Paul Maloof lights Say Anything with CHAUVET Professional and JDI Productions

Photo: Nancy Dhuynh

Lighting Designer, Paul Maloof took control of Say Anything’s lighting on their 27-city Is A Real Boy 20th Anniversary Tour.

“From the get-go, I knew that this was going to be a show of firsts for all of us,” said Maloof. “I started building a show file based on the album track listing and was not very confident it was going to be successful. I decided to take on the challenge of busking the show. It seems to have been the right choice.”

Helping Maloof keep pace with the band’s sound were the CHAUVET Professional Maverick MK Pyxis and Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures supplied by JDI Productions. “Say Anything has a very streamlined stage set up. So, with the various size venues, they are performing at, I wanted to create looks that are able to saturate stages as much as possible,” Maloof noted. I try to keep the wash looks as wide and overlapping as much as possible with the beams layering between mid and downstage. The CHAUVET Professional fixtures in my floor package are helping me create this look regardless of the stage.  I chose the Pyxis to utilise the separation of the beam and the outer wash ring as well as its macro effects.”

“As for the FX-Bs, I have two of them on eight-foot pipes, one on each of the six-foot pipes, and one on each side of the band’s backline.  The FX-B’s versatility to fill up space using fan tilts has always been something that is appealing to me. It gives me the ability to make large looks with just a few fixtures,” Maloof continued.

Maloof created a sense of movement throughout the show through his carefully selected colour combinations, marrying different hues to reflect the mood of each evocative song. “I made a conscious effort not to use open white aside from the opening song and the occasional white flicker effect,” he explained. “I mainly use a two-colour look, but there are times when I will add a third color to create a little punch.”

Throughout the show, Maloof’s design unfolded, serving ups different looks as the concert progresses. He advanced the narrative through a simple change in beam position. At others, he relied on colour changes and dimmer effects.