Company 411

Entertainment Fabrication Inc.

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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.”

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Company 411

Shenzhen Eastar Aims for the Long Term

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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.

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Video Digerati

The Evolution of Visualizers Continues

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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. Add a comment

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Video World

The 4K Blu-Ray: Much More than Pixels

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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. Add a comment

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Feeding the Machines

Random Thoughts

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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. Add a comment

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Focus on Fundamentals

Building the Art-Net(work)

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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.

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Focus on Fundamentals

Picking Up Tricks from Others

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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. Add a comment

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Designer Watch

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

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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.”

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LD at Large

Boss or Leader?

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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.” Add a comment

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