Pink Floyd’s Lighting Designer, Arthur Max, Has A Bad Day on Headset – in 1973

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It’s the day before Independence Day off here in the USA.

There is nothing you’re doing right now that can’t wait for 11 minutes while you watch Arthur Max at the office while working a 1973 Pink Floyd show in Detroit — the venue ruled that Pink Floyd had to use the Union spot ops from the venue instead of the Pink Floyd crew, and with some animation, this is one of the best things you’ll see today!  Thanks to Cliff Port, a fan filmmaker that really got a good belly laugh out of me today!

You know who Arthur Max is, right?  He’s a production designer and artist who does a ton of movies now, but lit Floyd back in the day along with working for Bill Graham at the Filmore East.  From IMDB:

A native New Yorker who worked as a Stage Lighting Designer in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the music industry, and then, after studying architecture in England and Italy, went on to do several architectural design projects in London. He entered British film as an assistant to several British Production Designers in the mid-1980s. First for Stuart Craig on Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Cal (both 1984) and then for Ashetton Gorton on Revolution (1985). His Production Design career began withTV commercials during the years 1985-1995 for many different Directors, including Ridley Scott and David Fincher, with whom he would go on to collaborate on feature films.

This is so awesome, I think I may just watch it again.

HUGE thanks to Simone Kay’s YouTube channel!

Hump Day Lighting Porn – Catalyst and DL3 Demo Room Footage from 2010 at High End Systems!

Having downtime has allowed me to dig up gigabytes and schmigabytes of video content that I’ve either A) got sidetracked during and never got to finish, B) decided for some reason that I needed to prioritize something else, or C) completely forgot about having altogether!  I found some really fun stuff last night while searching through content — a demo from 2010 at High End Systems of the Axon media server and DL3 digital lights!

I hope you enjoy it!  Please excuse my giggling at one point for a few seconds, I was having a frigging blast!  Thanks a lot, Richard!

Check out some High End Systems lighting demo porn from 2010!  From the JimOnLight.com Vimeo Channel:

Lighting Porn! High End Systems – Catalyst Media Server Demo, 2010, Austin, Texas from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

or if you prefer YouTube:

PHISH! New Video Clips of the Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from March 2009

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I started digging my way through the 2 terabytes or so of uncut, backlogged video I have to process.  Behind every folder is something I have forgotten that I filmed, and I am uncovering some really fun stuff!

Here’s a handful of clips from when Greggity and I flew the famous mockingbird from Columbus, OH to Hampton, VA for the Phish reunion shows on March 6-8, 2009.  The clips I had sitting in a folder were, in order:

Army of One
Wilson
Down with Disease JAM
Contact
Tweezer Reprise

Enjoy! Also check out Greg and I chatting with Chris Kuroda, Phish’s lighting designer, during the Hampton 2009 run, all four parts:

Part 1:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/23/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-one/

Part 2:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/24/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-two/

Part 3:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/25/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-three/

Part 4:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/26/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-4/

Ready?  Get your coffee, have a seat, and rock out!

PHISH! 2009 Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from JimOnLight.com! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Kennedy Center Honors – Heart Plays Stairway to Heaven, Robert Plant Tears Up, Faces Get Rocked

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Here’s something outstanding for your Wednesday morning, and there’s even some excellent lighting!  This actually happened in December 2012 at the Kennedy Center Honors Gala in Washington, DC — but face rocking on a Wednesday morning never hurt anyone before.

Nancy and Ann Wilson (formerly known as “We’ll slap you in the face, we’re Heart“) played an excellent version of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven that allegedly made Robert Plant get misty-eyed.  Check it out, and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

Friday Afternoon Awesome – Pink Floyd Doing “Great Gig in the Sky” at Earl’s Court

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Sometimes all you need is some Pink Floyd to get by.  Here’s The Great Gig in the Sky from Earl’s Court in London – from the Pulse tour!  LOOK at all of those VL2s!!!  NICE!

Now go pick your face up and go back to finishing up your Friday.  If you’re really bored, go check out Earl’s Court as it stood during PLASA 2012…  it’s going to be torn down soon.

Truss Falls at the Feast of the Pinion Party in Lages, Brazil

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Well, it seems I have spoken just a moment too soon.  At least no one was hurt, apparently.  There’s not a lot of news on the accident, but it seems as though it was the design and a rigged piece of gear that failed.

In Lages, Brazil, a truss component of a stage design fell last night onto the stage deck – from the article at Porto Menina:

Lages / SC – The Central Committee Organizing (CCO) of the 25th National Party Pinion reports that the unforeseen event that occurred yesterday afternoon Tuesday (27) at about 16:30, involving the Stage National solved ASAP not affecting the show Alexandre Pires and SPC.

The problem was the breaking of a part of the column structure lighting, when changing the map of light needed to show the SPC, remembering that each show has a different map.

Also said that the show just happened in To Thwart National Stage from 22:30, as scheduled.

More news as I can find it on this accident — but I guess we have to count one for the disaster pile.

Thanks to Mike Mallinson for this one.  The original article is here.

The Making of Porter’s Visuals for their Vive Latino 2013 Performance

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So Tupac and Kenji from Satore Studio finally posted what we were all waiting for on the content side of the world: THE MAKING OF THEIR PORTER VISUALS from ViveLatino 2013!!!

From the Vimeo page, the bolding is mine:

In March 2013, a well known indie band “PORTER” came back to play again after 5 years. They decided to make a memorable show for their fans, a show to thank for all the waiting. They called Tupac Martir (a mexican visual designer who lives in London) to design the show. Tupac together with Kenji Ikenaga (mexican filmmaker) and Fabiola Ruiz Ortega ( editor and post producer) made the visuals for the show. This little documentary shows the creative and technical process behind this show. How they made the visual content for the comeback of Porter. This is a testimony of this work. I hope you enjoy it and live your coments about this work. Thanks PS.-Sorry for the translate you will find it inaccurate but made with the interest to let you know how we worked this project.

Not only do we get to see the video by two of the most creative people of our current time, but we get to enjoy the hilarious translation, too!  Check this out, then check out PORTER’s performance at ViveLatino 2013!

Making of the visuals for PORTER in VL13 english subtitles from Kenji Ikenaga on Vimeo.

Porter at Vive Latino 2013 by Tupac Martir and Satore Studio

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I’m sitting on the couch having a chat with my buddy Tupac Martir the other day on Facebook (Tupac is the guy behind Satore Studio in London) about making video content on the iPad , and he sends me a little sketch video he made in a program called Brushes on his iPad.  It was what looked like a ghost having a conniption fit all around the room, I certainly thought it was pretty interesting.  No big deal or grand monumental earth-shattering brain convulsion took place or anything over this video – until I saw this video:

It all comes together as far as art goes — the images I saw from Tupac’s iPad weeks before turned into the background for Porter’s Host of A Ghost, live at Vive Latino 2013!  This is the band Porter at this year’s Vive Latino 2013 show.  Tupac and his team at Satore Studio created the content and the lighting for Porter’s set, and it was awesome!  Here’s Cuervos/No Te Encuentro by Porter at Vive Latino 2013, visuals and lighting by Tupac and Satore Studio:

You have to give it up to Tupac and his crew for the intermingling of color temperatures on this set — the cold, sterile whites from the arcs and the video mixed in with the warm incandescent PAR tones creates an underlying tone of depth that really comes through during the solid color frames from the screen images.  I love this!

I found out a bit more about the rig that Tupac was using for the show and about his illustrious team of magic makers…

THE RIG:
16 Mac 2000 Profile
16 Mac 2000 Wash
14 Martin Atomic Strobes
14 Molefay

FLOOR PACKAGE:
6 trusses, each with 6 PAR 64, 1 Mac Aura, 1 Atomic 3000, and 6 Mac 2000 Profiles on the floor

VIDEO:
1 Catalyst running 6 layers

CONTROL:
1 GrandMA 1 Full size
Show pre-viz in WYSIWYG
Pre-viz using MA on PC

Satore Studio Team:

Creative Director:
Tupac Martir

Lighting Associate:
Muly Yechezkel

Content Creator:
Kenji Ikenaga

Content Assistant:
Fabiola Ruiz-Ortega

Assistant Model Maker:
Patricia Arellano

Production Manager: 
Juan Pablo de la Torre
from Showbox Inc

Tupac also mentioned that Kenji Ikenaga, the Content Creator for the gig, will be making a video breakdown of each visual and how it was made technically and conceptually!  Here’s a teaser…

teaser del making of de Daphne from Kenji Ikenaga on Vimeo.

Awesome work, Satore Studio!  Be sure to follow Tupac on Facebook and Tupac on Twitter!

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UPDATE – Ultra Music Festival LED Wall Accident

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I got some new information last night from an anonymous source that I trust — I am happy to report that the remainder of the people injured in the fall of a 30 foot long LED wall have been released from the hospital.

I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THIS!

I also got some information on the kind of gear used on the Ultra stage:

  • The panels that fell were VER’s Everbrighten BR15‘s, provided by NEP Screenworks
    what this means is that video panels that happen to the VER’s model Everbrighten BR15’s, and they happen to have been supplied by Screenworks.  THAT IS ALL THAT MEANS, people.  We know nothing of what happened and why at this point.
  • There were some Robin 600 LED Washes from Robe and some Atomic strobes on the bit of equipment that fell

As is the modus operandi in our industry, the show must go on, and it is — check out the Live streaming at YouTube.com/umftv

Congratulations to ALL of the families who get to hug their loved ones tonight!