A simple lighting setup creates vibrant colours for dance videos

Rosco lighting used for dance videos

When Apalooza Video produced a two-part dance video series entitled Saltatio, they knew they wanted to use bright, bold colours. Director Charly Correia, and Lighting Designer Paolo Morvan turned to GTC sponsor Rosco and used two SL1 MIX® lights to configure several simple lighting setups. The fixtures empowered them to create the perfect fusion of light, colour, and dance to engage their audience.

Paolo Morvan, Lighting Designer says:


The design objective was to create an illuminated space that would interact with the dancers’ bodies and the music. We also aimed to create a lot of different ambiances – from very dynamic sequences to contemplative moments.

Using only two SL1 MIX lights, the designers were able to immerse the entire space in different colours and colour-blends. The videos would switch from warm tones to cool tones to fit the music and choreography. The fixtures were controlled with a smartphone using the myMIX® App. This enabled the filmmakers to explore the different colour modes of the fixture. Because they needed to make decisions quickly, they ended up working in Gel Mode. Charly and Paolo used their knowledge of Rosco gel names and numbers to choose the colours they desired quickly and easily.

Rosco dance videos

Parts of the music and choreography called for dynamic lighting effects. For these moments, the designers relied on projectors and some of the pre-programmed effects inside the SL1 MIX lights. The fixtures’ Effects Mode not only enabled them to create strobing effects for the video, they were also able to control the intensity and speed of the flashes to match the choreography and music in the scene.