MS Dance with Full Color Laser

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Chris Michaels

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Really, really, REALLY nice, Chris. How are you planning to upsell that?
For now, we are just bringing it to the dances to create a buzz. The plan is to upsell it for PROMS and Homecoming Dances at an additional $350 for just the laser.

As with my other add-ons like the VJ packages (offering that since 1993) and my lighted dance platforms, the best way to upsell is to use them at dances. People see them and want them.

For our regular school customers, we rotate add-ons that are not being used (not booked on another show) for them at no charge. This includes VJ parties, Dancefloors, laser etc. This has made my client base VERY LOYAL.

My philosophy is that I've already made the investment with whatever piece of equipment it is, so I might as well use it and if it's not booked, I'll send it on a show to promote it. So far, that theory works VERY well.

This paticular MS pays us over $700 per dance (books 6 per year with video screens) for a 1:15 minute event on a Thursday afternoon. We have 4 others mid-week that are similar in pay along with several dozen that pay $250-$395.
 
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hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
Very cool..

do you normally show the laser on the roof or wall? or does it simply depend?
 

Chris Michaels

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Lasers over 4.95mw or class 3b cannot be shot into the crowd, they have to be aerial or above their heads.

This is a 350mw laser (chauvet and ADJ lasers are 4.95mw) and we have a FDA variance on file to use it. FDA handles licensing of radiation emitting devices in the U.S.

This cafeteria had a ceiling that was a wierd shape. We aimed the beam at about the 15" height on the wall, but the wall made a 30 degree turn near the ceiling.

I can only use this laser in a room with 15' ceiling or higher so I don't hit the crowd's eyes.
 

unlimitedsounds

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How much does this laser cost? I did a college event once and they had a HUGE laser setup with some big hazer or fogger that did what the one you have did and more.. I dont think they were allowed to run the one they had the way they did :)
 

d-dubsta

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My kids' middle school would be thrilled to have a setup like that for their dances! Looks like there was a good amount of fog/haze in the gym. How often are you able to get away with that?
I'm interested in the grid/box PAR lights. Is that a fixture you can buy, or did you build it yourself? I'm looking for something kind of like that, a Vegas-style marquee lighting effect. Thanks for posting the vid.
 

romch

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This looks sweet! Good video, which now has me thinking about getting one. Hmmmm....
 

Bob Dietrich

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This is a middle school dance with Video Screens and a X-Laser Skywriter RGBV Full Color Laser.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8aoZNooYPk
Looks awesome Chris! I would personally have mounted it mid truss with a single unit as a centerpiece as it would make for a better focal point for aerial stuff...or leave it where it is and add another to the other side...LOL!!

Are you running the laser software on a dedicated laptop or is it shared with another lighting program?
 

Chris Michaels

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Looks awesome Chris! I would personally have mounted it mid truss with a single unit as a centerpiece as it would make for a better focal point for aerial stuff...or leave it where it is and add another to the other side...LOL!!

Are you running the laser software on a dedicated laptop or is it shared with another lighting program?
Dedicated laptop with Phoenix live software.

For some reason, I could not figure out how to allign the laser to project properly in it's anatomic position.

It would project normally in DMX mode, but when I hooked up the Phoenix software dongle, it would shoot on a 45 degree angle. I went thru all the settings and nothing worked, so I had to mount it sideways for the image to be straight.
 
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