An amateur is defined as someone who doesn’t get paid for the work they are doing. An amateur may be a college athlete busting his butt in exchange for an education. He or she may be a volunteer worker. They may not be trained well, but they are doing their best to do something they want to participate in. Either way, they are not considered skilled professionals, even if they are quite good at what they do.
Tour: John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour
Dates: In theaters, Jan. 21-Aug. 4, 2015, North America
After 17 years, the Ultra Music Festival has become an institution in Miami. The 2015 event, held March 27-29, drew 150,000 from around the world with the world’s top DJs spread over several stages. They play in front of what can best be described as “lighting sculptures,” because the structure designs are so unique, massive and spread out over the complex that one can hardly refer to them as just a lighting rig. PLSN caught up with LD/production designer Steve Lieberman to speak about his designs.
Mobeon is a company that thrives on creating live interactive events, where audiences are engaged and the client’s messages can be seen and heard with the highest quality possible. They produce live production and streaming services for concerts, competitions, conferences, conventions, corporate events, houses of worship and worldwide product launches. This company specializes in transforming media.
A major focal point for the 4,590-square-foot China National Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo in Italy this year will be a dream-like field of LED-infused artistry titled The Field of Hope, the Spring of Life. More than 140 countries are participating in the exhibition, which is expecting to draw close to 20 million visits from people around the world for a six-month span starting May 1 and ending Oct. 31, 2015.
For the seventh year running, Hippotizer by Green Hippo was the media server of choice at the Academy Awards, broadcast from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22. But if the brand hasn’t changed, the crew found a new visual solution with Hippotizer’s new V4 hardware and software system.
More than 280 exhibitors were on hand at the USITT show March 18-21 to share information on their latest products with a record 5,500 attendees. It was a very positive experience as students, professors and distinguished guests participated in panel discussions that followed the keynote speech by Terrence Spivey of Karamu House (pictured here).
The marriage of classic stage scenery and video backdrops in the current musical Honeymoon In Vegas represents a synergy of old and new school technology that imbues the production with a fresh modern look without going into visual overdrive. Tony-nominated scenic designer Anna Louizos has worked with traditional scenery and backdrops on shows like The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Curtains, and while two previous shows she worked on implemented video, this time she wanted to tackle the video/projection design herself.
This is not Broadway, this is a concert. I take my daughters to shows and I look up and can’t find the talent located on stage. We didn’t want that. We wanted a polished act with classy props. Think of a Bette Midler-type show where the singing is never second fiddle to the spectacle. Don’t get me wrong, we have dancers and a great stage set, but our artist is the center of everything.”
In his teenage years Travis Shirley dreamt of the day when he would be a lighting & production designer. He remembered contacting designers like Steve Cohen, Joe Paradise and Joel Young asking them every question he could think of. As fate would have it, Shirley’s father became golf buddies with the highly successful country act, Brooks & Dunn, which led him to their very talented lighting designer, Larry Boster. He studied and watched Larry for as long as he can remember and he says, quite honestly, Boster is the reason he is in this industry.
Stewart Independent Production, Performance Lighting Chicago
Merillat Sports Center
Port Lighting Systems
Hynes Convention Center Hall,
HSL & Neg Earth (Europe)
RK Diversified Entertainment
Nexus Audio Visual
Tempe Beach Park,
What do television and a Sunday church service have in common? While many people might think not much, the two actually have a lot in common. When it comes to AV, live production and broadcast, the worship market is a huge one. And professional broadcasts are no longer reserved for a handful mega churches. More and more of today’s churches are turning to television and live broadcasts to help spread their messages, keep their communities informed and reach new members. And thanks to advances in technology, it’s now more feasible than ever before.
White Light LED fixtures are by no means new to the lighting world, but the sheer number of new models being fabricated by many companies is mind-boggling. With so many different models running in so many modes, one has to wonder how long it will be before incandescent fixtures will only be found in museums.
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Blizzard Lighting, a relative newcomer on the scene, has recently been making waves with their new lighting products. I got the chance to check out one of their recently introduced fixtures, the RokBox EXA. There’s no shortage of LED PARs on the market — just about ever manufacturer has one — so I spent a few days looking at the capabilities of their new light to see what set it apart.
LED strip lights have been around a while. These battens have lots of uses, and it seems that many are good for one function, but they may not fare well at another. Some didn’t use 4-in-1 LEDs, some didn’t line up perfectly in a row, and my biggest pet peeve — none of them could ever illuminate a whole backdrop evenly, from top to bottom with just a ground row of fixtures. Then along comes this product from GLP.
Automated lighting programmers are constantly using new equipment and setup configurations. It is very important for programmers to understand how networking has become an integral part of many systems. While a full understanding of computer networking concepts, equipment, and topographies is not required, there are some basic networking principles that you need to be familiar with. The number of lighting devices connected together with wired or wireless networking equipment is growing on a daily basis, but the general purposes can be broken down into three unique situations. However, before exploring these categories, you must understand some basics of networking.
Dierson Dives into Production Design, Bennett Designs Maroon V, Cory Says OK Go, Quick Cues and More
Patrick Dierson is gravitating more to production design these days, he told PLSN. Most recently, he was production designer for DirecTV’s Super Bowl Fan Festival Jan. 28-30 in the Phoenix area. “I continue to handle discipline specific duties in lighting and visuals on certain projects as well, but production design seems to be what most productions are turning to me for,” he said.
After a decade or so of touring, I’m eternally surprised at the sheer variety of problems that I get confronted with on the road. It seems there’s no shortage of new and creative ways that things can be mishandled, plugged in incorrectly, and perhaps even not plugged in at all. As denizens of the great and wonderful frontier known as The Road, it’s important that we develop a skillset of improvisation and problem solving while never breaking a sweat, or at least stoically pretending we haven’t, even in the face of moist and obvious evidence.