Storm were delighted to be asked to design, supply & install a comprehensive new lighting system for the Knight’s Kingdom Castle at Legoland, Windsor. The team at Legoland wanted to ensure that the Castle was given the wow factor it deserve’s. As one of the most impressive structures within the park. It was essential that the fixtures selected for the installation would blend well with the architecture of the castle.
It was also key that the fixtures would withstand the elements and require minimal maintenance throughout the year. Storm provided a system that was capable of being truly dynamic. A system that could be used for any occasion throughout the year from Easter, Halloween to Christmas.
Storm made sure that the newly installed lighting was ready for Legoland’s Halloween special event, Brick or Treat in October. Brick or Treat was the first time guests were able to explore the Knights Kingdom with its brand new look. The control system allows for the lighting to be fully automated. Running sequences at set times or other trigger events. Another benefit of the control system is the system can also be updated remotely giving full flexibility to the team at Legoland.
The upgraded lighting system gives a whole new dynamic to the Knights Kingdom Castle. It offers the opportunity to do more exciting events throughout the year within the Castle grounds.
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Storm supplies lighting and rigging equipment for a festive production series filmed in the heart of the West End at the Actors Church, Covent Garden.
The festive production is available to stream throughout the Christmas period on stream.theatre until the 1st January 2021. Featuring spectacular performances from West End stars including the entire cast of A Christmas Carol – The Musical.
Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter enlisted the support of Storm to provide lighting and rigging equipment for the production. “Storm were my first choice for equipment to use on this production. Knowing Storm hold a range of equipment for Film, TV & Broadcast. Straightaway I knew they were the perfect company to have onboard with this project. In addition, key to this production was Storm’s stock of ARRI SkyPanel’s. The SkyPanels are an undeniably powerful and make lighting for camera stress free.” says Andrew.
Utilising equipment from our Film, TV & Broadcast catalogue we ensured Andrew had the best tools for the job. Ensuring he was able to produce a high quality production. “After what has been a devastating year for the Entertainment Industry. It was great to be able to help create some much needed festive spirit. Especially a production that can be enjoyed by people all round the world over the holiday season. Not only that, but the production is helping to raise money for both Shelter & Crisis charities. Both charities are do so much each year. In particular this year under even more challenging conditions this year due to the pandemic.” says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.
Denise Welch will host a starry list of performers coming together for a filmed concert. We Need A Little Christmas, in support of Shelter and Crisis at Christmas. The concert will be filmed live at the Actors’ Church (St Paul’s Church) in London’s Covent Garden. With performances from Dame Maureen Lipman, Charlie Kristensen, Christine Allado, David Bedella, Kevin Clifton, Brenda Edwards, Sheila Ferguson, Amy Hart, Dom Hartley-Harris, Sophie Isaacs, Cassidy Janson, Lydia Lucy, Lee Mead, Peter Polycarpou, Jodie Prenger, Sharon Rose, Sally Ann Triplett and The Vivienne. Along with Brian Conley, Matt Jay-Willis, Lucie Jones, Jacqueline Jossa. Plus the cast of A Christmas Carol – The Musical and the West End Gospel Choir.
We Need A Little Christmas will be directed and staged by Michael Strassen. Musical direction by George Charter and production design by Andrew Exeter. We Need A Little Christmas is produced by Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media and Guy Chapman.
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a spooktacular surprise. We were very pleased to be back working with the brilliant team at Legoland. Creating the Enchanted Forest for the unique Brick or Treat event. From Lego Ghosts & Frankinstein to Rock stars, the enchanted forest really comes alive after dark.
It was great to be back doing what we love alongside some of our brilliant freelancers, whilst continuing to ensure all operations were COVID-19 Secure at all times.
The Enchanted Forest is part of Legoland’s Brick or Treat halloween season. Running until the 8th November. Be sure to get your tickets for a spooktacular day from Legoland.
Storm worked with Lighting & Video designer Andrew Exeter to realise a unique version of Hair. Bringing a special Outdoor Concert version of Hair The Musical. Part of the Turbine Theatre’s “On The Jetty” programme of summer events. The re-imagined concert version of Hair was produced by Paul Taylor-Mills.
Andrew’s approach to this design required additional steps when specifying equipment for this show. “As this production was completely open to the elements on the banks of the Thames. We had to make sure that we had equipment that could withstand whatever the British weather could throw at us. Especially in the summer! Storm’s stock of IP rated fixtures was a huge advantage for me when designing this show. I was able to make full use of both SGM Q7‘s and Studio COB Plus‘s and have the peace of mind that everything had the protection it needed.” says Andrew.
The Turbine Theatre announced a specially curated festival of live entertainment for all the family. Presented on a safe and socially distanced jetty next to the iconic Battersea Power Station
Arlene Phillips says “I am thrilled to be directing this small but mighty open air concert of Hair. Now more than ever we need music that lifts our spirits and feeds our souls to remind us that theatre is alive. I believe that a musical with a strong political message is important not just to give us hope. But to inspire a future generation.”
About the Show
The American tribal love rock musical Hair is back this summer, celebrating sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. In this specially produced concert version directed by Arlene Phillips. Get ready to groove to an infectiously energetic rock beat with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace. Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.
Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Legoland. See if you can spot any of our team throughout this series. Featuring some of the most popular events at the resort including the world famous Brick or Treat.
For the first time ever, cameras have been given exclusive access to the people and day-to-day running of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort in a four-part documentary to be broadcast on Channel 5 this August.
Titled Inside LEGOLAND: A World of Wonder, the first one-hour programme will go out at 8pm on Sunday 9th August with the other three episodes set to be shown in the same weekly Sunday slot throughout August.
Filmed over five months during summer 2019 and the start of this year, viewers will be given unrivalled access into what it takes to keep one of the UK’s favourite family theme parks running and be introduced to some of the 1,800-strong workforce who work tirelessly to create childhood memories that last a lifetime.
In episode one next Sunday, viewers will meet LEGOLAND Windsor’s expert team of Model Makers who between them are responsible for building, refining and updating the thousands of LEGO® models across the Park. Made up of over 90 million LEGO bricks, there’s always a job to be done from replacing the fences at Buckingham Palace in Miniland to overseeing the new hippos – made from 5,000 LEGO bricks each – be transported to their new home by the lake. Viewers will also follow the newest member of the Model Maker team, Will, as he embarks on his first day in one of the most sought-after roles at the Park.
On one of the hottest days of last summer, cameras were there as families flocked in their hundreds to earn their driving licence at the much-loved LEGOLAND Driving School before cooling down on the water slides and dodging the fountains at Drench Towers. But behind the scenes viewers will see just what it takes to keep the rides running as temperatures rise under the watchful eye of the Park’s Technical Services team.
Inside LEGOLAND: A World of Wonder will also take viewers on the journey of designing, building and launching a brand-new rollercoaster as the Park prepares to reveal the world’s first ever DUPLO rollercoaster – the hotly anticipated DUPLO Dino Coaster. With over 100 hours of footage captured, no stone is left unturned as cameras follow the Animation team perform a sky-high six monthly dentist check-up on the technic dinosaur made from over one million LEGO bricks, the Ride Services team diagnose what’s troubling the Jolly Rocker pirate ship and the Events team race against the clock to display 3,000 pumpkins across the Park in time for Halloween. Viewers will also find out which household item Housekeeper Michelle can’t live without for cleaning the 2,000 LEGO models found in the Hotel’s 209 rooms.
Marianne McGoldrick, Marketing Director at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, said: “We’ve been welcoming families to LEGOLAND Windsor for over two decades and we thought it was about time we let the nation go behind the scenes to see what’s involved, and the secret tricks and tips, in keeping a 150 acre theme park and two hotels running around the clock.
“Having reopened at the start of July, we’ve already helped thousands of families have some much-needed fun after a difficult few months and we hope that Inside LEGOLAND: A World of Wonder will inspire plans for a Great British day out or staycation this summer.”
Storm were delighted to provide a full lighting & rigging package to a surprise Lewis Capaldi x Samsung gig. Lewis Capaldi performed in London’s Seven Dials Market. The gig celebrated the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S20. The gig was announced just minutes before Capaldi walked onto the stage.
The Scottish singer-songwriter captivated onlookers as he rocked up for an unannounced concert on Saturday. The chart-topping music star was accompanied by his keyboard player for the 30-minute set. During which he played songs including Bruises and his recent number one single Before You Go.
Capaldi’s surprise gig was filmed on the new Samsung Galaxy S20. It was live-streamed to the large screen at Piccadilly Circus in a half hour-long takeover to celebrate the launch of the new phone range. Passers-by who gathered at the tourist hub were able to watch in IMAX quality thanks to the brilliant recording capabilities of the new Galaxy S20 Ultra. The show was also beamed to other London screens, including two at Westfield White City, Samsung KX and the Samsung Experience Store.
The impromptu gig ended with a finale of his breakthrough single Someone You Loved. More than 500 diners and shoppers sang the chorus back to him. The story of the concert was told in a three-part television advert, aired during ITV’s coverage of the Brits. Take a look at Samsung’s press release on the concert here.
Storm were delighted to work with Smyle Creative to provide lighting for EE’s launch of their 5G network with Stormzy. EE lit up London’s iconic River Thames tonight in celebration of the launch of the UK’s first 5G network. The UK’s number one mobile network marked the occasion by hosting a 5G-powered gig with platinum-selling UK artist, Stormzy, set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge.
Fans in attendance and those tuning in online saw history in the making as the Glastonbury 2019 headliner’s performance became the first event of its kind to be live streamed over EE’s new 5G network, which was hosted by Radio DJ, Clara Amfo.
Using 5G and remote production technology, EE broadcast the event on Facebook / Twitter / YouTube to thousands of fans. The Highlights of the 5G-powered audio-visual extravaganza can be seen below.
To accompany the show, a 5G-powered performance was created in collaboration with Stormzy. Celebrating the six cities that EE has connected with 5G. Over 200 state-of-the-art LED fixtures were affixed to the stage. With over 100 beams of light projected 1,000ft in front of the Tower Bridge. The 5G-powered display, which was connected via EE’s 5G network, supported the powerful lyrics and music of Stomzy’s bespoke set.
Fans in each of the other five launch cities were treated to the best seat in the house via a 360-degree VR experience. The experience was available in Stores in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Guests attending the in-store events were invited to use VR headsets to watch the performance in 360 degrees from the front row, just metres away from where Stormzy was performing on the floating stage in London.
Stormzy comments, following his one-off gig; “Big up EE, thank you for letting me launch your 5G network in the UK. Tonight was sick, I’m honoured to be part of history.”
Storm have provided a full Lighting & Rigging package to the UK tour of WillNE & Stephen Tries tour of This Week on The Internet, Live. The tour begins at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and finishing at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
For the first time ever. YouTube personalities and friends (sort of) WillNE and Stephen Tries are going on a tour of the UK. Comedians, commentators and mickey-takers of the internet. Sit back and enjoy a show from two of YouTube’s funniest (looking) men.
Between the two of them, Will and Stephen’s videos have amassed more than 3 million subscribers. Along with 355 million views making them two of the fastest growing channels in the UK. See Stephen and Will live, watch them try to fill 90 minutes and ultimately have a massive laugh at one another’s expense.