Renegade produced SHINE’s annual benefit dinner

London-based design house Renegade produced and supplied all the technical design and equipment – lighting, video and visuals, set and scenic elements plus sound – for the SHINE 2010 Benefit Dinner, staged at The Boiler House, located inside the shell of London’s Battersea Power Station building.

The event featured a greatest hits performance by superstar Bryan Ferry, and raised large sums of money for the charity, which supports additional educational initiatives encouraging children and young people to raise their achievement levels.

Renegade has worked closely with SHINE for the last seven years, producing all its live events. The high profile 2010 Benefit Dinner was project managed for Renegade by Mike Fidler working closely with Nick Gray as lighting designer. Andy Cobb filled in with conceptual designs along with technical production manager, Chad Higgins, who completed the team.

Renegade’s visual design included large format video projections onto the visible end of the Power Station building, producing a lively and interesting visual montage that entertained guests during dinner, for which they commissioned Nathan Prince of Silent Studio to produce bespoke content.

Renegade and SHINE wanted a very specific look and feel to the event, and the venue allowed Renegade to bring in some of their own suppliers. Says Nick Gray: “Our key creative and production people have now all worked on several projects together, so there is a fluid ongoing exchange of imagination and communications which really makes the workflow on a complex, multi-layered show like this efficient”.

The exterior chimneys of the Power Station were lit using eight Philips ColorReach TR Powercore LED wash fixtures, with the brick facade illuminated by Vari*Lite 3500 washes, complete with two Martin Professional MAC 3K profiles used for corporate branding.

The initial entrance fibreglass tunnel into the venue was lit using special wireless (and weather-proofed) uplighters from SHOK London, and Minuette fresnels. A second wooden tunnel into the actual Boiler House was lined with two 50-metre runs of electroluminescent Light Tape, with ETC Source Four profiles shooting beams up the walls for additional drama.

The entrance lobby featured a unique installation of 24 giant vintage light bulbs, each with oversized filaments and a sultry glow, created by Gray above the cloakroom counter, which was finished in a mirrored surface to enhance the effect.

Tru Staging and Sculptivate were brought in to install the stage and provide all the scenic elements and room dressing.

With a limited amount of time on-site, the Renegade team visualised and pre programmed as much of the visuals and lighting as possible in their WYSIWYG suite. This was then moved to Silent Studio’s east London HQ for a day for fine-tuning and to ensure that everything was harmonious both inside and out.

The weather was a major technical challenge whilst working on-site, with heavy rain and gale force winds hampering the rigging and upping the pressure on the already short get in and technical set up times.  Renegade were pleased to report that despite this, the entire installation withstood the wind intact and there were no interruptions to power.

Comments Gray: “We factored in as much pre-planning and preparation as possible. Having our visualisation facilities on hand really made a difference to the time we could devote to developing the show and results we achieved for the client.”