Hejsan hejsan! Busy days inside the arena! And good thing we are inside. It's still raining..........
The LED strips in the spheres were finalized and tested today. Now we just need to lift them up, put them in an angle, and get all the pieces to work together and actually look like three big spheres- piece of cake...........
Remember this guy? Joeri Swagemaker is in da house! Besides being one of the best Cyberhoist operators in the world, he is also a famous dancer! Click below to see his performance from Eurovision 2007. He's the guy closest to the camera!
This was the reaction from other members of the Flashlight crew once they heard about his dancing skills......... Frtiz! Can you please stop hanging lights and go and build the smoker now?
Ruud Werkhoven has no comments..........
If you click on this image, there will be a poptastic video showing the build up in the venue.
And if you click on this image, you will see another video, showing the crowded roof!
We have 220 tons of load in the ceiling of this venue. It took some time to get this signed off by the engineers...........We are using 177 load cells to monitor the load of the mother grid. We have a total of XXX rigging points, and it takes 45 riggers to bring this in and out.
This is how 3 910 meters of truss looks like on a drawing.
Clay Paky Hepikos is in da house! 86 active units to be precise.
Say HELLO to Benedikt Leister, our project manager from Riedel! Even though he is managing 175 intercom panels, 500 radios and 20km of fiber cable and a quite large team, he looks pretty relaxed!
Say hello to Jose Carlos Silva! Or JC as we call him within the Hip Hop community! JC is responsible for ALL connectivity between the Altice arena and the rest of the world. Feel no pressure bro! And Yo Yo to you too!
Say hello to Maria Mota! Maria is our travel coordinator, and she takes care of all our travels and hotels for our production crew and our suppliers!
How many riggers does it take to look cute? Well......... clearly more than two.......... say hello to our venue Head Rigger, Kim Silva, together with our Production Head Rigger Mr. Schau!
First piece of stage is in da house! I expect this structure to be much bigger tomorrow!
And all of a sudden, the first part of the upstage sphere was in position! Now we just need to match the other pieces to this one.
We started with the wall of death today! The first Ayrton MagicPanel FX is in position. Now we only have 350 more to hang!
Carla Bugalho has now an official country in the contest named Bugalhia. Here she is with her delegation, all in brand new t-shirts with their flag printed on the front.
There have been more nations formed in our office, we will get back to you regarding this.
Besides being our layout manager, or CAD muppet if you like, Tobias Brodd is also a famous musical artist. Click on the picture to see him perform a famous piece together with Melanie!
I'm out of quotes in Portuguese at the moment.........
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Here is today's update from the dream factory!
The scenograpic spheres are being built today. They are quite modest pieces....... We got three in total, the smallest being 60 meters long, and the largest 120 meters long. They will be loaded with moving lights and strobes before they are ready to go into their final positions.
Besides being loaded with moving lights and strobes, we are also using 2150 of the total of 3 880 meters of LED strip lights we have in our set for these spheres. Modest.........
The LED strip lights will be covered with milky plexi, and voila, we have ourselves 2 150 meters of light box!
The build up of the commentator boxes is well on the way. We are building a total of 41 boxes.
All the lights for greenroom are up as well. We did this quite early so EPC could build this while waiting for getting access to the stage area.
So, it was very nice of EPC to show up seconds after the greenroom trusses went up. The greenroom will host a maximum of 26 delegations at one time.
3 x GLP JDC-1 strobes. We got 259 more........Absolutely LOVE this fixture!
We have 250 trucks of gear in this production, but one of them was more important than ALL the others together. The one that held the Jim Bowie smoker from Green Mountain Grill. Me and Ampco Flashlight's onsite Manager Ruud Werkhoven during the Hand Over Ceremony! Now we just need some sunshine!
The underworld of the delegation bubble is being filled to the rim. Besides the supplier workshops that are in here, it also functions as a holding area for gear that we will need in the venue within soon, including the 351 Ayrton MagicPanel FX that we will start to hang tomorrow. They will form a quite spectacular "wall of death" as the last layer in our set.
EPC moving into their workshop. The supplier that is most creative with this area will win something amazing!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIK BLOMDAHL! Old readers might remember that we sent him to Chernobel last year, when he turned 30 years old in Kiev. He was glowing in the dark for 8 months after that trip, so we decided to settle for cake this year.
Several people claim that everything that I write in Portuguese is actually Brazillian Portuguese. Apparently there is a difference. Google translate completely failed to translate Parabens, but I think it means Schnabel Käse or something!