BAD BOY Goes Out With CMT Music Awards

I just got a press release from Anne over at PRG about the Country Music Television Music Awards show, and Allen Branton’s lighting design for the show – using my current favorite fixture, the BAD BOY from PRG.  Check out the press release:

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PRG’s Bad Boy goes country on the CMT Music Awards

New Windsor, NY-June 29, 2009-When viewers tuned into this year’s CMT Music Awards, televised live on June 16th from the Sommet Center in Nashville, they were treated to more than thank you speeches and some of the hottest acts in country music. Production Designer Anne Brahic and Lighting Designer Allen Branton, whose team also handled the video content, provided a video and lighting driven alternative to traditional scenery while embracing the idea of negative space. Branton turned to the PRG Bad BoyTM luminaire for strong beam effects and to delineate the performers in this unique visual environment.

Branton had previously used the Bad Boys in his design for the MTV Movie Awards. There they played the role of Hollywood searchlights on the glamorous film-inspired set. “The Bad Boys worked really nicely on the MTV awards because of their smaller size but great intensity,” said Branton. “We used five of them on the floor to emulate movie premiere searchlights. They needed to be in scale with the set and there aren’t many smaller lights that have enough intensity to do that job.”

For the CMT Music Awards, Branton worked closely with Brahic on the ‘no set’ design consisting of video tile ribbons and a visual forest of Versa® Tubes floating in dark space. “We really tried to place the lights in a very surgical, restrained manner so as not to have the lighting and the video elements in competition with each other,” noted Branton. “The Bad Boys were a great tool because they had enough brightness to compete with the video even in vivid colors. We only needed three fixtures as backlight to define the performers against the video background.”

Felix Peralta, Lighting Director/Programmer for the CMT awards, agreed, saying, “They provided a big, hard-edge light that could cut through the video. Allen and I really like the 8″ aperture of the Bad Boy, it is a nice fat beam that comes out of the light; the output is tremendous. It really provides what Allen likes to call the ‘shock and awe’.”

PRG also provided the large quantity of VersaTubes, a primary feature of the design, along with five Mbox ExtremeTM media servers, which were programmed by Jason Rudolph. Rudolph used two servers for the Versa Tubes and three for the XL Video F-LED video tiles. “I have used the Mbox many times in the past and there are a lot of things I like about it,” said Rudolph. “The new version 3 hardware is a vast improvement. It is a good server with a lot of nice functions and it is pretty damn reliable.”

Branton, who worked closely with PRG well in advance of the event commented, “Everything came in and was ready to go, which was great because our time was limited. Everything was handled beautifully. It is really one of the most important things to me, getting people in the boat with you that you can trust and I trust PRG.”

Templates and Supplies WINNERS!

I am proud to announce the two winners of the templates and templates, and the drafting and rendering supplies!

Joshua Heerssen, (www.jrheerssen.com) you’re the templates winner!
Megan Reilly (meganreillydesign.com), you’re the supplies winner!

Plese send me your addresses via email – everything is packed up and waiting to get shipped!

I have a ton more stuff to give away, so if you didn’t win, don’t fret – more chances are coming up!

Thanks for all of the entries!

JimOnLight.com, DALLAS Edition

I’m now coming to you from DALLAS, TX – the place I call home after living in several places across the United States.  My wife and I moved back here yesterday, and we’re waiting to get into our apartment tomorrow morning.  I keep cracking my wife up when I say “we’re loading in tomorrow morning.”  Either that or she’s laughing at my stupidity.

Sorry for the late posting, we drove in a caravan yesterday for 16 hours through the I-70 and I-35 corridors.  As you can imagine, it was exhausting.

Hand Drafting and Rendering Supplies – FREE STUFF!

I’m giving away more of the stuff I’ve had sitting in boxes – it’s doing me no good anymore, and I’d rather just give it away to a reader who needs it!

All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment below.  That’s it.  Just leave a comment.  But do it by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT NOON, (Tuesday, June 30, 2009).  I’m picking someone at midnight! NOON.  If you’re reading via RSS feed, please go hit the website and leave a comment on this post if you’re interested!

I’m sending someone the following, stuffed into a USPS Priority Flat Rate box:

drafting supplies

1 – full set of Cray-Pas “Expressionist” oil pastels
1 – balsa sander
1 – X-Acto 45 degree triangle
1 – pencil sharpening paddle
2 – X-Acto mitre boxes (aluminum)
2 – Staedtler lead sharpeners, one mechanical, one battery operated
1 – Ames lettering guide
1 – erasing shield
4 – random fountain pen tips
1 – flexible curve
1 – large 45 degree triangle
1 – large 45 degree triangle with circle template
1 – drafting brush
1 – pounce bag
2 – bottles of SOBO craft glue
1 – Alvin geared compass
1 – electric eraser and refills
a bunch of leads for lead holders, including Repro Blue leads
a whole bunch of different weights and sizes of mechanical pencil leads
a ton of colored pencils, drafting pencils, and watercolor pencils

and other stuff that I probably forgot to mention.  It’s worth quite a penny if you were to buy all of this new, so if you’re interested, just leave a comment on this post.  I’ll draw someone at random.

GOOD LUCK!  please take this stuff off my hands, and the shipping is on me!

FREE STUFF! Templates and Templates and Drafting Supplies, OH MY!

Well, today is going to be a light posting day, because I’m driving a truck with our belongings from Denver to Dallas.  Dallas, here we come!  However, as I’m doing my 14 hour drive in a bobtail truck governed at 65 MPH, I’m giving away some stuff that I don’t use anymore to someone who needs it!

When I arrive in Dallas today, I’ll pick two people at random from the people who contact me through the contact form to get this stuff.  It could be 8pm CST, it could be 11pm CST.  Send me an email via the contact form – I’ll pick someone for each of the two.  If you have a preference of which you’d like, please let me know in the email.

The first of the two of these is this pile of lighting templates, and lighting templates!  All you have to do is email me through the contact form.  That’s it!

I’ll send you, in a brown envelope:

templates

One (1) Field Template @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting plan templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Phil Monat lighting plan template @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Steve Shelley special Stagelight template @ 1/4″ scale

and eight random steel gobos!

I’m also giving away the stuff you see below to one person.  I’ve had it sitting in boxes – it’s doing me no good anymore, and I’d rather just give it away to a reader who needs it!

If you’re reading via RSS feed, please go hit the website and contact me via the contact link if you’re interested!

I’m sending someone the following, stuffed into a USPS Priority Flat Rate box:

drafting supplies

1 – full set of Cray-Pas “Expressionist” oil pastels
1 – balsa sander
1 – X-Acto 45 degree triangle
1 – pencil sharpening paddle
2 – X-Acto mitre boxes (aluminum)
2 – Staedtler lead sharpeners, one mechanical, one battery operated
1 – Ames lettering guide
1 – erasing shield
4 – random fountain pen tips
1 – flexible curve
1 – large 45 degree triangle
1 – large 45 degree triangle with circle template
1 – drafting brush
1 – pounce bag
2 – bottles of SOBO craft glue
1 – Alvin geared compass
1 – electric eraser and refills
a bunch of leads for lead holders, including Repro Blue leads
a whole bunch of different weights and sizes of mechanical pencil leads
a ton of colored pencils, drafting pencils, and watercolor pencils

and other stuff that I probably forgot to mention. It’s worth quite a penny if you were to buy all of this new, so if you’re interested, just email me using the contact form on the site.  I’ll draw someone at random when I arrive in Dallas.

GOOD LUCK!  Please take this stuff off my hands, the shipping is on me!  See you in Dallas!

Brazil’s VJ Zaniz – Production Reel

I’ve been finding a lot of interesting digital visuals lately, as I have a weird architectural lighting project in my head.  One of the artists I’ve come across lately is Brazil’s VJ Zaniz – his work has a very interesting quality – sometimes it feels very Cubist to me, other times slightly impressionist.

Here’s a video reel:

Thanks, VJ.TV!

Old Color Swatchbooks – Lighting History!

My wife and I are moving to Dallas this weekend, and as I’m going through my stuff deciding on what to keep and what to not keep, I found a box of old swatchbooks.  Check out this lighting history!

I’m not sure when this one was published, but it’s an old Rosco swatchbook.  Love the psychedelic cover!

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Here’s a Rosco Designer Products book:

rosco designer

AWW YEAH!  ROSCOLENE!

roscolene

Here’s another older Rosco book:

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Left 4 Dead – Game Lighting and Art Direction

Dan at Creative Stage Lighting just sent me an article about the first-person shooter Left 4 Dead, and how the team approached lighting and the overall artistic feel of the game’s graphics.  It’s a good article, read it here on the Left 4 Dead Blog.

One specific example of the contrasts made in the article draws attention to an earlier version of the game, and how the initial lighting didn’t seem to fit the genre.  The initial image, from an earlier version of the game:

left 4 dead lighting

Contrasted to this image:

left 4 dead lighting

What I liked about this article was the process justification arguments behind the game, and how the first image is not representative of “horror” as a genre, and how the second image gave the player fewer places on which to concentrate.  The player naturally wants to congregate in the lit areas, and the first image is too bright, too many places to draw your focus.

Check out the article, and thanks, Dan!

Cellular Call Receiving Light-Up Dress 1, Cure for Cancer 0

cell dress

What?

I just read an article about a dress that lights up when a cell call is received.  Tennis pro Maria Sharapova recently unveiled the dress for reporters and other photographer-types in front of a store in London.  Honestly, I have to say I’m relieved – I was hoping someone would solve this problem as soon as possible.

That last bit of commentary was sarcasm, in case you missed it.  Here’s a snippet from the Reuters article on this story:

British fashion student Georgie Davies dreamed up the knee-length short-sleeved white dress as part of a school project with mobile phone-maker Sony Ericsson to figure out ways of incorporating new technology into fashion.

Davies said the dress is designed to eventually be connected to the wearer’s phone by Bluetooth wireless technology, so she can be alerted to a call even in noisiest of places.

“When you’re in a pub or a bar, you can never, ever hear your phone,” 20-year-old Davies told Reuters on Wednesday.

One shoulder of the dress down to the hip is embellished with translucent white scales that move and light up.

Society is so much better now that we can see every time someone gets a call.  It’s not enough that people’s cell phones are glued to the side of their faces.  It’s not that I think the technology is silly, I think it is great that we can incorporate such luxury things.  I’d just rather see a dress that can regulate blood sugar or dialysis or something of value.

Thanks, Dvice and Reuters!