Headlining the West Holts Stage on Saturday Night, this incredible line up of musicians, George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic and The Family Stone who make up 'The Mothership Returns' bought the funk to West Holts in style.
Spindrift were once again asked to come up with the design for West Holts and this year decided to go out on a limb and propose an adventurous hinged truss design. The aim being to create something interesting to look at that works for the audience at West Holts as well as providing some interesting shots for the BBC for the viewers at home. The concept was drawn in Cinema 4D which I find very useful for conveying my ideas, it renders light beautifully and is very fast to work with. It also helped with working drawings when trying to convey my ideas to the riggers and coming up with a way of displaying the drawings in 2D to then rig from on-site. With a design like this there is a fair amount of thought that needs to be put in when deciding the best way to display working drawings as there are many different angles involved. I found a mixture of Cinema 4D renders and AutoCAD drafting very useful.
We also found WYSIWYG to be an essential tool for this project. A large part of the job at West Holts is to make things as smooth as possible for visiting LD's. By having WYSIWYG running at FOH it meant we could have people programming all day (and night!). When you are dealing with angled truss and challenging fixture orientations this makes a huge difference to the look of the show. It gives LD's time to perfect their designs and really get the most out of the rig.