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Followspot Operators

If you've ever climbed a ladder or flights of stair, nestled into a tiny space, and followed performers with lights, this space is for you.

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First Followspot call .....

Started by Randell Gillespie. Last reply by Randell Gillespie Dec 28, 2011. 10 Replies

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Comment by Peter Shea on February 11, 2010 at 4:07am
A few years back, some time in the late 90's, I was doing a Green Day show. Loudest show ever. Had earplugs inside the clearcoms. Great show. At the end of the night when the band is off stage waiting to come on for their encore, the LD is giving out spot cues. "Spot 2 ,you pick up the bass player". "Spot 3,stay on the drummer". "Spot 1(me) ,pick up the guitar player ,coming in on stage left. He will be nude." All I could say was " Say What" And yes he was! all he had on was white sweat socks and had his guitar low in front of him.Turned around and mooned the audience every so often. The cops had no idea what to do. I guess that he got arrested in Washington a week later for pulling the same stunt.
Comment by Peter Shea on February 9, 2010 at 2:01pm
Oh yes, They put out a nice hard light and had few lights that could compare. Ours had seen better days and got almost impossible to get parts for. By the end the mirrors were pitted and carbon guides were falling apart,but still the best spot I have ever used.
Comment by Randell Gillespie on February 9, 2010 at 1:47pm
In my opinion, there was nothing better than an old Carbon supertrooper in good working order with a quaility operator at the helm. If maintained properly, those machines were like lasers!

Ran one myself for years at the (now gone) Omni arena in Atlanta back in the day. Tons of concerts, many circus's & ice shows. Good times.
Comment by Peter Shea on February 9, 2010 at 1:16pm
Ran an old Super Trouper since 1981 for all shows at the AUC in Fredericton N.B These units were retired last year and were still using carbons. Nothing like running one of these beasts in the middle of July at a rock show at a building temp of 100+ humidity. That was some fun stuff!!!
Comment by Jim Brockway on November 1, 2009 at 11:58am
Hello everyone follow spot operator since about 1964 High school and in the military uso shows and opera company as well as scout programs national conf, stuff and camera operator in years for all the major tv netoworks love to operate the follow spot

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