Martin MAC 101 Debut Success on MTV Video Music Awards

Oct 19, 2010 Lighting Designer Tom Kenny was the first in the world to get his hands on Martin Professional’s ultra-compact MAC 101 LED moving head wash light, scattering 200 of the 2200 lumen, 8 pound fixtures across the sets of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

Mirroring the show’s success, Kenny says the MAC 101s were the most talked about lighting fixture out of the 1500 moving lights on the show.

The MAC 101 is a remarkably small and super light LED moving head wash light yet packs a punch greater than many fixtures twice its size. It features a tight and very bright beam, rapid movement and calibrated colors and consumes a low 125 watts of power.

Kenny used the 101s in three or four big looks in the main show, including in a wall matrix, beneath the main stage, for beam looks and to light scenic elements. “We could get the 101 where we couldn’t fit anything else,” he stated.

Kenny also used the MAC 101 outdoors, at a remote location shoot at Griffith Observatory, a leading U.S. site of public astronomy and a cultural and scientific icon of Los Angeles. He incorporated them in the show’s opening look to light Linkin Park, the Observatory’s first ever rock show. He also used thirty 101s to light the iconic Astronomers Monument in the middle of the Observatory.

The MAC 101 wasn’t the only Martin fixture used on this year’s VMAs. Along with the 200 MAC 101s Kenny also had Martin MAC 2000 Wash XBs™ and Atomic 3000™ strobes fitted with Atomic Colors™ scrollers on the show, nearly 500 Martin fixtures in all.

 Martin Professional (headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark) is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors.

Author:  BIO T&T

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