Wybron Weathers Tough Conditions Among Dinos
The Dino Fantasy Park World Tour 2006, during a two-month touring exhibition in Thailand, thrilled visitors with life-sized dinosaur replicas and a special-effects light show provided by LDS Show of Bangkok.
Although the set and props came from Japan, the lighting was locally contracted to LDS, with lighting design by Poon Limpapun and Sermsak Boonyhai. Because the venue couldn't supply enough power for 4,000 par cans (as originally planned), the team needed the biggest bang from the fewest number of fixtures as possible.
They fit 300 Par 64 1000W fixtures with Wybron Forerunner color changers and another 14 Kupo 8-lites with Wybron's Coloram II color changers. Designers also strategically placed 24 Nexera wash fixtures in hard-to-reach places throughout the hall.
The color changers were aimed at the life-sized models of the dinosaurs to add exciting effects as they moved.
Pulses of red created the feel of a dinosaur attack. Limpapun described the scene: "There is one point during the attraction that T-Rex becomes alive and starts to attack ... scrollers go red, Par cans chase and moving lights swirl around. A Syncrolite shoots up a high beam, and there it goes, a high beam of Omnisistem's Pyrofog."
Wybron color changers also provided subtle shades of green, orange, and blue wash to create the look and feel of changing sunlight patterns, helping to tell the story. The audience would enter the exhibit surrounded by blue sky and soft daylight. Wash ambers would represent noon, then dim to blue as day turned to night.
After the T-Rex attack, the audience would move on to the Golden Land of Paradise as all the scrollers created gorgeous ambers and pinks. Finally, as the audience exited the venue, Syncrolites washed the set.
Limpapun used Wybron Nexera fixtures for additional effect lighting throughout the hall.
"The Nexera fixtures helped us in achieving many effects that we haven't done before, considering the output of the fixture and the seamless color mixing," he said. "We placed them behind the models, far back behind the sets and other various remote locations throughout the entire venue, controlling them with Wireless DMX, which proved to be highly successful."
The system was controlled with a Compulite DLITE Console running on a Q-List mode time coded with Sound Systems.
The installation did offer some challenges.
"One of the main concerns for the team was that the light would have to be on for more than 12 hours each day for 30 consecutive days, so we felt that the gels would definitely burn," Limpapun said. "But thanks to the cooling fans in the Wybron units, none of the gels burned, and the same effect was achieved daily until the last day of the show."
Weather also proved to be a problem.
"The biggest problem we had was that the roof of the Exhibition Hall in Chiang Mai leaked during a major storm, and it leaked water onto an array of our scrollers," he explained. "But luckily the water didn't affect the operation of them – we made sure by drying them using hair blowers, and it turned out that they still worked fine, even after spending hours under the leaking roof!"
Limpapun added, "I personally think that Wybron scrollers did make our day and helped us in saving the needs of dimmer racks and not exceeding our power limits at the venue. They proved to be a very reliable product after continuous use for more than two months under outrageous conditions."
The client, Jurassic Park Entertainment of Japan, loved the results.
"The lighting scheme exceeds our expectations by being so dynamic — it gained lots of "wows" from the patrons," the company said. "We're very happy with the lighting for the event!"