We are delighted to announce that the Rotolight Anova PRO 2 has been awarded the Guild of Television Camera Professionals’ (GTC) Seal of Approval for the way that is has revolutionised the standard for LED studio lighting.
Founded in 1972, the GTC is an independent organisation supporting cameramen and women based across the globe with over 1500 members. Their annual Seal of Approval award recognises the pinnacle of broadcast technology that “has made and outstanding contribution to the art and craft of television camera professionals”.
Following in the footsteps of the Anova V2 which was awarded the Seal of Approval in 2015, the Anova PRO 2 – the fourth generation of the pioneering Anova family – was nominated for the award by Director of Photography, Chris Yacoubian (Dancing on Ice, The Voice, Eurovision). Yacoubian first utilised the lights during his time working on the tenth series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2018.
30 Anova PRO 2s were used in the production of the show to add drama to the glamour shots of the contestants; wanting something new, fresh and impactful to set them apart from the competition. “I saw the Anova PRO 2s clustered together and that just sparked my creativity,” Chris says. The crew used Anova PRO 2s in a hex custom-designed hex ring controlled via their lighting desk.
“In a studio literally made of ice, we constantly pushed the Anova PRO 2s to their limits and they never let us down.” Chris recalls. “They are a seriously versatile tool for your kit. Apart from the great functionality, the lights are really energy efficient, which was vital for us as we were running so many at the same time. They are also safe and generate no heat that we had to worry about, while drawing hardly any power – unlike traditional lighting.”
Delivering 10,700 lux at three feet, the Anova PRO 2 provided the crew on Dancing on Ice with the capability to utilise the built-in suite of CineSFX to flash and pulse the lights, which impressed VT director, David Sutton. “Everyone was really pleased with the end result. They gave us that edge over other TV shows and provided the cherry on the cake for our glamour shots.