Rider University and ProSho ROCK the PVP S5!

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LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Ask a Rider University student how the school’s football team is doing, and you’re likely to get the response, “We haven’t lost a game since 1951!” Of course this small liberal arts university in the shadows of New York City hasn’t fielded a team on the gridiron since 1951 either — but such is the free flowing sense of humor that characterizes life at Rider. This wry spirit was very much on display recently at Rider’s annual pre-spring break party, which this year featured a flamboyant cast of characters on stilts, some popular New York DJs and an eye-popping lighting design by LD Jason Ayala of ProSho Inc. (Staten Island, NY).

Ayala created staggered video walls using 48 PVP S5 LED panels from CHAUVET Professional and inter spliced them with Chauvet’s Q-Wash 419Z-LED RGBW moving washes. “This is a big annual event that draws a lot of people and some local celebrities like DJ Mike G and DJ Yonny from 92.3 NOW, the former flagship station of Howard Stern,” said the LD. “The energy level is pretty high. My goal and ProSho’s goal was to create an ambience in the venue that matched that energy level people expect from the Rider party.”

The first step in creating that ambience was to lend an extra level of color and depth to the prominent DJ booth by surrounding it with different sized video displays. Ayala built two tiers of video walls in front of the DJ booth, the first measuring 6’ x 4’ and the second 4’ x 4’. He then suspended a 4’x 2’ video panel from the ceiling behind the booth and added two vertically oriented video strips measuring 4’ x 2’ and 4’ x 1’ to either side of it with the thicker strip being closer to center stage.

“We had the DJ basically floating in a sea of video walls, which really drew attention to the performance,” said Ayala. “This is a dynamic party, but it takes place in a plain institutional room that doesn’t have a real stage. Since there was no real stage setting, we had to build our own scenic elements to create depth and texture, which is what we did with the multiple layers of PVP S5 video panels.”

To add to this texture and depth, Ayala ran various “geometrical graphical images” on the video walls. He gave his design even more depth by pixel mapping these images on the eight Q-Wash 419Z LED fixtures. These moving LED washes filled the spaces on the stage’s back wall that were not covered by the video panels.

“The Q-Washes filled the breaks in the wall beautifully to create a very immersive look,” said Ayala. “We pixel mapped these washes to show the same content as the video panels. All the lights were run on a grandMA and I used ArKaos MediaMaster to run the video content, so the ArKaos fed the grandMa.”

In addition to running video images on the Q-Wash fixtures, Ayala used them as audience lights, particularly when there were live performances on the stage area in front of the DJ. He also used the PVP S5 panels themselves as audience blinders and color fills at different points during the party. “The output of the panels is very impressive,” he said. “We ran them at 50 percent and they were plenty bright; and the 419Zs were bright enough to stand up to them.”

Another CHAUVET Professional product in Ayala’s mix was the Legend 330SR Spot. The ProSho LD used 12 of these fixtures on a massive circular truss structure that surrounded the dance floor. “We did a lot of zooming and gobo projecting with the Legends,” he said. “They were bright and fast so they really created a good energy level. If you were on the dance floor, you were engaged by these movers. If you were looking at the stage, you were engaged by the video wall and pixel mapping. All in all, the lighting helped us turn an ordinary room into a club for this party.”

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For more information on ProSho visit www.prosho.com

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BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ Charity Event, with CHAUVET Professional!

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We are very honored to have been included in making the BBC’s Children in Need event a beautiful success.  In addition to being a beautiful broadcast event, it raised funds for a very important cause.

Read more about the BBC Children in Need event, check out two excellent articles from Live Design and Lighting and Sound International.  Check them out!

http://www.lsionline.co.uk/news/story/Chauvet-Professional-for-BBC-Children-in-Need/DTXJ7N

http://livedesignonline.com/chauvet-professional-next-nxt-1-adds-wow-factor-bbc-charity-marathon

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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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