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It is a sad, sad day for me. Earlier this week, I lost a dear friend of mine. For that past six years, Mielziner has been one of my closest and most trusted friends. No matter how I felt or what is going on in my life, I could share my stories, photos and so much more with him and he would not think any less of me. He was always there, ready to help me out.
Tour Dates: Year-round worldwide
Design Concept: “Our show is all about the music. We don’t carry any of our own lighting gear so I have designed a lighting plot that is flexible in many venues. We use moving lights whenever available however our lighting plot is conventionals only. I lean towards an asymmetrical look in the background, I find that more interesting. Our show is a theatrical piece. I am trying to create a mood.”
Pepsi scored a hit among TV viewers and on social networks this year with its Grammy Halftime Show commercial, which aired Jan. 26 for a full 2-minute, 36-seconds halfway through the Grammy Awards telecast on CBS. Despite the spot’s length, it was crammed with a mash-up from the worlds of sports and entertainment. The production company, Holmes Defender of the Faith, with McG as director, worked with Ramsey Nickell, director of photography and LD Todd Roberts of Visions Lighting, which provided lighting, video and staging for the spot.
A look at the lighting, video and pyro for The Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
This year’s Super Bowl was held in MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, NJ. It was the first — and many on the crew hope the last — cold weather Super Bowl in a stadium without a roof. To pull off the potentially cold and snowy Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and his band along with special guest, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it took a lot of pre-planning. Known for high tech lighting and video, the show’s core technology is not exactly comprised of gear that loves cold temperatures, much less Arctic conditions.
The Visual Team Keeps Pace with Beyonce's Creative Output
As the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé Knowles had already enjoyed considerable success before launching a solo album, Dangerously in Love, more than a decade ago (while Destiny’s Child was in hiatus, in in 2003). By the time Destiny’s Child disbanded, in 2006, the trio sold 60 million albums worldwide. Combining her solo and collaborative efforts, Beyoncé, now 32 years old, has 46 Grammy nominations to her credit and 17 wins.
Theatrical Media Services
San Antonio Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
Delicate Productions Inc.
Jericho City of Praise,
Trinity Baptist Church,
Lake Charles, LA
Lighting Director Scott Cunningham Helps 'The Line" Shine
Country music’s Florida Georgia Line, comprised of Floridian Brian Kelley and Georgian Tyler Hubbard, are hotter than a $10 pistol. Their sextuple-platinum song “Cruise” broke the record for longest Number One on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, scoring more than 6.3 million downloads in the U.S. alone. It is the second-highest-selling country single ever. Entertainment Weekly magazine called “Cruise (Remix) featuring Nelly” the eighth-best single of 2013. Their first three singles hit Number One for several weeks each, an accomplishment equaled only by Brooks & Dunn. Their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, earned the highest album sales of 2012 for a new country act.
In October 2013, pop music icon Katy Perry held an album release party for her latest studio offering, Prism, at iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, CA. After making a special appearance at the media and events venue, Perry was interviewed by The X Factor host Mario Lopez for an event that was broadcast by 175 Clear Channel stations across the U.S.
Architects building cool, inevitably iconic buildings don’t always think about how the heck the exterior will be lit. At least they probably didn’t in 1963. That year, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis, MO was built by modernist architect Gyo Obata. The planetarium, part of the St. Louis Science Center, is where stargazers can sit reclined in a circle, looking up as the interior and ceiling are lit up to show the solar system.
Let’s face it, running a DMX line front of house is a pain in the butt! Taking up that cable at the end of the night can be gross. Beer, food, you name it, typically spills all over the cables and can be a nightmare to clean. I feel sick just thinking about it. Why not cut the cable? This month we take a look at products designed to replace the DMX cable with wireless products.
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It is nice to have a pleasant surprise once in a while. I had just that after ADJ, formally American DJ, sent me one of their latest products, the Vizi Beam Hybrid 2R. Let me start off by saying that this is not your typical DJ fixture. Think of it a crossover between a DJ light and a professional grade fixture — hence the “hybrid” reference in the fixture’s name. It truly is a hybrid, meaning that simple DJ setups can include a light that could also work well in a professional rig.
Let’s face it, the way we use power devices is changing. This is a reflection on the changing fixture counts in our rigs. We have fewer traditional incandescent fixtures, of course, and a bigger percentage of gear with solid-state LED light sources. In addition, among incandescent fixtures, the shift to lower-wattage compact filament is reducing dimming loads.
“How do you keep the creativity going, and how do you find different ways to keep the sizzle — that’s something we ask ourselves constantly,” says Rob Barber, vice president of Atomic Design’s rental division. The answer for Atomic is making sure the common denominator is modularity in all things, providing a level of flexibility in renting scenic pieces that allows for a completely original end result.
The Broadway Green Alliance, a group founded in 2008 to promote environmentally beneficial practices within the theatre community and entertainment industry, has been compiling information about live performance lighting instruments within its BGA Greener Lighting Guide.