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Pick Five Things Fixture Manufacturers Could Do Better

I’ve worked on both sides of the equation with respect to the manufacturer/user balance, and the question of which five things a fixture could improve upon ALWAYS comes up — I always love the discussion because everyone wants something different.

 

It’s honestly sometimes a special little hell from a product development standpoint, because usually, at least 75% of the good suggestions could improve the product you’re developing, but the time/talent/money triangle ALWAYS dictates how much of everything you can put into your fixture.  Then, you have to avoid “feature creep,” which is just adding too much crap into the fixture’s abilities, just because you can.  All of this is also regardless of whether it’s a moving head or a conventional non-mover.  “You can fill a development cycle with however long you give the engineers to fill it.”  That’s a Berenice Chauvet quote, ladies and gentlemen, she is one brilliant individual ninja.

PICK TWO off the triangle above and design your show.

So here, I have a poll for you — if you could pick five things on a moving head to improve, what would they be?

Pick FIVE THINGS You Would Improve about Moving Lights.

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Chauvet Celebrates 25 Years

I thought this was a pretty cool homage to my bosses for 25 years in the business…  one thing is certain, they’re very talented business folk with an acumen for innovation.  Check out a nice article on Albert and Berenice Chauvet and the business they’ve worked so hard to make what it is today, and what it will become in the future.

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By the talented Kevin Mitchell:
http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/43-company-411/15775-chauvet-celebrates-25-years-by-looking-forward-not-back.html

JimOnLight and TEAM CHAUVET Take the #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

Oh yes indeed, kids!  The #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE was accepted by Tobin Neis from Barbizon, and I reached out to Berenice and Albert Chauvet and all of TEAM CHAUVET to really try and put my money where my big loud mouth is to FIGHT ALS.  A special thanks go out to Connor Graham, who took the challenge with Albert Chauvet and donated his own money to fight ALS.  Connor, YOU ROCK, BUDDY!

NOW YOU’RE UP, George Masek and Bob Gordon from ACT Lighting, and Richard Belliveau from High End Systems/Barco!  Richard, I know you got nominated twice, but guess what?  WE JUST LOVE YOU THAT MUCH, BROTHER!

ANYONE can donate to ALS.  Just go to http://www.alsa.org/donate/ and donate.  We did the challenge and we’re donating.  Them’s the rules, kids!

Here’s Tobin’s initial challenge video, Tobin, thank you SO MUCH for the nomination!  Max, YOU ROCK, BUDDY!