that their focal point was towards the centre of the seating area. With a two-speaker set-up it's very hard to get an ideal for everyone :)

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Post by TimStannard » Wed May 04, 2016 11:42 am

Brian Saberton wrote:Err, I mentioned John's lighting, along with Michael Gough's presentation and Billy Ellwood's projection in my post on 27th April.
So you did, Brian! My humble apologies. :shock: :shock:

(Notes to self:
1. Read complete paragraphs, not just the first sentence of each
2. Don't put important stuff at the bottom of paragraphs or idiots like me might not take it in!)
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Post by TimStannard » Wed May 04, 2016 11:44 am

John Roberts wrote: I will be putting together a formal offer for the next and all subsequent BIAFF's, ...
Very generous of you John and I hope the IAC take you up on it. At least until such a time as we are hiring lasers and ice rink and helicopters
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Post by John Roberts » Wed May 04, 2016 11:54 am

TimStannard wrote: At least until such a time as we are hiring lasers and ice rink and helicopters
Lasers - no problem! I can bring along the 40W(!) industrial laser we used for the Acid Rain video. A bit hot on the back of the neck, though :lol:

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Post by Brian Saberton » Wed May 04, 2016 12:32 pm

From where I was sitting, just about halfway back, the sound was first class and, I thought, well balanced between the speakers with excellent setting of bass/treble so that music was punchy but not muffled and dialogue/voice over was crystal clear. Made me wish I'd had a film being shown that day!
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Post by Ken Wilson » Wed May 04, 2016 1:25 pm

A first class write up on BIAFF from Jan. Thanks for the link to find it.

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