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Stuart Murphy

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Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:06:14 am »

Hey Guys,

I run a very small production company, and need to build six large light-up letters for a touring band we manage, to go at the rear of large stages they play on - ie. along the back wall behind the drummer.. They need to be about 6 feet (2 meters) high. For an example, please refer to the close up sections in this short Shania Twain in Vegas concert, to catch a look at the lighting in question (ie; the word "SHANIA"). I've asked their production company, but no reply thus far. Can any of you experts identify what kind of tech these are? They seem to be controllable via some sort of program, or perhaps just operator triggered? Are they LED's? I can't work it out.. but they look fantastic and articulate bright multibursts of colour. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here's the vid clip:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDkCe2cUHAA

Thanks,
Stu
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 08:44:32 am »

I run a very small production company,

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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 11:49:41 pm »

http://ryanmuellercreative.com

Details are on their website.  Pixel-mapped LED.

Be warned, it looks like it could be a $200,000 prop.  :-)
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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2017, 07:41:31 am »

Welcome to the forum, Stu.

There are several companies that make metal LED lighted letters (signs) for outdoor advertising. Just drive down the Vegas strip and you'll see plenty. They incorporate addressable LED strips or curtains which can make the sign behave like a video screen. The ones in the Shania video look like they might even have little round diffuser lenses in front of each LED element, to make them appear larger. IDK.

Anyway, if that is well beyond your budget, you may try searching youtube for DIY video curtain to get insight on how it is done.

Good luck.
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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2017, 10:03:02 am »

I run a very small production company, and need to build six large light-up letters...

Do they need to be pixel mapping letters?  If not, any generic LED bar/tube/tape inside a large letter with a translucent front will work.  If they do, check out some of the DIY stuff that Light-o-Rama sells.  I wouldn't say it's professional grade, but almost certainly good enough unless you want to try a complete custom build - soldering, coding, and all.  Either way, this is going to take many hours of work in your shop to pull off, unless you want to pay a professional price to have these built for you.  Good luck!
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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2017, 12:10:36 pm »

For a cheaper solution, how about using rectangles of Coroplast or similar corrugated plastic.  You could mask the outline of the letters and backlight with LED pars for color changing, or try with some cheap moving lights to get some movement.  You could also do a masked polka-dot thing in the letter area to sort of get the pixel mapped effect. 
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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2017, 03:03:20 pm »

This will be the wrong side of the world for you, but this hire company website has some big letter ideas:

http://www.thebigletterco.com.au/products-for-hire/

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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2017, 03:37:55 pm »

This will be the wrong side of the world for you, but this hire company website has some big letter ideas:

http://www.thebigletterco.com.au/products-for-hire/

That type of letter is a lot easier to build yourself versus one with pixel mapping. 
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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2017, 04:35:05 pm »

A local DJ in my area makes his own. They look pretty good in person. He connects them to his controller.
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Re: Help With Identifying This Type Of Stage Lighting?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2017, 07:49:33 am »

If you didn't make these name letters on demand, you would need quite a stock.  48 to do the top 300 first names in the US (but you wouldn't need the letter 'Q' yet!)

64 to do any of the top 5000 names...

(Clearly it is a slow night here)
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