Photo above: The Wizard of Oz at The London Palladium, lit by Ben Cracknell. Photo by Marc Brenner
And whilst the MAC Encore has been his tried-and-tested fixture, the Martin VDO Atomic Dot fixture was a fixture the LD trialled for the first time at Leicester’s Curve.
“The Dots are so small but packed an unbelievable punch, creating big impact and real wow moments"
- LD Ben Cracknell
The Atomic Dot is a hybrid lighting and video fixture that can act as a small blinder, compact strobe, video-pixel and small spotlight. The fixtures’ compact design also gives the ability to place VDO Atomic Dots just about anywhere and deploy them in larger quantities.
“We had so many great comments from Leicester regarding the Atomic Dots that I knew we needed to expand their use in the West End.” he explained.
Consequently, 50 fixtures were distributed in the London Palladium on the pros arch and out into the audience space where they were positioned around boxes and up to Royal Box level.
“They were used in all kinds of ways, from use as a strobe and blinder for lightning effects, to bringing the green glow of the Emerald City out into the audience. They brought a real immersive element to the production."