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Ultra Music Festival Stages Lit with Inner Circle-Distributed Gear

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Ultra Music Festival 2014 photo by Adam Kaplan/ASK Media Productions courtesy Inner Circle DistributionMIAMI — From the Mega Arch to the Mega Structure, Inner Circle distributed products helped set the stage at this year’s Ultra Music Festival, held here the weekend of March 28-30. The distribution company’s products at the event included their Eurolite STP-10, Eurolite 2x100W COB Blinder, PMC-16 4x4 RGB Matrix, MADRIX Ultimate and Professional and hazebase hazers and foggers. Add a comment

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International News

Villa Mix Festival Rig Includes 200 D.T.S. Moving Heads

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Villa Mix festival photo by Back LightGOIANIA — The Villa Mix Festival, a Mecca for what has been described as Brazil’s version of “country” music, drew 60,000 fans here recently with seven major artists including headliners Jorge e Mateus, Gustavo Lima, and Bruno e Marrone. Back Light provided 200 D.T.S. moving heads for the eight-hour event, staged at Serra Dourada Stadium. The rig included 60 Raptor, 70 NRG 1201, 36 XR3000 Spot, 26 XR3000 BEAM and 10 Delta 10 fixtures. Add a comment

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On the Move

Michael Barczys Joins ALPS as LD in Events Department

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Michael Barczys BOSTON, MA —  ALPS added Michael Barczys to the company’s Events Department Lighting Design team. Barczys brings more than 13 years of lighting design, installation, and programming experience to the company.

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International News

NIN9 Goes Clubbing with SGM’s LT-100 LED Tubes

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TBILISI, Georgia – SGM’s local distributor in Georgia, AVB Ltd., proposed the SGM LT-100 LED tubes for the centerpiece of the new Club NIN9. The installation of LT-100s was purely ‘plug and play’ and the wave and equalizer effects created by the LED tubes are easily controlled in the club using Madrix.

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International News

Elisa Soars Somewhere Between Dreams And Reality With Clay Paky

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ITALY - As part of an elaborate lighting design that included breakaway LED panels, LD Mamo Pozzoli used a variety of Clay Paky fixtures for singer Elisa's recent tour. "In this mix of creativity and technology, the lights serve to provide order. I use them in a rigid geometric way that is completely functional to the rest of the scene. But this does not mean their role is belittled," said Pozzoli. "On the contrary, precisely owing to their essential function in the overall set-up, I immediately asked for some of the most reliable lights I know: Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700s, Clay Paky Alpha Wash 700s and Sharpys.”

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Wicreations Creates Automated Centerpiece for Music Festival

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ANTWERP – Attracting upwards of 20,000 music fans, the Reverze music festival featured a 4.5 by 4.5 by 5 metre high scenic clock. Wicreations was responsible for the clock's automation which included moving into position to 40 metres off the downstage edge of the stage right amidst the audience, moving vertically, rotating in two directions and splitting into two parts. Clad with LED screens on all sides, the set piece weighed 4.6 tons.

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On the Move

One Systems Appoints Secom As Its New Southeast Sales Representative Firm

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NASHVILLE – One Systems, Inc. recently appointed Secom as their sales representative firm in the Southeast.

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Danor/Robe Partnership Grows in Israel with Pointe Fixtures, TV Studio Support

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Danor TeamTEL AVIV – Israeli distributor Danor, which began working with Robe in 2006, has seen its partnership grow as it has added more fixtures from the Czech Republic based lighting manufacturer to its inventory. Lately Danor has found particular success with Robe's Robin Pointe fixtures and their ability to serve the needs of various TV productions.

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ESP/SurgeX Acquires SurgeX International

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KNIGHTDALE, NC — ESP/SurgeX announces the acquisition of SurgeX International, which had been operating as its own entity since Electronic Systems Protection, Inc (ESP) acquired SurgeX North America in 2008. The move unifies all SurgeX operations under a single management team located in Knightdale, NC.

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Projection Connection News

Pete's Big TVs Rocks R&R Hall of Fame Ceremony

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Linda Ronstadt was an inductee.(NEW CASTLE, DE) - Video equipment rental company Pete’s Big TVs supplied the high resolution LED video panels and a video tech crew for the 29th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. “Pete’s Big TVs has been supplying the show since 1989,” said Pete’s Big TVs VP Guy Benjamin. “The production has grown since those early years, when the ceremonies were small, private and held in a ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. We’ve grown along with it. Because it has moved to large arenas and is now a televised event, the production requirements now include the latest products in video production technology, which we specialize in.”

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Current Issue - April 2014
Editor's Note

Finding Time to Work

Written by: Justin Lang

PLSN Editor Justin LangThe 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.

 
On the Road

LD Kevin Cauley and Soundgarden

Written by: Debi Moen

Kevin Cauley selfie from a previous trek. 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.

 
Features

Show Report: Prolight + Sound 2014

Written by: Justin Lang

PLSN Show Report: Prolight + Sound 2014 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!

 
Inside Theatre

A Bridge of Imagination

Written by: Bryan Reesman

Bridges of Madison County photo by Joan MarcusWhen 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.

 
Production Profile

Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Together Tour

Written by: Kevin M. Mitchell

Sting & Paul Simon tour photo by Steve JenningsIt 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.”

Mission accomplished.

 

Into the Night with Imagine Dragons

Written by: Debi Moen

Imagine Dragons tour photo by Debi MoenIt 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.

 
Designer Insights

Miley Cyrus 2014 Bangerz Tour

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Miley Cyrus tour photo by Steve JenningsMiley 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).

 
Showtime

GrooveBoston Vitality Tour

Written by: PLSN Staff

GrooveBoston combines large-scale production with world-class resident DJs to deliver custom-designed concert events on college campuses. This year's Vitality College Tour features a range of unique and innovative production designs, reaching 30-40 schools across the East Coast from August through May. Photo by Andrew Klokow/Pixel Perfection Nightlife.Lighting Co
East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS)

Venue
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

 

Jeremy’s Bar Mitzvah/Wiz Khalifa

Written by: PLSN Staff

Jeremy's Bar Mitzvah with Wiz KhalifaLighting Co
Complete Production Resources

Venue
Studio 255 Parking Lot
Miami, FL

 

Third Eye Blind Fall Tour

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Third Eye Blind Fall 2013 tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
4Wall Lighting

Venue
Various (tour)

 

The Pixies 2014 Tour

Written by: Steve Jennings (Photos and Text)

Pixies tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
See Factor

Venue
Various (tour)

 

San Luis Salute 2014

Written by: PLSN Staff

San Luis Salute 2014, with lighting from Toucan Productions. The event celebrates Mardi GrasLighting Co
Toucan Productions

Venue
Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, TX

 

Draco and Friends

Written by: PLSN Staff

Draco and FriendsLighting Co
Musique Xpress Lights Inc.

Venue
Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot
San Juan, Puerto Rico

 
Buyer's Guide

White Light LED Fixtures for TV and Film

Written by: Justin Lang

White Light LED Fixtures for TV and FilmLighting 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.

To download a PDF of the April 2014 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

 
Road Tests

Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

Written by: Jeff Gooch

Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV MixerI was at FOH mix position the other day and had a look at the mixing desk and on the back was a DMX interface. What? Why on earth would anyone want to use DMX out of a sound console? Surely they don’t expect the sound guy to control lights too? What’s next — the video guy controlling sound? But then I thought, what if I were all alone in a ballroom at a corporate gig? What if I operated the switcher at my church? What if I operated a webcast in a studio that had to change equipment all the time?

 

Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4

Written by: Brandon Creel

Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4The 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.

 
Company 411

Matrix Visual Solutions

Written by: Tim Bradley

For Guess?, Matrix provided ten 20K projectors and a 20-by-50-foot LED display. Photo by Paul MotalLife is eventful for Paul Motal. In fact, he and Matrix Visual Solutions, the company he founded, are involved in nearly 800 events per year, either as the producer or as the full-service provider of audio-visual gear and expertise through rentals and sales. Ranging from massive to modest, they include conventions, trade shows, gala parties, product launches, stadium concerts, film premieres, fundraisers, music festivals, television and movie production, sports and educational, religious and corporate events. Where else would you find a client list so diverse it contains such luminaries as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Ford Motor Company, Samsung, Guess? Inc., the Latin Grammys, Safeway and the Barack Obama presidential campaign?

 
Video World

An Ultra HD Update, One Year Later

Written by: Paul Berliner

An Ultra HD Update, One Year LaterBy now, you’ve probably heard the hype about Ultra HD (also known as 4K), since the major manufacturers of 4K televisions are promoting it to the max. This new video format has four times the resolution of high definition video (1920x1080). Much has happened since the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was 4K’s global coming-out party. In the biz, hopes remain very high for this new breed of video (clearly, since the coming out party for 3D in 2012 proved to be a flash in the pan).

 
Feeding the Machines

My First Time Programming

Written by: Matthew Schiller (Brad's Son)

Hello, my name is Matthew Schiller, Brad’s son, and I have taken over my dad’s column to tell you about my first programming experience.  Although I have played with automated lights and consoles all my life, I only recently programmed a full production.  My high school in Austin, Texas put on a production of Miss Saigon, and I was assigned the position of automated lighting programmer for the show.

 
Designer Watch

Demi Lovato's Neon Lights; TV/Film/Video Talk

Written by: Debi Moen

Demi Lovato tour photo by Cory FitzGeraldCory 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!”

 
LD at Large

Lights that Battle Video

Written by: Nook Schoenfeld

Illustration by Andy AuFor years, lighting designers have been matching lumens between the lighting and video elements. The video was always brighter. For most of my life, I have had to design live concerts by placing the lighting fixtures, and aiming their focal points, wherever the video wasn’t. It became a science to be able to design lighting that wasn’t washed out by the big TV upstage center. In the last couple years, much of that has suddenly changed. That’s because we lighting guys now have some powerful weapons in our fight against video dominance.