Martin VDO Sceptron LED Lights Used for Love Connection on Fox TV

Lighting Director Matt Firestone recently installed 30 Martin VDO Sceptron LED video fixtures on the set of Love Connection, the classic 1980s-era game show which will return to Fox television in May, 2017.

Matt Firestone

Matt Firestone

Hosted by Andy Cohen, the reboot of the 80’s game show features a completely modernized set design. Firestone used the VDO Sceptrons to create a background during specific shots when both the contestant and the host are on screen.

"We wanted to create an animated background that could move organically and make the shot more interesting — without putting up a video wall that would distract from the dialog,” said Firestone.

“The Martin VDO Sceptrons really are the entire background for close-up shots of the couch with the host and the guest. We love the Sceptrons and try to use them whenever we can — they’re great tools."

The VDO Sceptrons, made by Harman-owned Martin, were supplied by Sweetwater NEP, a full service provider of video production and display technologies with facilities in New York and California.

“The VDO Sceptrons are very well made, reliable and connect together very simply with one cable,” said Ron Drews, president of Sweetwater NEP Live Events. “They’re clean and there’s lots of options for lenses that go over the front, which make them a great fixture for television. They’re perfect for breaking up large amounts of space and it’s a very cost-effective way to dress up a set.”

The Martin VDO Sceptron Series is available in three models with either 10 mm, 20 mm or 40 mm of pixel pitch. All include an extensive range of optical accessories for a wide variety of looks.

VDO Sceptron 10

VDO Sceptron 10

Integrated power and data cabling allows for long daisy-chains with many fixtures per cable-run, while the power supply can be located backstage (up to 164 feet away) for a clean setup avoiding cabling and multiple driver boxes.

All three models of the VDO Sceptron Series are driven by the Martin P3 System Controller family for easy configuration, mapping and setup. It is also backwards compatible with DMX for smaller setups.

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