In April, Pride in London, organiser of the UK’s largest Pride celebration, appointed Innovision as production partner for the 2018 event. The live event production specialist was selected by the not-for-profit organisation as a production partner and was chosen by Pride in London to move the event forward – it was a task that would require skill, precision and planning; three things that filtered through to the contractors that had been chosen to supply considerable amounts of infrastructure in what were at times, restricted sites and short load in windows.
Innovision, which has experience of large-scale events such as the London 2012 Athletes Parade, turned to PRG for its specific requirements. Lucy Gibson, technical production manager, at Innovision liaised with Cameron Bannister, senior account manager at PRG and PRG’s project manager, Thomas Walsh, who was supported by Stephen Price on lighting and rigging and Leroy Murray on video. Together, they specified a number of lighting, rigging and video packages that would meet the demands of the event.
On July 7, PRG delivered a range of kit to several events and stages that comprised Pride. The full-service technical specialist provided lighting to the Cabaret Stage in Dean Street and to the Women's Stage in Leicester Square. In addition, PRG supplied a full rigging and lighting package to the event’s main stage, situated in Trafalgar Square, as well as camera package to record the event, which was displayed on two 25 square metre IMAG screens. Furthermore, Innovision called on PRG to supply content relay to the sponsorship and accessibility areas in Trafalgar Square and for disabled audience members, the team was also tasked with facilitating the provision of subtitles for all recorded and live content, as well as to provide magnification and relay of the British Sign Language (BSL) signer.
Cameron Bannister, senior account manager at PRG and PRG’s project manager, Thomas Walsh
“The IMAG screens were our ROE 7.5mm Exterior LED screen suspended from an eight metre Smart Mast 3 ground support system,” commented Cameron Bannister, senior account manager at PRG, as he explained more about the project. “The rigging system allowed us to get the extra screen trim height to give an improved viewing experience for audience members with restricted views due to the obstacles in Trafalgar Square. The system allows for quick assessment and calculation of solutions without the necessity to engage external structural engineers to access a custom trussing structure and the ROE 7.5mm LED screens allow for a quick to install touring frame system to enable increased efficiencies on labour and time with their installation. “We also specified a Barco E2 presentation switching system, which provided a seamless and flexible method to integrate a six camera recording system, PlaybackPro and PowerPoint client content sources and accessibility sources from our BSL signer and live subtitling. This enabled us to modify multiple destinations requirements live, providing clean feeds to records and accessible feeds to relay screens and IMAG's simultaneously.” He continued: “For the stages, the main requirement was for a lighting rig to provide daylight effect, as much of the event was in bright sunlight. For the main stage, the B-Eye K10's provided dynamic eye candy across the front of the stage, with the Miltec Battens and Sunstrips giving depth and shape to the stage arch. The GLP X4S provided a flexible wash and beam cover to the stage without impeding on the rest of the rig due to their small form factor. Lastly, the Solaris Flares gave us the punch for lifting the rig for those build moments.”
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With such a large range of kit and a number of sites to work on, it was essential that PRG pre-planned the project meticulously. Tight sites and short load ins were the order of the day. Bannister continued: “For Trafalgar Square, we had a 12-hour staggered shift the day before the event to load in. The site was very busy and small and managing truck loading was complex with the limited space, particularly as we were working alongside other subcontractors. Yet, providing multiple services enabled us to keep truck requirements more efficient for the client and ease the pressure on site. “For Dean Street and Leicester Square, the load in was just four hours. The lighting systems and labour schedule and prep were designed with speed in mind to ensure the stage would be ready as soon as possible to maximise acts rehearsal times. “It’s these elements that stand out,” Bannister added. “Space and time provide massive constraints for how we are able to work the site. Our labour and delivery schedule had to be managed very carefully to ensure provision of services was as things were ready, yet flexible to the changing environment and customer requests. All of the crew across the site worked tirelessly and positively despite some logistical issues and exceptional working temperatures. “There was certainly a fantastic energy in the team,” he concluded. “It was great to be a part of such a positive event. All of the people – client side and supplier side – had masses of enthusiasm that resonated though every aspect of the delivery. It’s always an absolute joy to work with the team and Innovision on fantastic events, such as Pride, and I look forward to the next project.”
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