The Design Oasis lights up two noisy stages and grounds with more than 800 Chauvet professionals
UNITED STATES – Summer festivals are always full of surprises for anyone working in production, and not all of them are related to unpredictable weather conditions. Spotlighted on the highly publicized Rolling Loud Snipes scene where Money Man, Big30, Sleazyworld Go and Curren$y (who helped kick off the hip-hop bash in 2015) would perform, Abbas Ritscher expected to have a spotlight for front lights but that was not an option.
Undeterred, Ritscher and his team at The Design Oasis grabbed 12 additional Chauvet Professional Maverick Storm 1 Wash fixtures from their inventory and hung them “as far up the stage as possible” to create a clean front wash.
“We wanted to have a consistent wash throughout the scene, given who was performing here and because we need a camera-friendly setting,” Ritscher said. “The Storm I was our workhorse.”
Flown across eight rows of overhead beams, two of which were positioned on either side of the stage with the remaining structures passing over its center from backstage to backstage, the high output RGBW washes colored the stage in even fields of vibrant hues, which stood well against the large video wall and video-fronted DJ booth that dominated its center. A pair of horizontally oriented video wall strips ran down either side of the stage with the truss.
“We had a pretty big video presence on stage, and the lighting complemented that really well,” Ritscher said. “There were times when we had mostly dark space on stage and the light from a few of the panels and fixtures the effect was very dramatic. John Hollingshead, our Access Team Leader and LD for the Snipes scene, did a great job.
The 12 Color Strike M fixtures added to the impact of the look on stage. The motorized strobe washes hung in groups of three on each of the four truss structures that ran along the sides of the stage.
“We positioned the Color Strike M fixtures where they would have the most impact as eye candy,” Ritscher said. “They’re not only great to look at, they’re great for strobe. I tried to position them where they would have the most impact, they’re really big lights, which made them well suited for this stage, because the music playing on it had a lot of great moments.
There were also plenty of ballyhoo moments on the smaller VH1 stage, where LD Brian Milligan used 12 Color Strike M rigs with Storm 1 Wash units to put together a rig that served up sizzling looks for Ace Hood, Doe Boy and Jasiah.
In addition to lighting two of Rolling Loud’s five stages, the Design Oasis team illuminated the entire festival site, including the artwork and special attractions that made the festival such a success. “Erika Dajoh was in charge of the site lighting and did a wonderful job placing the fixtures and making them look great,” Ritscher said, noting that some 200 COLORado Zoom projectors and 600 COLORado par projectors were involved in this endeavor. .
The IP 65 rating of Chauvet Professional fixtures, including the Maverick Storm 1 Wash and the Color Strike M, came in very handy during the festival according to Ritscher, who said, “It’s summer in Florida, so you’re going to have rain. ”
Unlike the situation he faced when no spotlight was available, encountering rain was no surprise to Ritscher. Still, it was an “eventuality we had to be prepared for,” he said, adding “that’s when it helps to have the right devices in your platform.”