Six questions with Jordan Chance, lighting designer and owner of Luxe Productions design company.
1. How did you get into this field?
Lighting is something that has been growing within our company and I’m privileged to learn from people within the industry who I really respect. Lighting caught my interest when I saw how it can dramatically change a space. I started to feel passionate about it when I noticed that you can take two basic ideas, implement one of them differently and end up with a bigger, more dramatic effect. After that discovery, I started to look for the best possible ways to setup in order to bring fresh ideas to rooms and obtain the biggest effects.
2. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Obviously LED fixtures have changed the lighting industry for the better. Now that there is so much versatility in effects, the big question is, how to maximize that effect. I think battery operated fixtures with built-in wireless DMX are awesome and those features help with setup and tear down time. It would be great to see powerful, LED gobo projector with a temperature control — this would allow for minimal power consumption and pinpointing the proper white to suit the event.
3. What has been your favorite design/project?
I love anything that hasn’t been done before. If it seems ridiculous or really difficult, I am immediately interested. One of my favorite projects this year was lighting Martin Estate.
4. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
We recently lit an event at a beautiful, spacious venue with tons of character. They have an amazing custom floor that we did not want to damage, so had to run DMX and power throughout the ceilings and walls to get our fixtures where they needed to be. It required a scissor lift, took a lot of time, but when we finished, there weren’t any visible wires and it looked awesome.
5. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…
A show without lights is like no presents on Christmas day — disappointing.