Happy 15th Birthday, InLight Gobos! 15% OFF ALL MONTH!

Today is an awesome day, because it’s the birthday of my favorite gobo maker.  Happy 15th Birthday, InLight Gobos!!!

As far as my dollars and my production budgets go, InLight Gobos is the only gobo maker in the business.  High quality, thin and strong, and they give a damn about your orders.

From the InLight Gobos press release:
Founder and President Rick Hutton says: “I am humbled and honored to work with so many outstanding people in this industry. It is because of all our clients that we have made it to this 15 year milestone and reflecting back to the beginning, It has had its moments, headaches and disappointments but it has had way more fulfilling, rewarding and glorious moments that will stay with me forever!  I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has made InLight Gobos possible!”

Rick and Adriana, from my heart, thank you for making such great f***ing gobos and being so good at it!

My favorite gobo ever from InLight Gobos:
A gobo made from an image of my post-shoulder-surgery bruise I used for a greek show!

Light Artist Jay Shinn is up for a CODAWORX Award!

Our industry’s own bad ass gobo maker InLight Gobos supplied gobos for light artist Jay Shinn, whose work is up for a CODAWORX award for the install in Terminal D at Houston’s George W. Bush International Airport.  This is one of the coolest constantly changing geometric projection installs that I have ever seen.  Go vote for our people at the CODAWORX website, Barbizon was involved in this, InLight Gobos, TAG Electrical, the Houston Art Alliance, et al.  If you’ve never met Jay Shinn or seen any of his work, STOP, and go here first:

http://www.jayshinn.com/

Video of the project — cool stuff!!  This is from the CODAWORX website on the project:

Details from the CODAWORX Project website:

Project:  City of Houston, 2016 — Houston, TX United States
Artwork Budget: $600,000
Project Team:

ARTIST:  Jay Shinn
INDUSTRY RESOURCE:  InLight Gobos, Dallas, TX
CLIENT:  Houston Airport Services

INDUSTRY RESOURCES:
Inkjet International, Dallas TX
Barbizon Lighting Company, Dallas, TX
Blumenthal Sheet Metal, Houston, TX
TAG Electric Company, Houston, TX
More Simple, Dallas TX

PUBLIC ART AGENT:
Houston Art’s Alliance – City of Houston
 
Overview
“Celestial Candyland” 15’ x 150’ and “Candyland Landing” 15’ x 45’ are two site-specific illuminated large-scale murals located 28’ above the International ticketing areas of Terminal D at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX. 13 LED projectors superimpose a constant image upon a stationary geometric form. A choreographed changing color sequence provides a changing image to passengers below. The light image is altered by custom geometric images via glass gobos. A stationary form on digitally printed cloth as part of the terminal’s metal gridded wall. The image metamorphosis in line and atmospheric space as the changes occur.

Goals
The two murals were designed to become part of the Terminal’s existing architecture. The art had to be fresh yet able to coexist within the givens of the space. Light, color and scale were key in conceptualizing the art for this 60’ x 400’ dark, gray and dated space. A given was the rectangular grid that could not be ignored. I made several trips to the terminal observing passengers and how the space was used. I knew by incorporating color through light that I could create a work that would activate this space. The wall itself was a blank canvas needing interest and to be activated. Architecture, geometry and scale are critical elements that have influenced my work for a long time. I strive to make living pieces with their own presence that incorporates the givens of a space. The living element of “Candyland” installation is enhanced by the 4-minute slowly evolving color sequence, which also provides an entertaining element to passengers waiting below. I chose this language of color and geometry due to its universal appeal and ability to relate to a diverse audience. “Candyland” provides a sense of repose during the hectic pace of international travel.

Process
The concept evolved by drawing in the terminal and in my studio. I always begin with hand drawings on graph and trace paper, in this case, for many days before moving the drawings to a computer. After concept was on sure ground, the collaborations began in order to visualize details thru animations, still digital experimentation and exploration. With the size and logistics of this project, approvals and permitting were necessary as I was working thru issues with the airport, City of Houston, and electrical and structural engineers. Many tests were done with the digital printed material and balancing the color and light intensity of the projections. Adjustments with the gobo images to correct key stoning were also details that needed to be resolved before final installation at the terminal. Eight weeks of after hour installations in which I, the artist, had to coordinate with contractors including electrical, metal fabricators, and other trades to bring this project to realization.

Now, GO VOTE FOR JAY!  UNITY IN LIGHT!  Great work Jay, InLight Gobos, Barbizon, and everyone!

Do YOU Know Rick Hutton? He’s A PERSON WORTH KNOWING!

Ok, so do you?  Do you know Rick Hutton?

Rick is one of the fathers of our current generation of lighting equipment, fixtures, and color systems — Rick is one of the fathers from the Vari*Lite days, adding his knowledge of optics, lasers, laser ablation, dichroic glass, and light to awesome products like the VL5, VL4, VL7, et al.  Rick has helped to give us a lot of the technology that we use today.

JimOnLight is proud to announce that Rick is one of Lighting and Sound America’s PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING in June 2017!  Well deserved too — his company InLight Gobos was started in 2002, and makes the best glass full-color and black & white gobos on the market, hands down.

Check him out!  Rick’s boss and awesome wife Adriana Hutton is VP of Operations at InLight Gobos, and she’s the one to call when you need them to work for you!

We’re proud as hell of you, brother!  WELL DESERVED!

Terrorists Bomb Ariana Grande Concert, 22 Dead

UPDATE, 15:08, 24 May 2017.
I’m sorry folks, I just couldn’t look at this yesterday.  Too much going on.  There has been so much sent out about this terrorist coward attack; I have gotten several emails asking about updates, and this is what we know so far.  This shit is unbelievable to the normal person, we shouldn’t have to be writing stories and reading headlines about someone who blew themselves up over a religion.

Identified/publicly known victims — resquiescat en pace, you poor innocent souls:

Here’s the current details as per update time and date:

  • UK terror police have been kicking in doors and making a real stink among the known radical community; six have been arrested so far
  • Currently, the bomb maker is said to be at large in the UK
  • The Daesh pigs have claimed responsibility for this attack, and apparently the bomber was a member.
  • Killed and wounded:  22 dead, 64 wounded, some critically.  The death number is expected to grow.
  • The coward who blew himself up among women, children, families, and innocent bystanders is named Salman Abedi. Unfortunately, the United States released his name and pretty much annoyed the UK CIA folk, who were kinda pissed that the US had done that.  However, this coward has a brother, Hashim, also radicalized, that was just arrested, maybe 15 minutes ago (15:43, 24 May 2017) for yet another terror plot, in Libya.

Coward-ass Daesh goat and Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi

CBS 8 in Las Vegas posted a Skype interview with Ariana Grande crew member Zack Purcifal:

LAS VEGAS – A day after a deadly terror attack in Manchester, England, a Las Vegas man who was in Manchester Arena when the bomb went off described the chaos and confusion he witnessed that night.

Zack Purciful is a part of the production crew that works behind the scenes of Ariana Grande’s tour.  Purciful spoke exclusively with 8 News NOW by Skype from England Tuesday night.

“Shrieks and like, basically panic reaction of retreating from the exit aisles; that was basically picked up very, very quickly,” Purciful said.

According to Purciful, the moments after the attack were very confusing as he and the rest of Grande’s crew tried to figure out why everyone was scrambling.

Purciful said, with all of the loud exit music playing in the arena, when he heard the bang, he thought and wondered if some of the balloons released at the end of the show had popped, but that wasn’t it.

According to Purciful, in the moments following the explosion, he saw young, scared kids scrambling for a safe place to exit the Manchester Arena.

Purciful, who’s from Las Vegas, says it took him a few minutes for to realize everything that was happening wasn’t a drill.

“This was the real deal, Purciful said.  “There were bodies.”

A fellow crew member rushed to the P.A. system and calmly advised people to slow down and exit carefully.  Purciful said he evacuated the arena as SWAT-like teams with stone cold expressions swarmed the building.

Purciful described their demeanor saying they had, “a full kit, just like you would expect from a group of guys going into a bad situation.  Full body armor, long rifles and a determined look on their face.”

Video and pictures showed a chaotic crowd of concert-goers waiting outside of the exits.

“I basically witnessed emergency vehicles all night,” Purciful said.  “Sirens and blue lights all night.”

In the meantime, some people searched for loved ones.

“I made a quick group text to my family to let them know something happened and that I’m ok,” Purciful said.

“Everything we do is for the kids, so for them to target the kids — it’s the most heartbreaking thing in the world,” Purciful said.
“It’s hard to quantify.”

Purciful said the ordeal has left him with a “feeling of hopelessness.”

The bomb ignited a chain of emotions for every person there as it changed 20,000 lives forever.

“This is certainly a wake-up call about the realities of the world,” Purciful said.

According to Purciful, a lot of crew members, including those from Las Vegas, are staying in London until they figure out their next move.

Around 14 trucks of equipment, staging, and props are still inside the arena as investigators continue to go through all the evidence.

From the Telegraph, regarding Salman Abedi:

Abedi has “proven” links with Islamic State, according to France’s interior minister.

Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria.

Mr Collomb said: “All of a sudden he travelled to Libya and then most likely to Syria, became radicalised and decided to commit this attack.”

Abedi had been a “regular kid”, who went out and drank until around a year ago when he “dropped off the radar”, the Times reported the bomber’s former landlord’s nephew as saying.

The paper quoted a friend as saying he had returned from a three-week trip to Libya in recent days.

Abedi’s trips to Libya are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists.

A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.

Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda.

Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making.

Explosion location; amber squares are fatality locations

Original post:

The extremists are at it again, this time they have targeted a crowd full of tween and teenage kids at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

First things first, the crew and band are safe and no one from the production team, in my initial researching, has been hurt.  Sorry folks, this is an industry blog.  Industry family is first to me.

Catch up:

and this:

If you were here last night — police are looking for video footage:
www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or www.ukpoliceimageappeal.com

This is terribly f**ked.  Authorities are calling this obviously a terror attack — reports are that a “shrapnel-style” improvised explosive device or devices were detonated just after the end of the show, some reports say “just after the last song,” the lights were on.  The bomber, who authorities believe was a lone bomber, set off his bullshit right in the middle of people leaving in droves in the foyer of the venue.  What a righteous, big-man move, blowing up a frigging bomb while innocent people were leaving a concert.  Witnesses reported seeing loose nuts and bolts strewn everywhere after the explosion; proof that this was some kind of casualty-centric fragmenting explosion meant to maim and kill.  The bomber is dead; this was the biggest attack in the city’s history.

Allow me to reiterate:  these cowards attacked an arena full of young kids, teenagers, and parents.

Moment of the explosion — listen about five seconds in, you can hear the thud:

What we know as of 12:44am CDT, Tuesday, 23 May 2017, from the BBC:

  • The arena said the explosion happened outside the venue, as people began streaming from the doors
  • Greater Manchester Police were called to the scene at 22:35 BST on Monday and surrounding roads were closed
  • The cause is unknown but Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it as “an appalling terrorist attack”
  • GMP chief constable Ian Hopkins said the force would treat it as terror “until we have further information”
  • If confirmed to be a terrorist attack it would be the worst in the UK since 56 people were killed in the London bombings of July 2005
  • Unconfirmed reports from two unnamed US officials suggested the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber
  • Eyewitnesses reported nuts and bolts strewn around the floor and the smell of explosives
  • All national campaigning in the general election has been suspended
  • Mrs May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee at 09:00
  • The nearby Victoria railway station was evacuated and all Tuesday trains have been cancelled

The mess leaving the show floor, from Twitter user @Hannawwh:

Reporting from Al Jazeera English:

Who else in Production/Design is pissed off?  These cowards.

PA announcer telling everyone “nothing is wrong, no need to rush…”

More as it develops.  Stay tuned.

Hat tips:

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-england-manchester-40007967

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40008026

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/manchester-arena-explosions-two-loud-10478734

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/22/manchester-arena-police-explosion-ariana-grande-concert-england

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/multiple-people-killed-ariana-grande-concert-britain-article-1.3186874

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/manchester-arena-terror-live-updates-10478734

Manchester Ariana Grande Bombing Victims: Photos to Remember Their Lives

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/808422/Manchester-bombing-explosion-victims-survivors-Ariana-Grande-terror-attack-arena

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-bombing-photos-device-backpack-shrapnel-detonator-salman-abedi-images-a7754281.html

http://www.bunburymail.com.au/story/4679830/children-among-the-22-confirmed-dead-in-manchester-arena-bombing/

http://www.smh.com.au/world/fatalities-in-manchester-arena-explosion-after-ariana-grande-concert-20170522-gwatx7.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/multiple-people-killed-ariana-grande-concert-britain-article-1.3186874

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/24/everything-know-salman-abedi-named-manchester-suicide-bomber/

https://nyti.ms/2qWDpJZ

 

 

Caveat Emptor: Have You Been Following the #FyreFestival?!

Were you a Fyre Festival Production contractor or employee?
We want to hear from you.
contact us here ASAP.

Update, 15 May 2017:
Looks like nobody is getting paid from Fyre Festival.  You can listen to the entire call at Vice News right now via SoundCloud, and let me tell you, it is some unreal stuff.  He starts out saying that ‘hey, a lot of people will resign after this and we understand, but if you want to stay with the company, we welcome you to stay and maybe we can make payroll in the future.’  Say whaaaaaat?!

Also, they’re not letting anybody go so that they can claim unemployment.  What the hell is that???  Listen to the recording.  This shit is UN-REAL.  Click the red PLAY arrow below.  Ja Rule starts off the call saying ““I’m on the phone, but I can barely hear you all because of this fucking hum” this and that.  Then Billy McFarlane says ‘don’t delete any files, the FBI needs them.’

Whaaat?

Two incredible financial articles from Bloomberg on this mess:
Fyre Festival Promoter’s $90 Million Valuation Untethered to Reality
Fyre Festival was Buried Under Millions in Debt Before it Even Began


SOOOOO…  The FYRE FESTIVAL.

Right now there is a huuuuuuge controversy over a big festival planned by Ja Rule and some guy named Billy McFarland over the disaster situation called Fyre Festival.

The FYRE FESTIVAL dinner! FOUR GRAND for this

There are tons of links on this, bear with me — the crap hole seems to run deep on this one.  Here’s the ad video for the Fyre Festival:

Looks pretty cool so far, damn!  Jet skis, women in little tiny bikinis who don’t talk to guys built like me, big muscly dudes who they do talk to, famous people, a bunch of bands, catered and liquored, hobnobbing with other rich “influencers” and all that…  Fyre Festival looks pretty awesome from the outside advertising, no?!

Vice News:

If Fyre Festival seemed last-minute, that’s because it was. McFarland thought of the idea in October 2016 and announced the festival on Instagram a month later, spending millions on models, private jets, and yachts to promote what would be his first-ever large-scale event, sources familiar with the planning said.

He spent $250,000 on a single Instagram post from Kim Kardashian’s half-sister Kendall Jenner and laid out hundreds of thousands more on lesser-name “influencers,” none of whom were paid less than $20,000, one person familiar with the payments said.

Uh, what?  This guy McFarland started planning this thing two months before people were starting to arrive on the island.  I wonder if he thought he could throw some money around and just magically “white rich guy” shit into happening.  Wait, there’s more!  Here’s luggage pickup.  That’s a couple of guys unloading everyone’s luggage in the dark:

I guess things didn’t go so well. Early in my career a person I looked up to retaught me something my dad had always said — “Remember the 5 P’s of Performance: Piss Poor Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”

Right now, the Fyre Festival website URL directs you to a letter — an apology maybe?  I don’t know, what do you think?

In case the image doesn’t load through, here’s the text that I scanned from the Fyre Festival site on 5/4/2017:

Fyre Festival
April 29, 2017

Yesterday was a very challenging day for all of us. But we would like to fully explain what happened.

Billy McFarland and Ja Rule started a partnership over a mutual interest in technology, the ocean, and rap music. This unique combination of interests led them to the idea that, through their combined passions, they could create a new type of music festival and experience on a remote island.

They simply weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get. They started by making a website and launching a viral campaign. Ja helped book talent, and they had hundreds of local Bahamians join in the effort. Suddenly, they found themselves transforming a small island and trying to build a festival. Thousands of people wanted to come. They were excited, but then the roadblocks started popping up.

As amazing as the islands are, the infrastructure for a festival of this magnitude needed to be built from the ground up. So, we decided to literally attempt to build a city. We set up water and waste management, brought an ambulance from New York, and chartered 737 planes to shuttle our guests via 12 flights a day from Miami. We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived.

The team was overwhelmed. The airport was jam packed. The buses couldn’t handle the load. And the wind from rough weather took down half of the tents on the morning our guests were scheduled to arrive. This is an unacceptable guest experience and the Fyre team takes full responsibility for the issues that occurred.

Everyone was very concerned for our guests. They needed a place to sleep and everyone did their absolute best to rebuild. We took everyone to the beach and built as many tents and beds as fast as possible, but as more guests arrived, we were simply in over our heads. Ultimately, we didn’t think security could keep up, so we had to postpone the festival. The response to the postponement was immediate and intense. We had no other options, so we began the process of getting guests quickly and safely back to Miami, which continued through the weekend. Our top priority as a company is to ensure the comfort and safe return home of all of our guests.

Then something amazing happened: venues, bands, and people started contacting us and said they’d do anything to make this festival a reality and how they wanted to help. The support from the musical community has been overwhelming and we couldn’t be more humbled or inspired by this experience. People were rooting for us after the worst day we’ve ever had as a company. After speaking with our potential partners, we have decided to add more seasoned event experts to the 2018 Fyre Festival, which will take place at a United States beach venue.

All festival goers this year will be refunded in full. We will be working on refunds over the next few days and will be in touch directly with guests with more details. Also, all guests from this year will have free VIP passes to next year’s festival.

We’re grateful for the Bahamian Government and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for their assistance during this challenging time—their efforts have been exemplary. We want to thank the people of the Bahamas for their support and for graciously allowing us the privilege of visiting their islands. We apologize for any inconvenience the past 24-hours has caused and we look forward to making a considerable donation to the Bahamas Red Cross Society as part of our initiatives. We need to make this right. And once we make this right, then we will put on the dream festival we sought to have since the inception of Fyre.

Thank you for all your continued patience and understanding. We apologize for what all of our guests and staff went through over the last 24 hours and will work tirelessly to make this right. Please check our official social media channels (@fyrefestival) for further important updates.

Oh, and Ja Rule’s tweet.  It’s not his fault either:

Honestly, I gotta tell you that it seems like with the proper planning, some actual event professionals as ourselves could have put on a pretty massively cool festival there, albeit at pretty massive expense to the people buying the tickets — but those tickets, some of them were upwards of FORTY GRAND, so instead of the creators pissing away millions on jets, models, and that kind of rich people stuff, they could have been putting in some money on infrastructure and planning — OR, cancelled the thing before a single person was put in that pretty precarious situation.  I am not an attorney, but knowing that place was in such unprepared shambles as it was, with the main acts dropping out…letting people fly there is pretty dangerously illegal behavior, is it not?

Were you a Fyre Festival Production contractor?
We want to hear from you
contact us here ASAP.

Toilet and plumbing situation:

Serious logistical planning for the festival didn’t even begin until late February or early March — less than two months before the thousands of people McFarland had sold a luxury vacation on a private island were scheduled to arrive.

The toilet and shower supplier, who did not get the Fyre Festival contract, told the organizers it would cost north of $1 million just to order the equipment — a rush-order mark-up he unironically referred to as “disaster pricing.” That number did not include the cost of shipping the equipment to the island or the high cost of the barge needed to dispose of the wastewater created by thousands of people showering and using the toilet for four days.

From ABC on the actual shutdown of the island the festival was on by the Bahamanian government:

The site in the Bahamas where the now-postponed Fyre Festival was to happen is on “lockdown” by the island country’s government.

Private security guards were seen Saturday protecting the main site where people had been slated to sleep in luxury tents.

On Sunday, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism told ABC News, “Customs has the area on lockdown because [festival organizer] Billy [McFarland] has not paid customs duty taxes on the items that he imported” for the event. “He and his staff have left the items with a security company guarding it.”

ABC News is attempting to reach McFarland for comment in regard to the tourism ministry’s statement.

Customs duty taxes are often levied on goods transported internationally.

Fyre Festival said in a statement Friday that it had to import many items to essentially build a city because the private island of Fyre Cay where the luxury concert event was to take place, lacked “the physical infrastructure” needed “to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

News of a lockdown at the site comes after festival organizers released a statement Saturday trying to explain what happened with the festival, which was postponed amid a storm of complaints posted on social media.

The event, tickets for which cost up to thousands of dollars, erupted into what the tourism office called “total disorganization and chaos” after hundreds of prospective concertgoers landed in the Bahamas. The planned lineup included Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga.

On Saturday, the organizers promised in a statement posted to the festival’s website that “all festival goers this year will be refunded in full. We will be working on refunds over the next few days and will be in touch directly with guests with more details.”

“Also, all guests from this year will have free VIP passes to next year’s festival,” the statement read.

Next year’s festival?  Really!  Here’s the chaos before night fell, the guy who posted this in the comments on the tweet said “night has fallen, we still have no luggage.”  Whoa.

This right here might be the funniest representation of the festival, so bear with me, it’s not English, but it is subtitled and outstanding:

Variety has an outstanding article with two former employees of the Fyre Festival Funk — check this out, this makes me want to punch this dumbass in the neck because what he has done is to degrade our entire industry as some kind of half-assed hope-and-pray squad when what has happened is that this rich jerk fired everybody who told him this was impossible:

The two production professionals became concerned as soon as they came on board. “They had fired a [previous production company], so we took a look at how much had been done — and there were so many red flags,” one said. “Things like water [supply], bathrooms and other everyday structures that should have been in place six months before — none of that had been done. We all said to them, ‘It takes at least eight months to a year to produce a festival, you have to push the date’ — we stressed that and said that over and over. And they were like ‘It’ll be fine, it’s not that big of a deal.’ They kept making it seem like we were exaggerating. It was like they didn’t care.”Even appealing to the young entrepreneurs’ reputations among the rich-millennial set they coveted had little effect.

“We said, ‘What you’ve promised [in statements and advertising promoting the festival] as opposed to what we’re even maybe capable of delivering in this amount of time is not the same. You’re going to destroy your brand if you try to have it on this date and don’t deliver what you promised. If you push the date a year, people will be upset. But once you deliver what you promised, they’ll get over it.’ But it was like they didn’t care: They literally kept saying, ‘We’re gonna be legends.’”

And therein lies what may be the most baffling element of the entire Fyre fiasco. Being “legends” and catering to rich VIPs seems to have been the main motivation in establishing the festival.

“I actually don’t think it was about money,” the second professional said. “I think they were just rich guys who had always been able to pay their way through things and pull them off somehow, and they just didn’t understand that the timeline was too short and they didn’t want to hear it. I think their friends and the people they wanted to have a good time — the VIPs — would be staying at [nearby] villas and resorts and on yachts and be safe, they didn’t worry as much about infrastructure and the everyday ticket-buyer.”

The level of disorganization was so deep that as recently as mid-March, it’s likely that several vital elements of producing a festival had not yet been secured (and it’s unclear whether they ever were). “I kept stressing that they had to get festival insurance, you can’t run a festival without it, and I honestly don’t know if they ever got it,” the first former employee said. “And I know for a fact that even though the [emergency medical services] company and staff they’d hired was certified, the festival hadn’t secured the proper permits for them to be able to practice in the Bahamas.”

Here’s a millennial account of what went down because she was there — you can listen to all of it or fast forward about three minutes in, your choice.  It does have some footage of the clusterfuckery at that island…

I highly, highly recommend checking out William Finley’s twitter account, because that dude was there and he has some unreal footage.  This was a galactic cluster.
WHICH REMINDS ME, HERE’S THE PDF OF THE FIRST LAWSUIT!!!  Both links can be right-clicked and “save-as”

Geragos and Geragos complaint on behalf of Daniel Jung

Now some other rich people who were staying on the island in a villa made a video talking about his experience at the festival — he was on the ground and was participating until the festival was cancelled.  It’s a long rant, but it’s insight:

And then these two guys here are about to crack you up with a no-holds-barred recap.  Not safe language, FYI.

YIKES.  Well, I guess it will be interesting to see the lawsuit on this sucker.

 

Hat tips:

Fyre Festival Employees Reveal Details Behind the Disaster: ‘It Was Incompetence on an Inconceivable Scale’

https://news.vice.com/story/fyre-fest-organizers-blew-all-their-money-months-early-on-models-planes-and-yachts

William Finley’s twitter

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/fyre-festival-organizers-attendees-refunded-full/story?id=47103941

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/ja-rule-speaks-fyre-festival-controversy-im-heartbroken/story?id=47089576

 

 

Steve Shelley Released SoftSymbols for Vectorworks 2017

I’m not a Vectorworks user, but I have used it in the past.  But Steve Shelley is awesome, he makes Soft Symbols, and he’s the guy you need to stop and talk to at trade shows, he’s the guy in the f**king bright yellow jacket walking lighting trade show floors.  It’s Steve Shelley, y’all.  If you’re in lighting and you’ve never either talked to Steve and enjoyed a good gut laugh, you need to up your life enjoyment quotient and say hi to his self at a show.

Hi folks;

No joke! Field Template finslly released Enhanced SoftSymbols in the Vectorworks 2017 format. If you’ve been waiting to update your symbol packages, the wait is over!

[You’re receiving this note if you sent me email asking about updated symbols, inquired about vectorworks methodology, or i just tripped over your email address….]
In addition to updated 3.x packages, the Vw2017 Enhanced Packs include Sam Jones’ latest Data Conversion macros [from imperial to metric and back again], along with SoftMaps© and SoftData© pdf’s representing each Object Library.

There’s also the updated “Read Me First REALLY-Vw2017.pdf”, showing illustrated explanations of the new Vw2017 environment, including the new Resource Manager. Additional topics include best-practice tactics for installing custom symbol libraries, updating earlier symbol libraries [using the Batch Convert command], and creating User Folders.

To that end, we’ve added the “Read Me First REALLY-2017.pdf and the “Read Me First REALLY-2016.pdf” to the Downloads Dropdown Menu.

In the meantime, we’ve got to take a bit time off to work on a show or two. But once we get back to the mouse, we hope to update and add to these libraries. Sorry for the delay getting these packages out the door, but it’s just been one of those seasons of too many plates, not enough sticks.

Thanks as always for your support. Please let us know if you spot any anomalies. And best wishes for a safe, profitable spring.

Happy Drafting,

Steve

This guy!!

Seriously though, why would you not have a Field Template in your laptop bag?  Have you never had to crank out a plot after your Macbook took a crap at a gig, or your Windows machine won’t boot up because you screwed up the registry trying to uninstall that pirated copy of AutoCAD you had installed?  Be prepared.  Nobody is coming, it’s up to you.  I still have a space for an RJ-11 cable and a female RCA to mini-stereo plug in my travel toolkit and it has been worth having them in there every single time I have needed them in a pinch.

3D Printed DIY Night Vision Wins the Internet Today

I’m a huge fan of the DIY laser ablation scene, I have been wanting to put together my own X-Y laser CNC cutter for a long time.  Something else that has really come a long way in the last 2-3 years is 3d printing — like a CNC in reverse!  Instead of ablating material from something, you are “printing” shapes from a CAD program, which is pretty bad ass if you ask me!

This isn’t particularly about 3D printing, per se, but it is about a 3D printed object — a quite outstanding Instructable by user Mattygyver92 called OpenScope.  MattyGyver92 walks us through his process in a particularly awesome Instructable that I had to share.

Side note:  Holy sh*t have 3d printers come a long, long way already:

That particular one above is about $500 bucks. This one is $1299. Quite a difference in features and quality, but more than anything, printing size and software:

Below here is the famous Makerbot Replicator.  This is a Rolls-Royce quality printer that I have seen in action, and I approve.  But, it’s $2500 bucks:

Now, back down in my price range — $449:

About double what I can afford — $889:

Now, in the CRAZY affordable 3d printing game, XYZprinting’s da Vinci Mini, at $274.99:

The Einstart-S at $374.99:

And cheapest in the class of 3d printers I thought were worth a damn, Alunar’s M505 kit at around $267:

Please, if you decide to check out one of these 3d printers, make sure to do your research.  What I find is that they don’t differ with respect to price of media, just like the old adage of paper printer toner being as expensive as the freaking printer itself, some of the print media for the 3d printers is some expensive stuff.  Do your research!  Caveat emptor!

JOL Sunday Flickr #34

Volume 34 of the Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Group photo pool.  This group has been around a long damned time.

I really enjoy looking at the digital photos of other photographers; I think watching other people’s eye helps improve your own.

Make sure to click through and support these photographers, Flickr still rocks!

Carnival Court House

Daybreak at Torres

lens rot.

upload

A little #digico demo at the office!

Wow. #florida #skies

Sortidor d'aigüa

Сold march evening

IMG_9586 copia

Light painting with Christmas lights as a Christmas tree in Homerville, Georgia, on Christmas Eve (2).

Melissi Beach after sundown

Strand

Have a great Sunday, road warriors and brothers and sisters of light!

It’s Official, High End Systems is an ETC Company Now

Just heard the news — ETC has officially acquired High End Systems, so now High End Systems is an ETC company.  I’ve heard lots of rumors and speculation about the future, but none of it is bad, all of it is good for High End Systems.  Richard Belliveau and his team have innovated our industry very far, and I would argue that we have him to thank, among others of course, for what we have to call an industry today.

From the news room at ETC:

High End Systems, an ETC Company

ETC acquires High End Systems

Middleton, WI (31 March 2017) – ETC and High End Systems announce today they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX based company from Barco Inc. “We welcome the High End team to the ETC family. ETC will provide a strong support structure for High End to continue to innovate and make great products for the industry,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster.

High End is known for dynamic products such as the Sola family of all-LED automated fixtures, and Wholehog consoles. David Lincecum, VP of Marketing at ETC says, “We value the High End products and plan to expand work on their portfolio. We want customers to know that ETC will protect your investment in High End products through strengthened service, support, and development.”

The addition of High End enables ETC, a current market leader in the theatrical, broadcast and architectural markets, to broaden its strategic focus and pursue additional desired areas of technology growth. High End gains the oversight of an experienced lighting industry management team to help the company better realize its full potential as a market leader in event lighting.

ETC will operate High End as a separate company located in its current Austin, TX facility. High End customers will continue to contact the Austin office for sales and service, and sales distribution channels worldwide remain the same for the foreseeable future.

And there we have it!

Merges and Acquisitions – Lighting Industry Business Happening Now

2017 has already been stupid busy for the lighting industries.  There are more than a handfuls of deals going on right now that I know about, and I’m sure another two handfuls after that I don’t know.  Business is moving upwards in this Trumpian economy for some reason.  Seriously, look at the gentle climb under Obama, then look at the rise in business stocks since Trump:

Look under November 2016…  See the huge dip and then ENORMOUS rise, right around the middle of November?  Business stocks picked up MAJOR steam right about then!  I wonder why that was…  hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmTrump.  When businesses are in control of their financial growth for the next however many years this is going to go on, you will see more of a rise and steady growth in the dow and NASDAQ numbers.  Businesses will make more money.  The real test, especially in our industries, is if that growth will translate down into the foot soldiers of lighting, its men and women infantry of photon superiority out there stringing cable and programming fixtures to make the shows great for people.  This is and always will be the test; watch which companies put back in when they get something out, as arbitrage business opportunities can really show a company’s strength, or lack.

In 2017 so far, and forgive me if I’ve missed any, there has been news of three major business decisions that have been or are close to being finalized:

  • Samsung acquired Harman, who recently bought Martin Lighting
  • Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) is working out acquiring High End Systems, who has been a BARCO company
  • Chauvet and Sons just acquired Chamsys, the lighting control manufacturer

That’s a whole heck of a lot of movement!  It’s like the early 2000’s when Vari*Lite was sold to Genlyte Thomas and all of those VLPS offices closed across the country, and then Genlyte Thomas was purchased by Philips, which then made Vari*Lite a Philips Entertainment company.  Maybe this stuff is only interesting to me, but I love watching how companies behave when they don’t have to behave a specific way, if you know what I mean.  Companies get to operate as people, legally, and if we act like crappy people, we get labeled as a crappy person.  I think the same goes for companies — watch how companies behave, it is literally your responsibility, like it is mine, to police our industry.  The same goes for policing your own reputation, but there are a series of posts dedicated to that particular subject coming out very soon, and they are going to be epic.

Starting with Samsung acquiring Harman/Martin, from the Samsung Newsroom:

Samsung Electronics and Harman International Industries, Incorporated today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion.  Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025¹ . HARMAN is the market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security. Approximately 65% of HARMAN’s $7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.

HARMAN’s experience designing and integrating sophisticated in-vehicle technologies, as well as its long-term relationships with most of the world’s largest automakers, will create significant growth opportunities for the combined business by enabling it to leverage Samsung’s expertise in connected mobility, semiconductors, user experience, displays and its global distribution channels. In addition, the combination of HARMAN’s brands and audio capabilities and Samsung’s expertise in consumer electronics will deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems.

“HARMAN perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics.  “As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, HARMAN immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform. Dinesh Paliwal is a proven global leader and, in our extensive discussions, we have developed deep respect for him, his strong senior leadership team and HARMAN’s talented employees.  HARMAN’s sustained track record of rapid growth fueled by technology leadership and an unmatched automotive order pipeline reflects its commitment to innovation and customers.”

“The vehicle of tomorrow will be transformed by smart technology and connectivity in the same way that simple feature phones have become sophisticated smart devices over the past decade,” added Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics. “We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung’s specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow.  Working together, we are confident that HARMAN can become a new kind of Tier 1 provider to the OEMs by delivering end-to-end solutions across the connected ecosystem.”

Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO, stated, “This compelling all-cash transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders and provide new opportunities for our employees as part of a larger, more diversified company.  Today’s announcement is a testament to what we have achieved and the value that we have created for shareholders.  Samsung is an ideal partner for HARMAN and this transaction will provide tremendous benefits to our automotive customers and consumers around the world.  Combining Samsung’s strengths in leading-edge displays, connectivity and processing solutions with HARMAN’s technology leadership and long-standing customer relationships will enable OEMs to provide new offerings for their customers.  Partnerships and scale are essential to winning over the long term in automotive as demand for robust connected car and autonomous driving solutions increases at a rapid pace.  This transaction will bring HARMAN and Samsung’s complementary strengths together to accelerate innovation in this space. More broadly, this investment underscores the strength of HARMAN’s employees, as well as our success and leadership across our markets.  We look forward to working together with Samsung to elevate experiences for consumers worldwide.”

Customer Benefits and Significant Growth Opportunities

Samsung expects the combination to deliver significant growth opportunities and benefits to customers by leveraging Samsung’s and HARMAN’s complementary technologies, resulting in increased market penetration across important end markets.

• Automotive:  Combining HARMAN’s leadership in new connected car technologies, including its top positions in infotainment, cyber security, over-the-air updates and telematics, with Samsung’s significant expertise and experience in connectivity technologies, including 5G, UX/UI, display technology and security solutions, will enhance HARMAN’s automotive and connected services businesses to drive greater sales and provide significant benefits as automakers speed the adoption of next-generation connected cars.

• Audio:  HARMAN’s leading brands and cutting-edge audio systems include JBL®, Harman Kardon®, Mark Levinson®, AKG®, Lexicon®, Infinity®, and Revel®.  The company also licenses Bowers & Wilkins® and Bang & Olufsen® brands for automotive.  All of these brands will greatly enhance the competitiveness of Samsung’s mobile, display, virtual reality and wearable products to deliver a fully differentiated audio and visual experience for customers.

• Professional:  The combination will also expand the combined company’s business-to-business platform through its ability to deliver integrated, large-scale audio and visual professional solutions at stadiums, concert facilities and other performance centers such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and STAPLES Center – home of the GRAMMY Awards®.

• Connected Services:  Samsung will gain access to HARMAN’s 8,000 software designers and engineers who are unlocking the potential of the IoT market.  This collaboration will deliver the next generation of cloud-based consumer and enterprise experiences, as well as end-to-end services for the automotive market through the convergence of design, data and devices.

Operating Structure and Leadership

Upon closing, HARMAN will operate as a standalone Samsung subsidiary, and continue to be led by Dinesh Paliwal and HARMAN’s current management team.  Samsung is pursuing a long-term growth strategy in automotive electronics, and plans to retain HARMAN’s work force, headquarters and facilities, as well as all of its consumer and professional audio brands.  Samsung believes the combination will increase career development and advancement opportunities for the employees of both companies.

Samsung’s Automotive Electronics Business Team, which was established in December of 2015 to identify opportunities for Samsung in the automotive sector, will work closely with the HARMAN management team to realize the full growth potential of the combination.

Terms of the Transaction

The purchase price represents a premium of 28% based on HARMAN’s closing stock price on November 11, 2016 and a 37% premium to HARMAN’s 30-calendar day volume weighted average price ending November 11, 2016.  Samsung expects to use cash on hand to fund the transaction.  The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The transaction, which is subject to approval by HARMAN shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in mid-2017.

Advisors

Evercore is serving as financial advisor to Samsung and Paul Hastings LLP is acting as legal counsel.  J.P. Morgan and Lazard are serving as financial advisors to HARMAN and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal counsel.

Next up is the acquisition of High End Systems by ETC from BARCO — so many letters!!  From a post here at JimOnLight:

Middleton, WI (01, March, 2017) – ETC and Barco announced today that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.

Wim Buyens, senior vice president of Barco’s Entertainment division, commented, “For Barco, the divestment of its lighting activities is in line with its strategy to sharpen the focus on its core activities. We believe joining forces with ETC would enable High End Systems to realize its full business potential while providing ongoing support and opportunity development for its customers, and we appreciate ETC’s commitment to maintain High End’s operations in Austin and fully support the development of High End’s products.”

Fred Foster, ETC CEO commented today, “ETC has been executing a strategy to grow our company. We want to offer our employee-owners opportunities for greater personal success and continue to give our customers innovative products and services. We see adding HES to the ETC family as an opportunity for both of those things. Our plan is to continue High End operations from their current location in Austin, TX. High End products like the Sola family of LED automated fixtures, Wholehog consoles, and Axon media servers are innovative tools for the live-events industry. Our intention is to make the investments needed in order to restore these products and the High End brand to market-leader status.”

Foster continues, “We place a high value in not only the High End products, but also the employees that will join our ETC family with the completion of this acquisition. Both companies have similar core values when it comes to innovation and I know working together will be a great success.”

More information will be announced in the coming weeks, once the acquisition reaches final stages.

Then Chauvet comes out and BOOM!  They acquired Chamsys.  From the Chauvet newsroom:

SUNRISE, FL, USA – Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a strong presence in the controller market that complements its CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons LLC. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”

ChamSys will continue to operate as an independent business unit from its facility in Southampton, UK. ChamSys founders Chris Kennedy and George McDuff will remain as Managing Directors of the company and, together with Sales Director Tony Cameron, will continue to lead its current staff of software and hardware engineers, operations, sales and support teams.

The ChamSys industry standard MagicQ series of lighting control products will continue to be sold by the company’s current network of distributors, except in the USA, where Chauvet will sell and support ChamSys products from its Sunrise, Florida headquarters. The CHAUVET Professional sales team will assume responsibility for ChamSys sales in the USA. They will have the full-time support of Phil Watson, former CEO of ChamSys, Inc. who has been named ChamSys USA Director.

“We’re committed to maintaining the ChamSys brand and its reputation for excellence by supporting the vision and culture of its management team,” added Albert Chauvet. “At the same time, we’re also looking forward to building ChamSys in the USA and making this outstanding line of controllers available to an even larger market.”

ChamSys Managing Director Chris Kennedy echoed this enthusiasm. “Chauvet and ChamSys share similar cultures, a strong sense of respect for our customers, an appreciation of our staffs and a powerful drive to be the best in our markets,” he said. “This partnership is clearly a logical step for both companies. We deeply appreciate that Chauvet is committed to building on our 14-year heritage so that ChamSys becomes even stronger in the future.”

 

A major congratulations to all of the people and companies involved here, I look forward to seeing what happens next this year in our beloved industry!

Company links:

Samsung // HARMAN / MARTIN

ETC // High End Systems

Chauvet and Sons // Chamsys