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Awards shows are undoubtedly some of the most elaborate event productions out there. From the grand red carpet entrances to the elegant dresses and the custom-built stages, there’s nothing quite like an awards evening.
You can make any awards show a night to remember by making well-thought-out light decisions. Lighting is often overlooked or left until the last minute. But wise choices can completely alter the ambience of a room, augment the decorative features of a venue, or provide the design focus themselves.
So let On Tour Events take you through what you need to be thinking about when it comes to award show lighting for your event
+START BY DESIGNING A GRAND ENTRANCE
Award shows are almost unique in the fact that some of them are judged entirely on their entrance. Perhaps a carry-over from the glitz and glam ceremonies of Hollywood, you still need to convey the magnitude of your event by creating a breath-taking grand entrance.
While you may want to fall in line with industry best practices and roll out set pieces such as the famous red carpet or staircases leading up to the venue, you can one-up similar events by making smart choices with your lighting.
+GOBOS AND MOVING HEAD SPOTLIGHT
For the entrance, gobos are a great choice. Gobos are stencils that can be placed over most lighting fixtures such as spotlights and LED uplighters to reflect a pattern or company logo, for example.
However, where they would be particularly useful in the entrance setting is on a moving head light fixture. It gives you a chance to have your event logo moving elegantly across the entrance area, adding a real sense of class to your awards evening as your guests make their way down the red carpet.
Some classic moving head spotlights moving across the starry sky could also help to add a touch of grandeur to the event. You could even gobo these up too and project them across a nearby building (with permission of course) to really wow your guests upon arrival.
+TRANSFORM THE AWARDS VENUE WITH YOUR LIGHTING CHOICES
Whether you’re using a swanky hotel’s function room, or you’ve chosen a purpose-built events venue, you can use lighting to tweak the room to your preferred look and feel. When most awards venues are well-equipped for the set up for these types of events, they are often very neutral in nature to better cater to the wide variety of events hosted there.
Thankfully, lighting equipment can transform the mood of the room and LED uplighters might be where you want to make a start.
+‘WASH’ YOUR VENUE IN COLOUR WITH LED UPLIGHTERS
LED uplighters present an excellent option for award show organisers looking to transform the feel of a venue without breaking the bank. These floor-based lights can colour wash a room to meet the branding of your event and fill dead spaces.
Since these can be wireless devices, they are incredibly versatile when it comes to positioning. You can get inventive with colour gradients starting with stage-friendly shades for the front of the room before progressing along a spectrum to a deeper colour at the back of the room to emphasise the stage lighting.
+MOOD LIGHTING THAT CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING
Mood lighting is another popular option at the room-level. Mood lights can be programmed to transition throughout the evening or from segment to segment, helping to the set the tone set out by your presenters and award schedule.
Similarly, they are also excellent at signalling to your attendees. For instance, they can be faded up to white to mark the start of an interval break helping guests find their way to the nearest exits easier.
+STUN YOUR GUESTS WITH A STAGE LIGHTING SHOW
For an award show, your stage lighting will be one of the aspects you spend the most time on. Not only are there perhaps more options when it comes to award show lighting equipment, but their performance will have a direct influence on the focal point for the entire evening.
+START WITH SPOTLIGHTS
For any production involving a stage and presenters, a range of spotlights is a must. They follow the presenters as they move across the stage and give crucial bright light which aids camera crews in the filming process. This is critical if you intend to feed pictures to an on-stage LED screen.
+PAR CANS FOR ILLUMINATING LIGHT SHOWS
Away from the presenters, you need to create engaging light show segments for critical aspects of the evening, such as announcing a new award category or running through the nominees. This will likely be carefully coordinated with your sound team for a coherent finish.
Par cans are an excellent fit for this purpose, with plenty of functionality across the board, such as fade in/fade out and strobing. They also come in a massive range of colours, making attractive lighting segments a cinch.
+DON’T FORGET TO ACCOUNT FOR YOUR TRUSS AND RIGGING REQUIREMENTS
When organising the lighting for the stage specifically, you’ll need to rig the lights to a truss. This is usually a steel or aluminium structure from which the lights are attached and suspended. The size and space of your specific venue will have a significant influence over what’s possible in terms of your truss structure (and therefore, your stage lighting), so make this a priority when assessing your venue.
Also, make sure to check what the allowances are regarding affixing lighting and associated fixtures to walls and ceilings to avoid any struggles later down the road.
+CHOOSE ON TOUR EVENTS FOR YOUR AWARD SHOW LIGHTING NEEDS
Getting your lighting choices right can make all of the difference for your awards evening. It can be the difference between making all the industry headlines or being quickly consigned to the history books.
No matter the size of your budget or venue, it’s always best to start with your entrance ideas and then work your way back towards the stage. You can then enlist the help of an award show lighting hire company such as On Tour Events to come up with suggestions for lighting arrangements that deliver maximum impact within your budget and venue constraints.
As London-based lighting hire experts, we carefully advise our clients before taking care of all aspects of award show lighting. We can help with positioning, light show design, and truss requirements as well as offering on-site setup and operation by our expert technicians.
Regardless of the size and scale of your awards show, don’t hesitate to speak to us. We pride ourselves on taking award show ideas from mere concepts to nights that those involved will never forget.