Thirty-six Robe Pointe moving lights have been used in the seventh season of TV series Finnish Idols, as part of the set design created by lighting and visuals designer Mikki Kunttu. The programme is produced by FreemantleMedia Entertainment Finland and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
A key requirement of lighting the show is to be as adaptable as possible to accommodate the variety of musical styles and genres performed. This was the first time Kunttu has used Robe’s new Pointes in his work, and he commented: “Robe products are one of my regular workhorses and I use them across the full spectrum of shows that I design – theatre, rock ‘n’ roll and television, special events, etc.”
The 36 Pointes are supplied to the show by Akuntehdas and are distributed between three pods in the ceiling, with some positioned on the floor. The Idols 2013 lighting set up comprises two rear trusses for back-lighting positions, three upstage pods, two side pods which are slightly larger and rigged with different fixtures to the rear ones for contrast and a front truss.
“They have real punch and I love the zoom and the colour system,” Kunttu stated, adding that he intends to use them as often as he can in his upcoming work.
Lighting for the TV series is being operated by Pekka Martti using a grandMA2 light console, which is also running the video. The series is directed by Niko Nykänen.