Back

Looking good

grandMA2 meets Miss America

The Miss America pageant returned to its Atlantic City origins this year and lighting designer Allen Branton was charged with lighting the cavernous Boardwalk Hall and making sure 53 beautiful women looked their best whenever the TV camera turned their way. He was aided by grandMA2 lighting consoles from Atomic Lighting in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
 
Branton marked his sixth consecutive year lighting the pageant, which was televised on ABC-TV. After spending a number of years in Las Vegas the show moved back to Atlantic City where “the venue, audience and scenery doubled in size,” he reports. “Given the size of the hall and way the show was set in the room, every single element of production had to be rigged from overhead – and there’s no permanent rigging infrastructure. So there were 240 individual rigging points for lighting, sound, video, scenery, cable management, cameras. Atomic provided and managed all that, which we hadn’t needed in Vegas; their attention to detail is second to none.”
 
Programmers Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson and Laura Frank utilised 1 x grandMA2 full-size, 2 x grandMA2 light and 2 x grandMA2 fader wing. Peralta was responsible for programming the scenic and effects lighting for the show, Lawson the key contestant and audience lighting, and Frank the media. “We carved up the show into three different aspects of lighting design, but all the consoles were networked so the programmers could work independently or collaboratively,” Branton explains.
 
Kevin Lawson praises grandMA2’s “fantastic multi-user capacity,” something he and Peralta took advantage of, and the system’s expandability. “We can keep adding universes and not hit a ceiling,” he says. “And grandMA2 doesn’t slow down based on the number of fixtures and parameters you use.”
 
Branton says his projects “never use anything but grandMA2 consoles anymore. Its architecture is user friendly, and there’s so much data to be managed these days.”
 
Branton notes that while “the faces of the 53 women competing” change over time, the Miss America pageant is remarkably consistent in its format and goal. “People tune in expecting to see these women in (quite literally) their best light; we never know which ones will be in close up. So we have to make their close-up photography really consistent woman to woman, act to act, show to show, year to year,” he says.
 
A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in the USA and Canada.

Used Equipment:

<link http: www.malighting.com en goto>1 x grandMA2 full-size
<link http: www.malighting.com en goto>2 x grandMA2 light
<link http: www.malighting.com en goto>2 x grandMA2 fader wing

Further news

grandMA3 for Singapore National Day Parade

“It’s a great product!”

Singapore-based lighting designer Javier Tan lit the island state’s annual National Day Parade (NDP) for the seventh time, this time choosing to work with a full grandMA3 solution for the event’s…

Read more

grandMA3 used for Hillsong Event

“Many very practical advances in the software”

Jarrad Donovan from Juxta Design chose a full grandMA3 lighting control system for Hillsong Church’s recent “Simply Christmas” special production which was staged at The Hillsong Convention Centre in…

Read more

“It feels great to operate”

Dolly Dots Celebrate 40 with grandMA3

Legendary Dutch girl band Dolly Dots hit the road again this autumn, celebrating 40 years since they first burst onto the euro-pop scene and dominated the charts for the best part of a decade with a…

Read more

A Great Journey for grandMA3

“It was fantastic to see grandMA3 help unlock so many creative possibilities”

A grandMA3 control system was chosen to run a spectacular show with over 4,000 lighting fixtures – 3,000 of which were moving lights – and approximately 90,000 parameters at the National Stadium in…

Read more

“Your skills and experiences can grow with it”

Download Festival rocks with grandMA3

A full grandMA3 system was specified for Main Stage house lighting control system at the UK’s “Download the Pilot” event, a special three-day 10,000 capacity festival at Donington Park, action packed…

Read more