Canada’s Markham Museum SUPERCHARGED with CHAUVET Professional!

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MARKHAM, ONTARIO – In the comics and movies Clark Kent changes into his Superman attire in a phone booth. Now that cell phones have dispatched those booths to the dustbin of history, real life superheroes have had to come up with more inventive wardrobe changes. Such was the case recently at Canada’s historic Markham Museum, where the man of steel surprised everyone by leaving the room in a tuxedo, before quickly reappearing with his cape escorting his beautiful bride on his arm.

Adding to the impact of the grand entrance was a dramatic color change, as the entire room was suddenly bathed in the iconic Superman red and blue. This transformation wasn’t the result of some super human power, however; it was made courtesy of 20 LED WELL Series uplighting fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

Matthew Beauchamp of Mobile Productions (Toronto) created the memorable moment at this Canadian wedding after receiving a request from the groom. “The man was a huge Comic Con fan and was obsessed with Superman,” Beauchamp said. “He came up with the costume idea and the Chauvet fixtures gave us the perfect lighting accompaniment. The smile on his face as the room changed colors was priceless. As the couple made their way to the middle of the dance floor after their introductions, I slowly transitioned the uplighting back to the original medium hue of purple for a beautiful backdrop.”

Beauchamp positioned 20 WELL 2.0 fixtures around the museum’s Historic Transportation Hall also known as the Speight Wagon Company/Port Arthur Wagon Company Factory. An acclaimed attraction throughout Ontario, the exhibit features an elaborate three-dimensional façade of a wagon stop house with a wraparound porch, display cabinets and artifacts from the early 19th century.

Featuring a “building within a building,” the museum is one of the more unique venues in which to hold an event. However it does present special challenges from a lighting standpoint. The historic building facade immediately attracts the attention of everyone who enters the room, so not illuminating it can make a lighting design seem incomplete. Yet it is often overlooked by designers for practical reasons.

“This venue does not commonly accent this wall with lighting, even though it’s a main focal point of the room, because of the challenges presented by the venue’s layout and power restraints,” said Beauchamp. “However thanks to the WELL fixtures and their 12-hour battery-powered technology, this issue quickly was resolved. We didn’t have to worry about power supply. Plus the mirror finish of the fixtures took on the aesthetics of the room wall and blended into the décor.”

Beauchamp also praised the color rendering capabilities of the WELL fixtures. “From the beginning of my site inspections and consultations with my clients, I knew that the WELL fixtures were the perfect fit for this event,” he said. “The color blending capability of the fixtures gave me the opportunity to really create the ‘wow factor’ that my clients were seeking.

“I was able to match their color scheme with a medium hue of purple using RGB color mixing and color temperature presets,” continued Beauchamp. “I took it a step further by providing the wedding party with a surprise for their introductions. By utilizing the WELL’s built-in wireless DMX receivers and my lighting software program, I developed a lighting sequence that would mimic multiple flashes similar to a paparazzi camera flash, so when they were introduced into the room the entire venue would simultaneously flash to build the atmosphere.”

Beauchamp’s work with the WELLs not only wowed his clients; it also made quite an impression on the marketing team at the Markham Museum. The popular attraction, which draws over 50,000 visitors a year, requested permission to use photos of the lighting design in its advertising material.

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LD Profile: Dorthe Wiig Andersen

Dorthe-mugSix questions with Dorthe Wiig Andersen, lighting designer and first-year student at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

1. How did you get into this field?
I started quite early; when I was in the ninth grade we were assigned a project, which required practice in a field of our choice. I chose theater and I helped out for one show in my hometown, Sandfjord (Norway) and got introduced to lighting. I have been passionate about lighting ever since. Now I am studying lighting design specializing in theater lighting. I also worked full time for five years as a technician at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in Oslo.

Dorthe-blog-12. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Considering the LED industry is developing so quickly, I am sure it will be something that will benefit us in a green and helpful way.

3. Do you have a favorite fixture and why?
I like the CHAUVET® Professional Legend™ 230SR Beam. This moving yoke is intense, bright, compact and nice to use with fog. I also like CHAUVET® Professional WELL™ 2.0 as decoration lights — no cables, you just have to place them where you want and turn them on.

Dorthe-blog-24. What has been your favorite design/project? I enjoyed working for Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.”
For this huge production I had the opportunity to work as chief for the lights, being very involved in the process. This proved to be a tremendous experience for me.


Dorthe-blog-35. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?

On one of the first productions I worked on I did everything myself, and the old desk I was using crashed after I had made all my cues. I had to work all night to first get to know the new desk, and then program all the cues all over again. This was when I was young and without that much experience, and I did not know the importance of securing a backup of the work I had done, which I always do now.

6. Complete this sentence:
A show without light is… a show without life.

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CHAUVET® Sponsors CHC at the Grammys Fund-raiser

CHAUVET® was a gold sponsor for the yearly fund-raiser organized by Community Habilitation Center, a facility that supports and serves 150 adults with developmental disabilities from Miami-Dade County, ranging in ages from 21 to 71. This year’s theme was CHC at the Grammys. CHC members participated in a fashion show, and guests bid in live auctions, raising funds for the center. CHAUVET® Professional WELL™ wireless wash lights lit the stage and washed the walls of the room. CHAUVET® Professional COLORado™ 1 VW Tour wash lights, CHAUVET® DJ SlimPAR™ Pro RGBA fixtures and Intimidator™ Spot LED 150 moving yokes lit the stage and catwalk from pipe truss. Here are some vivid shots from the event:

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On the Road: Backstage at Muny’s Dreamgirls

The St.Louis-based Muny theatre’s production of Dreamgirls featured battery-powered, 100%  TRUE wirelessly-controlled CHAUVET® DJ Freedom™ Par and CHAUVET® Professional WELL™ wash lights in the truss tower set pieces that freely moved about its 94-foot stage. We have a couple of behind-the-scenes shots below. Enjoy.

The Muny theater in St. Louis, Missouri

Truss towers with Freedom™ Par and WELL™ fixtures take the stage

Truss towers with Freedom™ Par and WELL™ fixtures take the stage

Detail of Freedom™ Par in truss tower

Lighting Designer Seth Jackson and Asst. Lighting Designer Robert Denton (l to r)

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WELL™ Trained, WELL™ Tested. Simply WELL™

We are testing and charging cases of WELL™ wireless wash lights, at CHAUVET® headquarters in Sunrise, Florida. Enjoy some cool pics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missouri trip: CHAUVET® (On the) Road Show

Blue Planet  Lighting, based in Hollister, Mo., played host to CHAUVET® Central U.S. Territory/Key Accounts Manager, Jeremy Pace, during their recent road show. Jeremy showcased fixtures such as the 2011 Parnelli Award-nominee for Indispensible Technology, WELL™ wireless uplighting fixtures, a member of Legend™ Series, our flagship moving yoke for the professional line, Legend™ 300E Spot, one of the newer members to the COLORado™ line, COLORado™ Range, and the variable white member from the SlimPAR™ Pro series, SlimPAR™ Pro VW. A big thank you to Blue Planet’s Mike Gormley for sharing these photographs.

Jeremy Pace in action, navigating the Legend™ 300E Spot.

Legend™ 300E Spot illuminated.

Legend™ 300E Spot fixture detail.

COLORado™ Range illuminated.

WELL™ fixture detail.

SlimPAR™ Pro VW, which is only 2.5" inches thick.

 

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