From theatre productions to architectural lighting schemes for the National Grand Theatre Beijing and Euro Disney in Paris, Chris Watts has extensive lighting design experience and expertise. Creative and innovative, he has worked on both large flagship developments and smaller, domestic schemes – transforming environments through mood and atmosphere.
Chris’s fighting career began when he moved to Plymouth in 1976 and began helping out at the Hoe Theatre. After school his hobby turned into a professional career that began as a technician working at the Theatre Royal and progressing in the first ten years to chief technician at the Edinburgh Festival, Master Electrician at Northwestern University and Cornell University in the USA and design team member for Theatre Projects Consultants in London.
Chris’s whole approach is to focus on the client and their needs – namely, how do they want the space to be used and what sort of feelings do they want it to inspire? Lighting design is all about being creative and considering how best to improve and enhance an area so that it achieves whatever aim the client has in mind. Is the aspiration relaxation, for example, practicality (there’s no point in having a dimly lit kitchen surface or work desk) or maybe to evoke a sense of peace and tranquillity? There are lots of choices to be made and Chris is there to help provide the answers.
Once all requirements are established, Chris will produce a 3D plan that will include circuit diagrams. Using lighting simulation software, he can also, as an optional extra, show a client what the room will look like.
In addition to producing the plan, Chris recommends where to buy the materials needed and suggests suitable electricians.
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