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IPS Guard the Galaxy with the Mythos 2
Lighting Designer
James Barnfather
Impact Production Services (IPS)
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April saw the premiere of the next instalment of The Guardians of the Galaxy, held at the Eventim Apollo at Hammersmith. The global success of the first film from the Marvel franchise guaranteed the sequel and film premieres of this magnitude require more than just a red carpet to announce their arrival.

Impact Production Services (IPS) are well known exponents at delivering the goods at this sort of event.  In addition to lighting the press areas and a media wall, IPS supplied the lighting inside the theatre where the main event took place.  This was a mainly Clay Paky affair, designed by James Barnfather from the end client, Limited Edition Event Design and featuring Sharpys, Sharpy Washes and the newly upgraded Mythos2 fixtures. 

Programmer and operator for the show was Luke Edwards who explains the choices, “Sharpy Washes have always been a favourite of mine so I was keen to try out the upgraded Mythos 2 fixtures.  The new light source is great and the dimming at the low end is much improved. It’s a good reflection of the ethos of a company when it’s happy to acknowledge issues with a light and produce a workable solution for their customers.  For close camera work I would still use Sharpys for their – well, sharpness – but as a hybrid, it is difficult to beat.”

‘As for the new lamp and the reliability factor,” continues Edwards, “That’s been a massive improvement.  Crew chief Anna Mac and dimmer tech, Dan Everett were more than happy we didn’t have to swap a single fixture which pretty much says it all. The lighting competed with sixty-four lasers for impact and the rig definitely didn’t disappoint.  The hybrid nature of the Mythos really comes into its own in situations like this. Combining their massive beam with the Sharpy Washes gives you so much to work with.  Here, at Hammersmith, I had ample audience lighting as well as having the hybrid functionalities of the Mythos to work with on the stage.”

Anna Mac from LE worked on all the pre-production for this premiere, and helped with all the technical aspects of the production. She says, “I am really impressed with the Mythos2 – and the recent upgrade has really delivered – all the reasons we were excited about this as a true hybrid fixture in the first place and now everything is working seamlessly. The Mythos2 paired with Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures made for a versatile rig, which we could then use to create some really big looks.” 

While all the new Mythos2 are fitted with the new dimming solution and the New Heart lamp from Osram, exclusive distributors Ambersphere Solutions offer these modifications as an inexpensive upgrade kit.  Matt Cowles of Ambersphere sales comments, “The Mythos2 offers unrivalled flexibility and with the new reliable lamp and improved dimming it goes from strength to strength.  It’s great to see Impact continue their investment in Mythos by using the upgrade kit on their stock.  With the with the new lamp and better dimming we are confident people will fall in love with this hugely popular fixture all over again.”