Vari-Lite VLZ PROFILE fixtures are enhancing the on-camera appearance of South Africa’s popular televised talent contest, Idols.
Delivering crisp backlight beams and a high quality keylight, the LED-based VLZ fixtures also play a leading role in achieving even more finely color-balanced television pictures for the hugely popular show, now in its 13th season.
“I became very excited by the VLZ as a powerful LED profile that I could use as keylight,” explains lighting designer Joshua Cutts, one of South Africa’s leading practitioners in lighting for television entertainment shows. “I was amazed at its brightness and the color of the white LED on a person’s skin. It was great to see an LED profile competing perfectly with the existing large profiles on the market. The VLZs have great optics, so my iconic backlight is very sharp and crisp, which is a great bonus. My keylight and backlight are not even a concern anymore.”
Cutts and with director/executive producer Gavin Wratten specifically wanted to build on the show’s highly successful 12th season by further enhancing the set and lighting design. And Cutts is certainly happy with the outcome. “What I see with my eyes in the venue is now what I see through the camera on screen,” he explains excitedly. “All the colors are richer and fresh.”