AFL Grand Final Digital Display

The AFL Grand Final Breakfast

The North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast is a breakfast function organised by the North Melbourne Football Club for the morning of the AFL Grand Final.

The AFL Grand Final Breakfast The breakfast marks the traditional beginning to Grand Final day and is one of the big social highlights on the Australian sporting calendar. Watching the event is a ritual for many footy fans and the function plays a huge role in the pre match build up for the AFL Grand Final. The breakfast includes a Grand Auction, with all proceeds being donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Clifton Productions were employed to provide lighting and visuals for 1500 guests that attracts the who’s who of Australian sport, politics and culture and includes performances from some of the biggest acts in town.

28 x Robe ColorSpot 1200AT and 24 x Robe ColorWash 1200AT’s were used for room washing and rigged above the triangular stage. Also rigged, hanging from the fingers above the stage were 6 x Robe ColorSpot 700EAT along with 31 x iLED LEDSource 36’s for multi colour stage washing. 8 x iLED ColorBank 54’s were placed inside cones to illuminate up these set pieces.

On the back of the stage 10 x iLED Star Drapes were installed with a VuePix P10 display of 12 panels behind the band stage. This was driven by Catalyst media server and switched from the generic holding slide to funky graphics for each of the performances on stage.

Behind the main table on stage, a banner of VuePix P6 LED panels were configured 10 panels wide by 2 panels deep. This screen was primarily used for sponsor’s logos in the background of this table. With a resolution of 1280 pixels, this screens images were processed by a Folsom ImagePro. All room visual media was operated by James Pavey from Clifton Productions. Lighting Tech’s were Aaron Humber and Justin Ogge, with Lighting Designs by Alex Saad and Don Collins.

The AFL Grand Final Breakfast

Production Manager Brad King from Cliftons Productions says “Everyone was extremely happy with the room visuals and overall effect of the AFL Breakfast. This event was a great success and we are happy to be apart of this yearly event again”.

The AFL Grand Final Breakfast
The AFL Grand Final Breakfast
Brownlow Medal Digital Display

2009 Brownlow Medal

The Brownlow Medal Count is the most prestigious annual award on the Australia sporting calendar. Staged at the Palladium Ballroom at Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex, the 2009 Brownlow dinner was attended by over 1000 sporting celebrities and VIPs, broadcast live on Australia’s Channel 7 TV. Clifton Productions supplied a large array of equipment at this years 2009 Brownlow Medal event. Robe moving lights, Anolis LED fixtures, VuePix P6 LED Screens and iLEDpro fixtures were all in full force, used on stage and throughout the venue.

The art direction of the Brownlow’s was by Designer Mal Nichols of Mal Nichols and Associates. “The design elements had to be 3 dimensional to allow lighting and texture to the back drop of the talent”, says Mal. “And the lighting had to be flexible to allow for subtle changes within the presentation incorporating the background. We also utilized LED down lights in the base of the 3D boxes to create a textured feel behind the talent”, says Mal.

In the Atrium of the Crown Casino 10 x Robe REDWashes, 8 x Robe ColorWash 1200AT’s and 4 x Robe ColorSpots 1200AT’s were used as guests entered the red carpet area. Lighting Designer Rob Coia says “This years telecast of the Brownlow was a great success for Channel 7 on the tail end of a huge year in AFL Broadcast. It was the first time that I had used the new Robe REDWash LED fixture that Clifton Productions have as part of their inventory. I was very impressed with its performance, I used the REDWash to dress the walls and columns in the Atrium for the red carpet arrivals to provide some colour and shape for the background surfaces which appeared in most of the camera shots.”

2009 Brownlow Medal
2009 Brownlow Medal

Rob continues, “They worked especially well in the Atrium , we usually have a great deal of difficulty getting the dark walls in this area to read on camera, but this year it was the best look so far, rich colours and bright! Richard Grenfell, who knows that space very well, programmed the lighting for the Red carpet arrivals and created a great balance between faces and walls. The REDs have an incredible light output, as well as a vast array of colours from full chroma saturation through to more subtle pastels, I found it a great tool for the task, especially when available power is an issue”

In the main Palladium room, Robe moving lights were used to accomplish the room looks, set and stage dressing. 48 x Robe ColorWash 700EAT, 44 x Robe ColorSpot 700EAT, 4 x Robe ColorSpot AT along with 18 x REDWash fixtures were used. “We are really happy with the newest additions to our Robe inventory – being the Robe REDWash. The feedback we are getting from clients is amazing!, says System Tech Aaron Humber from Clifton Productions. It was vital that the Robe’s provided even coverage across a large area as there were a number of wide camera shots within the broadcast. The ‘RED’ in the REDWash is short for Red Emitted Diodes, a unique LED lighting concept developed by Robe.

2009 Brownlow Medal
2009 Brownlow Medal

The Brownlow lighting was controlled by two GrandMA consoles, operated by Alex Saad and Andy Edis. A third “house” GrandMA was operated by Andrew Killengray to control the 140 Roboscans for tables,pin spots, and all the “house” architectural LED .” the lighting system was substantial in size and quantity , it proved to be extremely reliable with next to no faults“

One large VuePix P6 display was used on stage to run content through in conjunction with a second VuePix P6 screen behind the lectern for guest speakers. Andrew Edis from Impact Media Images supplied and operated Catalyst Show and custom images. The Catalyst was controlled via the GrandMA. This was incorporated in modules within the set of allowing direct vision on stage. Over 100 Visio color tubes were used for illumination on the set and stairs.

As early as Round 20 in the vote count, Gary Ablett Jnr had an unassailable lead and finally won the 2009 Brownlow Medal, finishing with a total of 30 votes.