There’s nothing quite like having a backstage tour of a great show — and we like to deliver here at CHAUVET Professional! Here’s a great video of the band ALL THAT REMAINS as they were on Behind the Scenes. Check it out!
Happy Friday, everyone! We hope that you’re having an outstanding week full of happiness and productivity!
It’s been a great week on the CHAUVET Professional Blog — our new series, The Weekly Rig, has been very popular over the last month, check it out! Speaking of popular, is anyone going to USITT this next week? Come check us out in Booth 1009 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, we’d love to talk light with you! DeAnna Padgett, Eric Mueller, Ben Dickmann, and Jim Hutchison will be in attendance, come shoot the light fantastic with us!
And now… the TOP TEN POSTS for this week on the CHAUVET Professional Blog!
Counting UP this week from the top post…
1. The front page of the CHAUVET Professional Blog!
We are honored and humbled to have so many visitors each day!
We here at CHAUVET Professional care about the impact that lighting takes on the world as a whole. So does the Broadway Green Alliance, which is an organization that strives to better the impact that the Broadway lighting environment has on the world and the consumption of energy.
We’re very proud to announce that not only is the Greener Lighting Guide out, but that CHAUVET Professional is a part! We strive to make the world a better place with light, and we’re glad to be part of an initiative that we believe in wholeheartedly.
We here at Chauvet Professional love to know what is going on in the industry, especially when it comes to how you’re designing with Chauvet professional fixtures and equipment! Every day in this business there are hundreds upon thousands of events and performances happening in every corner of the world, and that amount is staggering.
We ask the question: What is YOUR Chauvet Professional lighting?
We would love to feature your work using Chauvet Professional fixtures and equipment on the Chauvet Pro Blog — send us images and video of your work and we will showcase you to the lighting industry community! Contact us at and we’ll take it from there.
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1. How did you get into this field?
I started in theater in high school, as an actor, and picked up some of the tech side just by being there. When a friend of mine and I started a local music event, we needed lights, so since I had the most experience out of the two of us, I was chosen. It turned out to be quite addicting, and here I am almost 10 years later, still at it.
2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Projection has really taken off in the past few years. I remember doing my first show with projections a couple years ago, and going into it I thought it was very new and dynamic. Three years later, I’m still impressed with what tricks people are pulling with them.
3. Do you have a favorite fixture (and why)?
My SlimPAR™ 64 [wash lights] offer a ton of options and pack quite a punch. They’re small enough to fit almost anywhere, and they are useful in just about any situation.
4. What has been your favorite design/project?
My last project, designing the lights for “Valhella” with The Baltimore Rock Opera Society. They were amazing people to work with, and they gave me a lot of room to do whatever I wanted. They dared me to dream big and I did. I kept getting compliments that it was the best lighting they’ve ever had. So having lots of creative freedom, a great crew to work along side, and tons of positive feedback made “Valhella” a once in a lifetime kind of show.
5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
For one show, I was unsure how to get all the different colors and looks that the director wanted onstage with a limited number of fixtures. Since the set was static and all the action took place in the same areas on stage and all that needed to change was the color, we rented color scrollers. I didn’t know we had the budget to rent them, but apparently we did. They were a bit of a hassle to get to work with the design exactly how I wanted, but in the end they saved the show.
6. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…Dancing in the dark. Sure, the music is still great, but you can’t see the REAL action.
Valhella image courtesy of Heather Keating
Stéphane Gressier is the international sales director at Chauvet and has been a member of the team for almost two years. Read on and get to know a little bit about him.
1. Where are you from?
This is a question I always struggle to respond quickly to. Here is a synopsis: I was born in France, but my first home was Vietnam for 7 years, France for 2 years, Jordan for 2 years, France for 3 years, Venezuela for 7 years, Brazil for 2 years and now the United States where I have established roots between Los Angeles and Miami with my wife and children for the past 21 years.
2. Why Chauvet?
I got to know Chauvet because I purchased a Scorpion™ Storm FX laser from Guitar Center a few years back. Having been an amateur DJ in my college days, I always kept an interest in sound and lighting trends by doing some gigs here and there. All this changed when I was given the opportunity to interview with Albert Chauvet in late 2010 and got a glimpse of what Chauvet was about. From then on, I felt I was hit by lighting and the story is still unfolding. I have to say this about Chauvet — the incredible talent our people bring together, along with the drive to succeed, fosters a working environment that feels like a family. We all watch out for one another with the ultimate goal of delivering the best product and support that money can buy to our beloved customers and end users.
3. Where did you work prior to joining the Chauvet team?
I am the former general manager of the U.S. business unit of a Spanish flooring and roofing manufacturer with factories in Spain, the United States and Central and South America.
4. Favorite food?
Vietnamese cuisine — hands down. However, I enjoy the foods of all the countries I have had the opportunity to visit.
5. Favorite type of music?
Any music that generates all types of emotions, whether it’s salsa or merengue when I have a hitch in the hips, movie soundtracks or any modern dancing music.
6. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spend time with my family, photography and motorcycling.
7. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
People are always surprised to learn that I am Eurasian because it physically does not show. However, if they were to meet any of my late grandmothers, they would say, “WOW!”
8. A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like hearing without seeing.
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