NORTH CANTON, OH - Christmas came early for worshippers at Faith Family Church. Although they will be attending services on Christmas Eve, more than 8,200 of them began celebrating the holiday and its true meaning nine days earlier on Friday December 15 during the annual “Christmas At Faith Family.”
A beautifully orchestrated event that combines music, videos, dramatizations and inspirational messages, Christmas At Faith Family is an uplifting contemporary celebration of the season. Contributing to the transformative impact of the program every year are the colorful and engaging lightshows designed by Aaron Cole of Goliath Lighting + Stage. This December, Cole gave his show an expanded look by adding 24 CHAUVET DJ COREpar 40 USB fixtures to a rig that already included 40 moving wash and spot lights.
“We had COREpar 40s on either side of the center stage video wall,” said Cole. “This rather large side space had really been underutilized in previous years, so the new fixtures made a big difference. They added sparkle to stage left and stage right to create a more complete panorama for the audience. Their compact size made them easy to work with, and I liked being able to daisy chain data and power.”
Cole positioned the 24 COREpar 40 USB fixtures on two 30’ ladders. The fixtures were arranged in four rows of three on each ladder. Controlling the RGB units via wired DMX, he frequently changed the colors they produced to reflect the program’s wide variety of music, which included everything from xylophone, rock and jazz quartet versions of Christmas music to traditional songs.
The intense output of the COREpar 40 USB fixtures allowed them to stand up to the brightness of the video wall that they flanked, while their smooth fading (the result of built-in dimming curves) helped Cole create a twinkling star-like effect at different points during the program. For example, during the xylophone performance, the fixtures went on and off in sync with the music.
“It really contributed to our show to have this grid of pixels around the wall,” said Cole. “The side sizzle we got from these fixtures rounded out the lightshow and opened up more creative opportunities for us. There were times when we wanted to have some color-changing pixels floating in the air without much else going on.”
Indeed, at the conclusion of the preamble to the main program, the COREpar 40 USB units were the only lights showing on the stage. As soon as they dimmed to black, a crescendo of music from the electronic keyboard reverberated through the church, providing a dramatic start to the program itself.
“Everyone involved in this production was thrilled with the ladders of LED pixel pars we created,” said Cole. “They filled space that had been basically ignored, but beyond that they engaged the audience and helped the church deliver its message before Christmas.”
About CHAUVET DJ
CHAUVET DJ is a premier line of entertainment lighting, controllers and accessories for the mobile performer, DJs, clubs, corporate events and more — offering the most value in the industry. www.chauvetdj.com
Chauvet, headquartered in the USA, is a leading global manufacturer of professional luminaires, truss and related equipment, fulfilling the needs of various industry sectors. Chauvet has four main brands: CHAUVET DJ, CHAUVET Professional, ILUMINARC and TRUSST. They share Chauvet’ s unified strategy to pursue every market segment where it has a competitive advantage in terms of value, innovation and performance, with an emphasis on LED technology. For more information, please visit www.chauvetlighting.com