High Output Use Claypaky Scenius on Presidential Campaign Trail

Claypaky Scenius.

High Output recently acquired 18 Claypaky Scenius and the moving head spotlights have experience a busy general election season and continue to service many national broadcast and corporate projects. “We’re excited to have Scenius in our rental fleet,” said Andrew Boucher, Production Manager at High Output. “The featur of Scenius lends itself to both the broadcast and rental staging markets.  In fact, we expect Scenius to be a workhorse fixture in our staging division.”

The purchase, from A.C.T Lighting, was prompted by a major cable news network’s presidential debate tour.  “They were looking for roughly 18 profiles with shutters for their outdoor news desk set for the three presidential and one vice presidential debates,” Boucher recalled.  “With our normal schedule of autumn projects and other political coverage we had no options left in our rental inventory.  But we had been considering purchasing more profile fixtures with shutters; we were in the market for more fixtures of this size with this kind of feature set.

“A.C.T Lighting quickly came to our assistance.  They were fantastic about overnighting Scenius demo units to the cable news network’s headquarters.  The network did some camera tests and was very happy with the results.  Within three days of the demo we placed our purchase order.”

The entire roster of Scenius fixtures was dispatched on the debate tour for more than one month.  “The client had nothing but great things to say about them,” said Boucher.

“Clients like the optics and clarity of the fixture,” he noted.  “And the overall intensity is remarkable, especially for projects that transition from daylight to nighttime.”  He added that, “Features like the gobo wheels and wide zoom range fill a lot of needs for us on events projects, too.”

The Scenius fixtures join Claypaky Sharpys and Alpha Spot HPE 575s in High Output’s rental inventory.  The company also has followspots from Robert Juliat and a complement of grandMA consoles.  High Output expanded its grandMA line with 4-port nodes and a command wing earlier this summer; the additions were deployed during the political conventions and on the debate tour.