I love to remember how the Times Square ball has changed over the years. Â It’s one of my first memories, seeing that thing lit up on television as a very little lighting designer of 5 or 6 years old. Â I always wonder if my mom and dad knew that was one of my first memories.
Too cool, from the Lumec Blog!
I take photos and video all over the damned place, especially at trade shows. Â It’s not really difficult to imagine, there is so much flashy flashy that it’s like putting a kid on sugar in the middle of a rave. Â Sometimes I get good photos and video, sometimes I don’t! Â I always hate deleting videos, it seems like such a waste. Â I was way too preoccupied with my LDI design and dealing with some other bullshit to really even walk the show floor properly, but I got lots of photos and only a handful of real usable video.
Are ya ready for some blah video?!
Ok kids (and patient parents waiting for said kids to get to sleep, etcetera), Santa is on tour and he’s doing his yearly hit-every-venue-in-one-night road show! Â Obviously lighting production is light for the tour, we’re not gonna see the Syncrolites this time, just Rudolph’s glowing A-15 nose lamp.
If you go here:
You can watch Santa on tour as he plays to the entire world! Â Check it out!
When I was at Oklahoma City University, I had a master electrician named Heidi Hamilton. Â Heidi is an industry veteran who has worked more tour load-ins and load-outs than most people who tour. Â As a local IA electrician in OKC, she has worked on every kind of show you can imagine, and her knowledge base is a gift that every student that comes in contact with her gets for free.
Heidi needs our help. Â She had a work accident about two years ago, she’s been unable to work, and her bills are piling up.Â Â If you have a few extra bucks this season — and I mean anything and everything from a dollar to ten dollars to whatever dollars — can you help my friend?
Heidi Hamilton’s GOFUNDME:
Thank you, Lighting Industry.
This was one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done, I had to share. Â Meet Jason Scoppa, creator of The Sayers Club LA and Las Vegas (at SLS Las Vegas) and Micah Otano, the technical ninja that makes Jason’s work all happen! Â Check it out!
Also, make sure to check out The Sayers Club Las Vegas, and The Sayers Club LA if you’re gonna be on the road and in those locations. Â Definitely worth the trip, they are two chill clubs. Â Leather couches everywhere!!
LDI reminds me that there are so many things I love and hate about this industry we call our home. Â I hate the hours; I love the payoff. Â I hate the exhaustion; I love the camaraderie that occurs between people that don’t normally play well with others. Â The one thing that I love more than any of it is the people of this business. Â The people make LDI for me, every single time we trek our rear ends to the desert for our industry’s prom.
I walked around taking as many “obligatory LDI selfies” as I could. Â I took a bunch near our booth, and yes Jaybles, some of these aren’t selfies. Â 😀
I missed seeing hundreds of people. Â This is the standard for LDI. Â Next year I’ll miss moreÂ hundreds of people. Â You have to make these shows focus on who you DO get to see! Â You’ll always see who you missed next year!
LDI 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada took place this year, as it does every year. Â Lots of lights, lasers, video wall, consoles, and people! Â Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’re all doing the last month hop to finish up everything before Christmas break. Â Well, I mean “break” as in the 25th and 26th probably, most of us will be working during that time anyway.
This was a bittersweet LDI for me. Â Some drama, lots of friends, a little more drama, SO much light, more friends, and hopefully lots of great stuff on the horizon. Â One thing I noticed this year was theÂ massive amount of moving heads that break the mold of a “professional” moving head — lots of stuff with split heads, heads that rotate and tilt on their own, heads that have multiple light sources on them, all that kind of stuff. Â It’s interesting to see how the industry innovates itself… Â or rather how the industry *thinks* it’s going to innovate itself.
Lots of stuff to see, lots of booths to visit, and tons of beautiful photos! Â Check them, out, I’ve tried to break them into company names. Â None of this is in any particular order, and I didn’t have much time to roam so I didn’t see lots of stuff. Â I never got to the EDM arena, for example, which looked pretty awesome! Â I also never got to D3 to see BlackTrax’ progress, I’ve been really looking forward to that.
What I’ve learned over the years at trade shows is that you have to measure your experience by what you did see and who you did hug; if you spend your time counting the things you didn’t get to see and the people you missed, your experience will be less rich.
Here’s the list of companies I was able to shoot a few photos of, not in order:
PRG, HighÂ End Systems/BARCO,Â Aeson,Â Epsilon,Â SGM,Â Christie,Â Newstar,Â Elation Professional,Â American DJ,Â X-Laser,Â Duratruss,Â TMB,Â Philips,Â Theatrixx,Â DTS,Â GLP,Â Ayrton,Â VER,Â LEX,Â Froggyâ€™s Fog,Â Absen, CHAUVET Professional (obviously, haha), ETC,Â Coolux,Â Martin Lighting,Â Barbizon,Â ModTruss,Â AOTO,Â AirStar,Â Applied Technologies,Â Avolites,Â City Theatrical,Â Clay Paky,Â Dazian,Â ICD,Â Robert Juliat, andÂ MA Lighting.
Â PRG’s Booth at LDI 2014
High End Systems/BARCO
Elation Professional’s Booth
American DJ’s Booth
LEX Products’Â Booth
Martin Lighting’s Booth
Applied Technologies’Â Booth
Avolites/Group One’s Booth
City Theatrical’s Booth
Clay Paky’s Booth
Inner Circle Distribution’sÂ Booth
Robert Juliat’s Booth
MA Lighting’s Booth
LDI 2014 – some general shots
Another video in the Lighting Insights series I shoot for CHAUVET Professional, Part 2 of Mastering Color!
In case you missed Part 1, check it out:
Hey everybody. How are you all doing? I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving as we start the holiday season.
I hope most of you have managed to get the day off or at least some time off to enjoy the day with friends and family. If you’re like me, this is just like any other day except traffic was superb. I luckily have the day-shift and will be home for dinner. I’ll be joining my wife and kids and some friends, once I get off of work, for dinner. I know, call me lucky. Better yet, call me thankful because it has not always been that way.
For some of us, myself and Jim included, the rest of our family – parents, brothers, sisters, or spouses…our loved ones – are in another city, state, or country. It’s hard.
Thankfully, yesterday the fine man at Q2Q Comics, Steve Younkins, put out this little single panel comic for us all. It reminds us that there are plenty of us in the same situation, and they’re probably sitting in the same venue you are now.
Now, take the time to put aside your workplace problems with each other, and be thankful that you have the company, the income, the warm place to be, and a whole bunch of strangers coming your way to enjoy your work – even if they don’t see it that way.
Now, go unto the people and make the day awesome!
*hugs* Fox (and Jim)