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Getting Started in the Industry

Today, a cross-post of a thing, a "blurb" if you will, that I wrote for my friends at Elite Multimedia, answering that question that I get asked on the road more than any other: "How do I get started in this industry?"

On, therefore, to what you really want to know: how to score a position as the Designer With Ultimate Creative…


Added by Craig Rutherford on January 22, 2015 at 7:32pm — 1 Comment

What's Coming in 2015

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at, and am going to begin simulcasting the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

What to Expect, and What to Get Excited About in 2015

Hey Guys, I am really excited for 2015 in the world.  2014 was a really fun and exciting year, and I can't wait…


Added by David Henry on January 21, 2015 at 5:28am — 3 Comments

Zoetrope Sculptures are Cool, Trippy

Zoetropes may have been invented thousands of years ago (Wikipedia says around 100 BCE), the technology can still be used to today for some very cool effects. I first saw the 3D zoetrope effect at a Blue Man Group show with "dancers" off the side, and again at the Animation building at Disney California Adventures. However, I've not yet seen anything as cool as this, from designer John…


Added by Craig Rutherford on January 17, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Fetishizing Incandescents

A recent post on a production-related website talked about the gradual shift toward LEDs and fluorescent lighting as a double-edged sword - citing the uncomfortableness of the spectral qualities of fluorescent and LED light as a reason that people will simply leave areas lit with these sources and seek out full(er)-spectrum lighting such as daylight or incandescent. The article offers some of the standard arguments I've read over the years about why we like incandescent lighting, its…


Added by Craig Rutherford on January 14, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

why Alibaba gold supplier and key words cost so expensive ?

We are Thinker Lighting (our alibaba link : ) ,we did an Alibaba investment as glod supplier and we brought several key words from them ,it cost us 60,000usd ,so so expensive ,why just website should cost this so much money ,i cant understand it ,my boss is strange for the investment i thought

Added by Jeff Hu on January 13, 2015 at 3:20am — No Comments

Cool Lamp Sunday

Today, a bit of really, really cool art by Dennis Parren. This lamp features cyan, magenta, and yellow LEDs pointed around at slightly different angles and crazy wire shapes. When these three primary colors (more on that later) combine, they create white light. When one of the colors is blocked by the structure of the lamp itself, however, multicolored shadows are created and cast about the room. Observe:…


Added by Craig Rutherford on January 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Led Ligthing business is harder now

As a led lighting manufacturer in Shenzhen, now led business is more difficult, according to our survey, in our small district ,there have over 500pcs led manufactures , it will make sharply increase competitiveness, but also in China market price war increasingly clear that such behavior disrupt China's market at very low price , in the case of foreigners not to the Chinese, each manufacturer say good their quality but cheap, but it is the lie i thought ,one goods ,one price , so we as a…


Added by Jeff Hu on January 8, 2015 at 1:13am — No Comments

How to Increase sales of the led strip ,panel ,also tube

1, the product must firstly be good quality, in the case of corresponding quality, we need to have a good price 2, Sales: sales staff must be more professional at product, service and good attitude. For me that i had do the seven-year sales , I think in the Chinese market, the manufacture of led lighting is more , then  in so many manufacturers which factors make customers choose you, just said the product quality and service is the most basic points, now many foreign customers have…


Added by Jeff Hu on January 5, 2015 at 12:07am — No Comments

"Pixel" Dance Show - Woah, Dude

Pixel (Link is in French, which I do not speak.) is a an interactive dance event that uses projection-mapping to create some very impressive illusions. It bills itself as "a work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, hip hop and circus" and from the video below, I'd say that "technical achievement" is a bit of an understatement:…


Added by Craig Rutherford on January 2, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Hypothetical set series: A Country Music Set

I designed this with a very specific country music duo in mind, but I won't say who because it doesn't matter. As is typical during the last two months of the year, I had a lot of downtime in which to ponder and build (in SketchUp) this set for a country music tour. For this set, I wanted to think more about how I'd use automation, if such were available, and ways in which I'd coax the maximum amount of looks out of a show. Behold, Generic Country Music Set no. 1:…


Added by Craig Rutherford on December 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Inspiration: Bob Potts Kinetic Sculpture

I have a soft spot in my heart for kinetic sculpture, especially these sorts of elegant, flowing pieces that masterfully evoke the organic movements of the natural world. These come from New York-based artist Bob Potts:

Bob Potts - Ascension from…


Added by Craig Rutherford on December 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Tour Theory: hierarchical relationships

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."…


Added by Craig Rutherford on December 17, 2014 at 5:45pm — No Comments

LDI, part III

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 that is rated for audience scanning effects. The company doesn't say what the laser diodes inside are rated for, but the unit draws only 3A @ 240v, which is impressive. The audience scanning feature is…


Added by Craig Rutherford on December 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

LDI: Part II

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…


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

LDI 2014: Part 1

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…


Added by Craig Rutherford on December 15, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Followspot colors

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

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

URBANSCREEN installation

Another Creators Project video, this time from Germany:

The installation consists of 21 high-powered projectors inside a really, really big gas tank, projection-mapped onto the surface. They also play sound in the space, which due to the acoustics and sheer size of the… Continue

Added by Craig Rutherford on December 9, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Gel colors I like

Gels and dichroics might seem antiquated to the new kids on the concert lighting scene, what with the abundance of LED sources floating around the stages these days. The fact remains, however, that as wonderful as LED lights are for their electrical efficiency, it remains very difficult to get certain colors from them because of the narrow-bandwidth nature of their output spectrum. This makes them prone to the phenomenon of metameric failure - where two materials that look the same under one… Continue

Added by Craig Rutherford on December 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Just a bunch of Roadies

So there is group of roadies, led by the legendary Charlie Hernandez, who do a lot of good globally. Call themselves JABOR. They get food and medicine to countries that have been ravaged by natural disasters as well as good karma type stuff here in the states. Charlie recently wrote a letter that I would like to post here just to let you guys know what this cat is up to. Pretty phenomenal pay it forward type stuff.…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on December 6, 2014 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Race Track gigs

In my career I have done concerts in all kinds of places. Minor league ball parks with stages towed behind tractors. State fairs where the stage was set on railroad tracks and moved into place. And then there's the circuit of race car events they seem to have every year. As I understand it, plenty of good old boy country acts play the Nascar circuit. Nascar is big time stock car racing I believe. Makes me think of the Dukes of Hazard. These races attract humongous crowds and I'm sure there…


Added by Nook Schoenfeld on November 10, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments

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