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Student designers appraise Elation lighting on Yale’s Carlotta Festival


In partnership with dry‐hire rental house Main Light, Elation Professional provided Fuze MAX™ series moving head luminaires to David Geffen School of Drama at Yale for use on the school’s annual Carlotta Festival, which showcases plays written, directed, acted and designed by students.


When third‐year MFA candidates David DeCarolis and Yichen Zhou had the opportunity to design lighting for the plays—DeCarolis for littleboy/littleman and Color Boy, and Zhou for Furlough’s Paradise— DeCarolis decided to contact Elation Professional to enquire about fixture choice. Elation Product Application Specialist Nick Saiki steered the designer toward two of the company’s newest state‐of‐the‐art moving heads, the Fuze MAX Spot™ and the recent NAB Product‐of‐the‐Year award‐winner, the Fuze MAX Profile™. Main Light supplied six Fuze MAX Profile and five Fuze MAX Spot luminaires to the school for the production.


Specially designed for precision lighting applications such as theatre, with the Fuze MAX Elation has taken a full‐ spectrum RGBMA LED engine (92 CRI) and combined it with the best features of high performance moving lights such as a wide zoom, gobo wheels, animation, dual frost, prism and iris (plus framing in the Profile version).

Lumen output is 21,000, rivaling 1000W/1200W‐class discharge fixtures.


DeCarolis says he used the fixtures to accentuate or heighten the more theatrical or psychological moments of the plays, for example using more saturates or primary colors, and accessed their full feature sets for textures, effects, specials, color and animation.


For Zhou, the fixtures were most useful when creating specials to emphasize a particular look, such as with animation, but she also used them as fill lights and for angles. Colorwise she says she was able to produce naturalistic shades when producing isolated moments, pastels for example, and was able to blend them in with the rest of the rig, including incandescent fixtures. The Fuze MAX’s RGBMA engine produces fully blended colors across an impressively wide breadth of the color spectrum, along with tunable dynamic whites.




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