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From time to time, I get a chance to do some work in the DCMA — the Washington DC metro area, for those of you outside of the Beltway. Typically, they are quick gigs, and the jobs range from running a desk to pushing a road case. Yes, I am never above pushing a case — it builds character, and some of the stories my fellow stagehands tell are priceless.
Okay... Who is going to take the first step? Well, I guess it will be me. No, that is not true. It was actually Clive Forrester of All Access Staging and Productions who took the first step around four years ago. Clive took the first step towards better health by buying a Tread Desk. What is a Tread Desk? A Tread Desk is a combination desk and treadmill that enables you to keep your body in motion during the workday instead of being slouched over your desk for eight or more hours a day.
Tour: Air Supply
Dates: Year-round, worldwide
Beowulf Boritt’s Tony Award-winning set for Act One, which ran this past spring at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, was one of the grandest set pieces ever designed for Broadway. The 30-foot high, 60-foot diameter turntable featured three full stories of locations — apartments, hotel rooms, theater spaces, outdoor places — and created a larger-than-life presentation that added to the energy of the show, which chronicled the autobiographical story of playwright Moss Hart as he rose up from poverty to become a Broadway sensation through his association with playwright and collaborator George S. Kaufman. It was certainly an impressive sight, not to mention heavy — it weighed in around 100,000 pounds.
“Tim McGraw likes his rock ‘n’ roll,” says lighting director Pat Brannon in what proves to be an understatement. “He likes that big look.”
If there’s a word that sums up McGraw’s current Sundown Heaven Town tour is “big.” Big set. Big lights. And perhaps most of all, a big new 7mm video screen custom designed by Screenworks NEP that has put that company in the manufacturing business.
Halcyon Days might imply times of languid repose, but with Elie Goulding’s fast track to success, the U.K.-based singer/songwriter has been busier than ever, and her career keeps hitting new crescendos. Her first album, Lights, sold more than 850,000 copies after its 2010 release. Together with her second album, Halcyon, released in Oct. 2012, which was re-released as Halcyon Days in Aug. 2013, her total album sales have topped the 4 million mark.
EDC Production Crew
Producer: Insomniac Productions
Executive Producer: Forrest Hunt
Production Director: Alyxzander Bear
Production Designer/LD: Stephen Lieberman/SJ Lighting
Los Angeles, CA
TD Bank Arts Centre
Various (Festival Tour)
Tour Tech East
Zig Zag Lighting
Various (UK tour)
Here’s a little math quiz. What do you get when you add 600 square feet of video wall units, one major “party pit” boasting nearly 60 moving heads and 360 LED video bars, and $40 million in construction and soft costs? The surprising answer is E11even — a 24-hour cabaret/nightclub in Miami, Florida, that made its debut earlier this year.
It is time again to take a look at one product segment that is growing not just in capabilities, but popularity among productions of all sizes and types, Media Servers. In the past year alone, almost every single media server provider listed here has introduced an updated version of their software and/or added to their line of offerings in hardware.
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Have you ever been so excited about a lighting fixture that you cannot stop playing with it? I’ll be honest here, that is almost always the case when a new light hits my doorstep. It is kind of like Christmas every time. Though, this time, I had to travel across the Atlantic with this particular light. I picked it directly from the factory, hot off the production line.
Allen Analian’s zeal for electronics is, well, electric. “Everything today involves electronics, and electrical engineering is the basis for the advance of technology,” he exclaims. “For me, I see a lot of interconnectedness in the world across all industries through electronics, from simple toys to supercomputers. With an electronics background, you can just about build anything!”
One of the greatest advancements in automated lighting programming over the last 10 years has been the ability to easily change fixture types from one to the other. As the market of available fixtures has increased, so too has the need to easily clone or change fixture libraries within a programmed show file. In the past this was accomplished through complicated copying routines and macros. However, even with the new tools built into consoles, it is important that programmers understand how to use these tools and how to prepare their show file for changes.
In between tours, over the past few decades, LD Joel Reiff has been writing. He selected 14 of his favorite short stories for his first published paperback, 14 Shorts and Other Dirty Laundry. PLSN found Reiff on the road with Peter Frampton, soon to head out again with Jason Mraz in August, to answer a few questions about his literary aspirations and inspirations.