Let me start of by saying that I love the idea of localized trade shows. I am a huge fan of them. All of the exhibitors are on a level playing field meaning that they have about the same space as each other to show off their latest products and services. Unlike larger trade shows where you can easily be sucked into a massive booth seeing everything that the manufacturer has to offer. Sometimes that is fun, but when you have a limited time frame, you begin to miss out on other…Continue
With any technology, give it two years and it will hit the mass market. That hold true with 4K "ULTRA" HD TV. It is offical, you can buyt 4K TVs at Best Buy... Well, Pre-Order one at least.
You can …Continue
We'll be taking ProLightingSpace off-line for for about 3 hours on Wednesday, March 27 from 10pm to 1am Pacific Time. Why, we have some maintenance to do as well as prepare for some new features that we'll be rolling out in the near future.
During the Break PLS will be in "maintance mode" with no access to any of the site. It sucks, but we need to make sure the site stays secure and get those last little bugs, (if there where any!) worked out.
Here are some things to do during…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on March 25, 2013 at 10:07am — No Comments
Norwegian roadcase manufacturer Rufo recently debuted this new design, which looks innovative and useful. Not sure when it starts shipping or what the USA MAP pricing will be, but we're sure…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on March 25, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments
Happy 2013 everyone! First off, before I go into my rant about New Years Resolutions... How do you say 2013?
1: Twenty Thirteen
2: Two Thousand Thirteen
I hear it all, I am just wondering how you say it.
Since it is a New Year, it is time to start of with some New Year Resolutions. Why do we put SO much emphasis on starting a new with the calendar change? Whats to say mid year isn't a good time to start something new or change something in your…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on January 2, 2013 at 8:12am — No Comments
I love my home state of Virginia, or more accurately known as the Commonwealth of Virginia! I have lived here most of my life and love everything about it. Most importantly, the colleges around the state. I am a product of the University of Radford, a small University in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Blacksburg, VA or better known as the home of Virginia Tech.
I love my school, but I love the rich history of all the schools in the commonwealth. While I am a tartan through and…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on December 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
I spent the weekend organizing my life a little bit. I took a hint from my co-worker and started using Things to keep my to-dos in one place. Typically, I keep my to-dos on a note pad at the desk and then a couple of notepads for when I am away from the desk. I took time out this weekend to bring all of the list into Things. I am kind of scared at this point with…Continue
3D video mapping is a relatively new technology and form of media compared to other technologies that we utilize in our industry. What started off as away to bring backgrounds of concerts and events into the production now seems to be mainstream for the entire world to enjoy and large corporations to take advantage…Continue
Recently I worked a gig where the client needed uplighting along a wall. Something that everyone has done before and sounds super simple! With this particular gig it was suppose to be nothing out of the ordinary. What made it a breeze was that I had battery operated LED uplighters. Set them up, set them to a fixed color and call them done.
Well, with this particular client, there were some requirements. Each of the six uplighters needed to be in different colors; colors that…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on November 15, 2012 at 7:51am — No Comments
We are wrapping up the October issue of PLSN today. It is taking a bit longer than normal. When you see the magazine, you'll know why! As promised, I have some advanced sneak peaks of the magazine with our exclusive online extras for some or our Production Profiles and Showtime Features. So here we go...
Production Profile: Madonna MDNA 2012 Tour…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on October 10, 2012 at 7:55am — No Comments
Remember last summer how the nation and the world shined a magnifying glass on us due to the accidents? They were pretty harsh on us! Saying that we needed better standards, a watchful eye on the sky and more. We needed to put the public's safety first.
Now, there is a BUNCH more behind all that story, but we'll just go along with the outcry from the public for now. Fast forward to 2012... Last week, the fans of Eric Church went crazy at the Coca Cola Field, throwing chairs,…Continue
While at USITT, I got a chance to play Pong with Dough Fleenor with his Edison Light and apathy controllers. It was a blast... then I saw this. Playing Teris on the side of a building... YES PLEASE. Who is up for it? Let's find a building, hook up some LEDs and play some…Continue
Word to the wise… NAB = Wear comfortable shoes! If you have been to LDI at the Las Vegas Convention Center, you know what I am talking about. Only times that by four! LDI typically only takes up the central hall of the LVCC, NAB, the ENTIRE complex and more. Not only does NAB take up lower, upper south hall, but all of central and north hall. In fact, that still is not enough room. Exhibits spill out in to the outdoor section between central and south hall where dead case storage typically…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on April 17, 2012 at 12:27am — No Comments
The NAB Show, (National Association of Broadcasters) doesn't sound like much of a show for us, but it is. Lighting is lighting and we cover entertainment. Don't you think TV & Film is considered part of the entertainment segment? I have to admit, I don't do much in that market, but when I have, it is fun and exciting.
How so you may ask... Have you ever had to re-focus a light within a 45 commercial break? Yeah, it can get nerve racking.
I'll be at the NAB Show all week…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on April 16, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
This is what I love about trade shows. The little surprises! I use that term in size only, not in news worthness. Pathport Connect introduced a lighting console at USITT 2012!!! If you know Pathport, they have some AWESOME networking and DMX products. Who would have ever guessed that…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on March 30, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments
Later this week, USITT kicks off in Long Beach California. I'll be heading to the left coast in a little bit. If you are planning on heading to USITT, mark your calendar. I'll be joining Todd Proffitt, professor at SUNY, Fredonia and Stage Directions Editor, Jacob Coakley on Thursday at 9:30am to talk about your digital presence.
We'll be talking about how to market yourself online and creating portfolios online and on digital devices. Make sure to head to room 104A and join in…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on March 26, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments
Over on our sister site, TheatreFace.com, I am running a month long review of the new ETC Gio Lighting Desk. Why should TheatreFace get all of the fun? ;) I am re-posting and sharing it here on PLS. Let's put the Gio through it's paces and really get inside of the desk! From TheatreFace:
In Mid 2011, ETC introduced a new console to the Eos family of control…Continue
Added by Justin Lang on March 13, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments
My fellow editor, Jacob Coakley from Stage Directions Magazine got a chance to take a vacation. While away, he asked me to write a blog post or two for him over on Stage-Directions.com. I had an interesting topic to talk about, Running without a backup. In the professional world, it is unheard of to run a show with out a full tracking backup desk. But to often, smaller venues and community theaters do. Thinking back on it now, I use to do that quite a bit on some smaller shows. Though, we…Continue
Last nights Super Bowl Halftime Show was something to watch! Madonna performed with LMFAO making an appearance. If you were on twitter last night, a bunch of people tweeted about the show and what was going on. We learned that the lighting designer for the show was Al Gurdon and the Set Design by Bruce Rodgers of…Continue