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The Next Dimension Of Stage Production


Electrocraft delivers outstanding immersive entertainment experience with dynamic automation solutions and spot on sound reinforcement at Filmfare Awards 2019.

Popularly referred to as India’s equivalent of the Academy Awards; the 64th edition of the Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group, continued its legacy of honouring artistic and technical excellence in the Hindi film industry of India, through an elaborate ceremony hosted on 23rd March 2019 at Mumbai’s iconic Jio Gardens.


Shahrukh Khan makes a grand entrance in a magnificent looking moving ‘Cocoon’ which essentially comprised revolving rings that travelled on stage along a rolling platform, controlled remotely through automated panels

The event this year proved to be a visual and aural spectacle as the show witnessed a slew of breathtaking performances, ably reinforced with state-of-the-art professional entertainment technology, with one of India’s foremost rental outfit – Electrocraft – commissioning the spectacular sound architecture, trussing and automation solution for the gig.



The electrically powered custom-made double revolving stage with inner and outer rings.
The stage has both an inner and outer revolving ring, which operate independently of each other with adjustable rotation speed. Both rings can revolve clockwise and counter-clockwise, one at a time, or both at once. Inset pic shows dancers positioned in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.

Stage Automation

Electrocraft played a key role in ensuring that the magic created on stage by celebrities and their stellar performances, was efficiently delivered by using a comprehensive system of automation solutions, which were deployed with great precision. Megastar Shahrukh Khan made his grand entrance on stage in a magnificent looking moving ‘Cocoon’ which essentially comprised revolving rings that travelled on stage along a rolling platform, controlled remotely through automated panels.

Movecat motors enabled the upward and downward movement of the six massive LED screens on stage

Another key highlight involved a breathtaking on stage performance that took place on a ‘floating’ platform, which was powered through state-of-the-art hydraulic lifts and again, was controlled remotely. The team also installed on stage, a slew of variable speed controlled large frame travellators and a massive Turntable section with two individually controllable rings – both of which played a key role in dance performances by various Bollywood celebrities. Additionally, high speed fully automated and individually programmable Movecat motors enabled the upward and downward movement of the six massive LED screens, making the show even more flamboyant in its visual appeal.


Yohan Fernandes at the Avid VENUE | S6L

Sound Reinforcement

Electrocraft also lived up to its reputation as the country’s leading live sound specialists, as they deployed an elaborate audio infrastructure with the primary system comprising an all L’Acoustics solution wherein the K2 system formed the FOH, while the dV-Dosc systems formed the In-fill and Out-fill systems, along with the Arcs system covering the venue as side-fills. Multiple units of SB28 subwoofers and KS28 subwoofers provided the crucial low-frequency fidelity that rocked the event, with amplification of the entire system provided through multiple units of power amplifiers from L’Acoustics. Owing to the massive expanse of the venue, the team also deployed an additional delay system comprising multiple elements of the Y-series line array modules from d&b Audiotechnik. The team worked tirelessly during setup to ensure perfect alignment and tuning of the entire loudspeaker solution as a whole, which ensured that the audience experienced an almost ambisonic soundscape that was in perfect harmony. A slew of top-notch wireless systems from leader brands Shure and Sennheiser comprise the microphone solution, with the ULX-D wireless system from Shure and the D6000 wireless microphones and series 2000 IEMs from Sennheiser rounding up the solution. Multiple numbers of headset microphones from Roger Drego’s signature series of products were used by performers and presenters during the event. Additionally, the team also ensured that the same impeccable sound experience was normed backstage as well, as they deployed multiple units of loudspeakers from Roger Drego’s signature series of products to act as green room speakers and backstage monitoring. The VIP room was reinforced with a neat and compact EVOX system from RCF. At broadcast position, the team deployed the sleek and efficient S6L-24D console from AVID along with multiple numbers of Rockit 8 near-field monitors from KRK.


MOVECAT I-MOTION EXPERT-T III System Controller used to control the entire stage automation. The Expert-T III system controller controls the Movecat MPC-4ID8 / C1 and V-Motion Power Controllers via an I-Motion network, forming a closed safety network with them. An error in a unit is centrally evaluated, visualized and, according to the system configuration, ensures the safe shutdown of a train / drive, the associated group or even the entire system. For direct operation, two dynamic control levers and, in addition, five CUE start buttons are available for retrieving and driving transformations and performances.

Commenting about the sound experience, a Filmfare spokesperson commented, “Filmfare is all about lineage and a rich history of recognizing the best. Naturally, we would only settle on delivering the best experience to our audience; which is why we chose to work with Roger and his team at Electrocraft. And we must say, they absolutely lived up to all our expectations. The sound experience was absolutely fantastic and extremely captivating. And to add to it, the brilliant work that they commissioned with the automation of the moving stage elements – that was amazing. Their hardwork and skill helped bring the show to life and make it magnanimous – true to Filmfare’s legacy!”


Roger Drego Backstage during Rehearsals

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