Lighting and visuals renting company HSL has supplied 30 Clay Paky Sharpies and 30 Jarag lighting fixtures for the new BBC quiz show series The Link.
The first 25 episodes of the show were recorded at BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow and produced by STV Productions. The show format sees three teams race against time to find ‘The Link’ between questions, in the process their strategy and teamwork is rewarded.
“I wanted to introduce a touch of quirkiness and an off-beat feel with the lighting and I was pleased with what we achieved,” said the show’s lighting designer Tom Kinane. “As always, it was great working with HSL – the kit and the service were up to all the standards one expects”.
The Jarags were rigged in the studio roof and on the floor around the set and provided back-filler for camera shots. They were chosen with the aim of providing a super-bright tungsten source that would contrast with the LEDs. The Sharpies were used for providing ceiling focuses, and with the addition of gobos and prisms, Kinane could vary the Sharpie looks and develop specific lighting scenes for certain parts of the show.
HSL’s project manager Sean McGlone said, “We have worked with Tom on many projects and it’s always a pleasure. His lighting brings a freshness and a new visual dimension to any environment in addition to all the standard requirements, so there is always something different to look out for.”