As you may have already seen, the brand-new Rotolight Anova PRO 2 was used in the current series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice. After a four year hiatus, the tenth series was under pressure to return with a bang.
Needing a dramatic new look for the show, David Sutton, VT director (I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing) said “we wanted something new, fresh and original for the relaunch of Dancing on Ice, something that was visually different and interesting.”
An integral part of this new look was over 30 Rotolight Anova PRO 2s used in five custom-designed rigs for the filming of the glamour and profile shots. The unique rigs each featured six lights mounted in a large ringlight configuration and were incorporated into the actual shot for a unique effect. Chris Yacoubian (The Voice UK and Strictly Come Dancing), director of photography; “I saw the Anova PRO 2 clustered together and that just sparked my creativity. The lights are powerful, portable and beautiful in terms of their colour rendition and skin tones. They are a fantastic tool to deliver and perform perfectly. I’m thrilled with the result,” he says.
The brand new Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is a pioneering continuous light and High Speed Sync (HSS) flash for creative image-makers — one of the brightest LEDs ever launched in its class. The light includes a customisable suite of Rotolight’s award winning CineSFX™ with the best power to consumption ratio in the industry, (72W consumption) and delivers outstanding colour reproduction (CRI>96, TLCI 91).
“The newly launched Rotolight Anova PRO 2s have performed amazingly well. In a studio literally made of ice, we constantly pushed them to their limits and they haven’t let us down. 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,” Yacoubian says.
The custom-designed hex rings were controlled via a lighting desk and five-pin DMX connection, that also enabled operators to use the built-in CineSFX™ suite of effects, such as flash and pulse lights for added drama.
“The lights are amazing. You can create a number of effects, like firelight or paparazzi, which we used on set, and quickly switch between them and the continuous light with just a flick of a button, or go from soft tungsten to punchy daylight in a heartbeat,” says Yacoubian.
“Everyone is really pleased with the end result. The Anova PRO 2s have given us that edge over other TV shows, and provided the cherry on the cake for the glamour shots. I really love them,” concludes Sutton.
See behind the scenes on set with ITV and the stars of Dancing on Ice below!