Process Make Perfect
Whether you need a full-service lighting installation or a few solutions here and there, we’re happy to lend our expertise to make sure your company gets the right light. From production scope to creative styling, pre-vis to media server integration, Darkfire provides the services necessary to keep your production running smooth and looking its best.
Producing Scope And Planning
With detailed planning and knowledgeable foresight, Darkfire can ensure that your production lighting plan fits into your overall budget. Our team takes pride in planning and executing a production from start to finish, ensuring that your play, show, or event looks great while remaining on-time and within your means. Darkfire has created and executed production scopes for some of the best-known shows in the world and, with our technological expertise and industry experience, we can work with you through every phase to deliver a lighting experience that’ll perform just as planned.
A poorly managed production rarely ends well, especially if the management team is new to the business or unequipped to accommodate your needs. So, when you need someone to manage your team, help hire outside vendors or provide your production group with expert advice on lighting and effects, Darkfire has the experience and resources to be your go-to executive consultant. We can help your company attract, nurture and retain a quality crew while assisting in the development and organization of high-quality, innovative lighting design implementation. With the team at Darkfire, your production or event will be fully equipped with the technology, the labor and the talent you need.
Style is one of the most important parts of any shoot, and lighting can greatly help contribute to the overall design. Darkfire welcomes the opportunity to work on new or recurring shows to offer expert opinions on the many lighting styles, tones and moods that can be created for a production. Our crew has successfully provided lights and styling services on programs like The Voice, The Bachelor and Shark Tank, so you can be confident in Darkfire to deliver on-brand solutions that will fit in with your current setup or help you design a new one from scratch.
3D Modeling and Pre-Vis
Large-scale or complex productions require detailed plans and models to double-check that the lighting effects will work exactly as designed. To get all parties on board and fully prepare the crew for all that will go into the setup process, Darkfire can create 3D models (or CAD renderings) of your set, allowing for important visualization and collaboration by every team involved in the production. For more hands-on teams, Darkfire can work with Directors to help them accurately previs their camera angles and shots in 3D. From stakeholders to crew members, pre-visualization and modeling can showcase a fairly realistic representation of set lighting, all before the show even loads in.
Control Systems Design
In many instances, a program’s control system is just as important as the lights themselves. When it comes to light control, the Darkfire team has designed and put together systems for a wide variety of clients, incorporating the most functional controls exactly where needed. From simple setups to the most complex, whether integrated with other departments or controllers, or as stand-alone setups, our crew enjoys creating some of the most and robust lighting control systems in the industry. We design solutions that will work with your plans and, in the end, provide your show or event with top-of-the-line lighting effects sure to flatter the talent and excite the crowd.
Lighting automation and motion control are not easily done; however, when done right, they can transform a show into a spectacle. The well-versed and dedicated Darkfire crew can create automated designs and digital controls that will help your production sizzle, illuminating spots or whole sets with exciting and unique lighting effects. From first concept to rigging and installing, our team uses state-of-the-art equipment for design and implementation – and always tests and retests the automations for accuracy – while paying close attention to our clients and their opinions along the way. Whether your production requires one effect or thousands, we will make sure that your show looks like a million bucks.
Media Server Integration
Media servers are a complication for some lighting designers, but our team sees them as valuable assets. When you need to integrate your media servers into your lighting abilities, we can help create a seamless transition. At Darkfire, we enjoy using all assets together, mixing media and light capabilities to create one unified look worthy of the production at hand. We carry with us a vast experience in the industry that helps us recognize the difference between each server and how to use those differences to our advantages. From planning to integration, we work through each step with our eyes on the single goal of making your production look its best.
Leaving electrical plans in the hands of someone inexperienced can result in a wide range of issues, from shorts to more serious hazards. But here’s the good news: the veteran crew at Darkfire has been assembling electrical plans and rigging lighting schemes for decades and know all the tricks of the trade to ensure safe and efficient results. Darkfire lighting designs are always rigged and wired to meet industry standards and safety codes. Our team also realizes that lighting is not the only trade in the building with electrical needs, so we make sure to communicate our requirements early and often to help eliminate unnecessary delays and confusion. From the first step to the last, we’re always working on the most effective way to beautify your production.