USHIO’s Job van der Heijden enjoys the star-studded line up in Sweden
The Baltic Sea and Stegeholm Castle Ruins provided the stunning backdrop in Västervik, as Ushio Europe’s Job van der Heijden made his way over to Sweden for a slightly unusual event. With temperatures breaking records across Europe, what could be better than spending the evening by the sea and watching a movie? Hosted by journalist and film critic Ronny Svensson, the ‘Move Me!’ outdoor cinema event was a big hit with locals and tourists alike, and gave USHIO the chance to see one of its DXL-40SN lamps take centre stage.
This celebration of music films came at a time when biopics of musicians are rivalling even superhero movies for box office glory. Each night of the three evening event saw a screening of a recent blockbuster, with 2018 Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody opening the show, followed by this year’s Elton John tribute, Rocketman. As the stunning sunset broke the horizon beyond the 14th century ruins, many well-respected members of the Swedish entertainment industry continued to enjoy the show as darkness fell. Amongst those present were ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus and fellow Swedish singer Johan Boding.
It was no surprise to see Janne Schaffer, a long-time associate of legendary acts like ABBA and Bob Marley, thanks to his association with the subject of the event’s third screening, Ted: För kärlekens skull. Hannes Holm’s film tells the tragic story of Swedish pop icon Ted Gärdestad, who recorded his debut album with Schaffer on guitar. In scenes reminiscent of an ancient colosseum, the ruins came to life as the spectators took their seats, and the closing act began.
DXL-40SN lamp impresses with high brightness before the sun goes down
A top of the range NEC NC2000C projector was partnered with one of USHIO’s powerful DXL-40SN lamps to blow away the audience during the Gärdestad tribute. A luminance reading registered 30 foot-lamberts (fL) even while the 4kW lamp, which is also compatible with the NC1200C, was only operating at 70% brightness.
Winberg Kino representative Thomas Hult said, “We have been buying USHIO lamps for several years now. The great quality is not only a source of satisfaction to us but also to our visitors, who enjoy every film thanks to USHIO‘s innovative lighting technologies. We also love the flexible service USHIO offers because it helps us find the perfect lamps for each projector”.
USHIO’s DXL-40SN digital cinema projector lamps compared
|Rated Input Power (kW)||4||4||4||4|
|Rated Voltage (v)||32||33||32||29|
|Rated Current (A)||125||120||125||135|
|Operating Current Range (kW)||2.8 – 4.0||2.8 – 4.0||2.8 – 4.0||2.8 – 4.0|
|Cold Arc Gap (mm)||5||5.3||6||7|
The celebrations continue into the summer for Svenska Bio founder and CEO Peter Fornstam, who USHIO witnessed picking up the 2019 UNIC Achievement Award at CineEurope earlier this year. The close association between Fornstam’s cinema chain and USHIO stretches back more than a decade, and is a partnership that Sales Manager Job van der Heijden sees as a symbolic relationship that benefits both sides.
“There is something to be said about friendship within business. We have a long standing relationship that has grown over the years to a point where we are confident in our united efforts to consistently provide the ultimate cinema experience. It is fantastic to get the opportunity to watch great films together in such a unique setting, all the while knowing that it is our combined hard work that made it all possible in the first place.”
– Job van der Heijden, Sales Manager Visible Light Solutions, Ushio Europe