The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 attracted a worldwide audience of 2 billion across all networks.
As Lighting Director for Sky News, I was tasked with the design of two studio spaces; one on the Long Walk and the other on the Guard Room roof within the castle grounds, overlooking St George's chapel where the couple were married.
The wedding day transmission would run continuously across both studios from 6am until 11pm. This gave me the full spectrum of lighting conditions to consider within my design; from Sunset where the camera lenses would be flared from the sunlight shining directly into the studio, through bright midday sun to sunset and the darkness that followed.
As the studio structures had to be covered to cater for the changeable British weather we made a call early on to make them white to give us a level of ambient light so we weren't lighting a black box against a potentially bright late spring day.
A combination of HMI and LED fixtures enabled me to combat the huge shift in light levels outside and retain a level of control over the fixtures as the light dropped off at night time.
Equipment: 4K HMI's, Arri Skypanels, Source 4 Lustr 2's, Mac Auras XB's, Rush pars & SGM P5's.