MIAMI — LD Dan Cohen of UpLyte used 168 Chauvet Professional fixtures for Chris Bosh’s 30th birthday party. The event, organized by Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, included other Miami Heat basketball players along with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, rapper Ty Dolla $ign, Gary Owens and Gabrielle Union.Add a comment
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The headline sounds nutty, right? “Finding Time to Work?” Don’t we already put in enough hours in the day to make our bosses happy? If you are on tour, in sales or a traveling man, a good part of your business is spent being outside of the office, being on site and, often, working out-of-pocket. Your typical “eight hour day” is spent nowhere near a computer and, most likely, away from paperwork. You know, those pesky pieces of paper or digital files that actually get us paid.
Tour Dates: The current leg includes the two broadcast shows at SXSW and a Lollapalooza run through South America at the end of March.
Design: It supports and emphasizes a mood where shadows delicately outweigh highlights. Vertical ladders left and right get the pretty light angles, and the video content supports a surreal theme. The show is based on a lighting design by Kille Knobel with production design by Justin Collie. It’s an eclectic mix right now, as these are a series of festival style shows, and luxuries you enjoy on a standard tour are not always available. Soundgarden music is a primal, distorted, haunting version of their own psychedelia. The task is to support and convey that mood no matter what rig I have to use.
The 2014 edition of Prolight + Sound finished strong after four days on March 15, with 897 exhibitors from 42 countries on par with stats from the 2013 event (901 from 41 countries) despite the 2014 event’s month-earlier time frame. Combined with Musikmesse, there were a total 2,242 exhibitors from 57 countries, with a total 110,000 visitors from 142 countries. PL+S/Musikmesse once again featured a wide array of conferences, presentations and workshops and informal networking opportunities for the live events industry. But for me, the main focus — not just for this show report, but also for the online postings and videos at www.plsn.com/tv, www.prolightingspace.com, www.youtube.com/plsntv and www.twitter.com/plsnmagazine — was to check out all the new and upgraded product developments for our industry. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!
When you are doing a musical based on the bestselling book and hit film The Bridges of Madison County and cannot actually build a bridge onstage, that conundrum creates a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. But scenic designer Michael Yeargan tackled the problem with ingenuity, knowing that sometimes one can show someplace or something without fully representing it. He needed to figure out “how to depict a covered bridge on the stage when this action happens in it, through it, and behind it,” he says. “There was no way we could really build a covered bridge, so we designed it to indicate it with those arches that fly in.” It was a balancing act of scope and intimacy for a story centered on two people in love in an extramarital affair.
It was conveyed to us that Sting and Paul did not want two [separate] shows — they wanted one,” states Richard Locklin, LD for Paul Simon. “We needed the show to be seamless, moving nicely from one song to another without stopping the show to move set pieces.”
It started with a scanned drawing of trees with eyes. “We want trees onstage,” said the band members of Las Vegas-based Imagine Dragons. Production designer/LD Richard “Nook” Schoenfeld of Visual Ventures Design was one of three designers approached to turn the scan into an imaginative set for the last portion of their Night Visions tour, dubbed Into the Night.
Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, in support of her fourth album of the same name, is riding the momentum of the artist’s swing back from acting to music. The tour is not only showcasing Cyrus’ ability to belt out a tune, it’s completing the wrecking-ball-like annihilation of her previous child-idol Hannah Montana persona. (The artist’s twerking spectacle at the MTV VMAs in August, 2013, where Cyrus sang the Bangerz single, “We Can’t Stop,” generated 306,100 tweets per minute.) The album, featuring pop songs with country and Hip Hop influences, was released Oct. 4, and after the completion of a 39-date North American tour (Feb. 14-April 25), the tour has a 22-date run through Europe (May 2-June 15).
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Lighting for the camera and for the eye are two different things. Naturally, the eye is a bit more forgiving as it has less sensitivity and automatically makes things somewhat balanced. The camera acts similarly to the eye, but since it’s not directly connected to a brain, it requires much more attention to certain levels of light and other details to create a clean and balanced image on screen.
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The Nexus product line from Chauvet Professional contains the latest in LED technology. There are three versions within the line: 4x1 linear strip, 2x2 block, and the award winning larger block version, the Nexus 4x4. Is it a blinder, wash light, low resolution video wall, or eye candy? The answer is YES! Yes, it is a LED audience blinder. Yes, it is a super bright soft edge wash light. Yes, it is a low resolution video wall. Yes, it is flashy eye candy. And yes, it can be used in many other creative applications.
Cory FitzGerald is the production designer for Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour. “The set is based on a neon-like concept full of Video Blades in smoke colored covers — which are essentially tubes of single pixel video elements diffused by the plastic covers. We also used a phone app developed by Wham City Lights to let the audience participate in that song. It was very cool!”