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Henk-Jan van Beek selects more than 250 Robe fixtures for Dutch “1% Quiz” TV show
The first season of the “1% Quiz” TV quiz show in the Netherlands was recorded at EMG’s Mediahaven Studio in Amsterdam with a lighting design by Henk-Jan van Beek of design studio Light-H-Art. This featured 110 x Robe Esprites, 98 x LEDBeam 350s, 46 x LEDBeam 150s and 20 x T1 Profile moving lights, all delivered by Eventec.
Dutch producers Blue Circle Productions added a few of their own exclusively Dutch elements as this was the first time the show concept has been produced outside the UK where it originated on ITV. One hundred contestants - who are also the audience - try to answer a question that only one percent of the country can get right. The show is styled as an IQ test with questions based on logic and common sense rather than general knowledge.
Henk-Jan van Beek worked closely with Dutch set designer Harald Kassies who took the original “1% Club” signature set design and reimagined it with some small adaptations that saw all 100 contestants seated around a 270 circular set. “Continuity was absolutely vital when it came to lighting”, explains van Beek who needed one luminaire per person to replicate the fast-paced and complex set of cues that were integrated into the Market Graph gameplay machine.
The key light for each contestant was aligned at the same distance to produce identical CT whites plus blue and red cues associated with the game cues as well as front lighting. Also, these 100 Esprite fixtures had to fit into tight spaces allocated on three circular trusses rigged at slightly different levels in the roof, approximately 13-14 metres from the contestants.
Host Tijl Beckand stood in different positions in the middle of the set, and the space between the two ends of the 270-degree set seating piece was filled with a large LED screen showing the game play status. The additional ten Esprites were used for covering these presenter positions from back and front, so he could move around freely and be picked up by any one of the thirteen cameras with face lighting. Michael Moser was the camera director.
The twenty T1 Profiles provided additional key lighting and specials. The LEDBeam 350s were positioned in a spherical shape around the studio floor inside the centre of the set and on the largest of the overhead circle truss at the back. The LEDBeam 150s were additionally used for back and fill lighting on the contestants/audience and to ensure there were no back-of-shot “black holes”.
The biggest challenge for Eventec was sourcing enough Esprites for the six-week period of set up and recording for two season’s worth of programmes. Seventy-five percent of the fixtures were sourced from Eventec’s own stock according to their manager of operations, Stefan Bensch. However, as they were also busy with other shows, some cross rentals were necessary to make up the large numbers, and these came from France, Belgium, Germany, and Sweden.
Lighting was programmed on a GrandMA3 console by Edwin Zuidwijk from Light-H-Art, which was linked to the main games machine that fired all the cues. Camera Director was Michael Moser. The eight days of shooting allowed the team to record two series - two shows a day - of the Dutch production which will be aired on VTM in summer 2023.
(Photos: Nathan Reinds)
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