wysiwyg helps new TV show achieve great ratings

wysiwyg helps new TV show achieve great ratings

CAST Software’s wysiwyg lighting design and previsualisation software has been instrumental in bringing one of the world’s most popular TV shows to Israel.

Having first aired in Japan in 1997, Ninja Warrior has rapidly become a must-watch TV show around the globe. The format requires contestants to use a combination of strength, stamina, skill and guile to attempt to complete an extensive obstacle course. The most recent country to join the franchise is Israel, with the Ninja Israelshow debuting in July this year.

The set for Ninja Israel is the ancient port of Haifa. An atmospheric location, it is transformed for the show by an extensive lighting installation that features over 4.5 tons of trusses together with no fewer than 800 fixtures controlled by a Compulite Vector Blue (http://www.compulite.com/products/consoles/vector-family/vector-blue) console and 350 conventional fixtures controlled by a Compulite Vector Ultra Violet (http://www.compulite.com/products/consoles/vector-family/vector-ultra-violet) console using 21 DMX universes and Compulite e-Port 41 (http://www.compulite.com/products/ethernet/eport-41) converters were used. An Ethernet network provided the required connectivity.

Entrusted with the lighting design were world-renowned LDs Ofer Jacobi and Avi-Yona Bueno (aka Bambi). According to Jacobi, designing the lighting for Ninja Israel was challenging because of the enormous location. The set lighting for the obstacle course needed to be combined with, and balanced against, the existing industrial lighting for the port complex as well as the television lighting.

Jacobi and Bueno turned to freelance lighting programmer/operator Ronen Ben-Harosh – an acknowledged master of Vector programming, with numerous theatre, opera, dance and TV events among his credits - for the production, not least for his expertise in 3D simulation programming using CAST Software’s wysiwyg.He also works for Danor Theatre & Studio Systems, Compulite's official distributor in Israel. Ben Harosh noted the difficulties involved with the incredible size – 150 metres x 60 metres – of the set, and the significant challenges involved in the mix of fixture types.

"When Ofer Jacobi told me that we would be doing this project together, we knew that a 3D simulation would help us choose the lighting set and show Keshet TV's managers how it would eventually look in real life. The maps I took out from wysiwyg helped me and the crew to set the lights very easily,” said Ben-Harosh.

“With a lighting set this huge and this complex, and working to very tight timescales, there is absolutely no room for error,” said Dino Mazza, Product Manager for wysiwygat CAST Software.

“It has to be right first time – which means that the entire installation needs to be previsualised before a single fixture is hung. That’s where wysiwygcomes into its own: what you see on the screen in front of you is exactly how the lighting will look in reality. Beyond this, as Ronen points out, it allows producers to see what the finished article will look like beforehand. For a show of this size, a tool like wysiwygis an absolute pre-requisite.”

The premiere of Ninja Israelwas a substantial success for Channel 12 (Keshet TV), with an excited live audience joined by a multitude of TV viewers to give the show great ratings.

Compulite Equipment list:

2 x Compulite e-Port 41 converters

2x Luminex 8 Port

23x Robe Robin BMFL Blade

17x Robe Robin BMFL WashBeam

50x Robe Robin MegaPointe

28x Robe Robin Spiider

12x Robe Robin 1200 Led Wash

8x Robe Robin MMX

16x Robe Robin Pointe

116x Eco Stage Beam 200 5R

60x Eco Stage V-715 Moving Beam Led 100 RGBW

12x Led Zoom 300

24x Eco Stage Stormi 3000 CCLED

24x Eco Stage RGBW BarLed

24x Eco Stage Top Bar 18 RGBW

21x Eco Stage Sunstrip Active (10x75w Halogen)

400x ParLed and RGBW for all The Trusses.

Conventional types included:

60x Led Profile Spot 120

36x Soft Led Panel

250x Par 64 MFL

Video courtesy Compulite: https://www.facebook.com/ninja.israel.kehset/videos/412297265962358/

Video, images and renders: © Ronen Ben-Harosh.