SURREY â€” A local company helped light up dance moves in the latest â€œStep Upâ€ movie.
A high-tech KLR10 unit developed and built by Parasol Systems was used in key scenes for â€œStep Up: All In,â€ which opens in theatres today (Friday) as the fifth movie in the series.
â€œThe movie is a big showcase for us, absolutely,â€ said Hermann Fruhm, CEO of Parasol.
â€œItâ€™s an exciting time for us,â€ added Fruhm, who lives in Coquitlam and co-founded the company in 2006 with Randy Krochak. "We’re still a small company, but we’re the little engine that could."
One of the companyâ€™s three lighting units, the relatively small STAR600, is built at its year-old headquarters, located in the Port Kells area of Surrey. The two larger units, including the one used in â€œStep Up,â€ are built at a plant in Dallas, Texas.
Three of Parasolâ€™s STAR600 units will soon be shipped to China for use in a dance club there.
â€œThis technology is designed for big concerts, tours, nightclubs, movies â€” anything that requires special lighting,â€ Fruhm told the Now on a tour of the companyâ€™s warehouse Thursday.
Parasol-developed lighting systems utilize self-propelling and wirelessly controlled vehicles that travel along pre-determined guideways. In basic terms, the technology moves already-moving lights, and Fruhm is confident the technology will â€œrevolutionizeâ€ the lighting industry.
â€œMy whole way of thinking is this almost requires a new way of thinking by lighting designers,â€ said Fruhm, who recently returned from a trip to Japan to showcase the companyâ€™s largest unit, the ACS (Automated Cart System).
The companyâ€™s KLR10 unit is featured in the finale dance sequence in the latest â€œStep Upâ€ movie, and also in trailers for the film (scroll down to view the trailer).
Brian Pearson, the movieâ€™s director of photography, recently raved about the flexibility and dynamic nature of the lighting unit.
â€œParasolâ€™s KLR10 was really the show-stopper on the (movie), surpassing my best expectations in terms of performance, reliability and flexibility,â€ Pearson testified. â€œFrom the moment I saw it, I just knew it had a place in our big dance finale sequence.â€
Parasolâ€™s lighting units are demonstrated on the companyâ€™s Youtube channel.