SJP Productions Creates Forest of Light With ChamSys


S. Jeremy Peters, the owner of SJP Productions, turned the thickly wooded “Garcia’s Forest” around LOCKN Festival’s Terrapin Station Stage into a transcendental canopy of color with 150 pixel -mapped IP65 par fixtures that he controlled with his ChamSys PC Wing and Playback Wing. Peters hung between three and five lights on over 30 trees in the forest. Using modified hunting stands to set up his rig without harming the trees, he positioned his pars high over the ground which aided in spreading the light. He also executed some exciting color changing sweeps throughout the forest with his pixel-mapped pars. “We programmed every light in the forest to be a single pixel on the map, so that we could do large scale color wipes in any direction,” he detailed. “We also had to take into account which direction the lights were facing and in which order the addresses were assigned on each individual tree,” continued Peters. “The ChamSys built-in pixel mapper and pixel mapping effects helped us achieve a variety of looks, all beautifully coordinated with each other.” Given the irregular pattern of the trees in Garcia’s Forest, Peters did not use

a visualizer to design his show. Instead, he took multiple walks through the woods prior to the four day festival to plan the design. “I envisioned this in my head,” he explained. “Following this vision, we mounted the lights and programmed them over a five-day period. My ChamSys made it easy to do the programming. The pixel mapping feature is intuitive and it makes it very easy to add heads to the grid. To help us determine our grid for the pixel map, we used the highlight feature in our ChamSys to track each light and determine the position it faced. With such a big area to pixel map, it was important that we easily identify the heads. We also used the remote application on our iPad to help us troubleshoot when we had to go into the forest to investigate, which by the way, was usually quite a hike from the lighting console.”



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