Impressions at Star Wars
When Star Wars in Concert transfers to the O2 Arena Dublin on March 7 for the start of the European leg, the visual reinforcement for this multi-media extravaganza will lean heavily on GLP Impressions, designed into the plot by Director/Designer, Steven Cohen, and Associate Production Designer / Lighting Director, Seth Jackson.
The unique concert, featuring John Williams’ music from all six of the Star Wars movies, is narrated throughout by the actor who played C-3PO, Anthony Daniels, and features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage taken from the films, and displayed on a high-definition big screen.
Steven Cohen says there were a couple of compelling reasons for selecting the ten Impression LED heads as a key element. “It is a stunning fixture close up, and as a part of the set, it has all the qualities of a set piece as well as a functioning lighting instrument.”
He also used this source as the primary back light for the orchestra. “We were able to get plenty of spread and yet there is a beam quality that carves the light out from the extremely overpowering LED screen. It is quick, and as a set piece in chrome it is a stunning fixture that brings the technology alive when the performance moves into darkness.
“It’s nice to have a lighting fixture pull double duty like that.”
The Impressions received further endorsement from Seth Jackson: “These fixtures play a critical role in the visual of Star Wars in Concert. Despite being surrounded by lights of far greater size and power, they cut through with brilliant colour and intensity.”
This is because the fixture uses 90 high brightness Luxeon K2 LEDs (30 LEDs per colour), pans 660° in as little as two seconds and tilts up to 300° in one second. The optical system features a standard 10° beam angle, with an optional 25° lens assembly for a wider spread, yet it maintains even colour mixing. Impression is extremely compact and light (weighing just 16lbs) — and one reason for this is that while still having an onboard power supply it also has a uniquely tiny base.
Star Wars in Concert is produced by Another Planet Touring in conjunction with Lucasfilm and John Williams himself. The original two performances were staged at the O2 Arena in London in April of 2009 — and the tour will return there for a matinee and an evening show on both Easter Saturday (April 3) and Easter Sunday (April 4).