A recent redesign to ITV Westcountry's studio for the flagship news programme Westcountry Live led to a beautiful example of exterior lighting.
In the studio a large projection screen was integrated into the back of the set which was to form the backdrop from which the television programme is broadcast. An image symbolising the West Country was sought which would be viewed each evening by millions.
The Tamar Bridge linking Devon and Cornwall was chosen as the image which best represented the region as strong, stable and supportive. The bridge was filmed over a four hour period showing it initially in daylight, then following the transition from dusk to darkness. The daylight to darkness sequence of this stunning exterior illumination is used year round and viewers watching each evening experience the image of the bridge in the current state of daylight or darkness dependent upon the time of the year.
A number of issues were overcome in order for permission to be granted to temporarily illuminate the bridge. The main safety consideration was to ensure that no beams of light were visible by drivers crossing the bridge on the evening of filming. The lighting design was created by Stage Electrics' Lighting Director Mark Buckingham who has extensive experience of working with the ITV Westcountry team on numerous outside broadcast events. The bridge was low lit from on both sides of the river with 1KW daylight floods and 1.8KW Arena Vision spots were positioned on each side of the bridge. The floods lit the near side and the Arena Visions threw light across the expanse of water to illuminate the far side and top of the bridge structure with stunning results.