Posts Tagged ‘texture projection’

Theatrical Lighting and Uplighting for your Wedding or Special Event

February 16, 2011
We’ve all seen those ultimate wedding shows. You know the ones where the budget just makes you blink a couple of times. A common theme in most of those high-end weddings is the use of theatrical lighting to create a mood in the venue. Once only reserved for the “platinum wedding” crowd, Theatrical lighting can enhance any event for almost any budget.

Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

 The right lighting will create the right atmosphere and when it’s done well, lighting can make everything, including your flowers, cake, and guests, look better. Lighting can transform a venue. You can take an old church hall or a dated banquet room and completely transform it into a very high-end looking room.

Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA

 Simple lighting solutions can be quite affordable. If you’re planning an evening reception, make sure to visit your site at least once when it’s dark outside. Look around the room and see where the fixed lighting is focused. Lights that illuminate the walls, windows, and ceiling can draw attention away from the center of the room. You want to keep everyone’s eyes on the tables, dance floor, and each other.

Cambridge Marriott, Boston, MA

You’ll also need to discuss how much electricity your lighting designer is going to need. Your band or DJ will have to have an isolated power source and won’t want to risk tripping a circuit breaker.Ask if the site has dimmers for their overhead lights, and if there’s any fluorescent lighting at all, keep it turned off! Also, make sure there won’t be any service doors kept open, which could flood the space with light and ruin the effect.

Easthampton Room at The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA

 In order to express your desires to your lighting professional, You’ll need to know a couple of terms which will help to let the designer know what you want.
 A Pin Spot is a fixture that provides a focused beam of light to illuminate an object like a centerpiece or wedding cake.
 A Color Wash is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area. This can be accomplished with Uplighting.
 Uplighting is when there are fixtures placed on the floor shooting up on to the wall. Several different types of fixtures can be used to accomplish this effect. Your lighting professional will recommend the right fixture by taking into account power requirements and the type of color saturation desired.
  Gobo projections can include the couple’s monogram or an abstract texture pattern to add interest to a plain wall or ceiling.

About the Event Lighting Blog:

Jim Powers is the CEO of CJC Event Lighting, a professional lighting and production company based in Massachusetts. Jim has over 25 years experience in the wedding industry, and has been heavily involved in Electrical Engineering, Music & Sound Production and Theatrical Lighting for much longer than he would like to admit and his age would suggest.
CJC Event Lighting specializes in Wedding and Event Lighting in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Boston, and all of New England. CJC Event Lighting transforms your event space using professional theatrical lighting equipment setup and operated by experienced theatrical lighting designers.

Contact Information:
Jim Powers jim@cjceventlighting.com
CJC Event Lighting www.cjceventlighting.com
(413) 737-7555 • (617) 252-8116 • (203) 971-8220

A Fall Wedding at the Boston Marriott Longwharf

November 11, 2010

As an event planning professional with the Springfield Marriott organization, our bride knew just the right vendors to pick to put together an amazing wedding! We worked with the crews from Durocher Florist http://www.durocherflorist.com and Bunnell Photography http://www.bunnellphotography.com for this event and the results were just amazing! This wedding even had a cigar roller during cocktail hour, and a belly dancer!

 The Boston Marriott Longwharf is a very “lighting friendly” venue. Plenty of airwall track and individually controlled power for our pinspot adaptors make lighting this room a pleasure! We used over 30 pinspots connected right to the powered track rails to highlight every guest table and food station! We were able to hang our ellipsoidal fixtures from the airwall track  to produce the stunning wall textures around the room. We uplit with a dark amber and gelled our textures with a lighter amber to create the contrast.

Heather from Durocher Florist provided dramatic tall centerpieces, a seating card “tree”, and some creative, textural bouquets that were absolutely some of the best arrangements we have ever seen!

Kathy from Bunnell Photography did an amazing job capturing the images from this event!

About the Event Lighting Blog:

Jim Powers is the CEO of CJC Event Lighting, a professional lighting and production company based in Massachusetts. Jim has over 25 years experience in the wedding industry, and has been heavily involved in Electrical Engineering, Music & Sound Production and Theatrical Lighting for much longer than he would like to admit and his age would suggest.
CJC Event Lighting specializes in Wedding and Event Lighting in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Boston, and all of New England. CJC Event Lighting transforms your event space using professional theatrical lighting equipment setup and operated by experienced theatrical lighting designers.

Contact Information:
Jim Powers jim@cjceventlighting.com
CJC Event Lighting www.cjceventlighting.com
(413) 737-7555 • (617) 252-8116 • (203) 971-8220

Cambridge Marriott Boston

August 23, 2010

The Cambridge Marriott Boston is located right by the MIT Campus. (just driving through makes you feel smarter) 🙂 We transformed 2 sections of the ballroom for this very stylish wedding. We washed 2 airwalls in a light amber texture, and uplit the opposing walls with a light pink to match the linens and chair sashes. As the night progressed the colors slowly faded into other complementing shades. During a few of the high energy dance sets, the walls came alive with color creating a high end club atmosphere thanks to our wireless lighting control system.   

Pink uplighting with one texture wall

 

Tiffany Blue uplighting

 

Magenta uplighting with another textured airwall

 

Table Pinspoting and custom Gobo projection

Tent Wedding in Southwick, Massachusetts

August 10, 2010

When I was first approached by Jason and Beth about lighting a tent for their Wedding in Southwick, Massachusetts, there were more then a few open items. Like color and the size of the tent for instance! But this wedding has raised the bar in our book for a successful back yard (yes,  back yard!!) wedding. The tent was 120 feet by 40 feet and provided by Fantasy Tents of East Longmeadow.  This was one of the largest tents we have worked in and the quality of the tent was amazing!
We washed the ceiling with a light Amber leaf texture and pinspotted the tables for contrast. We also hung a few 24″ white lanterns in the bar tent and on the deck of the home hosting the wedding.
We also had the pleasure of providing lighting for the band Maxxtone. This band rocked the reception and had the dance floor full until… well, whatever time we got out of there. Yes, folks we enjoyed ourselves at this wedding :). The catering was provided by The North Elm Butcher Block of Westfield and the food was amazing! 

Before

 

After

 

Monogram Gobo Projection with Ceiling Texture and Band/Dance Floor Lighting

 

Ceiling Texture and Pinspots

 

Ceiling Texture and Pinspots

 

Lanterns in Bar Tent

 

Just a cool overall shot... Shoulda used a tripod!

Villa Rosa, Waterbury, CT

July 20, 2010

This was our first visit to Villa Rosa in Waterbury CT. This facility has 24 faux columns surrounding the perimeter of the ballroom. We uplit each one with our LED pars and added a few LED bars to highlight the draping along a row of windows. We also provided pinspotting, and a monogram gobo projection on the airwall with a complementing amber texture background. We also projected another monogram gobo onto the floor in the foyer to be seen as guests were leaving. We had the pleasure of working with DJ Rocco, Schaler Photography and Myers Video Productions for this wedding!  

Uplighting By the Cake Table

 

Pinspotting

 

Gobo with additional texture wash

 

Monogram Gobo on the floor in the foyer

Three Weddings and a Lighting Design!

July 12, 2010

The Hunnewell Building on the grounds of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank, is one of our favorite venues to light. There is plenty of power, a high ceiling, and a big white empty room to work with! Our latest project there were 3 weddings in one weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The 3 couples and their families collaborated with us and the result was a medium amber conventional uplighting scheme with a lighter complementing texture gobo wash on the ceiling of the main building. We also uplit the attached tent (and a second tent added for the first wedding)  and hung 2 dozen illuminated white lanterns to add scale to the tent. Each wedding used the different parts of the building for different purposes, and we were able to adjust the design quickly to fit each couples needs. All 3 weddings were able to share the cost of the basic lighting package and  were able to add additional items for thier event. For the second wedding, we provided wireless mics and sound for the ceremony and for the reception supported a Jazz trio with a full sound system in the main room and provided a satellite speaker system and feed into the tent.
The third wedding moved the dance floor into the tent so we dimmed the lanterns and uplights to create a romantic atmosphere as the night progressed.

A Tuscan Wedding

June 6, 2010

We transformed The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA for a Tuscan themed wedding using Amber uplights and a de-focused head table texture using antique floral breakup gobos. We pinspotted the Head Table, cake table and guest table arrangements to highlight and the transformation took its true form during a wonderful “Log Cabin” sunset! The food at this wedding was incredible and non-stop! 

Tuscan themed Amber uplighting

 

Tuscan themed Amber uplighting with pinspotted arrangement

 

Pinspotted Cake

 

Custom Monogram Gobo with Halftone

The Alice In Wonderland Themed Prom

June 6, 2010

When Pittsfield High School in Pittsfield, MA approached us about lighting their “Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass” themed Prom, a couple of thoughts immediately jumped into my head: a Cheshire cat grin that would magically, randomly appear around the room, and the bright palette we would have to use that would instantly transform  the room into Wonderland. After working with the advisors, we developed a gobo load and a color scheme to complete the project.  I custom designed the Cheshire cat grin gobo for one our moving head lights and wrote a quick program to randomize its location around the room at varying time intervals.
All 370 attendees entered the room though a student created “Rabbithole” entrance that we enhanced with spinning gobos and additional custom lighting.
An “enchanted garden” lounge area that featured student created art was enhanced with a floor to ceiling texture wash to complement the forest green uplighting. During dancing, the back wall undulated with bright colors from our LED wall wash units. Opposite the lounge area, we textured the wall and tables in the area with an violet and sunset amber glow using a great open type grill gobo that gave the area a nice spacey, cool effect. We highlighted more student created art around the room, and uplit the main dining area using bright colors.
(Props also go to the venue, The Pittsfield Crowne Plaza, for serving all 370 delicious meals hot and all within a few minutes of each other!)   

Custom Gobos including the Cheshire Cat Grin that randomly appeared in different locations around the room

 

Enchanted Garden themed lounge with chessboard dance floor gobo projection

 

Enchanted Garden themed lounge with wall texture and uplighting

 

Opposing wall with custom gobo texture

 

Entrance to the ballroom was transformed into a "Rabbit Hole"

It’s Prom Time!

May 29, 2010

It’s Prom Time! Our first prom this year was for Monument Mountain Regional High School.  We transformed the spacious Grand Ballroom at the Berkshire Crowne to a modern trendy clublike atmosphere with LED Uplighting and texture projections on each end wall.      

Wall Texture with Uplighting

 

Wall Texture with Uplighting

 

Wall Texture with Uplighting

 

Uplighting with illuminated vases

Playing Around With Light

May 21, 2010

We had the opportunity to play around with some of our friends at the Delaney House this past week, Durocher Florist, Robert Charles Photography, and CJC Event Lighting are working on a marketing project that you will see the results of shortly. Here are a few sneak peeks at the shoot. It was fun to work with some colors that we might not otherwise get a chance to use… (please note that these are my own photos, the real images taken by Bob from Robert Charles are amazing!!)  

Draping with Uplighting and Pinspotting

 

A nice pink uplight with a complementing gobo texture on the recessed chandelier.

 

Deep Blue with a Pinspotted floral arrangement by Durocher Florist

 

Deep Blue with Pinspotted floral arrangements by Durocher Florist

 

Green... not sure about this color... 🙂