CHAUVET Professional Sharpens Metal Edge for Motionless In White

Motionless in White was looking for a hardcore lighting edge to accentuate their shows even further than their Horror Rock monikers have pushed them.  Freddy Thompson of JDI Productions reached into the Legend case to create a bold, dark, and moody atmosphere for the rockers.  Check it out!

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WORCESTER, MA– (For Immediate Release) – A Motionless in White concert is not for anyone expecting a predictable metalcore experience. Sometimes described as “horror metal,” the iconic group never fails to surprise and unsettle audiences by pulling unexpected tricks out of its musical bag, whether it’s a shattering blast beat that bursts out of nowhere in the middle of a verse or a haunting keyboard effect that leaves audiences looking over their shoulders. The band’s headline performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival was no exception, arousing the crowd with its unexpected twists and turns.

Keeping pace with the music was an intense and sometimes darkly theatrical lightshow by lighting designer Freddy Thompson of JDI Productions that featured a collection of Legend moving fixtures and Vesuvio RGBA foggers from CHAUVET Professional. Thompson used six Legend 230SR Beams and eight Legend 412 moving washes positioned on truss towers, as well as two Vesuvio RGBA foggers on a rig that also included blinders, strobes and hazers to capture the penetrating mood of Motionless in White’s music in light.

“I was going for was a darker theatrical look which I felt would complement the band’s persona,” said the LD. “I used very, very minimal lighting from the house rig at the Palladium, which helped the Legend’s beams stand out even more. By layering the stage with the rich colors of the Legend 412 wash fixtures, I could capture the moment during every song on the band’s set list (which began with Death March and ended with Devil’s Night).”

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Thompson was careful to coordinate the colors of the two Legend fixtures in his rig. “At critical points we wanted to bathe the stage in color,” he said. “At those points, I would use brighter colors in the beam fixtures to ensure that they cut through the rich color wash of the Legend 412 units.

“The Vesuvios were critical to creating the theatrical atmosphere on stage,” continued the LD. “We used them to send up colorful columns of fog (the Vesuvio RGBA shoots light through fog). Aside from adding extra drama to the stage, the fog also worked well to highlight gobos, rotating prisms and fast random strobes.”

Thompson positioned the Vesuvio foggers on the downstage center edge, leaving enough room for an ego riser to be placed in between the units. “We arranged the Vesuvios this way so the artist could stand between the units while they shot colorful fog upwards,” said the LD. “It was all very dramatic.”

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The Legend fixtures were arranged on four 8’ and two 5’ truss towers. Thompson spaced the taller towers evenly between the drum riser and guitar cabinets. He positioned the shorter towers stage left and stage right. Each tower had a Legend 230SR Beam on top. The taller center truss towers had two Legend 412 fixtures, while the smaller side towers had only one 412 unit.

“Having the beams mounted on top of the towers helped create a great position for these fixtures to be focused almost anywhere desired, whether it was on the audience or a point on stage,” said Thompson. “The 412s were mounted on the face of the truss towers to help create an eye candy effect for the set. I knew these Chauvet fixtures would be a good choice for this design because the units have proven their road worthiness time and time again. With such a short time frame loading in at the beginning of a three-day music festival, I needed fixtures I could trust would get the job done with no issues.

“A big challenge with a project at the end of a three-day festival is that there isn’t a lot of onsite programming time available,” continued the LD. “Thanks to Josh Korel, the band’s production manager sending me a complete set list, I was able to complete most of my programming in our visual studio at JDI Productions using Light Converse. By the time the rig was set up at the beginning of the festival’s third day, I had just enough time to update my position, focus my gobos and start the show.”

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Start the show is exactly what Thompson did and with flying colors, not to mention a fistful of dramatic effects. The end result was a lightshow that was as intense, original, evocative and multi-layered as the music of one of the metal genre’s most complex bands.

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For more information on JDI Productions visit: www.jdiproductions.com

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CHAUVET Professional and the Miss USA Pageant!

Check it out!!  Q-Wash 419Z, MVP Ta8 Curve, and Legend 412 help to make the Miss USA Pageant a success!  HUGE thanks go to Image Production Services for making this great!


WORCESTER, MA – Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to lighting beauty pageants, getting things right means adhering to an exacting set of standards. So say Darren and Tyler Lussier, who speak from experience.  Aside from lighting concerts and major league sporting events in New York and New England, their company, Image Production Services, has become a beauty pageant maven, illuminating no fewer than six state segments of Miss USA in 2014.

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This year, the father-son team added a new twist to their pageant lighting when they replaced the fabric curtains they had been using on stage risers with MVP Ta8 Curve 8.33 mm pitch LED video panels from CHAUVET Professional. “The panels have taken us to a whole new world when lighting pageants,” said Tyler Lussier. “They give us much greater flexibility to change colors and scenes to match what’s happening on the stage and coordinate the risers with the moving light from the Chauvet Q-Wash 419Z-LED and Legend 412 fixtures that we use on the set for spot lighting and some strategically placed ballyhoos.”

The Lussiers use 66 of the MVP Ta8 Curve panels, which measure 23.6” x 23.6” (600 x 600 mm) on their beauty pageant stages.  These panels are arranged in eight curved tiers that descend down to the middle of the stage. “Pageant contestants stand on these tiers during the event, so we want them to be colorful and elegant,” said Tyler Lussier. “The bright resolution and vivid colors of the panels are important in helping us achieve this goal. Of course, it’s also important that the MVP Ta8 is curved, so it can be used to create concave or convex facings. This allows us to configure the panels to fit the contours we want on our on-stage risers.”

Arkaos MediaMaster is used with a CHAUVET Professional VIP Driver to feed graphical images to the video panels. The Lussiers don’t use text on the MVP Ta8 Curve panels for this show, because “it would be hard to read,” given the tiered structure of the risers.  Instead, they rely on using a variety of different graphical images to keep the appearance of the set “fresh and dynamic throughout the pageant.”

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The brightly tiered LED video panels also create an attractive structural setting for the television cameras. “TV camera crews love the panels, because they make it easier to create good looking shots,” said Tyler Lussier. “The looping graphics that we run on the panels create a lot of nice movement for TV cameras, without them having to worry about shooting from different angles. They provide a great backdrop for the TV camera, without detracting from the main focus, which is the contestants.”

Television crews also like that there are now fewer fixtures on the beauty pageant set. The Lussiers say that using the LED panels has eliminated the need for some lighting fixtures, particularly the batten washes that were used to uplight the curtains. This makes the set less crowded for video crews.

Using fewer fixtures has also reduced the setup time Image Production Services needs at the beauty pageants. “The panels have definitely shaved an hour or two off setup time, which is good when you’re doing a lot of pageants,” said Tyler Lussier. “They’re going to be part of our pageant lineup for a long time.”

For information on Image Production Services visit: www.imageproductionservices.com

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Lady Antebellum Shines for CVS Charity Classic with LEGENDS!

A great band, a great cause, with great beams of light!  JDI Productions in Rhode Island recently used 34 Legend 230SR Beams and Legend 412 LED wash fixtures to rock the night for Lady Antebellum.  Check it out below!

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PROVIDENCE, RI – The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is known throughout Rhode Island for bringing big name golfers to the state (20 PGA pros were at this year’s event) and raising much-needed funds for local causes. This year’s edition of the event, which has raised well over a $1 million annually since it began in 1999, also brought something else to the area – big name entertainment in the form of Lady Antebellum. The multi-Grammy winning, platinum recording artists performed before over one thousand invited guests at the Rhode Island Convention Center, illuminated by a zesty lightshow created by Derek Iorfida, using a variety of Legend moving head fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

“This is a major event throughout the state,” said Iorfida, president of JDI Productions in Johnston, Rhode Island. “The gala at the convention tops off a charity golf tournament that generates a lot of local attention, so we want a design with impact – something that sparkles.”

Contributors to the charity classic joined executives from the 7,600-store CVS Caremark chain at the gala, which featured dining and dancing. However, Iorfida didn’t approach this project as a “corporate” lighting design. “At the end of the day this was a concert,” he said. “The invited guests saw this as a Lady Antebellum concert, and that’s the kind of atmosphere that we wanted to create.”

Aside from creating this atmosphere on the Rhode Island Convention Center Stage, Iorfida also extended it to the dance floor with the help of 34 Legend 230SR Beam and Legend 412 LED moving head fixtures. “We positioned the Legends upstage, mid-stage and on truss towers over the dance floor to cover the entire area with concert-like colorful, vivid beams,” he said. “The intensity and output of the Legend fixtures really can’t be matched by anything in their class. They’re also very fast. We swept beams over the dance floor to energize the crowd.”

Iorfida used a Road Hog 4 console to program the CVS gala lightshow. “We created a lot of chases and dynamic scenes for this event just as we would a touring concert,” he said. “The 230SR Beam’s zooming, beam shaping and split color capabilities were key to helping us achieve what we wanted with this design.”

It isn’t every day that visitors to a corporate event get to be entertained by a superstar group with seven Number One singles to its credit, especially one illuminated by a dynamic concert level lightshow. “The client was very happy with how everything came together,” said Iorfida. “We gave people an evening they’re going to remember for a long time – and that felt good.”

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YELLOWCARD and LD Cody James ROCK the LEGEND Line!

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The band YELLOWCARD is out there right now with lighting designer Cody James, rocking the Legend 230 SR Beam and the Legend 412 LED wash from CHAUVET Professional.  Have you seen their show?  It’s energetic, the audiences love it, and the band brings a lighting performance that accentuates the wide scale of their talent!

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From the press release:

PROVIDENCE, RI – The platinum recording group Yellowcard refuses to be pigeonholed. That’s not surprising from a band that was featured in a compilation called “Punk Goes Acoustic.” Audiences may love Yellowcard’s meshing musical performances — but some flexible fixtures in the hands of a skilled LD are required to create a lightshow that keeps pace with the group’s eclectic musical mix.  The Legend 230SR Beam and Legend 412 moving heads from CHAUVET Professional provided this flexibility, while LD Cody James of JDI Productions furnished the skill to create just such a lightshow for the band’s sold out performance at the iconic Lupos Heartbreak Hotel concert hall.

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Described by one music critic as “two concerts in one,” the Lupos appearance marked the 10th anniversary of Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue album. The concert was divided into two hour-long sets: the first devoted strictly to acoustic performances, and the second turned over to the band’s famous hard-driving electric punk sound.

Yellowcard’s LD since 2012, James relied on the CHAUVET Professional fixtures to set a distinctly different visual tone for each set. “The moods of the two sets were very different, and this had to be reflected in the lightshow,” he said. “We used the Legend 412s to create a mellow atmosphere during the first set and then turned to the SR Beams to create a big bang in the second hour. In both cases the mood created by the lights got the audience more into the music being performed on stage.”

Time pressure made James’ task even more challenging.  As a result of scheduling issues, he had only six hours to build and program the Yellowcard lightshow.   “I’ve worked with Legend fixtures before and they are very responsive; this made programming very easy, which was essential given the timeframe we faced,” he said. “The lights were critical to this show coming off successfully, so was Derek Iorfida at JDI Productions, who was always there when I need him.”

James used 12 Legend 412 moving heads on upright trusses across the back of the stage. The fixtures were staggered at different heights on the truss to provide a more textured color wash.  With a light source of a dozen 10-watt RGBW LEDs and color macros with speed adjustments, the Legend 412 units provided a richly saturated uniform output that supported the mellow acoustic mood during the concert’s first hour.

When the pace quickened in hour two, the half dozen Legend 230SR Beams in James’ rig were there to pump up the crowd with their smooth ultra-quick movements across the stage and audience. “The hard edged beams from the 230SR have the same punch and intensity as the band’s music, so it gave the fans the same visual feeling they were already getting from the songs themselves. The fast pan and tilt movements of the Legend 230SR Beams were important to me, because the pace of the band’s electric music is pretty intense.”

Powered by a 230-watt Osram Sirius lamp and putting out an intense 96,000 lux at 15 meters, and with a slit-like 2.25-degree beam angle, the Legend 230SR Beam delivers the intensity Yellowcard’s music calls for, according to James.  The LD was also impressed with the gobos he could create with the fixture. “I liked the gobos’ capabilities,” he said. “This definitely came into play with my lighting design. During the electric set the band went from fast punk pieces to giant crowd sing-alongs, so I used the very distinct gobos to create some separation between the different types of songs.”

Figuring out how to navigate your way through sharp musical turns is part of the challenge and fun of designing for a group like Yellowcard, says James — especially when you have some nimble fixtures like these Legend units in your rig.

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Czech Distributor Showcases Chauvet Lights at Seminars

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™ 2.0Q-Spot™ 360-LED and Q-Spot™ 460-LED lights and more. Here a couple of photos from the training:

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Chauvet Lights Serenade at the Troubadour

The popular Troubadour Club in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, entertains crowds with talented performers and quality lighting provided by Chauvet. Artists and bands such as Elton John, Guns’n’roses, No Doubt, Metallica and more started their careers at the Troubadour. Chauvet lights include six CHAUVET® Professional Legend™ 412 pixel-mapping moving yokes, four COLORado™ Batten 72 Tour linear lights, four Q-Spot™ 560-LED moving spots, four COLORado™ Zoom Tour wash lights and more.

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