Mavericks reflect mixed moods at Montreal Pride
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
montreal-pride3Gil Perron drew on the versatile performance features of 34 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures
Canada - Working with his board operator Jerome Robitaille and TD Eden Ashby, lighting designer Gil Perron pushed his LSM Ambiocréateurs supplied lighting rig in myriad directions for five different shows videoed over a five-day period in support of a wide range of performances by leading artists from Montreal’s 2SLGBTQI+ community.
Through it all, Perron drew on the versatile performance features of 34 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures positioned on his fly system. “It’s no big secret that my go-to light for TV is the Maverick 3 Profile,” he says. “It has the brightness, colour schemes, gobo package, and, when dialed in, a perfectly nice 4300k with bang on render.”
To ensure that his looks remained distinctive throughout the entire festival and reflected the personalities of all performers, Perron generally limited the number of Maverick MK3 Profiles used for each act to no more than four units. Once the profiles were focused and dialled in, the rest of the rig, including its 24 Rogue R2 Beam fixtures and 18 COLORado Solo Battens was “all about effect”.
“In order to minimize flip, only the ground packages and video wall designs were modified from show to show,” adds Perron. “We used the beams to create unique looks with different side angles, and of course changing up colours evoked a range of moods. Gobos from the Mavericks played a big role in adding variety and texture to the stage. I am a big fan of using gobos.”
Many of the shows during Montreal Pride Festival were built on boldness and power. This required a level of intensity in the supportive lighting design. Perron achieved this with the help of his high output fixtures and the adroit operation of the shows’ boards.
“For this project, the perfect candidate for board op was Jerome Robitaille,” concludes Perron. “His massive experience running EDM rigs was a huge asset considering that most performances were very high energy and required a lot of punch. I was extremely fortunate to be surrounded by talented and dedicated people on this including, not just Jerome, but also festival organiser Jean-Francois and my account execs at LSM, Archie Cifelli and Serge Lachance.”

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