Lighting when filming
If you are working with a film or video company to record the day’s proceedings, it is worthwhile ensuring that your lighting people liaise with them over their lighting requirements for filming.
They will want to ensure that they film a good record of the event and that there are no dark spots when watching the recording back. This may mean some adjustments to your original plan to ensure that their requirements are also met.
All your event lighting can be pre-programmed if you use an intelligent lighting system to adjust your lighting accordingly. This offers the ability to change the lighting throughout the event effortlessly, enabling the day to flow seamlessly.
You can use your lighting plan to signpost attendees through speaker times, awards, comfort breaks and any other key sections that need highlighting.
Intelligent lighting also offers you the ability to change lighting states, colours and intensities for areas that need attention such as the showing of a VT during a conference.
Sound and light
If you are planning an experiential event and want to step it up a little, it is relatively straightforward to link your sound and light systems together so they can “talk” to each other.
For example a simple hashtag tweeted by someone at an event, could be picked up, processed and outputted in the form of a siren or you can use a sound alert as a video starts playing.
You could also use music linked to your lighting as you change a lighting state from white to green. The flexibility of enabling these systems to talk to each other can result in an engaging and futuristic twist to any event.
For a really futuristic feel, and to take your event to the next level, an exciting concept being seen more and more at experiential events, is projection mapping.
The ability to take a plain 3D object and project onto its surface with live animation and moving graphics bringing the object to life can really add a wow factor to a presentation or launch.
Projection mapping is extremely popular on objects such as vehicles where you may be launching a new electric powered car or something similar. The real key to projection mapping is the design.
Spending time planning and designing the map will really deliver incredible results. Remember that to make the best use of projection mapping, you need to get the rest of your lighting right first.
Good event lighting can be set up around any size of budget – think about what you want to do first , talk to your venue and take advice from an events planner or lighting designer.
Above all, share your ideas with an expert and you will find that even the simplest lighting schemes can impress your guests if they are done well.