TSL Lighting Streams with Skillsoft

Working for independent Live Events production company LRI, TSL provided lighting for the recent Skillsoft Perspectives 2020 live stream.

As one of the leading global providers of education technology and training, Skillsoft had originally programmed the Perspectives 2020 event as an in-person event, but the COVID-19 lockdown meant that LRI and Skillsoft worked quickly to transform the production into a fully online, global digital experience.

TSL were contacted by Lighting Designer Tim Ball with a specification which would provide the presentation with the perfect balance of lighting for camera. Tim’s design included Chroma-Q Colorforce II 48 LED battens for scenic treatment, Arri 650+ Fresnels for key lighting, ETC Source 4 for graphics highlights and an innovative array of battery powered Astera AX3 for backlight.

The event was prepped, delivered and installed onsite by Tim and Graham Loughman with full consideration for the COVID-SECURE guidelines, with social distancing in place for all logistics, build and de-rig.

“The brief from Elliot Levi at LRI was for a warm ‘daytime TV’ feel to the lighting.” comments LD Tim Ball. “The venue, an unoccupied space in the office building where the client is based, did offer some challenges, particularly the 9’ high ceiling with no hanging possibilities. I decided to go with a single ground support truss for key light from four Arri 650w fresnels mounted on short barrels on top of the truss for maximum height. Two more Arris and three Astra 6X Litepanels from the bottom cord bounced off the ceiling to create a soft fill and Source 4 profiles to bring out the graphics on the set. I’ve always loved ColorForce II for set lighting and the AX3 LightDrop units worked great for backlight; good output for their size, no cable, and controlled from my iPhone; Impressive battery life too, I loved being able to put them in sleep mode overnight directly from the app.”

“As always, the kit was well prepped by the crew at TSL and it was a pleasure to work with Dave Charters again on the pre-production. Well done to LRI and Skillsoft for their ingenuity in making this event happen despite the current circumstances our industry finds itself in. Perhaps this model will be the new normal for a while.”

“It’s always a pleasure to work with Tim and LRI on these projects”, commented TSL’s Senior Project Manager Dave Charters. “We aim to be flexible wherever we can, so supporting our clients as events change and evolve is something that we are always happy to get involved with.”