“VuePix Q series panels offer extra features that make the setup and installation much easier and quicker”
Guy Sebastian is on his biggest tour to date, traveling Australia with nearly 50 shows of his ‘Get Along’ tour, the latest stage in his impressive career, which has been nothing less than supersonic since winning the first Australian Idol back in 2003.
The tour’s lighting and visuals design has been created by Bruce Ramus, who has worked with Sebastian for about two years. He was given an open brief to come up with a flexible and dynamic scheme to help make the show rock. Ramus had used VuePix screens on the last two of Sebastian’s tours and decided to specify these again.
Simon ‘Junior’ Johnson has been again appointed as a Lighting Director / Operator on the road. The lighting and video equipment is being provided by Melbourne based POWA Productions.
Central to the visuals are the eighty-four VuePix M10 mesh LED screens, running content via an ArKaos media server. All images are custom made by Bruce including hand drawn animation, photo montages made into videos, folded paper montages and animations using particle generation as well as more traditional video.
“It’s a wide range of imagery from figurative to narrative and it’s as diverse as Guy’s music,” remarked Bruce. “There are nine video pieces in the show whilst the rest is lighting and some set pieces we designed for the acoustic section.”
Junior has been working with VuePix on previous Guy Sebastian tours. He comments on the visual flexibility when using VuePix Screens. “…VuePix Mesh screens give you endless possibilities for creating lighting designs.”
The main challenge has been dealing with the different sizes and eclectic nature of the venues, which have varied greatly. They are playing all the capital cities and numerous regional centers over the tour¹s 14 week duration, for which the design has proved itself to be flexible and adaptable, able to scale up or down to suit the space.
Total Event Services – the major Australian production company based in Darwin, has recently invested in new release LED Video Technology. The latest and greatest visual delight to take up residence in Australia’s Top End is a Vuepix E Series LED mesh Display system. With approx. 60 panels of VuePix E series in their Hire and event inventory the Vuepix buzz has reached The Northern Territory.
With over 30 years of history and servicing the events and theming industry across the Northern Territory, from Darwin to the most distant areas of inland Australia, TES pays special attention when it comes to bringing the new equipment into their inventory.
Working on both indoor and outdoor events in these parts of Australia, you need to consider the weather conditions of extreme humidity, heat and torrential rain as well as challenging transport, so durability and reliability are high on the list of your expectations when it comes to deciding which brand and technology is the best for your business.
Colin West, managing director of Total Event Services, comments: “When purchasing large volumes of capital equipment such as VuePix LED screens you need more than just a price. You need reliable, consistency of the product, service, back-up, a supplier who cares and most of all to be there for tomorrow … ULA 10 out of 10, you can’t get much better!”
John Buchanan from ULA Group was there to hand over the screen and provide the staff training on the Video Screen. He comments: “I was able to have the Total Event guys setting up and operating the screen very fast. They were impressed with how the system fits together and the small amount of time it takes to build a big LED wall. The screen system also allows the designs to be non-standard so the staff are given greater flexibility with stage design and screen positioning in sets.”
The VuePix E Series screens are designed with easy assembly and servicing features – all parts of the system can be installed and serviced with no tools required. Equipped with a specially designed angling system (with five angle options), E series panels enable users to build horizontal or vertical curved displays, in either a convex or concave direction. Outputting a high brightness level with excellent colour uniformity, E Series panels deliver brilliant visual performance for both indoor and outdoor applications.
The VuePix screen has already proven to be the right choice for the number of events the company has been working on – from small productions for local communities, corporate hotel group events to international conferences and exhibitions.