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Brandon Creel
  • Moorestown, NJ
  • United States
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Brandon Creel replied to Valeria Silva's discussion Can anyone recommend a Relay DMX controlled panel?
"http://www.lyntec.com/ They make great products.  They have motorized breaker panels which can be controlled via DMX (amongst many other protocols) as well as relay panels too. "
Jul 1
Brandon Creel commented on Brandon Creel's blog post GrandMA2: Part 2
"The training was through ACT.  If you buy a GrandMA2, training is included.  So if you know of any company or venue that's buying a console, you could jump in on their training.  I know they have a few YouTube videos... "
Jul 29, 2013
Elisa Goad commented on Brandon Creel's blog post GrandMA2: Part 2
"Who offered you the class? ACT or one of the traveling trade shows? I'm looking to attend a class but my options are super limited because of my location."
Jul 27, 2013
Brian Berg commented on Brandon Creel's blog post Old Consoles; Is it Time to Upgrade?
"One time it was a Mac 700 Profile running in basic mode. The console kept lamping off a fixture over and over. It was actually the LD's fault for trying to restart a hot lamp repeatedly, but it blew up the lamp, reflector, and the igniter was…"
Jun 21, 2013
Brian Berg commented on Brandon Creel's blog post Old Consoles; Is it Time to Upgrade?
"I get road guys still carrying Avo 2000's. The profiles written for them for newer fixtures are usually nearly non-operational for the light. I've had on two separate occasions now, a fixture get damaged due to a bad library profiles.…"
Jun 20, 2013
Brandon Creel posted a status
"Starlite Productions is hiring: http://www.starlite.com/company_join_the_team.php"
Jun 18, 2013
Brandon Creel commented on Brandon Creel's blog post Old Consoles; Is it Time to Upgrade?
"Any one need Hog 2 fixture profiles?  I'll write them for you for a fee... Perhaps these profiles could then go on the High End forum for all to use.  Or just get a newer/better console.  :)"
Jun 18, 2013
Brandon Creel commented on Brandon Creel's blog post Old Consoles; Is it Time to Upgrade?
"Randell, looks like two of us are on the same page...  I had to laugh when you said "THE worst...a completely abused 2000"  hahaha.  I love Avolites, but i'm don't love that they made a Pearl 2000, 2004, 2008,…"
Jun 18, 2013
Brian Carter commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"As an HOB house LD (with one of the largest conventional rigs of the franchise) we often end up with the touring LD running their movers, and sometimes ours, on the touring desk and then the house desk for dimmers. Depending…"
May 30, 2013
Brandon Creel commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"Interesting points made by all."
May 28, 2013
Ronald K. De Torres commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"I work in the movie/TV biz which is a little different than what most of you are used to. I used one console for conventional lighting and another for 3 DL2's. It actually worked out better than I thought. It gave me the ability to move the…"
May 28, 2013
Adam Williams commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"Great subject! For me things are probably different then most. We do primarily social and corporate events with lights spread out through a sometimes very large venue, so it does happen that we often have more than one "FOH"…"
May 28, 2013
Jordan Nobel commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"I'm happy to say I have yet to go through a venue with two house lighting consoles. That being said, I did have a tour come through my venue in Toronto a couple of weeks ago that had separate boards for the headliner and the support…"
May 22, 2013
Brian Berg commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"*LIKE* Thanks Brandon. Another point I forgot to mention is the dreaded fact that lighting consoles occasionally crash. More than once I was able to reboot the crashed console while still running the show with the other and not having a soul in the…"
May 22, 2013
Brandon Creel commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"Your comment makes me smile :)  Sometimes giving an LD a wing or page to change the lights makes everyone happy!"
May 22, 2013
Brian Berg commented on Brandon Creel's blog post 2 Lighting Boards for 1 Show
"I ran two consoles for years as a house LD at a large casino. Reason being many, many times the touring LD wanted to control conventionals but didn't know how to run movers. I would run the movers and he/she would call my cues right along with…"
May 22, 2013

Profile Information

What's your current occupation?
lighting programmer, Project Manager
Where did you learn your craft?
Rutgers University
Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
Starlite Productions
What's your favorite new technology?
GrandMA App for iPhone
Do you have any words of wisdom for your fellow lighting pros?
Learn as much as you can from every resource, i.e. people, manuals, internet, manufacturers, gigs, but also watch out for false information. You do not want to be in a conversation where you are not confident with what you are saying.
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Brandon Creel's Blog

Quitting

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 8:20pm 0 Comments

I'm not sure if quitting is good or bad, but I know it's been happening a lot lately.  Recently, I've have several friends, coworkers, and colleagues quit their job.  Some gave advance notice, some quit at the end of a workday, and some quit before they even showed up to work.  I knew some were planning to move on to other things so I was expecting to hear they were quitting, while others were a shock to me!  

Why does a person quit their job?  I don't think the answer to this…

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GrandMA2: Part 2

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:03pm 2 Comments

Recently I finished up day 2 of GrandMA2 training.  The show file that was used for the training was already patched and had many views already stored.  That allowed the trainees to focus on spending time actually programming rather than farting around for 3 hours in the patch screen or setting up our touchscreens.  That being said, we started the day with a guided tour of the all screen options.  GrandMA breaks them up into Pools, Sheets, Misc.  Any programmer, whether you know MA software…

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GrandMA 2, It's A Little Familiar...

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 8:35pm 0 Comments

Today I spent the day in a GrandMA 2 training session.  Doug Mekanik from ACT Lighting came to Starlite Productions in Moorestown, NJ for a hands on, in depth, 2 series training.  I have been using GrandMA 1 for many years now, but have not yet dived into series 2 software and consoles. 

 

We started the day with GrandMA 2 Lights with 2 external monitors and a laptop connected to the network running GrandMA 3d.  The consoles were loaded with the "standard" training show file…

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LEDs, R-G-B, Is It The Right Product For Me?

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 9:19pm 0 Comments

LEDs are a wonderful thing and I like the way they have been changing our industry.  I feel like we always hear about the pros like, low power consumption, no need to replace burnt out lamps, the ability to color mix any color, etc...  But there are so many LED fixture manufacturers and can be over whelming to sift through to find the best fixture (or manufacturer) for your needs.  Can we talk about the cons of LED fixtures?

 

First, is the difficult task of dimming LEDs. …

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Move the Lights to the Beat of the Music

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

People dance to the beat of the music, but they don't always move the lights to the beat of the music.  What's the audio input for?  What is BPM stand for?  Can't the board automatically move the lights to the music?  

::SIGH:: Let's begin!

I have recently received some questions on how to move lights to the music.  There are several answers and they all depend on the lighting system you are working on.  The board and each type of lighting fixture has different…

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At 8:11am on February 25, 2013, Brandon Creel said…
Off to ACT Lighting to play with clay paky fixtures and grandma 2 consoles.
 
 
 

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