Gold was everywhere at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony last month in Hollywood: Gold glitzed from the red carpet, gold Oscars were handed out to lucky winners and gold Sharpy lighting fixtures from Clay Paky helped illuminate the telecast for millions of viewers around the world.
Lighting designer Bob Dickinson specified 12 Clay Paky Sharpys to add pop to the show. The powerful yet compact lights were supplied in a newly available gold housing, which blended seamlessly with the décor and set design of the auditorium. Dickinson is known as the go-to lighting designer for major international events, including previous Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Awards shows, the opening and closing ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and events at Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
Sharpy is a 189W moving head with a brightness usually achievable with far greater wattages, producing a parallel, laser-like beam with an output of 5,100 footcandles at 65 feet. It features 14 colors and 17 gobos, allowing users to change the shape of the beam and create an array of mid-air effects.
The complement of gold Sharpys for the ceremony was supplied by VER. A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.
Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re thrilled to see our new gold Sharpys at such high profile event. They really helped make the awards ceremony shine.”