Butch Allen Talks Q-Wash, Touring, and Dancing with the Stars!

WHOA!  Did you see the most recent Live Design article on Butch Allen and the latest Dancing with the Stars live tour?!  Butch talks up one-truck touring and the Q-Wash 560Z in this episode of Live Design!





Live Design Excellence Awards 2014 Winners Using CHAUVET Professional Lighting!

Did you see the winners of this year’s 2014 Live Design Excellence Awards?  Two of the winners of this year’s award used lots of CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures to accomplish their award-winning designs.  Major congratulations go to Blackout Design for Premier Tech’s 90th Anniversary event, and to the Solomon Group for their reno of The Civic Theatre for winning the award this year!

Let’s look at Blackout Design’s work for Premier Tech’s event:




In addition to their inventory, Blackout Design used 26 of CHAUVET Professional’s Legend moving heads to complete this design.  From the article at Live Design regarding the award-winning event:

The moment had to be magical. For its 90th anniversary, Premier Tech wanted to build an event that will unify all their employees and partners. Something unique that would create a sense of pride and put forward the miding of Premier Tech. BlackOut Design has unveiled a structure which represent the image of collaboration and teamwork.

Check out the Blackout Design website, they have wonderful work!  Also, here’s a video of the Premier Tech event from the Blackout Design website:

90 ANS DE PASSION from BlackOut design on Vimeo.

Also winning a Live Design Excellence 2014 award this year, The Solomon Group was awarded the prize for their excellent refit of the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, a place that is thought to be the oldest standing theatre in New Orleans.

From the article at Live Design:

The result?  Though the conversion took just one year, event planners from all over were clamoring to use the Civic Theatre even before work was complete.  Two months after opening, Comedy Central used the venue to tape live, one-hour stand-up specials for comedians Steve Rannazzisi, Neal Brennan and Chris D’Elia across three consecutive nights.  In July 2013, the Civic hosted a corporate event for William Grant & Sons during Tales of the Cocktail, which BizBash calls one of the “Top 100 Events in the United States.”  TED, the nonprofit known for “Ideas Worth Spreading,” chose the Civic to host its third-annual TEDYouth Conference.  And NYC concert promoters The Bowery Presents partnered with the Civic Theatre to launch perhaps the most aggressive concert programming New Orleans has ever seen, featuring a 2013 fall lineup that included performances by Russell Brand, Black Crowes, Passion Pit and more.

Check out a few images of this excellent refit:




The Solomon Group used 40 of CHAUVET Professional’s COLORado 2 Zoom Tour LED wash fixtures in their design along with the rest of their inventory on the project.  What a great looking venue!


Live Design’s 2013 TV and Concert Lighting Master Classes!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!!

We’re just getting back from this year’s TV, Concert, and Electronic Dance Music Master Classes sponsored by Live Design — a great time was had by all.  We had so much fun sponsoring and being a part of the events and festivities this year in Los Angeles at the famous USC Campus, and we’re looking forward to next year!  It was a great load-in, a great show, and a great crew.  Thanks to the excellent USC students for being such talented technicians and helping hands!

We’ve got a TON of photos for you, hopefully you’ll feel like you were at the show — excellent presentations from the cream of the crop in the industry.  Enjoy!

TV Lighting Master Classes

Our man Tim Edwards manning the CHAUVET Professional table at the TV and Concert Classes


In between sessions, onstage with the CHAUVET Professional Nexus AW 7×7 and COLORado 4 IP LED wash fixturesTV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-3

Long shot of the room at USCTV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-5

The award-winning Nexus 4×4 panels on displayTV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-7

Getting ready to talk with Bill Klages and Mark Sanford, TV greats!TV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-1

Television Lighting Design greats Jeff Ravitz, Bill Klages, and Mark Sanford talking about how it is to work in television in lightingTV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-17

Session break!TV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-16

Getting ready to talk with Bob Barnhart about how it is to light in the broadcast worldTV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-11

The Emmy-winning lighting design team of Oscar Dominguez for The Voice!TV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-18

Taking a break and getting ready to hear about Bruno Mars on The Voice (which had some rocking Nexus 4×4 designed in!)TV-master-classes-CHAUVET-Professional-6

Concert Lighting Master Classes

Talking about concert programming with master programmers Benny Kirkham, Cory Fitzgerald, and Jason Badger concert-lighting-master-classes-22

Discussing artist and designer management and representation with industry leaders Will Sharp and Todd Cameronconcert-lighting-master-classes-24

The most amazing John Broderick talking about how he and his team conquered on the Metallica tours — John is the long-time designer of the band, and an excellent presenter!   john-broderick-2 john-broderick

Tobias Rylander, Cory Fitzgerald, and Loren Barton talk about designing and programming media for major market tours.  An excellent presentation by three unbelievably talented people!concert-lighting-master-classes-9 concert-lighting-master-classes-10 concert-lighting-master-classes-11

Raj Kapoor and Loren Barton talking about media and content design for industry greats Shania Twain and Nine Inch Nailsconcert-lighting-master-classes-12

Nexus AW 7×7 and the COLORado 4 IP rocking the stage in between sessions!concert-lighting-master-classes-13

Nexus AW 7×7 and COLORado 4 IP onstage at the Concert Lighting Master Classesconcert-lighting-master-classes-14 concert-lighting-master-classes-15

The Saturday night mixer at the Concert Lighting Master Classesconcert-lighting-master-classes-17 concert-lighting-master-classes-18 concert-lighting-master-classes-19

An awesome session — Raj Kapoor, Peter Morse, and Benny Kirkham talking about permanent show design and its particular challenges/rewards.  Very cool!concert-lighting-master-classes-0

Nexus AW 7×7 shining through the haze!concert-lighting-master-classes-1 concert-lighting-master-classes-2

The famous Mr. Jeff Ravitz giving the beginning keynote at the Concert Master Classesconcert-lighting-master-classes-4 concert-lighting-master-classes-5

Jeff Ravitz (Bruce Springsteen, et al) interviewing Marc Brickman (Pink Floyd, et al)concert-lighting-master-classes-6

Tobias Rylander, Cory Fitzgerald, and Loren Barton talking about IconoPop and XXconcert-lighting-master-classes-7 concert-lighting-master-classes-8


Chauvet Sponsors Live Design Master Classes

Chauvet is a corporate sponsor for Live Design Magazine‘s Concert Master Classes, organized Dec. 3 and 4 in Los Angeles. One topics discussed was the deconstruction of the “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” tour by the tour’s Lighting Designer Jeff Ravitz, Lighting Director Todd Ricci and Programmer Jason Badger. Here are some nice photos of the stage, lit by pixel-mapping CHAUVET® Professional Nexus™ 4×4 wash lights, Legend™ 412 moving yokes and COLORado™ 1-Quad Tour fixtures.


Tech Talk: The Quest for Knowledge

Mike Graham looking pensive in front of MVP™ panels.

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

Back when I was in college–yep, I actually have a degree in theatrical technology–my professor told me that the learning would never end. I don’t think he realized how right he was. Given today’s world of ever-expanding technology and the co-mingling of different fields of the digital world, it is even more important to try to keep up with the changes in the industry. On the fly training is, now more than ever, absolutely critical. We have to keep apprised of not only the new products in the lighting world, but also keep up to date on new developments in the video and projection world. As these three things become seen as one by many show producers, we are expected to be experts in all of these fields. For me, this means a lot of reading, watching and surfing. I highly recommend these steps in your continuous quest to knowledge:

Veteran of the industry Richard Cadena teaches an APT seminar at CHAUVET headquarters.

1. Bookmark useful websites. Here are some examples of what I visit daily, but remember this is just the tip of the iceberg:

www.chauvetlighting.com – purely self-serving and shameless plug. But if you read our installation stories and product descriptions you will definitely be more knowledgeable.

www.plsn.comPLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) is a great resource for what is going on with products.

www.lightingandsoundamerica.comL&SA Online is another great resource for what is new in the world of not only lighting but sound as well.

www.livedesignonline.comLive Design is the magazine of LDI. This website has articles from some of today’s top designers of lighting and video shows. It is a great way to get inside the heads of these people.

www.lightnetwork.com – if you want to find out what people really think about stuff, this is a great place to check out.

www.esta.org or www.plasa.org – It’s the same thing now. ESTA and PLASA are the leading international membership bodies for people who supply technologies and services to the event industry.

www.usitt.orgThe United States Institute for Theatre Technology provides an effective environment for theatre professionals to meet and share information with each other about anything that deals with the industry.

Veteran of the industry Richard Cadena teaches an APT seminar at CHAUVET headquarters.

2. Get books and read them too: There are tons of books out there, but considering the speed at which this industry is moving, I really recommend using the above websites as launching pads and checking out the additional links that they provide.

3. Attend events, trade shows, seminars and anything that gives you hands-on experience. As far as watching, I highly recommend attending as many events and tradeshows as you can. Talk to the people who are in the various booths and ask a lot of questions. Those of us who work the booths will be more than happy to share our knowledge. Shows like LDI, PLASA Focus, USITT, NAMM, Lightfair and Infocomm are great places to meet and get some valuable time with the people who influence and keep this industry running. I also recommend checking out the various reality talent shows out there. They offer some really cool lighting and video that is expertly programmed and executed.

In conclusion, the rule of thumb is that you need to take time every day to learn about what is going on in the industry or you will be left in the dust. Clients these days have much higher expectations of what they want in their shows and are getting smarter when it comes to making requests for show designs. It is up to all of us in the chain to make sure that we know how to make it all happen.