Filmed live on location within a West London high rise apartment block, the new reality show pits a mix of characters against each other in a bid to win a popularity contest whilst interacting exclusively through a specially designed, voice-activated social media platform known as The Circle.
Working with lighting designer James Tinsley, electrician Adam Mitchell and their team, Aurora has provided an array of equipment and infrastructure to assist in building the show’s look, created by production designer, Sally Lock.
The installation features a range of LED and practical fixtures used extensively throughout the room interiors. With over 100 fixed rig cameras in place, the set-up has been carefully designed to be functional whilst remaining unobtrusive to both the contestants and viewers alike. The team’s mix of LED, festoon and practical fixtures adds subtle, decorative highlights to the interior and exterior whilst also providing discreet set illumination.
In lighting the building exterior, the LD has made further creative use of LED to add crisp LED highlights across each apartment balcony as well as creating the spectacular 30m diameter illuminated Circle ident that covers the entire façade.
Completing the look, 100 Martin Rush Par fixtures deliver the intense, controllable colour which, includes the show’s signature deep crimson hues, Aurora also provided a number of their Bi-Flex 2 and Bi-Flex 4 Bi-Colour Aladin Kits for additional, bright LED functionality.
Aurora project manager Ben Taylor says, “The Circle is non-stop reality with the contestants living full-time within the show, so the lighting set-up needs to be distraction-free with minimal impact on camera angles. James and his team have been extremely clever in creating a considerate, unobtrusive installation that does a fantastic job of lighting up the apartment block both inside and out.”