Illuminati has been creating innovative lighting, special effects and technology, for a lot of years now. Theatre, opera and dance is deep in our DNA: over 350 productions to our credit in rep and regional theatre, the West End, and festivals worldwide over thirty years - but we bring the same zest for life, originality of approach and sheer breathtaking talent to anyone that needs it. This includes lighting for buildings, art galleries, monuments, hairdressing salons, churches, offices or outdoor environments. What you get from Dorian is always a lot more than just having a few lights pointed at the stage, or a building, or a hairdressing customer, or a restaurant table or at an altar. Its a way you can communicate at the very finest level. Its a way to help create the mood, the feel, the emotion, the message that you want. Its a way of accessing thirty years of lighting art. Its a way to be better. Just better.
Dorian has been lighting designer at a number of regional theatres and for several years designed a wide range of productions at London's Mermaid Theatre. Including relights for major tours and commercial presentations, he has a lifetime achievement of over 300 production designs to his credit.
SLOPPY JOE'S STATESIDE CAFE BAR
This startup business, set in an underground windowless cellar, was looking for an entire new American look. Their problem was that they needed true originality plus an on-street marketing scheme. We concepted the operation as a converted Hollywood movie studio, obtaining several redundant Mole-Richardson studio floods and other pieces of studio equipment, gutted them out and fitted them with modern cheaply replacable lamps. These, with barndoors and color filters, provided the general ambience, individual table lights being (in those days) state of the art par 36 downlights with replacable capsule lamps. These provided a tight spot in the middle of each table. Illuminati insisted that a beautifully cut crystal glass vase was placed in the exact centre of each table, containing a single red flower. The light that reflected and was diffused from this gave the table - and the people sitting at it -an incredibly expensive and glamourous look, while at the same time turned the densely packed tables into intimate islands of light. Dimmers were provided with timers so that as evenings progressed, the light could be progressively dimmed and warmed. We also designed and made a 40' New York skyline, each window of which was individually fitted with an optical fibre. This stood two feet away from a curved cyclorama, on which a wide variety of weather conditions were projected, including an animated aircraft with a Sloppy Joe banner and moving clouds. To cap it all we fitted twenty low cost monitor screens showing American imagery on four channels including some truly awful sitcoms and game shows, tourist footage etc. A powerpoint presentation was devised and made in-house showing the entire menu and other promotional materials featuring our own animated Sloppy Joe character, and this was initially shown on a 28" monitor at street level in a tiny shop window, later converting this to show on a BP screen. We also built a animated robot character which could be re-costumed seasonally. The restaurant did wonderful business in a town saturated with restaurants and has been running for many years.