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Describing Dynamic Lighting

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Live MMA Event

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Talking while you program

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artnet. Huh?

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How was your 2014?

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Blog Posts

Tour Theory: hierarchical relationships

Posted by Craig Rutherford on December 17, 2014 at 5:45pm 0 Comments

Taking a break today to talk about some tour theory, if you will. This will be one of those posts that isn't really gear or project-related. What I want to instead focus on today is leadership styles on touring.

If one takes away nothing else further from this screed, take ye this, because its the core of my philosophy on tour: people, in general, hate being given direct orders. What I mean by a direct order is any imperative that comes in the form "X, go do Y."…


LDI, part III

Posted by Craig Rutherford on December 16, 2014 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

[Note: Apparently PLS doesn't like videos embedded in IFRAMES, probably a security feature of the site. So you'll have to click through to the videos below.]

In which I break with my title convention, talk about gear at LDI ONE LAST TIME, and pictures! Everybody likes pictures!

Lightwave International Phenom

Lightwave International released the Phenom, a small moving head laser…


LDI: Part II

Posted by Craig Rutherford on December 15, 2014 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

The Robe BMFL

This is one of the big fixtures at LDI I saw that I'm really looking forward to playing around with. Made by Robe, the BFML is the "Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire", though various backronyms regarding the name exist. We won't get into those. The unit is fairly sizable, probably a little smaller than a VL3K, with an Osram HTI 1500-watt lamp. By default the lamp is overrun to 1700 watts, which shortens its life to 500 hours, but…


LDI 2014: Part 1

Posted by Craig Rutherford on December 15, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Here are some initial thoughts regarding some of the things I saw at the Live Design International (LDI) trade show.

The Clay-Paky Stormy strobe

Finally, someone realized that some LDs just do not like the look of LEDs in a direct view application. I love the TMB Flare, but it is certainly one of many direct view LED fixtures on the market. The Stormy (Clay-Paky has chosen an interesting naming convention for its new fixture lines) is an LED strobe that looks like…


Followspot colors

Posted by Craig Rutherford on December 10, 2014 at 10:34pm 4 Comments

I generally specify followspots for tours where the artists are expected to walk around the stage, though I am generally not really a fan of followspots. The colors are finicky, the spots themselves are generally not maintained well - a venue typically bought their Super Troupers from Strong back in the '70s, and hasn't upgraded since, letting the components rust and get sticky, etc. Typically, followspotting is given to the crustiest, lowest-on-the-totem-pole guy on the call, usually not the… Continue

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