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Lighting Nerds Episode 002 - Vive la France

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History and terminology: Limelight



Added by Craig Rutherford on November 26, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Space Glass art: entire solar systems within tiny glass spheres

I love glass artwork. Glass has the ability to be both incredibly strong and yet in its brittleness lies a fragility that we're all familiar with. Japanese artist Satoshi Tomizu sculpts amazing glass spheres which appear to contain planets, galaxies and beautiful tentril-like galactic structures, and a few others appear to contain delicate flower-like objects.…


Added by Craig Rutherford on November 20, 2015 at 11:11am — No Comments

Lighting Designers or "Coolhunters"?

I really love my free time. Spending time with my family, going to cinema or walking the dog; I prefer any of those activities rather than investing full days in front of a computer, searching about the “trendiest” things in the world of lighting. Even when this is a technological profession, which is always moving fast, even when we love to learn more and more about lighting, where is the limit between increasing our knowledge and wasting our time with lengthy research about temporary…


Added by Ben Diaz on November 17, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Lighting Nerds podcast launch

Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

As promised a few months ago, we (me and my co-conspirator) are proud to announce the release of a new podcast geared toward entertainment lighting. We are calling it Lighting Nerds, and you can find the website here, as well as subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or via the…


Added by Craig Rutherford on November 14, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments

The Case of the Mysterious Hippo Server

A few weeks ago I had the misfortune to have a Green Hippo media server sent to me for a show by a well-known company that provides gear such as this. The misfortune was not so much that I got a Hippotizer, because they're excellent media servers that I've worked with before – but this particular server (or more accurately the software on it) was a giant lemon.

There are really four separate…


Added by Craig Rutherford on November 3, 2015 at 11:42am — No Comments

DISASTER in China - One Dead, 13 Injured

Updates:  some photos -- obviously what it's supposed to look like

and the product of whatever failed up there...  I wish one of our more senior riggers would chime in here…


Added by Jim Hutchison on October 29, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Console setup and palette theory

Today I want to dive into the nuts and bolts of laying our your lighting console and some of the tricks that I use when doing this. Note that I am primarily a grandMA programmer, and so these might not always translate to other consoles without a bit of modification. Also note that I am highly opinionated and have my own way of doing things. I present this as the way I would do things, and do not necessarily think that everyone should (or should want) to follow my workflows. Your…


Added by Craig Rutherford on October 21, 2015 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Colibri: an organic motion sculpture

Kinetic sculpture is the jam. This one by Derek Hugger (Who has several pieces of similar art on his site.) simulates the motion of a hummingbird in flight, and does so with what I can only describe as genius-level engineering prowess coupled with unmatched elegance. From the site:

Every element of motion has been completely mechanized, from the beating wings to the flaring tail. Intricate systems…

Added by Craig Rutherford on October 21, 2015 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Learning from Audio

I must confess a secret: I like sound engineers. Even when I'm aware of the traditional battle between sound and lighting technicians – and I can't say I never made jokes about my honorable stage partners, – we really need each other. The audio professionals are usually methodical, efficient and objective, and that often generates smart, practical and innovative designs. And if they've been taking advantage from our trusses for years, why shouldn't we improve our technology with their…


Added by Ben Diaz on October 12, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Short review of the TMB Firefly

Recently, I evaluated a (relatively) new product from TMB for a potential client – the Firefly, which is a festoon-style light that uses warm white LEDs as the source. The attributes I was specifically interested in were the quality of the light (obviously) but also the durability and ease of rigging / hanging.

On the quality of light front, I couldn’t be happier with this product. The light was a very pleasing incandescent color, something I was worried about because when I first…


Added by Craig Rutherford on October 11, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

We've changed a lot... And that makes us better.

Extract from Ben Diaz's SGM Tech Blog

I remember those years when a good show was not possible without a bunch ofscanners at your disposal. The SGM Galileo IV, for instance. I remember those talks where many claimed the moving heads would never succeed, because they wereslower than a mirror. It seemed unthinkable, but yokes came; the revolutionary technologies always prevail.…


Added by Ben Diaz on September 17, 2015 at 9:19am — No Comments


Happy Tuesday, fellow Lighting Warriors, Artists, Artist Warriors, and Warrior Warriors!

(and Artist Artists, it's important these days to leave no one out)

It's that time of year again, time for the 2015 Parnelli Award Voting!

Head on over to the ballot page, hence the link above,…


Added by Jim Hutchison on September 8, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Terrible news. 2 TV Crew Killed in Live Shot Shooting, Virginia

Folks, I'm sorry to report this bad news, but it's terrible and we all need to be hyper-vigilant on our job sites...

Two local news TV crew have been killed in a shooting at a live shot in Roanoke, VA.  Adam Ward and Alison Parker have been killed by a man who is currently on the run, but as of 10:44am, Wednesday, 26 August 2015 he is being chased up I-81 in Virginia.

Please, please watch your backs out there, road…


Added by Jim Hutchison on August 26, 2015 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

Lighting podcast - what would you like?

Myself and a fellow LD (I don't have permission to say who he is yet) have decided to create a live lighting design podcast. While aware of the existence of the excellent Casting Light Podcast and a few others, we feel the time is right to create something less interview-oriented and talk about industry news, gear reviews, technical subjects, shows and designs of note, and yes, occasionally interviews. We will skew heavily toward concert and…


Added by Craig Rutherford on August 21, 2015 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

i-Pix presents the Db1

From the i-Pix site:

The Db1 is a revolutionary new product; a hybrid video and lighting projector, harnessing our proprietary LVVP Technology which brings together two disciplines of entertainment technology: The power of a soft edged washlight driven by both dmx and video input.

I had no idea that i-Pix still existed, much less that they were still working on new products. I was bummed when they went off the map, I still love the look of the BB7.…


Added by Craig Rutherford on August 9, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

COLOR THEORY-small theater edition

So, I’m talking with this very well-known local stage director whose name I can’t remember, but he looks a little like Captain Picard, the old bald-headed guy on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Huh? That’s an ancient TV show. Google it.

Anyway, he’s trying to tell me about some kind of “mood” or “psychological impact” or something.


And I’m the LD for his show and I don’t have a clue what he’s talking about because all I really want to know is if the scene…


Added by Wayne Lambert on July 20, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Solar Cell... That Stores Its Own Energy.

Talk about awesome -- check this out!  A solar cell that stores its own energy.  Can you imagine how this would revolutionize some of the energy needs at these crazy outdoor festivals that keep getting bigger and bigger?

From …


Added by Jim Hutchison on July 17, 2015 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Elation and High End Systems (and Rum, perhaps) Heightened EMOTION at InfoComm 2015

I wasn’t quite grown up enough in the business at the point when companies like High End Systems were throwing the knock-down, drag out kind of demo parties at the major events.  That one video of a High End demo back in the Nineties always comes to mind when I think “I wonder how much Red…


Added by Jim Hutchison on July 2, 2015 at 7:28am — 3 Comments

Lightning Art from Marc Simon Frei

Arcing is generally something we try to avoid in our industry, but photographer and artist Marc Frei has been using Tesla coils to product these amazing photographs. It looks to me as though the discs that the arcs are flowing over are a dielectric material, perhaps glass, but I don't know enough about this to be sure. Either way, a beautiful example of a naked arc providing dramatic lighting effects.…


Added by Craig Rutherford on June 30, 2015 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

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