This week’s installment is called Duas Arces, which means Two Towers in Latin. But obviously DUAS ARCES sounds way cooler than Two Towers, right?! And look — you just learned some Latin! How cool is THAT?!
Our imaginary band, Todd’s Crazy Shirt, is rocking and rolling with a mix of keys, percussion, a mix master, and vocals — and a full rig of CHAUVET Professional fixtures cutting through the air and making magic pictures!
A few things to take away from this week’s Weekly Rig — design liner notes!
- Never forget about your background. Often in venues that you’ll play, you’ll have a terrible-looking back wall that can be made amazing with a simple focus palette that you update from venue to venue that gives you gobos along the back wall. Spin them, pulse them, rotate them with colors and varying directions, and you just blew the audience’s mind!
- A great gobo usage scenario is having projecting heads on a FOH truss. Sure you can spot the band, you can highlight parts of the band at certain points… but what about a front gobo wash? Turn your band from a front-lit bunch of musicians to a gobo front-lit bunch of musicians that are in motion and vibrate!
- Toners: You have the ability to make every piece of your truss into its own member of the band by just paying a little bit of attention to add your toners to your cues… truss is gorgeous while lit, why not make it part of your stack?
- Add a powerful backlight to each band member — in the case of Duas Arces and Todd’s Crazy Shirt, I added a COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour behind each band member for a burst of LED color and intensity to turn each member of the band into their own silhouette that lives and breathes with every single human movement the band members make. Try it, you will not be disappointed. Try it!
- A single front light on each band member can give you the control you need to simply highlight each human and keep your rig tight without having to use an entire system of wash fixtures (or PARs, depending where you are in the world, of course) to accomplish the look. You can definitely still design in the front washes (and maybe a GOBO WASH system from the front!) while having specials for each band member. It’s all about how you want to control your rig!
DUAS ARCES: CHAUVET Professional Lighting Products
We’ve got a sizable rig for this week’s Weekly Rig — but for a theoretical band of this magnitude, what choice do we have?!!
Direct from the virtual truck pack — fixtures on the stage deck:
30 @ COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour
DUAS ARCES: TRUSST Trussing Products
Lots and lots of Trusst!
32 @ 3m Trusst Arc sections
3 @ 1m Trusst straight sections
24 @ 2m Trusst straight sections
21 @ 3m Trusst straight sections
32 @ 6-Way Trusst corner blocks
28 @ 1m Trusst extension pipes
8 @ 30″ Trusst base plates
Enough of the bullet points, let’s check out this week’s Weekly Rig! Ladies and gentlemen, Duas Arces with Todd’s Crazy Shirt on the mic!
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This rig is completely theoretical, and there are lots of things like chain motors and required safety devices that would need to be implemented to make this a reality. Just keep in mind that no matter what rig you build or how you adapt these designs, you need to consult riggers, structural engineers, and all other appropriate experts before attempting to build any of these designs! The optimal phrase here is “IF YOU CAN’T RIG IT RIGHT, DON’T RIG IT AT ALL.” Safety is paramount. Nothing else is really that important.