CHAUVET Professional Shines with Eclipse in New Zealand

About 70 CHAUVET Professional fixtures lit the stage for a one-of-a-kind performance of Pink Floyd tribute band Eclipse, which gathered a crowd of 2,500 people at Stonehenge Aotearoa, a hilltop location overlooking the Wairarapa valley in New Zealand. CHAUVET Professional distributor MDR Sound & Lighting Limited supplied an extensive selection of products, like 24 Q-Wash™ 560Z-LED wash lights, 12 COLORado™ 2 Zoom Tour fixtures, eight Q-Spot™ 560-LED moving yokes, four Q-Spot™ 460-LEDs, six COLORado™ Zoom WW Tour washes, three SparkliteLED™ Drapes and more. Additional  gear comprised of CHAUVET DJ lights spiced up the stage, which was built of TRUSST trussing. Here are some cool shots:

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute band from Palmerston North) at Stonehenge Aotearoa

 

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CHAUVET Professional Supports Wakefield’s Backstage Academy with Q-Wash 560Z

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Here at Chauvet Professional, we love to help the next generations of budding lighting designers, technicians, and touring professionals learn their respective crafts!  Students at Wakefield’s Backstage Academy in Yorkshire, UK, benefited from a donation of four CHAUVET Professional Q-Wash 560Z-LED fixtures, which offered them the opportunity to really get some hands-on moving head experience.  The moving washes integrated by the students at the Backstage Academy into one of the school’s main lighting rigs.

Product specialist for Chauvet UK, Sam Bowden said: “Chauvet is a great believer in the talent of the future, and frequently hires staff who have just completed technical courses. We feel it is essential to support and aid the fresh blood coming into the industry not just to continue to push live events forward in terms of the product available but also to see the unique and varying ways that people use it.”

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LD profile: Jordan Chance

Six questions with Jordan Chance, lighting designer and owner of Luxe Productions design company. 

1. How did you get into this field?
Lighting is something that has been growing within our company and I’m privileged to learn from people within the industry who I really respect.  Lighting caught my interest when I saw how it can dramatically change a space.  I started to feel passionate about it when I noticed that you can take two basic ideas, implement one of them differently and end up with a bigger, more dramatic effect. After that discovery, I started to look for the best possible ways to setup in order to bring fresh ideas to rooms  and obtain the biggest effects.

2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Obviously LED fixtures have changed the lighting industry for the better.  Now that there is so much versatility in effects, the big question is, how to maximize that effect.  I think battery operated fixtures with built-in wireless DMX are awesome and those features help with setup and tear down time.  It would be great to see powerful, LED gobo projector with a temperature control — this would allow for minimal power consumption and pinpointing the proper white to suit the event.

3. What has been your favorite design/project?
I love anything that hasn’t been done before.  If it seems ridiculous or really difficult, I am immediately interested. One of my favorite projects this year was lighting Martin Estate.

4. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
We recently lit an event at a beautiful, spacious venue with tons of character. They have an amazing custom floor that we did not want to damage, so had to run DMX and power throughout the ceilings and walls to get our fixtures where they needed to be.  It required a scissor lift, took a lot of time, but when we finished, there weren’t any visible wires and it looked awesome.

5. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…
A show without lights is like no presents on Christmas day — disappointing.

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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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CHAUVET® Professional Lights ‘Wipeout’ Reality TV Show

About 200 CHAUVET® Professional fixtures from the COLORado™ series of wash lights brighten up the elaborate outdoor set of “Wipeout” reality game show. Contestants have to compete in what is billed as the world’s largest obstacle course, which is now lit by 100 COLORado™ 1-Tri IP lights and 86 COLORado™ 1-Quad IP and  COLORado™ 1-Quad Tour fixtures.

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CHAUVET® Professional Beaming at SIEL Show in Paris

Chauvet displayed a variety of LED fixtures with French distributor Algam at the SIEL trade show in Paris, Feb. 4-6. CHAUVET® Professional lights included six Legend™ 230 SR Beam moving yokes on center circle trussing, 16 PVP™ S5 high-definition video panels on each sides of the center round trussing, 18 MVP™ 12 video panels with three screens of different lengths handing on each side of the stand, four Q-Wash™ 436Z-LED and six Q-Wash™ 560Z-LED wash lights, six Legend™ 412 pixel-mapping moving yokes, Ovation™ E-190WW and Ovation™ F-165WW theatrical fixtures, COLORdash™ Par-Quad 7, COLORado™ 4 IP linear wash light, COLORado™ Zoom WW Tour, COLORado™ 1-Quad Tour, COLORado™ 1 Tour and COLORado™ 2 Tour fixtures.

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LD Profile: Chris Allen

Six questions with Chris Allen of Red Eye Audio and Lighting,

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

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