Yesterday we started a new series called “SALT Backstage” where I went behind the scenes to unveil some of the technology used at SALT16. Kinetic Lights was the focus of the topic, and today we get to see a bit on where the idea came from. See my conversation with Lighting Designer, Chris Kulow, as he explains the process that took place for us to land on this idea. From concept to completion, this is one of the most talked about features of the production at SALT16.
Kinetic Lights, as we spoke about yesterday, are lights on independent winch motors. When you use the 30+ motors, that we used for SALT16, we were able to create some incredibly dynamic looks. Hope you enjoy the part two of the video today:
Nick Rivero: Hey guys, I’m here with Chris Kulow, our Lighting Designer (LD) for SALT Conference and long time good friend. We are talking about the kinetic moving lights on the ceiling. This was an idea that Chris had for awhile, that we talked about for this year’s conference.
Chris Kulow: I’d seen it used in clubs and different trade shows and other venues, but never in live production. So I thought it would be a really fun thing to do for SALT. Our original idea involved strips of light fanning out into the crowd. Then it went from that design to, “What if we made them move?” Then we realized we were going to be doing these 3D triangle shapes (on the side walls). So we decided, why don’t we make triangle shapes with the kinetic tubes, and the idea morphed from there. The Kinetic Lights come in different shapes. You can get spheres of different sizes, you can hang them vertically, disassemble the tube and make a more of a close strip.
Chris: We’ve thought about re-engineering them to do individual pixel tape. As a set designer and lighting designer, I’m always trying to think of new ideas and ways to use new technologies to help add to the atmosphere of worship.