Permit’s Talk About Gobos
Historically Gobos have been used in theatre for decades and are now widely used by everyone from lighting designer, hymeneals DJ’s to FSTE 500 companies for branding, decoration, creating atmosphere, the list goes on and on.
Typically we industry custom Gobos for events, shows and venues large or small. These can be annihilation from weddings, trade shows, corporate parties, and product launches to the theatre phase, like West Stop product such equally Wicked or smaller customs theatre with tight budgets.
However we are continuing to see Gobos being used in more unusual interesting and creative projects around the world.
Equally a company based in the N East of England, the birthplace of Joseph Swan the inventor of the calorie-free bulb, it is apt that we work with low-cal and lighting designers.
Joseph Swan is almost famous for inventing the light blub but began his career equally a chemist working with ‘wet plate’ photographic processes. His work included carbon press and somewhen inventing a ‘dry plate’ process, which revolutionized the industry. Before Swan began on his journey to fix the earth debark, he took out over 70 patents in the field of photography.
Swan worked with filaments and developed the technology to successfully present his invention to the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Lodge in 1879, this and then became the showtime public edifice in the world to have electrical lighting.
By 1881 Swan’s lighting was first used in the Savoy Theatre and past 1933 stage lighting had began to apply the ellipsoidal reflector spotlight (ERS). The ERS was congenital with slots for filters, shutters and objects to cast shapes or block off parts of the stage. These shutters somewhen took the proper noun Gobo, when phase managers called for the spot to “Get Blackout” (the common definition is now “GOes
Optic”) and a shutter would be dropped down in forepart of the axle. After fourth dimension stagehands experimented with cut shapes in the shutters to create texture, shapes and depth and the lighting designer was born.
Gobos are an affordable, reliable, technology that take stood the test of time simply equally times have changes, and then accept the processes that go into making them and how lighting designers, venue staff and DJ’due south are creating magic with low-cal.
Increasingly, our clients have asked the states to manufacture Gobos for new and inventive projects. As lighting equipment gets smaller and more robust we accept found these are existence used in all way of places and situations.
We recently produced a Gobo to display the resting identify of Richard III skeleton in a new exhibition in Leicester, Uk. The skeleton was plant underneath a auto park which was being excavated past a developer (much to his annoyance I would recall), manifestly the development was stopped and the remains removed, examined and placed in a museum.
However the motorcar park was now of historical importance and the sight has become a tourist attraction. Rather than putting in a fake skeleton back in the basis the team decided to projector the image using one of our gobos. The Gobo was custom made and sized, this upshot non only replicate the exact resting position of the dead king just illuminated this installation, which happened to be half dozen feet under.
Another projection we were involved in was with Lighting design by ÅF Lighting in Demark (both images below courtesy of ÅF Lighting) , who wanted to light urban settings, turning normal everyday architectural features into works of art. The project cursory was to create a visual link to the maritime history of Ishøj (Denmark) and the nearby Museum of Modern Art (Arken). The team at ÅF Lighting wanted to reflect the element of water in the surrounding architecture by lighting a roundabout in a petrol station with concentric circles of color, the aim was to create that feeling and atmosphere of 3 different water rings.
A G spot Gobo projector would exist mounted on the station forecourt roof and angled at the footing. This required some complicated keystoning to make certain the image wasn’t warped and the perspective was right. I of the concerns was to lite the roundabout avoiding glare for drivers and pedestrians, a Gobo was the perfect solution.
At Projected Image nosotros are continuing to see Gobos used in unique ways in lighting blueprint non only on the stage. If Joseph Swan could see the fashion his invention was being used to brand the globe more spectacular, and a local company at the forefront of the industry he would be a proud man.
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Projected Image was established in 1999 to address the need for a reliable and affordable custom Gobo manufacturer with a fast turnaround and great customer service.
Nosotros are the United kingdom and Europe’s premier gobo manufacturing company and our reputation has go synonymous with the highest standards of finished products and excellent customer service. All our gobos are manufactured in-house in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, we are also 100% British owned and operated.
Our dedication to customer service and providing leading edge products has fabricated us a trusted and go to business name in the alive issue production industry. We supply gobos to a global market, of Theatre shows, Commercial merchandise shows, company launches, bespoke events, re-branding, Live music shows and intimate weddings.
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