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  •   Jands Vista S1 Provides Powerful Control for the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

Jands Vista S1 Provides Powerful Control for the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

23rd July 2015

UK - Jands Vista v2 has been specified to provide control for all lighting aspects of ‘LEGO Friends to the Rescue’, an all-new live show spectacular which recently opened at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

‘LEGO® Friends to the Rescue’ is set in the Resort's brand new land, Heartlake City, which recreates the fun and colourful world of the popular LEGO® Friends toy range.

During the show, guests join Heartlake City's five female characters on an action packed adventure which is full of music, dance and special effects. Dominating the effects is the harbour's lighthouse, which is pixel mapped with over 700 RGB LED emitters using a Traxon Dot media string wrapped around the structure.

Lighting contractor, A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) specified the Jands Vista S1 console to control the lighthouse LEDs in addition to the stage lighting. ACSP Director, Lance Bromhead, commented: “Vista was ideal for this project - primarily as it has an incredibly powerful FX engine capable of pixel mapping stunning shapes and animations with ease. This meant that there was no need for additional products such as a dedicated media server, which kept production costs down whilst still delivering on the client's requirement for striking visuals.”

Secondly, to reflect the energy and vibrancy of the action on stage, the show required complex lighting sequences played back through 100s of cues. These cues needed to be recalled accurately, without the use of external triggers such as timecode. Vista again had the answer to this. The show is utilising a feature called Learn Timing, which recorded the exact timing between cues the first time they were played back. As a result of this, the operators only have to press a single button and the sequences play back exactly as intended, allowing the technicians to concentrate on other show aspects such as the sound and stage automation.

Finally, ACSP had to take into account the limited amount of space available within the control booth. They needed a small console that didn’t compromise on power, features or performance. All Jands Vista products run the exact same software and offer the full feature set as found in the range's largest consoles, so the S1 connected to a laptop provided this small footprint solution.

Laura Jackson, Project Manager for the Resort's chief production contractor, SGA, commented: “Jands Vista is really proving to be a great choice for the show's control requirements. Not only has it exceeded everyone's expectations in making the lighthouse and stage area look fantastic, it actually proved just as useful during the show pre-production process - because Vista is so visual, it was possible to program part of the show 'blind' before some fixtures arrived on-site, saving valuable time in production rehearsals.”

‘LEGO® Friends to the Rescue’ runs several times daily and has been attracting packed out audiences.

Equally at home on tour or as a venue's house console, the Vista is ideal for shows and special events, arena touring, lighting companies, AV companies, venues and rental, not to mention a fantastic investment for a designer.

Jands' award-winning Vista lighting & media control system has been embraced by leading designers, companies and venues all over the world on a wide range of shows. Covering entertainment, education & drama, installations, corporate, events and worship, there's a Vista system to suit all levels of user and almost any scale of show.

Recent shows featuring lighting or media control by Vista include international concert tours by Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Queen + Adam Lambert, Peter Gabriel, Dierks Bentley, Fall Out Boy, Bloc Party, Deftones and Little Big Town.

Get your demonstration of the Jands Vista range at the following upcoming European tradeshows:

IBC - Amsterdam, Holland, 11th - 15th September, Hall 11 - Stand 11.A70,
(Dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies)

PRO - Birmingham, UK, 12th - 14th September, Stand G47,
(Dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies)

PLASA 2015 - London, UK, 4th - 6th October,
(Dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies)

Alternatively, to arrange a demo or for details of the nearest Jands open house events, contact:

(Europe, the Middle East and Africa)
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)1494 446000

(North American Sales)
A.C. Lighting Inc.
Tel: +1 416 255 9494

Or for more information and a list of international Vista users, visit

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