Darran Webb is Lighting Reality in January’s Lighting Insights!

Happy 2015, everyone!  We here at CHAUVET Professional are kicking it fast and furiously into 2015, and this month’s Lighting Insights is no exception!

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First things first…  check out a great article with internationally acclaimed reality television lighting designer Darran Webb, who counts American Idol, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing as part of his master list of credits!

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Check it out, this month in Lighting Insights!
http://lightinginsights.chauvetproblog.com/darran-webb-lighting-reality/

 

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Recreating Visions – Pixel Mapping with Sohail e. Najafi of the RX Bandits

A Lighting Insights exclusive!  Sohail e. Najafi, lighting designer for the RX Bandits, had time to chat with us about pixels, light, and his work with the band.  Check it out!!!

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http://lightinginsights.chauvetproblog.com/recreating-visions-pixel-mapping-with-sohail-e-najafi/

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Darien Koop – Pentatonix and Pixel Mapping, in Lighting Insights!

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Darko Visual Design’s Darien Koop caught our attention when he pixel mapped a collection of COLORado Batten 72 Tour fixtures to create piano keys for the popular Pentatonix tour.  The end result blew us away, so we asked Koop to share some of his thoughts on pixel mapping with us. As excited as we are about pixel mapping, our interview with this dynamic LD left us even more psyched!

Check it out, in this month’s Lighting Insights!
http://lightinginsights.chauvetproblog.com/darien-koop-stepping-up-pixel-mapping/

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Lee Rose is Balancing Light in This Month’s Lighting Insights!

Do YOU read Lighting Insights from CHAUVET Professional?  Every month we put out a series of articles and videos on lighting, the industry, and the happenings within this business we all love so much!

This month we talk to an amazing artist of light, Mr. Lee Rose, who talks about all things lumens, from color to artistry and everything in between.  Check it out!

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THE VOICE PORTUGAL is Singing with NEXUS 4×4!

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A beautiful, stunning, and intense design by LD Marco Silva using NEXUS 4×4 from CHAUVET Professional.  Check it out! 

LISBON, PORTUGAL – (For Immediate Release) – Among the things that have made The Voice such a runaway international hit is that every country seems to find its own unique way of enhancing the show, adding a local feeling to what has become a global phenomenon.  This is very evident looking at A Voz de Portugal, the Portuguese version of The Voice. In 2011, it introduced a rule change that allowed viewers to vote back losers of battle rounds for live shows. This year the Lisbon-based show raised its game again, by taking pixel mapping on its set to a new level with the Nexus 4×4 LED panel from CHAUVET Professional.

Marco Silva, LD and programmer for A Voz de Portugal, used 28 Nexus 4 x 4 panels to create a stunning front stage façade, which he had pixel mapped by João Canoso of FX – Road Lights. Working with an Mbox Studio media server, Canoso created a stunning design that coordinated with the 6 mm LED upstage video wall.

“The pixel mapped Nexus panels created a bold and attractive look that fit the spirit of A Voz de Portugal,” said Silva. “This program celebrates the talent, effort and passion of the participants, and the lighting display helped us add to that celebration; it created an aura of stardom on the set.  Sometimes we used the same video images on the LED wall and the Nexus panels, which really achieved this aura effect thanks to the LED projection on the unit’s reflectors. We really liked that!”

Silva was also impressed with the versatility of the Nexus panels. “We fit them on the rig, like we did with other fixtures, so that each had its own job and its own look,” he explained.

There are several different segments on The Voice, and the Nexus panels play a specific role in each of them, according to Silva. On the “blind” segments, the panels serve as bright horizontal stage borders; on the “battle” and the “knock out” segments the panels are positioned on the floor.

Perhaps the most dramatic use of the panels comes on the live segment of the show.  “We mount the panels vertically for the live shots,” said Silva. “They’re mounted on two 7-meter towers on both sides of the stage. This gives us a great looks for the close-ups of the contestants.  Then when we go for wider shots, the Nexus creates this impressive gigantic blinder effect.”

On the live segments of the show, Silva complements the 28 Nexus 4×4 panels with 48 COLORdash Batten-Hex 8 linear wash fixtures and 48 COLORado 1-Quad Tour RGBW LED par-style fixtures, also from CHAUVET Professional. The Chauvet fixtures were supplied by Garrett Audiovisuais of Carnaxide, Portugal.

“The COLORdash is excellent for helping us built scenes, and the COLORados are superb backlights,” said the LD. “We’re very pleased with the output and color rendering of both products.”   Powered by eight hex-color RGBAW+UV LEDs, the COLORdash Batten-Hex 8 produces a wide variety of whites, bold colors and brilliant ultraviolet, which make it ideally suited for this multi-faceted broadcast application.

When asked how he transitions from segment to segment on A Voz de Portugal, Silva described the process this way:  “During the blind audition segments we want to be low keyed with the light, because we don’t want to distract from the mentors and their interaction with the singers, so there is no movement from the moving lights, but at the same time we want to create subtle cues to distinguish each performer. Once we get into the live segment, we want our lights to capture the high energy enthusiasm of the program.”

The lighting display designed by Silva succeeded in supporting the different segments of the program. “Our producers were very pleased with what we accomplished,” said the LD. “Portugal may not be big in terms of audience numbers, but we take pride in having a creative impact on The Voice.” Based on the stunning visuals achieved by Sliva and his team, no one would question that.

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Vanity Osaka Gets the Meacham Touch with CHAUVET Professional

Wait until you see the photos for this beautiful club in Osaka, Japan – the Vanity Osaka – designed by Michael Meacham of iDesign Productions in Miami, Florida.  Check it out!

OSAKA, JAPAN – With its concrete canyons and bustling crowded streets, Osaka resembles many other big international cities. In terms of culinary excellence though, Japan’s third largest city is in a league of its own. Sometimes called “the food capital of the world,” the city, which boasts 108 Michelin restaurant stars, lives by an ethos the Japanese call kuidaore, a joyful gastronomical indulgence. Now with the opening of Vanity Osaka, the city has a nightclub that equals its dining excellence, thanks in no small part to a sweepingly bold lighting design by Michael Meacham that draws upon the brightness, color and pixel mapping capabilities of over 400 fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

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Meacham of iDesign Productions (Miami) has designed some of the highest profile clubs in the world. He faced a special challenge when lighting Vanity Osaka. “This is a single level club with both sides of the dance floor elevated for VIP seating, so my design was going to be broad, horizontal and expansive,” he said. “The challenge I faced, though, is that there are these huge structural columns that land right in the center of the dance floor.”

Instead of trying to “work around” the wide columns, Meacham used EPIX 2.0 bars and EPIX 2.0 strips along with some adroit pixel mapping to incorporate them into his stunning design. “I figured the columns would be a great place to start my design,” he said. “Once I started the design utilizing the huge columns on the dance floor, the rest came together quickly. It was a really smooth, fun process.”

Fun indeed… it is impossible to see the end result of Meacham’s efforts without being awestruck. His artful pixel mapping and overall lighting design has transformed the Vanity Osaka dance floor into a free flowing, almost cosmological swirl of patterns and colors that instantly envelops visitors, creating a visual experience they aren’t likely to forget.

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“My vision for this project was to create an expansive look inside the club,” said Meacham. “The idea is to have an intimate lighting and video experience in every direction. We want people to be immersed in the entire space, no matter where they are in the club. Our goal is to create something that surrounds everyone.”

As Meacham noted, the creation of this immersive experience started when he used the EPIX 2.0 bars to illuminate the center columns on the dance floor. “The EPIX fixtures on the columns, just flowed so well with the DJ booth and ceiling lighting,” he said. “It created a very smooth look.”

In addition to the EPIX 2.0 bars and strips on the columns, Meacham built EPIX 2.0 bars into the wall behind the DJ booth and added five configurations of 32 EPIX 2.0 strips each on the ceiling. He also positioned EPIX 2.0 strips behind the frosted glass in the VIP area. The LD accented the EPIX lighted columns with 20 Intimidator Spot LED 350 moving fixtures from CHAUVET DJ in four groups of five. Meacham’s design utilizes the motorized focus of the Intimidator Spots to project crisp gobos over the dance floor.

Meacham positioned eight Strike 882 white SMD LED strobe panels with pixel control and special effects macros above the VIP areas on either side of the dance floor. “The Strikes have an impressive big punch, plus the individual pixel cells make for great chasing effects,” said the LD.

The pixel mapping capabilities of the Chauvet fixtures was essential to Meacham’s vision for his Vanity Osaka design. When asked to describe his creative vision for this club, the LD simply replied, “Deep abstract video immersion. I wanted to push pixels all over that club!”

Elaborating on that point, Meacham explained, “I love high contrast abstract video. It’s much more captivating to use it as moving art and interesting eye candy. There is a lot of color matching between the video and moving lights that gives the guests an exclusive experience that’s different than most other clubs. Vanity has an ambience of pixel mapping effects.”

The Chauvet fixtures were praised by Meacham for being easy to use with a variety of control options. “I used the GrandMA to send DMX out to the Chauvet movers, strobes and hazer,” he said. “I also used Arkaos Media Master Pro in fixture mode talking to GrandMA via native MA NET with CITP enabled. All the EPIX, including the VIP uplighting, is mapped with Kling-Net. There’s a huge video content library set up and by having CITP enabled, it allows the lighting operator to see a still preview of the video in the MA windows.”

Meacham’s gear list at Vanity Osaka included 299 EPIX 2.0 strips, 59 EPIX 2.0 bars,
41 EPIX Drive 642s, 8 Strike 882 panels, 12 Q-Wash 419Z-LED RGBW moving yoke fixtures, 20 Intimidator Spot LED 350s and one Amhaze II water-based haze machine.

“The Chauvet fixtures were amazing,” said Meacham. “We were very happy with the quality of the Chauvet products that we chose for Vanity. I had used the Intimidator Spot 350 previously in other clubs with great success, but I never used the EPIX series before. The EPIX fixtures worked out perfectly for this design.

“My client was thrilled,” continued the LD. “Vanity is one of the most original and unique clubs. There is nothing like it in Osaka.” So a city acclaimed for its eateries, now has at least one very special nightclub too.

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For more information on iDesign visit www.idesignproductions.com

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Peter Greenbaum is ROCKING the Nexus 4×4 on the Today Show!

We love seeing the ways lighting designers across the world design with our fixtures — and one of those LDs is Peter Greenbaum who is using the Nexus 4×4 on the Today Show!  Check it out!

All images © Today Show and Peter Greenbaum. Lighting Design by Peter Greenbaum.

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Sara Bareilles in the moment!today-show-peter-greenbaum-1

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Pharrell Williams layin’ it down:today-show-peter-greenbaum-3

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Mariah Carey, elegant and talented!today-show-peter-greenbaum-6

Phillip Phillips delivering the groove!today-show-peter-greenbaum-2

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Beautiful work, Peter!

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