First J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books captured the imagination of children all over the world. After that the books were transformed into blockbuster movies that adults and children from all over the world have enjoyed for years. Now, the story of a student/magician is being translated into a Universal Studios light show that some people say will be a “bone-chilling adventure.” The show, which will launch on June 23, will be the culmination of years of planning by expert light technicians. Universal Studios is counting on this display to be the perfect blending of light, color and music. The music will be scored by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams — who composed the music for the first three Potter films.
The display will be a five-minute show, called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” This display was inspired by the Wizardry World of Harry Potter ceremonies last year. “We really wanted the guests to have that bone-chilling moment and go, ‘Wow, this is something I’ve never experienced before,’” says Stacey Quinealty, the park’s senior manager of audio and visual production. Universal Studios is no stranger to displays of pop culture references. In the past it has had to coordinate and plan displays such as The Flintstones, The Star Trek Adventure, E.T. Adventure, Back to the Future, etc. However, as technologies develop and change, expectations grow as well.
The light show – which will have audio piped in through a 27.5 surround-sound system – is an example of how light technologies have to be adaptive in the 21st century. Audiences who have come to know and love the Potter books and movies will be expecting visuals that are truly immersive. Ratpac Dimmers provides technologies that are utilized by the makers of such events every day. We understand that the logistics of a venue like Universal Studios are too complicated to accommodate wired lighting fixtures. It is not practical for people who work with enormous displays that must be synchronized in this way to be tethered to old, wired technologies. Quite a bit of state-of-the-art technology is needed to make such experiential events. That is why we take pride in our wireless dimmers, our portable DMX wireless receivers, etc. They make events such as the one that will be held in Universal Studios during the summer of 2017 possible.
So, whether you are a Potter Fan or not, we invite you to look over some of our state-of-the-art technology that experts in the field of lighting use every day due to its simplicity of operation and reliability. Have a fun summer.