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13/09/2020

Compulite's Vector consoles join forces all the way to the Million as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns to the screen

We have been waiting for this moment for 13 years and here it is finally happening. The TV show that conquered the country more than a decade ago is back in its latest and most modern version.

The game, which first came up in the UK in 1998, and is common in many countries, including Israel in 2007-1999, has now returned abroad as well.

Its format is simple. It is a trivia game of 15 increasingly difficult questions and the amount earned on a correct answer is growing (up to the long-awaited million), with one contestant facing a facilitator. Each question has four optional answers.

The contestant has three lifebuoys:

  • 50/50: the game's computer eliminates two wrong answers from the current question, leaving behind the correct answer and one incorrect answer.
  • Phone a Friend: the contestant is connected with a friend over a phone line and is given 30 seconds to read the question and answers and solicit assistance. The time begins as soon as the contestant starts reading the question.
  • Ask the Audience: the audience takes voting pads attached to their seats and votes for the answer that they believe is correct. The computer tallies the results and displays them as percentages to the contestant. 

 

The success of the show was so phenomenal that it was at the center of the book and later the film "The Riddle Boy from Mumbai," which won eight Oscars.

20 years after the last time he'd done so, lighting designer Ofer Jacobi was asked by producers "July August Production" to light up the show again.

The lighting equipment professionally set up by Compulite's distributor in Israel, the rental company “Danor Theatre and Studio Systems”, and the lighting show was designed by Ofer Jacobi.

Lighting programmer Ronen Ben Harosh did the programming and 3D visualization.

 

To control the lighting equipment for this show, the lighting team used Compulite's Vector Blue and Compulite Vector Ultra Violet, connected in session for backup and to give Jacobi control of the white lights combined with his moving lights.

 

Programming challenges included getting the best lighting looks and effects every time, which was "not difficult" with the array of choices offered by the fixtures.

The Compulite Vectors also received MIDI triggers from the show's game computer to trigger cues and other playback functions.

Additionally, the Compulite Vectors were responsible to send Art-Net data to a media server , who listened and triggered the SMD pixels in the set.

 

The Controlled materials include:

  • 28 X Channels
  • 87 X Moving lights including:
    • 22 x Robin MegaPointe
    • 23 x Robin Spiider
    • 42 x LEDBeam 150
  • 28 X LED panels containing 18 sub-fixtures each
  • Some LED fixtures
  • 4 X Eports 41
  • Total of more than 150 fixtures and more than 10 universes 

                                                        

Photo Credits: Ofer Amram, Avi Moscovitz