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2014 Parnelli Awards Gala Filled with Emotion, Surprises

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Benny Collins accepts the 2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, Nov. 22, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las VegasLAS VEGAS – It was Vegas, after all, so the bet was on. "We were all voting when Benny [Collins] would start crying, and I said he wouldn't make it through the introduction, and I won," laughs production professional and friend Steve Thomas. Thomas, with Michael Ahern, presented the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award to Collins, the live event industry's highest honor. Collins took the stage choked up and shed some tears in giving his appreciation to all he's worked with and made friends with over the years. It was a fitting end to an evening filled with emotions, laughs and tears.

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On the Move

WorldStage Announces Five New Hires

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NEW YORK - WorldStage announced five new hires, across a wide range of departments, at its East and West Coast offices. The company named Susanna Harris-Rea lighting project manager, Frank Musgrove senior video engineer, Russell Cowans audio engineer and Gus Garces and Greg Duffin staging project managers.

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International News

White Light Supplies Lighting & Sound for WWI Remembrance Events

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Tower of London, c. James MackenzieLONDON - For the past several months the Tower of London, part of the Historic Royal Palaces, and its ambitious sculptural commission, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, have been a central symbol of the UK’s WWI Centenary observations. The display, which grew in size over time, marked each commonwealth casualty of WWI – 888,246 in total – with a hand-made red ceramic poppy “planted” by volunteers around the venue’s exterior. Entertainment and event production supplier White Light has been closely involved in the event, providing lighting, sound, and video support services for the opening ceremony on Aug. 5 and closing ceremony on Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day), as well as providing lighting for the entire poppy display throughout its three-month installation.

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Product News

W-DMX COB

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W-DMX launched its COB (Chip on Board) transceiver solution in an ultra compact 6x6mm sizeW-DMX launched its COB (Chip on Board) transceiver solution in an ultra compact 6x6mm size. The SMT mounted Chip On Board radio transceiver supports both DMX and RDM in a QFN48 package. The W-DMX COB is a low energy solution with only 40mA current consumption and facilitates distances up to 250 meters with a 2dBi standard antenna and BlackBox F-1MK2. A low cost solution that makes it possible for every fixture to have original W-DMX inside. Add a comment

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International News

LD Tom Campbell Includes Showline Strobes in Tour Rig for Katy B

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LD Tom Campbell Includes Showline Strobes in Tour Rig for Katy BLONDON - For Katy B's recent U.K. tour, LD Tom Campbell specified a rig that included Showline SL NITRO 510C LED strobes. The fixtures helped blend the artist's signature dubstep/garage sound with a lighting design evocative of nightclub looks.

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International News

Next, a Nightclub in Suriname, Equipped with Robe and Anolis Fixtures

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Next, a Nightclub in Suriname, Equipped with Robe and Anolis FixturesPARAMARIBO, Suriname — The brief for designing the lighting at Next nightclub in the Ramada Paramaribo Princess Hotel in Suriname near South America's Atlantic coast was to make it funky, fun and classy, noted Michael Pereira from Streamline Systems. That is why he chose Robe and Anolis for the main elements of the lighting installation.

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Marquee Nightclub’s Immersive Experience Created with Elation Gear

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Elation Marquee NightclubLAS VEGAS - Marquee Nightclub is consistently one of the highest grossing nightclubs in Las Vegas and one of the hottest and most luxurious nightclubs around. Located in the heart of the Strip, Marquee underwent a major LED lighting system upgrade recently with LD Steve Lieberman, owner of SJ Lighting, using over 1,100 new Elation Pixel Bar 40 LED strip lights to create a memorable 360-degree immersive experience.

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Tomoka Christian Church in Florida Upgrades with Jands Vista I3 Setup

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Jands Vista Provides Volunteer-Friendly & Powerful Control Solution for Florida's Tomoka ChurchORMOND BEACH, FL - Tomoka Christian Church upgraded to a Jands Vista I3 console to support the lighting rig at a new worship venue. The non-denominational, missions-oriented church offers contemporary praise and worship featuring live music, dance, and drama in a multimedia service. The church's new venue is using the Jands Vista I3 console alongside its existing Vista M1 control surface, which had been in use for several years.

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Selador Desire D60 Daylight Fixtures Meet Needs of Japanese Morning News Program

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Mezamashi TV Fuji TV photo by Kiyoshiro TsuhimaTOKYO – ETC’s Selador Desire D60 Daylight luminaires helped the technical crew of Fuji Television Network Inc. (Fuji TV) and Fuji Media Technology Inc. (fmt) overcome the challenge of finding the right fixture to light a set built in the globe-shaped observation room located on the 24th floor of their building in Japan.

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Product News

Avolites Quartz Console

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Avolites Quartz FrontAvolites' Quartz compact Quartz console made its way from PLASA London in October to LDI in Las Vegas in November. Group One Limited featured the console during the Nov. 21-23 exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Current Issue - November 2014
Editor's Note

Economic Indicators

Written by: Justin Lang

PLSN editor Justin LangOur economy is one of the driving forces behind our happiness and well-being.  Since the late 2000s, the entire country has been on edge with the fear of the dreaded “R” word, Recession.  And for good reason: a Federal Reserve report released two years ago showed that the median net worth of U.S. households dropped 39 percent —$126,400 to $77,300 — in the three-year span from 2007 to 2010.

 
On the Road

LD Mark Wheatley with Ian Anderson

Written by: Debi Moen

LD Mark WheatleyTour: Singer/flautist Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame

Tour Dates: U.S. to Nov. 10, Europe to Nov. 30, Australia in December; Continues in 2015.

 
Features

2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Benny Collins

Written by: Kevin M. Mitchell

2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Benny CollinsIf you don’t want to know the truth about something, don’t ask Benny Collins. Because he will tell you. That trait — at odds with the stereotype of those who get close to the stars — has taken him far in the live event business, a career that started with him hauling a Hammond B-3 in a truck as a teen to circling the world running Michael Jackson’s most audacious tours.

 

In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70

Written by: Kevin M. Mitchell

In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70Patrick Stansfield, 70, tour manager for Neil Diamond, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner and scores of others, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 28, 2014 from kidney failure. Along with his prominence in concert touring, Stansfield was the production mastermind behind the transformation of Dodgers and Yankee Stadiums for papal visits in 1987 and 2008 and was co-founder of the Parnelli Awards, named in memory of his good friend Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center here in the days before his death.

 
Inside Theatre

Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal Scales Up "This Is Our Youth" for Broadway

Written by: Bryan Reesman

This Is Our Youth photo by Brigitte LacombStarring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, This Is Our Youth focuses on three college age rich kids dealing with interpersonal friction, identity issues and their hard-partying ways in the early 1980s. It’s a dramatic show set in a studio apartment setting on the Upper West Side, but looming above it is a few stories of a building edifice that emphasizes the larger landscape these self-involved youngsters are a part of. Scenic designer Todd Rosenthal worked on the show staged by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company this past summer in Chicago before it made its Broadway debut in at the Cort Theater in September, and he dealt with the challenge of taking a smaller production into a bigger space while keeping the material up close and personal.

 
Production Profile

Foster the People

Written by: Tim Bradley

Matthieu Larivée and Lüz Studio brought the band’s quirky album aesthetics to the stageMark Foster is another one of those talented musicians who worked for many years to become an overnight sensation. One day you’ve never heard of them; the next day, they’re everywhere. Like thousands of hopefuls, Foster moved to Los Angeles after high school to chase a career in music. After several years of onerous odd jobs and stillborn bands, he landed work with audio production house Mophonics as a commercial jingle writer, giving us immortal works for California Tourism, Cadillac and Muscle Milk.

 

25 Years of Lighting Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Written by: Debi Moen

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX. Photo by Debi MoenThink about it: The Beatles had no lighting designer on tour. The thought boggles the mind.

This year, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1964 landing in New York and the launch of Beatlemania. On their three 1964-66 tours, the world’s most popular band may have had a followspot operator, but otherwise were stuck with poor house lights or, in the case of stadiums, industrial fixtures meant to light the field, not the Fab Four. Forget “stage design.” One promoter lined up 200 folding chairs onstage — and directly behind the band — to squeeze in more of the screaming girls and society celebrities for over-capacity ticket sales.

 

Reventón Super Estrella

Written by: Will Romano

Reventón Super Estrella photo by Erika Diaz. The Latin rock extravaganza got a visual assist from Global Trend Productions and othersThe seventeenth annual Reventón Latin rock festival drew close to 18,000 to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 19, 2014. Organized by KSSE Super Estrella 107.1 FM, Reventón featured a lineup that included largely accessible, if fairly diverse, Spanish-language acts, such as Caifanes, La Ley, Fobia, Roco Pachukote de Maldita Vecindad, Enrique Bunbury, La Unión, Víctimas Del Doctor Cerebro and La Santa Cecilia.

 
Designer Insights

Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014 photo by Steve JenningsFollowing the mid-June release of Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party album and 30 Seconds To Mars’ Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in mid-May, “The Carnivores” tour, which also featured opening act AFI, took shape this year. The 25-date arena and shed trek kicked off in early August at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL) and we caught up with the tour where it wrapped up Sept. 19 at the Concord Pavilion (outside San Francisco).

 
Showtime

Brighton High School Homecoming Dance 2014

Written by: PLSN Staff

Brighton, MI High School Homecoming DanceLighting Co
Visionary Sound Productions

Venue
Brighton High School
Brighton, MI

 

Boston Calling Music Festival

Written by: PLSN Staff

Boston Calling Music FestivalLighting Co
East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS)

Venue
City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA

 

Wiz Khalifa "Under The Influence" Tour 2014

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Wiz Khalifa 2014 tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
Upstaging Inc.

Venue
Various (tour)

 

Christina Perri Tour 2014

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Christina Perri 2014 tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Cos
PRG & Volt Lites

Venue
Various (tour)

 

Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant 2014

Written by: PLSN Staff

Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant 2014Lighting Co
Christie Lites

Venue
Vicksburg Convention Center
Vicksburg, MS

 

Global Dance Festival

Written by: PLSN Staff

Global Dance FestivalLighting Co
TMS/ESP

Venue
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO

 
Safety Factor

Giving Rigging Components the Torture Test

Written by: PLSN Staff

Show Distribution’s gear is equipped with Harting’s Han-Yellock modular connectors.The show must go on. In rare cases it doesn’t, of course, because of an act of nature or man, but Show Distribution, based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, has taken a stance with zero tolerance for equipment failures. So when the company chose a modular connector to do the job of three single-purpose connectors on the controllers of a new high-speed servo hoist, it put the new connector through a torture test of sorts.

 
PLSN Interview

Guy Pavelo on Drake vs. Lil Wayne

Written by: Michael S. Eddy

Guy Pavelo on the visual design for the Drake vs. Lil Wayne 2014 tourGuy Pavelo of GPDesign.net was the production designer and creative director for the recent Drake vs. Lil Wayne concerts that toured arenas throughout the U.S. this year. He previously designed Drake’s performance at last year’s Toronto-based OVO festival and his Would You Like a Tour? 2013 tour. This design morphed out of what Pavelo created for Drake’s performances at this year’s OVO festival at Toronto’s Molson Arena. PLSN sat down to speak with the designer about how he approaches his designs overall, his knack for pushing technology, and about this tour, for which he also operated the lighting on the road.

 

LD/Programmer Ken Jones

Written by: Vickie Claiborne

Lighting programmer/designer Ken JonesPLSN recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ken Jones, a prominent lighting programmer and designer based in Las Vegas. Ken is probably one of the busiest and most talented programmers in the corporate theatre world that I’ve ever met, and his affection for media server technology is a passion we share. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a few events with him, and I always find myself challenging the boundaries of both my own knowledge and the limitations of the equipment when we work together.

 
Behind the Lens

Pantone: A Behind-the-Scenes Brand Gets Its Close-Up

Written by: Will Romano

4Wall provided lighting gear to saturate the set and performers in a world of color. Photo by Sarah Silver courtesy of Pantone.When Karen Lantelme glimpsed the results of a photo shoot at Windmill Studios in Brooklyn, NY, for Pantone’s 2014 “Make It Brilliant” marketing campaign, she was stunned. Having been on location, Lantelme marveled at how the finished photos accurately reflected a set “painted” with light. “It blew me away,” says Lantelme, Pantone’s director of creative marketing. “The creative team on site had the ability to change the color of the environment in an instant. It was seamless. It was gorgeous.”

 
Installations

Sea, Air, Space - and Truss

Written by: PLSN Staff

Generico supported the Hubble @ 25 exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum with 300 pieces of truss.The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 where New York City’s 46th Street meets the Hudson River, offers visitors a range of interesting things to see aboard the USS Intrepid that starts with the Intrepid itself — a WWII-vintage aircraft carrier. Also featured: the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

 

Historic Dutch Site Energized with Vibrant Color for Castle of Love Festival

Written by: PLSN Staff

The Castle of Love Festival, a two-day music festival, returned for the ninth year to the historic and wooded environs of Castle Park Erenstein near Kerkrade, a city on the Netherlands side of the Netherlands/Germany border Aug. 16-17, 2014. The Castle of Love Festival, a two-day music festival, returned for the ninth year to the historic and wooded environs of Castle Park Erenstein near Kerkrade, a city on the Netherlands side of the Netherlands/Germany border Aug. 16-17, 2014. With 20,000 visitors looking to dance to the beat of popular acts including The Partysquad, Yellow Claw, Sick Individuals and Jay Hardway, LD Tom Franken was looking for gear that would inject electrified excitement into the normally serene surroundings.

 

Drai’s BeachClub & NightClub in Las Vegas

Written by: Will Romano

Drai's photo by Erik KabikRestaurateur and one-time Hollywood film producer Victor Drai has radically shifted the course of Sin City VIP nightlife entertainment multiple times over the last two decades. In a highly competitive market, Drai has proven himself to be both prolific and visionary, having established Drai’s After Hours at Barbary Coast/Bill’s Gambling Hall 15 years ago, XS at Encore Las Vegas back in 2008 and the exceedingly popular Tryst in Wynn Las Vegas, which opened in 2007.

 

Art Installations: Dlectricity Brightens Detroit

Written by: Thomas S. Friedman

XL Video helped project Mindfield’s content onto the DIA museum. Photo by German Perl.With only about 681,000 residents — down from 1.86 million in 1950 — and about $18.5 billion in bills to pay (more than $27,000 per person), the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy in mid-2013. It was, by far, the largest municipal default in U.S. history. The city’s financial conundrum is a puzzle that might even stump sculptor Auguste Rodin’s iconic Thinker, a casting of which is perched high on a pedestal outside the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) museum — and one of more than 60,000 artworks in the city-owned museum, now drawing more than just aesthetic interest from the city’s beleaguered creditors.

 
Buyer's Guide

Automated Lighting Consoles

Written by: Justin Lang

Automated Lighting Consoles - PLSN Buyers Guide Nov 2014 IssueThe question comes up all the time. “Which console is the best one out there?”  Honestly, there is no best one.  Picking a console is like picking an ice cream flavor.  Sure, you have your go-to, gotta-have flavor. (Mine, by the way, is chocolate chip cookie dough.) Then there are times went you want to be adventurous and try new things — a salmon-infused sorbet. Maybe not your first choice, but hey, a dessert is a dessert.

To download a PDF of the Nov. 2014 PLSN Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

 
Product Spotlight

Image Engineering's Beam Composer

Written by: Justin Lang

Image Engineering's Beam ComposerOne of the hottest technologies in the current visual toolkit is one that has been around for a while in our business — lasers. Lasers make a huge impact on productions, with beams of light dancing over the audience that cannot be produced by any other sort of light source on the market. Lasers are available in a wide range of offerings, from simple DJ effects to elaborate systems that require their own programmer and/or operator. For years, lighting designers have been at the mercy of translating their vision of what they want lasers to do to the laser programmer. The LD handled the lighting rig while a separate controller operated the lasers.

 
Road Tests

Atomos Ronin Portable Video Recorder and Monitor

Written by: Jeff Gooch

Atomos Ronin Portable Video Recorder and Monitor. The unit is available in standalone and rackmount versions.I’ve been uttering the phrase, “That’s my new favorite piece of gear” a lot these days. Any time I get something that makes my gig instantly easier — I’ll take it! Case in point: my most recent gear purchase, the Ronin from Atomos. They’ve made quite a name for themselves in the DSLR market producing small, inexpensive off-camera video recorders, but the Ronin is a bit of a different beast — and by far my new favorite piece of gear.

 

ADJ 3 Sixty 2R

Written by: Justin Lang

ADJ 3 Sixty 2RADJ has been stepping up their game in the professional grade segment of their business with the introduction of the 3 Sixty 2R split head moving light.  The company’s goal: to offer a wide range of products for every segment of the market from entry level to professional and installation markets. The 3 Sixty 2R, first featured at LDI 2013, is aimed at lighting pros aiming for both affordability and an array of amazing looks.

 

High End Systems Shapeshifter Series

Written by: Vickie Claiborne

The W1 packs 126 white LEDs in seven modules. Six of the seven modules can move independentlyIn recent years, automated lighting fixtures utilizing LED technology have begun to evolve beyond wash fixtures into more dynamic visual effects. As many manufacturers continue to strive toward creating brighter and brighter LED profile fixtures, LED wash fixtures have tended to be pretty much the same. That is, until the Shapeshifter. I recently traveled to Austin, TX to spend some time with engineering innovator and Shapeshifter creator Richard Belliveau of High End Systems to learn more about this promising new fixture.

 

RC4 Wireless' RC4WMagic Series 3

Written by: Aron Altmark

RC4 Wireless' RC4WMagic Series 3When I first looked at the various items in the package from RC4 Wireless, I was unsure how groundbreaking this system would be beyond providing miniscule applications of wireless data and dimming. However, within minutes of watching the start-up tutorial videos, I realized that this product would be much more than that. The modern RC4 system is a highly configurable, multi-functional, powerful set of tools that electricians, scenic/lighting/props designers, and multimedia artists should definitely take note.

 
Company 411

Avolites and Avolites Media

Written by: Justin Lang

Avolites and Avoites Media: The teamThree years ago, Avolites sent shockwaves through the industry with the launch of sister company Avolites Media. In that time the new company has delivered a host of award winning and industry milestone projects. We at PLSN feel the time is right to take a closer look at Avolites Media and the impact the company is having on the converging sectors of lighting and video control.

 

Entertainment Fabrication Inc.

Written by: Tim Bradley

Entertainment Fabrication's products include truss brackets for speakers.For the past three years, Steven Anschutz has lived a life built on fabrications. Ask him directly and he’ll admit, “I’m a fabricator.” So he made it his business. “In 16 years of working production on shows,” he recalls, “I noticed we always had to set up using the same gear that we’d used forever. We wanted to do things like mounting speakers directly onto trusses instead of having the separate up-lit truss and speakers on sticks. But there wasn’t a handy bracket out there to do that. There were many situations like that, where we’d be stuck using stock components. The standard manufacturers were not willing to create one-off custom pieces. So I decided to start making them myself.”

 

Shenzhen Eastar Aims for the Long Term

Written by: Tim Bradley

For this event in Las Vegas, panels of Edslumen Mini P3mm create striking visual impact.One of the bright lights in the bustling Chinese economy is Shenzhen Eastar Electronic Co., Ltd., maker of Esdlumen LED screen and lighting products. The 800-employee company is located in the mega-metropolis of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong in southern China’s Guangdong province.

 
Video Digerati

The Evolution of Visualizers Continues

Written by: Vickie Claiborne

The virtual working environment created by wysiwyg for lighting pre-viz...Recently I was asked about the difference between visualizers and which one would be best to choose for pre-viz (pre-programming a show). Those questions are not as easy to answer as they once may have been. For many years, lighting designers and programmers had only a few choices for pre-programming a show. And video engineers essentially had even fewer than that. All of that has changed, however, in the last few years. Visualizers, or pre-visualization software applications, are now available in practically all aspects of the entertainment and design fields. Which then leads to the questions, “What are they used for?” and “Which one do I need?” Let’s take a closer look at how the one-time “visualizer” has evolved into an array of powerful design tools for lighting and video designers.

 
Video World

The 4K Blu-Ray: Much More than Pixels

Written by: Paul Berliner

The 4K Blu-Ray: Much More than PixelsI’ve written extensively about 4K (also known as UHD) over the last few years, and the weak link isn’t the quality or the price of the televisions — it’s the content. To get 4K content onto a 4K display, there are only a few options available. You can connect a 4K-capable PC to the UHD monitor, using HDMI or Display Port, or you can connect several of the industry’s advanced 4K video processors to a small group of professional 4K monitors, using four DVI single-link connections or two DVI dual-link connections.

 
Feeding the Machines

Random Thoughts

Written by: Brad Schiller

Many elements of lighting design are built using symmetry; however for every symmetrical system an asymmetrical system is also conceived.  Automated lighting programmers are given the power to create randomness and chaos out of any lighting rig by simply using the tools at hand.  One of the best tools for doing so is working with random values.  Whether contained within the fixtures themselves or a product of the console, random abilities add dynamic excitement to any production such as a color chase or lightning effect.

 
Focus on Fundamentals

Building the Art-Net(work)

Written by: Michael Graham

Building the Art-Net(work)Who doesn’t appreciate the power of Art-Net?  Art-Net gives us the ability to manage massive amounts of DMX over a single cable with one controller?  In turn, we can control a ton of fixtures easily from one place which makes programming shows much easier.  However, while Art-Net is an amazingly cool method of control, it adds another hat to the lighting designer — Information technology administrator.  Now, we not only need to think about which gobos overlap best, but also how to make sure that our network of fixtures is running smoothly.

 

Picking Up Tricks from Others

Written by: Justin Lang

Did you go to school? Did you feel that was the end of your education? Lies, I tell you — all lies. I am a firm believer that you never stop your education. Now does that mean that you should be constantly in school or some sort of continuing education system? Hell no. Look at all the veterans in the industry. Many of them never went past high school. What they learned about our industry, they did on the road and on the job.

 
Designer Watch

Quick Cues: X Japan, Charli XCX, Bassnectar, Saturday Takeaway and More

Written by: Debi Moen

The lighting setup for X Japan at Madison Square GardenX Japan, billed as “the most successful rock band in the history of Japan,” performed a one-off at Madison Square Garden in New York City. LD Peter Morse designed the set and the lighting for the Oct. 11 show, working with production manager Phay MacMahon. “I designed a smaller show for their warm-up concerts in Yokohama, which took place one week prior to the show at the Garden,” said Morse. “The MSG show was shot for DVD, and consisted of 600-plus fixtures, ably programmed via ESP previz by Troy Eckerman and Craig Caserta. We only had one actual day — show day — with the entire rig! So previz was an absolute necessity.”

 
LD at Large

Boss or Leader?

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

Illustration by Andy AuI had a lighting tech walk up to me one day and ask for some help. He couldn’t find a couple of gel frames that had fallen out of some PARs since the previous evenings’ performance. I asked him if he had any spare gel and frames in the work trunk. “Sure,” he responded. “But my boss will not let me have them because he thinks it’s my fault they disappeared, and he wants me to spend all morning looking for them. That’s why your light rig is still on the ground.” Not wanting to stir up any internal crew conflict, I told him that I wasn’t his boss. He replied, “You may not be the boss, but you’re our leader. Please intervene here.”