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Complete Production Resources Lights Up Firestone Live in Orlando with Chauvet Professional Gear

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Complete Production Resources Lights Up Firestone Live in Orlando with Chauvet Professional GearORLANDO – Firestone Live, a 20,000 square foot venue that rose to prominence in the 1990s, recently completed an extensive remodeling that lowered the club’s stage and included a new trussing rig to expand the space available for the overhead lighting system. Working with a design from Impulse Creative Group, Complete Production Resources equipped the venue with sixteen Legend 412 RGBW LED moving washes, eight Q-Wash 436Z LED RGBW moving washes, eight Legend 330SR Spot moving fixtures, eight COLORado 1-Tri Tour par-style fixtures and one Amhaze II water-based haze machine.  A grandMA on a PC with a fader wing controls the rig. Add a comment

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Supersharpy Fixtures Make U.S. Debut at NYFOL

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Clay Paky SupersharpyBROOKLYN, NY — The inaugural New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) lit up Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood Nov. 6, 7 and 8 and drew such a huge crowd people had to be turned away on Sat. Nov. 8. Clay Paky fixtures played a key role, and the company’s Supersharpy fixtures made their U.S. debut.

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Clay Paky, Major and MA Accompany BAP on tour

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COLOGNE, Germany - Since songwriter Wolfgang Niedecken formed BAP in the late 1970s, the band has released 16 studio albums and the band members have performed around the world. The band's latest tour, "BAP zieht den Stecker," may translate to "BAP pulls the plug," but LD Peter Seifertur (Cue Design) saw to it that the band was still well-lit. For their open-air concert at Salzkotten, near Paderborn, Seifertur specified a rig that included a variety of Clay Paky fixtures.

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Goldfrapp Festival Gigs Lit with 21 Sharpy Wash 330s from Clay Paky

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Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330sLONDON - UK indie-electronic band Goldfrapp recently completed a European festival tour with a lighting rig that included 21 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures. Show and lighting designer Rob Sinclair, who worked alongside lighting director Louisa Smurthwaite, specified the fixtures for the festival leg of the band's Tales of Us tour. Neg Earth supplied the gear.

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Bandit Lites Supplies Gear for University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness Event

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Bandit Lites provided Martin MAC 2000 Profiles and Washes, Coemar Infinity washes, Chauvet Professional Legend 230SR Beams, Color Kinetics iW Blasts, GRN Par 64 and GRN washes and two grandaMA 1 full consoles for control.LEXINGTON, KY – For the University of Kentucky’s annual basketball season opening scrimmage known as “Midnight Madness” and “Big Blue Madness,” held during the college’s recruiting weekend in 23,500-capacity Rupp Arena, Bandit Lites provided a special-event lighting rig. It included Martin MAC 2000 Profiles and Washes, Coemar Infinity washes, Chauvet Professional Legend 230SR Beams, Color Kinetics iW Blasts, GRN Par 64 and GRN washes and two grandaMA 1 full consoles for control.

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Vance Joy Tour Rig Includes Clay Paky Fixtures

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Vance Joy tour photo by Sarah Rushton-ReadUK Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy recently embarked on his first U.K. tour, with an array of Clay Paky A.Leda B-EYE K20 fixtures helping create the shows’ diverse lighting looks. Specified from Siyan Ltd by lighting designer Liam Tully, the B-EYEs made up the floor package, with two mounted on each side of the stage and two on the drum risers.

CORRECTION: This release first appeared on PLSN.com with photos of another event lit with Clay Paky fixtures. We have updated this posting with the original photos sent by Clay Paky. PLSN regrets the error.

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U.K. Theme Park Fireworks Show Includes Visuals Controlled by Jands Vista Gear

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Jands Vista Alton Towers FireworksALTON, Staffordshire, UK - Alton Towers Resort, based here, marked the end of the 2014 theme park season with their "Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular." Simon Horsley, Alton Towers Resort's technical manager, designed supplementary show visuals with cues managed by a Jands Vista control system. Horsley's lighting design made use of more than 150 fixtures, including lighting gear from Martin, Clay Paky and Robe. For video projected on a water spray screen, the setup included a Green Hippo video playback system with cues controlled via a laptop PC running the same Vista v2 software as the main control desk.

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Martin RUSH MH 5

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Rush MH5Martin's RUSH MH 5 Profile is now available. The fixture is designed to serve as a compact and bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics for a variety of effects and colors. The fixture comes with two color wheels, two gobo wheels and rotating prism. Its compact size and budget-friendly price makes it well suited to the needs of DJs, bands, clubs, bars, cruise ships and installations where small footprint and low weight is critical.

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Large-Format Projection Brings "Glasgow’s War" to Life

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 Glasgow City Council commissioned The Projection Studio's Ross Ashton and Karen Monid to create a new large-format video projection show, “Glasgow’s War,” on the front of their City Chambers building to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. GLASGOW, Scotland - Glasgow City Council commissioned The Projection Studio's Ross Ashton and Karen Monid to create a new large-format video projection show, “Glasgow’s War,” on the front of their City Chambers building to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The 27 minute show, portraying World War I from a Glasgow perspective, involved meticulous research. Ashton's visuals were accompanied by a soundtrack by Monid.

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Prolyte Group Trainers Work with TSD Group to Promote Safe Use of Products in Argentina

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Prolyte Group Trainers Work with TSD Group to Promote Safe Use of Products in Argentina. Ivo Mulder, Brand Manager Roof Systems, performed on-site  training.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - TSD Group, based here, brought in a team of trainers from Prolyte to provide instruction on the proper use of Prolyte products.  Daniel Lema, COO of TSD Group, noted that "raising awareness through providing training and knowledge is a very effective way to introduce the Argentinian market to the Prolyte products. After last years training, we had much requests for another training, so I’m really glad to have Ivo and Jasper here, to lend their knowledge. It’s very rewarding to see how much can be learned from this expert team.”

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Current Issue - November 2014
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.

 
Production Profile

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.

 
PLSN Interview

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

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.

 
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.”