Be Smart, Be Creative: Winners of wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge 2014

Publish date:

CAST Software announces the 10-judge panel’s decision for the top three places of the wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge 2014. The Challenge highlights and promotes the outstanding work of budding and experienced lighting designers who used R33 wysiwyg for preparing their short video submission.  The Challenge specified the number of automated lights and capped the amount of equipment to focus the submissions on creative lighting design.  

For the jury stage, judges included lighting designers from Spain, France and Canada who rated the videos based on innovation, creativity, visual appeal, content, communication and relevance.  The judging panel announced the following four winners, which emerged from very tough competition. 

Denis Hessberger, media and lighting programmer/designer, bright! Creative event solutions - Germany and Qatar
One year free wysiwyg membership

Nicolas Bailly, Stage Lighting Technology Asia – Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

            Nine-month free wysiwyg membership

              3rd &

James Simpson, UK and Andre Flaßpöhler, Pre Concept, Germany (tied for 3rd place)

               Six-month free wysiwyg membership

“This is the third year we have run this competition and really wanted to focus the Challenge more on a real-world situation where a project has a budget and equipment limitation.  We felt this approach would test the contestants’ creativity and prove it is possible to do a lot with a little.  

“We got what we were looking for!  We proved that, thanks to wysiwyg, you can test, tweak and perfect your design before even setting a foot on the venue.  Look at the submissions – the results are great.  I never expected such a fantastic and creative range of videos,” said Igor Silva, Marketing Manager at CAST Group. “What’s more, I am amazed by the creativity and motivation of the industry professionals who entered.”

“The Judges admitted that choosing the winners was difficult because each design and video was unique and captivating in its own way,” added Silva.

People’s Choice Award

Shortly judging, all submitted projects were eligible for a second, online public vote. Nicolas Bailly achieved a voting score of 31.6% winning him the prestigious People’s Choice Award. 

All awards were presented online via social media.

Some quotes from winners

“I am very happy to have won the Challenge again - it is a big honour, especially because well-known industry professionals have judged the videos.

“For my video, I tried to reproduce a typical previsualization integrating kinetic elements, translucent fabrics as well as video and lighting to demonstrate what wysiwyg was capable of.

“bright! uses wysiwyg a lot in pre-production and the design project phases as well as providing complete preprogramming solutions for shows of any size. wysiwyg has always been an enormous timesaver and a valuable tool - the last few releases have made it useful and quicker to use. A recent wysiwyg project was ‘Rock in Rio’ and we have supplied wysiwyg suites for this event since 2004.”

Image placeholder title

Denis Hessberger, media and lighting programmer/designer, bright! Creative event solutions - Germany and Qatar,

“The Challenge comes at an extremely important time in my life as I’m relocating from Paris to Asia to launch a new company called Stage Lighting Technology Asia based in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

“I’m delighted and touched to have received so many votes from judges.

“Inspiring my work was Lorde’s Tennis Court, remixed by DJ Flume. It’s very dynamic with lots of highs and lows, with strong feelings, that allows for massive effects with light. The lighting effect is mostly to appeal to the EDM audience. I hope it also appeals to a performance by Lorde and DJ Flume. My best wish is to actually see this stage in real life and to hopefully work together with the artists one day soon!”

Image placeholder title

Nicolas Bailly, Stage Lighting Technology Asia – Kuala Lumpur and Singapore,

“The wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge is an opportunity to showcase creative and professional work. I took my five years experience in using wysiwyg for previsualization of presentations, rock n roll and sporting events and came up with a stunning car show! I am very pleased with achieving third place. Thank you to the judges who voted for me.”

Image placeholder title

Andre Flaßpöhler, Pre Concept, Germany

“I’m really pleased and honoured my video was awarded a prize in the wyswiyg Lighting Design Video Challenge. I use visualisation for a wide range of applications and wanted to show other users how versatile a program this is. Hopefully more theatre productions will see the relevance of visualisers and try them on their own productions!”

Image placeholder title

James Simpson – Lighting Visualisation, UK

Some Useful Links:

Twitter & Facebook: @CASTSoftware

CAST Forum:

About CAST Software

Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien -- Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.

CAST Software Ltd. is a member of the CAST Group of Companies Inc.



Black Box Radian Flex Software-Based Video Wall Platform Earns ISE Best of Show Award

Black Box, an industry-leading provider of pro AV connectivity and signal distribution systems, today announced that the company's Radian Flex software-based video wall platform won an ISE Best of Show Award from AV Technology Europe, a Future Publishing magazine. Of the more than 1,000 exhibitors at ISE 2019, only 15 — including Black Box with Radian Flex — earned this award, which recognizes achievements and innovations in product and service development.


Luxul to Bring Reliability and High Performance to IBS 2019 With Latest Networking Solutions for the Smart Home

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced its technology line-up for the NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS), taking place February 19-21 in Las Vegas. In the Legrand booth SU614, the company will exhibit a wide range of solutions for home builders that deliver reliable, high-performance networks in smart homes, including Gigabit switches; the next generation of wireless controller technology; indoor and outdoor wireless access points (APs); wired and wireless routers; intelligent network power distribution units (PDU); and the Wi-Fi Assurance Program exclusively for builders.


HoverCam's Pilot Series and ClassFusion Learning Platform Land Big Wins at TCEA 2019

HoverCam, a leader in innovative, interactive, and engaging education solutions, announced that the company's digital classroom solutions received three major honors from Tech & Learning at the recent Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2019 Conference in San Antonio. At the show, HoverCam's Pilot 3 digital teaching station received the Award of Excellence in the District category, while the company's new Pilot X podium and ClassFusion software platform both earned Best of Show honors. The awards were presented on Feb. 6 at a special ceremony held at Casa Rio restaurant in San Antonio.


College Football Playoff Uses Veritone's AI and Digital Asset Management Solutions to Enable Richer Media Coverage

Veritone Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI), the creator of the world's first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE™, today announced that the College Football Playoff (CFP) leveraged an expanded deployment of Veritone solutions and services for the 2019 CFP National Championship to give members of the media even faster and richer access to its content resources. In addition to the CFP's Digital Media Hub, a white-label digital asset management portal from Veritone, the CFP also utilized Veritone's Live Event Services and aiWARE artificial intelligence platform for the first time. With aiWARE, the CFP was able to apply artificial intelligence to video footage and still images of press conferences, interviews and other Media Day events to produce transcriptions, automated facial recognition of players and coaches, logo identification, and other tasks enabling expedited and enhanced coverage of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. For the first time, the CFP was able to make Media Day press conference clips and images available for search and immediate download within minutes of delivery. Following the success of this deployment, CFP has renewed its agreement with Veritone through the 2020 championship game in New Orleans.