A very small preview of some new designs I have been working on at Lightwell, for PWC for use in the Newtek Tricaster equipped greenscreen studio. The new virtual set designs feature four separate presentation spaces, each designed a different presenting style and format. The complete set of new designs are due to launch in Spring 2017.
I designed, and prepared these virtual sets between March and June 2015. The studio and desk were already in place, but cameras and lights were being set-up as the design progressed.
The brief was to provide a design for a news studio within a newsroom. The client expressed an interest in some of my previous backdrop designs, and so I set about adapting these ideas into a three dimensional solution.
My initial concepts were for a predominantly white, high-key set, based upon the Radio Free Europe logo. Although they liked this look, the client already had a set for another show with a similar palette and wanted to differentiate between the two by employing a different colour scheme, as well as a different design. Taking my cue from the titles, I switched to a deep blue colour scheme, offset by orange detailing. Although I am pleased with the final colour scheme, I can’t help but ponder how great it might have been to explore that white/orange/grey palette that I used in the initial concepts.
The finished digital sets were prepared for use with the Newtek Tricaster, and accommodate both desk based, and standing presenter shots. Out of a relatively modest studio space, RFERL are now able to record news bulletins set within a generously proportioned set, and surrounded by a large, modern, newsroom space. A nice client to work with, and a fun project to design.
The Radio Free Europe’s Farsi news re-launched today, from a brand new virtual set, designed and prepared by Lightwell.
The resolution isn’t ideal, but I have been promised grabs and clips. The broadcasts are recorded in a greenscreen studio equipped with the Newtek Tricaster. The only real, physical elements within the space are the desk, and the rostra (designed by others).
The sets were prepared in 3DS Max, and rendered with V-Ray, but the level of finish within the design isn’t really apparent from this video. Once I have the stills from the recording, I will be able to post these here and illustrate the quality of the lighting and materials.
Scroll to 1:40 for extensive shots of the greenscreen studio, then overlayed with the virtual set and my virtual newsroom.
Although much more complex and developed than the main news studio design, these digital set designs were only used on the night of the election.
One of the bigger projects that I have been working on so far this year, the ITV News General Election virtual set, in collaboration with the wonderful team at ITN. The design is an ambitious adaptation of the current ITV News set, originally launched in 2013. You don’t really get a sense of the extended spaces from this short promo, but we should expect to see plenty of revelaing shots from the Jib and Steadicam on Election Night, May 7.
I prepared the model and texture assets for the outer studio, which are imported into VizRT by ITN.
Appearing in the background of these UK Budget reviews from PWC, is a very small part, of a much larger overhaul of their set designs and virtual sets that I have been working on.
The full and official re-launch is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks and features multi-zone, digital sets for use with the Tricaster, along with physical table and desk designs being built by Scott Fleary.