Followspot

Spot lights and followspots for Weddings


Followspot:

A followspot is a powerful stage lighting instrument which projects a focused bright beam of light onto a performance space. Followspots are controlled by a followspot operator who tracks actors around the stage. [replace actors with wedding couple and stage with dance floor!]

You may have seen some photos/videos of a spot light following a wedding couple around the dance floor on their first dances. What isn't so obvious is that spot lights don't work well unless you have a very high ceiling or a 2nd floor balcony for your followspot operator! You need a good size dance floor to pull this off as well. We frequently use followspots on concerts and special events but the venues where they are effective for weddings are quite limited.

Lay people often use the term "Spotlight" when they really mean "Followspot". We consider a spotlight stationary. Spotlight def: a lamp projecting a narrow, intense beam of light directly onto a place or person, especially a performer on stage.

Followpsot Examples:

Large Follow spot - spot light

Large followspot with Op(erator) at stadium

Medium Follow Spot light

Medium Followspot with Op

Pipe and drape

Small Followspot

Pipe and drape

Spotlight on stage. Note the hard focused edge and the atmosperic haze. You would not see the beam on the air without haze -- only the light hitting the stage floor.

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