Fixtures from the Ovation™ line of theatrical luminaires like Ovation™ C-640FC cyc light, ellipsoidal-style Ovation™ E-190WW, and Ovation™ F-165WW Fresnel fixtures stole the show at ABTT 2013 Theatre Show in London. CHAUVET® Professional high-resolution video panels PVP™ S5 and PVP™ S7 were also on display. The stand featured trussing from TRUSST®.
Sixteen CHAUVET® Professional COLORado™ Zoom Tour wash lights recently lit a boxing match at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The event was broadcasted on Fox Deportes, the cable television network dedicated to sports-related programming in Spanish. Lighting Designer Frank Gatto of Frank Gatto Lighting specified the fixtures, which were supplied by Stage Equipment and Lighting of South Florida, referred by Musique Xpress Lights of Puerto Rico.
CHAUVET® Professional is getting ready for InfoComm 2013 in Orlando. The two booths, 5643 and 6080, are built with TRUSST®, backed by Chauvet, and will house a great selection of new luminaires, next to the already available CHAUVET® Professional Legend™ 230SR Beam moving yoke, Nexus™ 4×4 tour-ready wash light, Ovation™ series of theatrical luminaires, PVP™ S5 and PVP™ S7 high-definition video panels, MVP™ Ta8 Curve modular video panel, WELL™ 2.0 wireless wash light, Q-Spot™ 360-LED and Q-Spot™ 460-LED moving spot fixtures, wash lights from the COLORado™ series and more. Chauvet’s ILUMINARC® brand of architectural lighting is also represented by a variety of interior and exterior lighting solutions.
CHAUVET® Professional impressed at Palme Middle East in Dubai with an array of fixtures, such as Nexus™ 4×4 wash light, Q-Wash™ 436Z-LED flicker-free wash, Legend™ 230SR Beam moving yoke, Ovation™ E-190WW and Ovation™ F-165WW theatrical lights, COLORado™ 4 IP linear wash light, PVP™ S5 and PVP™ S7 high-resolution video panels and interior and outdoor lighting solutions from ILUMINARC®. Lots of the fixtures were displayed on trussing structures from TRUSST®, backed by Chauvet.
Six questions with Sergiu Ardelean, Lighting Designer for the Romanian National Television Society.
1. How did you get into this field?
When I was little I was thinking of becoming a movie director. Born and raised with music around me, I often talked with my father, who is a composer, about how I’ll be directing movies and he will do the film score. Time passed and I got more and more passionate about image and photography. So at the end of high school I decided to study film and TV image. In the final year I got hired at the Romanian National Television Society as cameraman and moved on as lighting director as soon as I got my degree. Since then I did all kinds of shows, and I still remained connected to music as I enjoy working on entertainment, concerts, music shows, etc.
2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
I am still a tungsten fan, but LEDs have already begun the revolution. And with the possibility of selecting the dimming curves on them, and the fact that they are very close of rendering the full color spectrum at various color temperatures that is suitable for rendering good flesh tones on video, it is a big thing in progress. Still I won’t choose them for key lighting for now. But with low power consumption that enabled manufacturers to put LED fixtures on batteries and wireless DMX, continuing increase of output intensity, the road is open ahead. Of course until someone thinks of something else—like usable wireless electricity?
3. Do you have a favorite fixture (and why)?
My favorite fixture would be the CHAUVET® Professional Nexus™ 4×4. It is versatile, powerful, good-looking and eye candy. Some could make a whole set only by using them [like the Nexus™ 4x4 arrays that were used for Bruno Mars’ performance during the Billboard Music Awards]. It could be light, it could be video, it could be everything you would like it to be. So, I am a fan!
4. What has been your favorite design/project?
I have done a lot of everything, from simple two-person talking shows to big entertainments setups and music festivals. Every single one of them was treated with the same attention, and every one of them was special because I faced different challenges that had to be addressed. Even if it is a season show with a standard plot, something eventually comes up. Of course I have some projects that I am proud of, like the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest from 2009, the International Music Festival Golden Stag also in 2009, Star Factory (a Romanian/ Moldavian coproduction, season 3) in 2012, and a project of three major shows celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Romanian National Television Society. I am still learning and await new challenges, so I always look forward to bigger, more complicated and more interesting shows.
5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
I always think that having a backup plan is show saving. I learned to light a show with everything that could spark a light. Not enough moving heads? We’ll use something else or whatever we can find, and use them in a creative way so the show still looks good. It works pretty well up to a point to use your imagination, put it to work and play around with scarce resources. Limited choice of fixtures made me develop an alternate thinking of how to light a show. This and the fact that I am surrounded by very well trained professionals, who under my assistance are planning very careful each detail, I have eliminated so far the “unforeseen” factor from my shows. I always make production trips on location because I like to know exactly what to expect about power, rigging points, etc. That unless the power fails and we have no backup due to limited budget (only happened once though…). On the other hand, when the producer says, “whatever you need,” well … No comment! I wish that to all of you!
6. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…walking on the dark side of the moon—barren and dark…
ILUMINARC®, Chauvet’s brand of architectural and architainment lighting, showed indoor and outdoor lighting solutions at The ARC Show in London. The ILUMINARC® stand featured Ilumipanel 40 IP, Ilumipanel 180 IP, Ilumipod 18g2 IP, Ilumiline 36 IP, Ilumiline Inground Tri 12 IP, Ilumiline Logic 12, Ilumipod Logic Tri-4 and more.
Various fixtures from CHAUVET® Professional, such as ellipsoidal-style theatrical light Ovation™ E-190WW, Fresnel-style Ovation™ F-165WW, Nexus™ 4×4 wash light, Legend™ 230SR Beam moving yoke, were displayed at Showlight 2013, in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Showlight is a networking event organized every four years, that also features seminars next to the usual displays at stands.
Sixteen CHAUVET® Professional Legend™ 230SR Beam were spotted at the sixth edition of Set Electro in New Orléans, which drew about 30,000 people gathered for the performances of DJs William Kaiton, Tony Romera and headliner Joachim Garraud. JBL Sonorisation provided the sound and lighting for the event, including the Legend™ 230SR Beam fixtures, purchased from French distributor Algam.
Lance Shirley, a member of the Chauvet team for nearly four years, is the quality control manager at Chauvet. Read on and get to know a little bit more about him.
1. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Miami.
2. Why Chauvet?
I was fresh out of college and needed a job to hold me over until I was able to find something in my field of study. I really like working at Chauvet because of the family-oriented atmosphere we have here at headquarters — especially in the quality control department. We spend more time with each other here at work than we do at home with our own families. We are all from different walks of life and we all offer each other advice when one of is experiencing tough times.
3. Where did you work prior to joining the Chauvet team?
I was a full-time student at Florida A&M University.
4. Favorite food?
My favorite food is oxtails and steamed veggies.
5. Favorite type of music?
Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Neo-Soul, Gospel and a little Reggae.
6. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spending time at the park with Cameron, my two-year-old son, and playing sports.
7. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
8. A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like a club without a DJ.
Czech Distributor AudioMaster recently organized a series of seminars aimed at training customers on various CHAUVET® Professional fixtures, such as Nexus™ 4×4 pixel-mapping wash lights, Legend™ 412 moving yokes, WELL™ 2.0, Q-Spot™ 360-LED and Q-Spot™ 460-LED lights and more. Here a couple of photos from the training: