Lighting : Lighting October 2015 - Vol 35 Issue 5
Postcard from Toronto 30 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | October/November 2015 October/November 2015 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 31 CASE STUDY Sixthousandathletes,48sports,41countriesand over 4,000 medals! Sounds familiar? This sporting extravaganza took place in Toronto in July and August this year was the Pan American and Parapan Games. The dominant native tongue of the athletes is Spanish. But in common with Australia and New Zealand, three of the countries have flags that suffer the same historical colonial connection with the red/white/blue flag of a foreign nation stuck in the corner! Toronto is the bustling multicultural capital of Ontario tucked in between two of the Great Lakes. The weather is glorious – sunny and an occasional light shower, perfect for the Games. Considering myself lucky and privileged, again to be asked to be the broadcast lighting consultant of a global sporting event, my eighth, Toronto 2015 has a rather short timescale for me. DAVID LEWIS, FIESANZ The basketball court from the main camera position. A view of the football pitch from the main camera position. A fisheye view of the football pitch, taken to assess uniformity. I have been engaged by the host broadcaster, Canada’s national channel CBC to advise and act as lighting director of all of their live broadcast venues of 16 sports; as well as the formal part of the opening ceremony. I am staying in the downtown media hotel and catch the streetcar to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) – complete with temporary studios of the competing national TV networks. The corridors are filled with foreign tongues; besides Spanish there is Portuguese, Dutch, French, English and many creole variations. In the same studio complex are the gymnastics, volleyball and three other sports plus the press media centre. The principal legacy construction, the athletes’ village, is a new Toronto community purposely built to promote a healthy lifestyle. The ‘sidewalks’ are double or triple the usual size, and designed to promote more walking and cycling. At its heart, is a leafy green park with walking trails and splash pad, from which the neighborhood radiates.
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