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Motion control + flowers = weird, delighful

Exploring the intersection of technology with art is an installation in Japan called the "Floating Flower Garden" consisting of over 2,300 real, living flowers suspended in the air and motion-controlled. This is the latest installation by TeamLab, a Japanese art collective of “ultra-technologists” lead by Toshiyuki Inoko. As viewers move through the installation space, 3D cameras track them, moving the flowers up and out of the way so…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on March 25, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments

The Complete Guide to Beam Fixtures

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at LearnStageLighting.com, and simulcast the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

Want a huge beam of light that zooms across the…

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Added by David Henry on March 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Light With - Not Versus - Video

In a recent LD@Large, John Featherstone spoke of his distaste for the trope of the lighting versus video mentality that pervades parts of our industry. Any production where IMAG is used needs to have a crew that understands the intricacies of lighting for not only the stage, but also for video. I've worked with tours and productions that use IMAG many times in my career, and these are some of my strategies for dealing with lighting for video from an LD's perspective.



On my current…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on March 20, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Asphyxia - digital art

Asphyxia is an experimental film project by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips, and it uses two Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka and then renders the data inside a near photo-realistic environment. I first saw tech like this being used by Rob Sheridan (Art director for NIN) on the same's festival tour with the human-moved video carts. It impressed me then, but this takes the intersection of CGI and inexpensive, off-the-shelf motion-capture tech to a…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on March 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to Troubleshoot DMX Problems

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at LearnStageLighting.com, and simulcast the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

One of the most crushing feelings you can when working with lighting comes when…

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Added by David Henry on March 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Three-Dimensional Figures in Glass Sculptures

The demands of touring and writing several articles for other people has prevented me from updating this blog as often as I'd like, which is, I think, a good problem to have. Today I break the streak of non-posting with an art-related post, an installation at the New York City Ballet, which the artist - Dustin Yellin - calls Psychogeographies. Consisting of found objects and paint sandwiched between pieces of glass, they are…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on March 4, 2015 at 12:22am — No Comments

Getting Ahead..

Getting ahead…

I can’t say that I have made it. However I would like to share some lessons I have learnt or experienced over the short period of time I have been involved in the rental & staging business.

 

How good do you want to be?

On one of the Creative Stage Lighting webinars, Richard Cadena asked these questions and to be honest they have shaped me in a sense;

 

  • Do you want to be the best amongst your…
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Added by Hatega Victor Kwizera on March 3, 2015 at 2:01am — No Comments

How to Keep Your Lights Running in Tip-Top Shape

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at LearnStageLighting.com, and simulcast the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

It's fun to own and take care of other people's lights and do great shows! Executing cues and making a…

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Added by David Henry on February 24, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Shop Etiquette

Today, a cross-posting of yet another (earlier) blog I did for the geeks and friends at Elite Multimedia, regarding shop etiquette.

"...much like another space we as people in this industry spend our time in - the tour bus - there is a set of common rules and courtesies that act as the lubrication of the social engine, allowing camaraderie and commerce to proceed unimpeded. Let us examine some of the Best Practices I've found over the years."…



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Added by Craig Rutherford on February 13, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

How to Wire DMX for Stage Lighting

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at LearnStageLighting.com, and simulcast the posts here.  Check out this weeks post below, or visit it right here on the site!

For beginners in stage lighting, one of the ideas that can be baffling is how to wire up all of your fixtures.  Back in the "old days" you simply ran control cable to your dimmers, and power out to your conventional…

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Added by David Henry on February 10, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Chauvet's COLORdash Accent Quad, TMB's Firefly

COLORdash Accent Quad



This is not the next big 1700-watt moving light, it's not even a moving fixture. But it is interesting, because it fills a previously difficult-to-fill role, a small-color changing fixture that has a reasonably tight beam. Accent / cove lights for architectural applications are available, Color Kinetics has…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on February 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

WHOSE FAULT IS IT, HUH??

So, I’m doing this corporate show about selling drugs, or maybe it was paint, I forget. No matter what the product, I’m pretty sure that it would have to be ingested very carefully.  And with the supervision of a doctor or some guy who works at Home Depot.

And then there’s this exec who is about to rehearse his big speech, and suddenly most of the stage lights go out.  I know it wasn’t my fault because I was drinking coffee and wasn’t paying any attention when it happened. My fingers…

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Added by Wayne Lambert on January 31, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Idea Recording Gear: Analog Versus Digital, The Smackdown

Once, my friend and Ronnie Dunn's production manager Mike Adams happened upon me drawing in my little black notebook in which I record my set design ideas, doodles, and concepts, he exclaimed "Time to get an iPad, Analog Kenny!" I do own an iPad, and I do use it, and it got me to wondering: why don't I use digital drawing applications more to record my thoughts? I don't dislike sketching on an iPad, and in fact I've tried to get into it several times. The question I've asked…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on January 27, 2015 at 5:47pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on January 22, 2015 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

What's Coming in 2015

Hey ProLightingSpace - I write a blog over at LearnStageLighting.com, 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 LearnStageLighting.com world.  2014 was a really fun and exciting year, and I can't wait…

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Added by David Henry on January 21, 2015 at 5:28am — 4 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…

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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…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on January 14, 2015 at 12:00am — 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:…

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Added by Craig Rutherford on January 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — 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:…

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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:…

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

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