JimOnLight at Event Live Expo 2013!

Bob S, this one’s for you!

I am finally back from about a month of really busy traveling and trade shows — I have seen so many awesome people already in 2o13, I know that the rest of this year is going to be completely full of win…

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…and I am talking about some serious Charlie Sheen kind of win.  But no tiger blood and strippers, Laura would kill me and blood is nasty.  Besides, after how much ridiculing I’ve done to the Twilight raisincakes, I wouldn’t be caught dead around a bunch of blood drinkers.

So let’s talk about Event Live Expo 2013!  Yours truly was there promoting CAST Software, with a whole bunch of awesome gear from High End Systems in Austin!  Let me just say that BlackTrax was awesome with a handful of Trackspot Bolts throwing a beam around the booth at the speed of mirrored lightning, and we were privileged to have in our rig two of the upcoming SolaSpot LED heads!  I also had a Road Hog 4 in the booth, which is one sexy machine!  The hardware got lots and lots of compliments by those who knew what it was, this wasn’t a show full of lighting design nerds like me, but for those who knew what was up, it was like meeting a celebrity.

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One of my favorite companies at this year’s Event Live Expo was Brown United.  Nope, they’re not a lighting anything company — Brown United is a temporary stage manufacturer.  However, simply put, they build stages that don’t fall down.  Like this:

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and this:

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I guess besides the fact that there is some outstanding engineering going on here, it’s made of steel.  Steel, and maybe some magic rigging dust.  More on the magic rigging dust later.

Check out a gallery view of my experiences at Event Live Expo!  Click on an image to see the individual gallery views!

EIBTM 2012 – Lighting Designers, JUMP ON THIS

I just got back last week from Barcelona, Spain – I was over at EIBTM 2012 for CAST; we’re exhibiting the Vivien suite and showed some wysiwyg to some folks.  In this respect, that’s unimportant.  What is important is the fact that I have never been to a show where there was such a potential for lighting design greatness than I have when I saw the show floor at EIBTM.

First – this show is absolutely jam packed and crazy.  Good crazy, mind you — this is a large show completely filling the Fira Gran Via Barcelona, which is a big, beautiful hall:

There are stand after stand of countries marketing to Event and Meeting Professionals and hoteliers and all kinds of really corporate stuff — 5-star hotel chains showing their best properties, city and country travel and tourism bureaus hocking their destinations as the “in” place to come for a particular event/meeting/what-have-you, and there is a lot of really tremendous design there — glass and wood, real plants, just and amazing display of crafstmanship.  Even our stand, a 10X20 over in the Technology Pavilion, had puttied and painted corners and generally looked sleek and nice.  There was one thing missing from most of these displays, and there were some magnificently enormous displays…

…the touch of a Lighting Designer.

There is amazing opportunity here, people — perhaps it’s time to start putting together some proposals and sending out some resumes, yeah?  Even though this is not (I repeat not) a lighting trade show by any stretch of the imagination, some of these countries’ displays could really benefit from the touch of a lighting designer.  Countries like Estonia, my favorite stand even though not the largest, could really benefit from some nice programming and sequencing to best fit their country’s appearance.  There is something so elegant about having the calculated eye of an LD to put some real pizzazz into something so important as hundreds of millions of dollars of potential revenue, if not exponentials of that figure.

This is not to say that they didn’t have the services of a lighting designer, but to me it did not appear as though an LD had given a lot of input other than GI (general illumination) in many of these cases.  Also keep in mind I’m a critical bastard who looks intensely at these things, and from a different perspective than any one of the attendees of this show — it’s just not what the show is about at all, it’s about destinations, events, meetings, and all of the revenue that goes along with that industry.  BUT, to the right LD, one of these stands could be a playground of immense proportions!

A few random teasers — there is a gallery at the bottom of the post with everything and anything from this trip!

Entering into the Fira Gran Via Barcelona for the show:

Spain’s EIBTM booth:

Denmark’s EIBTM booth:

Holland’s EIBTM booth:

Oh yeah, and Barcelona!  It was my first time in Spain, but I have to report that I only got to enjoy one really great meal and a bunch of hotel and convention floor food, I had the show on top of a beta program going on and writing documentation for said release.  I got a lot of cell phone shots of various locations around Barcelona, but I was busy from sun-up to sundown and didn’t really get much of a chance to enjoy Barcelona.  Sorry, Barcelona!  Maybe next time!  My Dad says you’re pretty cool, though.  La Barca del Salamanca is one awesome awesome awesome restaurant in Olympic Village along the water in Barcelona, there are some shots in the gallery of the amazing meal we had there with Corbin Ball!  Thanks Corbin, I had a blast!

Awesome.

Every street a different set of panels, but every street had them about every ten meters for miles.

The Maitre d’ un-crusting the salt from our sea bass at La Barca del Salamanca!

This image below was so awesome – this was a stone statue of a woman and child that was sitting by the Fira Gran Via loading dock entrance.  It’s obviously very old, but it was just so excellent to see this stone woman standing guard with her child over the loading dock.  I love stuff like that.

Click on any image thumb below and open up the Gallery view!

Come See Jim at PLASA Focus Stamford, November 11-12, 2012

Hey, are you in Stamford, Connecticut – or anywhere near?

Are you a fan of light and lighting?

Do you love going around to trade shows seeing what’s new and hip in the world of light?

Then hop the albatross and get to PLASA Focus Stamford!!!  It’s today and tomorrow, November 11-12, 2012.  I’ll be in the CAST Group booth for this show, come get a free hug while you can!  I’ll be in Booth 121 — or as soon as you come into the conference room, just look for the big CAST stand!

I’m also going to be giving my presentation called The Birth, The Childhood, and The Apparent Adolescence of Lighting Design Technology at 1:30pm Monday and 12:30pm Tuesday.  Come check it out, it’s free!  It’s also not a sales pitch, I really hate that at these shows.  PLASA Focus shows are all about the manufacturer and maker NOT hiding behind their huge Vegas-sized booths and have to actually answer questions and talk to people.  The room is tiny, and it is 10000% worth it.  Come check it out!

I also HIGHLY recommend checking out the following seminars, all available at PLASA Focus Stamford’s Seminar Schedule site:

MONDAY:

  • John Huntington’s What Is A Network, and Why Should I Care? — 1pm Monday
  •  Richard Pilbrow’s Architecture and the Art of TheatreDesign — 5pm Monday
     PS, he’s also signing his book then too — and that book is AWE-SOME.
  • Wendall Harrington’s Is Video Killing Theatre? 9am Monday
  • Don Holder’s Lighting Design:  The Past, Present, and Future — 10am Monday
  • Bill Sapsis‘ Heads Up!1pm Monday

TUESDAY:

  • TMB’s The Art of Wireless Control by Lumen Radio — 1030am Tuesday
  • The Tribe’s Visual Design for Live Performance — 11am Tuesday
  • Steve Shelley’s A Practical Guide to Starting A Career in Technical Theatre — 1pm Tuesday

This is going to be a great show!

JOL Sunday Flickr

it’s another Sunday, everyone!  I’m in Stamford, Connecticut this week for PLASA Focus Stamford, one of the smaller PLASA shows that are gaining a lot of popularity.  I have to admit that these PLASA Focus shows are pretty awesome — smaller booths, smaller rooms, and the knowledge of the people attending that a manufacturer or lighting company can’t hide behind their huge LDI-sized booths at these smaller shows.  Things are right out in the open, and we as lighting technology and equipment makers are under a tighter scrutiny to perform without the glitz and flare.  I absolutely love it.  It’s like putting up or shutting up for two solid days.

This week’s JOL Sunday Flickr is pretty beautiful — I dug down deep for this one!

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Pocket Universe

Rocca Calascio

LightMen Above Manhattan

Chicago

Lollapalooza 2011

Tap Kids! 2011 Showcase

Glorious Morning Startrail

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Sarah

Ploumanach Phare

World's Largest Disco 2010

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Have an excellent week, everybody!

Philips, Strand, and Vari*Lite at LDI 2012

Philips/Strand/Vari*Lite (so many names!) always has some serious presence over the last five or six trade shows I’ve done, from LDI to ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt. Their booth always looks wicked cool, and I’m always happy to post pictures of what my buddy Brad Schiller is coming up with nowadays. It’s amazing to see where the industry is heading, and it’s always formatted by the guys out there like Brad.

Check out some awesome shots from Philips at LDI 2012!

You can also check out all of the images via the Gallery Method!

A Short LDI Walkthrough

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone!

I put together this short LDI walkthrough for those who weren’t there – it’s only 3 minutes and it’s not all-inclusive, but I think you’ll dig it anyway.  There’s nothing political, nothing about war, nothing about the Presidential election — it’s just pure light enjoyment!  Check it out!

Photos from LDI 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

JimOnLight with tieline dredlocks.  Oh yeah, and Kung-Fu Action Grip:

I’m back at the helm in Toronto; LDI 2012 has come and gone, I got to see lots of really amazing people, and I got blinded by not one, not seven, but eleventy (yeah, eleventy) freaking LED sources and screens.  It was so refreshing to see a tungsten or an HMI source around the convention center just as a reference to something that has more than one wavelength in a row together.  Holy schmoly!

LDI was full of pretty striking stuff, from lasers and salvo systems to new gobos and moving moving light systems, which was pretty awesome!  Now obviously seeing photos is a lot less ridiculous than reading me talk about photos, so check this out below — a ton of photos from LDI and the show floor!

This is what I made for the BlackTrax guys to go do their magic, which they do very well.  BlackTrax is out and on the market.  If you were at the show, you saw the demo up in N256 at the LVCC:

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The BT guys calibrating the system.  They have it down to about five minutes.

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Ladies and gentlemen:  The HOG 4.

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The High End Systems booth:

stabbing beams at the HES Booth

DMX controlled AirStar balloons!  Awesome!

AirStar at LDI 2012

This was next to us on the show floor — VER’s “upside-down-porno-bedroom-ceiling” thing.  Oh, f*cking hell it was amazing.  I mean absolutely amazing.  I was so proud to be in the view of this booth with my CAST booth, it was absolutely awe inspiring.  I’ll figure out the model of the beautiful equipment being displayed here, but believe me when I say it deserved the award for Best Product Display that it won:

VER at LDI 2012

InLight Gobos!!!  Oh, I have to report that some real winner stole a glass gobo from the InLight Gobos booth, over next to the High End booth.  It was set up on the table, Adri bent down to attend to something in a bag on the floor, and *poof* it was gone.  If you read this blog and you took that gobo, it means that you had an absolute error in judgement.  Mail that thing back to InLight Gobos, 2348 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 — be a good human.  Write “I’m Sorry” on the back of the package, too.  It sucks they had to deal with that.

On a lighter note, hey lighting designers — you ever used the rubber band ball gobo from InLight?  That thing is a breakup, an aerial, a wash, and a great atmospheric look maker too.  Every color of the spectrum gives it new characteristics.  Trust me, try it.  You can try it in wysiwyg R29 now too, thanks to Rick and Adri at InLight and Peter Debreceni at CAST for getting the catalogue into the release.  People at LDI who use WYG really seem to dig the InLight lineup — I believe in it, so I figured why not spread the good art word?

InLight Gobos at LDI 2012

There is this guy I know named Peter Kirkup, and he is absolutely one of my favorite people on planet Earth; not because of his ridiculously polite bedside manner, but because he is an industry visionary that has been right since I’ve known him.  I call that a feat in itself; I look to Peter for answers on anything regarding wireless what-have-you, and Peter is now the Vice President of Entertainment for LumenRadio in Sweden.  You might know hime from Cooper Controls and Zero88 fame, when he was just a lowly Product Manager.  Dude, remember — köttbullar i Sverige är inte svenska köttbullar, de är bara köttbullar!

Seriously though, we need to listen to peter’s brain, lighting industry.  He explained something to me that was so amazing, so ingenius as I see it – that I just had to hear him explain it again.  More on that later.  Peter’s a genius.  Ladies, grab him before he’s off the market, Peter’s like the John Holmes of brain power.

Peter Kirkup, VP of Entertainment at LumenRadio

Mac Viper Profile.  I have to say that I am impressed — I spent a lot of my time on shows working with a lot of Martin gear, lots of Mac 2K profiles and washes as you can imagine, Performance versus Profiles was always an argument you had to have in your head when making up a shop order.  “Do I want the FX ribbon, and are framing shutters that important for this one?”  I have no apologies for rocking the living daylights out of Mac 2000 Profiles.  They are absolutely awesome fixtures, despite what your opinions are on it.  I’ve had them apart on the truss while in a basket too, for the bang, they are perfect fixtures.  It looks like the Viper is going to be exactly the same way, and I am so absolutely excited to get my hands on some.  As it was put to me, the Viper is the “Mac 2000 replacement for this decade.”  It is awesome.  Ooh, so is the Mac III AirFX too, just as a side note.

MAC Viper

Oh hey look, another Chinese copy of a Sharpy.

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POINT OF ORDER:  The handles on the VL3515 are very cool.  I yanked around on them quite a bit while I was standing there (perhaps much to the dismay of the guy who I met right there at that point), and they seemed solid and non-conforming.

I LOVE these new handles!

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What a beautiful booth!

Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) at LDI 2012

Me and Susan Rose!  Yes, this Susan Rose.  This guide got me through the teething gigs of the Hog II!

JimOnLight and Susan Rose

Philips Entertainment at LDI 2012

THIS IS EXCELLENT.  The V276 is now available as a piece of gear for sale!  It works on your MAC!  Also, the BAD BOY and BEST BOY are available for SALE!  I think that they are two of the best fixtures built in the last five years, and I really do hope to see them explode in popularity.  They’re solid.  No matter what you think of PRG – whether you’re a fan or a non-fan – Bad Boy and Best Boy rock.  Now there is the V276 on MAC, which allows you the use of the pretty slick V-Series software.  You can run MBOX on this panel, too!  Miguel Ribeiro showed me some amazing things at LDI about MBOX, I am pretty excited to check it out.

the V276 from PRG

The Clay Paky booth at LDI — oh the Sharpys!

Clay Paky, LDI 2012

DTS’s continuously panning beam fixtures.  You have to see these things to believe it, they are poppy and bright, punchy and presentable.  Their booth was one of my faves, designed by a cool LD from Europe, Georg Telos.  Great work, Georg!

DTS/Strong, LDI 2012

The rest of the photos I took at LDI are below in a few different types of Flickr galleries, check out which one works best for you!  Let me know if one or the other floats your boat better than, uh, the other.  Just leave a comment.

Another Flickr show:

Which Trade Shows Have You Done This Season?

I do a hell of a lot of trade shows, as you all know already because mostly I see a lot of you there, and I’m curious as to what the readers of JimOnLight.com do in your respective individual trade show seasons.  I’d love to know, so if’n you don’t mind, would you leave a comment on this post and let me know?  I’ll love you fo sho!

So far this year for me:

The Special Event 2012, Tampa
ProLight and Sound 2012, Frankfurt
the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) 2012, Las Vegas
PLASA Focus 2012, Austin
PLASA Focus 2012, Nashville
PLASA 2012, London

Shows coming up for me:
LDI 2012, Las Vegas
EIBTM 2012, Barcelona
PLASA Focus 2012, Stamford

Howzabout you?  Leave a comment below!

 

PLASA 2012: Pick Up Your Face, It’s Over

Now that I’m back in North America AND I am all but caught up with sleep, I want to share some of my photos from the fun that was PLASA 2012 at Earl’s Court, right off the Earl’s Court tube stop and only a moment’s tube ride from a great Indian restaurant that really ended up hating about ten of us after a wild night of eating some delicious tandoori.  WHEW — that was a huge sentence!

It was a pretty busy show for me and for the CAST Group booth (Hall 1, E-27), but the load-in went smoothly, Steve and his guys from Intexco took really good care of us, and a big thanks to Mickey, Shane, and Paul for making our booth look outstanding!  I even got some carpenters to run cable and hang lighting fixtures!  Brilliant work, boys, and thanks again!

Let’s check out some of these photos — I tried to snap shots everywhere I went, so I have a bit of everything here and there!

from the plane, on the way to London

more hotels

hotels along the street

Earl's Court Road

beautiful windows

build up at PLASA 2012

build-up at PLASA 2012

Earl's Court

the view of Earl's Court from the Earl's Court Station

exhausted Igor

windows.

thumbs up!

Jim talking at PLASA 2012

END of the Clay Paky demo, PLASA 2012

DTS's booth at PLASA 2012

Robe Explosion

PIXLED

drape and video

trade show porn

Rob, Jim, Justin

Walter from Swisson!

multi-surface video

more sexy ROBE booth

looking at the PIXLED booth at PLASA 2012 from Hall 1

Don't Rig Shit.

Pulsar's awesome booth at PLASA 2012

cool five-sided moving head, like Medusa

White Light Zone

This is SOME of my photos — I have a heck of a lot more over at my Flickr page — JimOnLight on Flickr.  Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more very soon!

ProLight+Sound 2012 – Eine Kleine Schweineschnitzel

Hiya, everybody!

I’m back in the land of the horse-riding 5-0, at the hotel for one more week.  I have an apartment that is available April 1, and I’ll be moving in April 2.  I never thought I would be so happy to see a king-sized bed and my little fan blowing air on me so I can sleep.  I’ll also be flying back to Oklahoma pretty soon to load-out of my apartment there and drive that stuff up to Toronto.  I’ll also be able to pick up my sweetheart!

I just spent the last nine days in Frankfurt, Germany working the CAST Software booth for ProLight+Sound 2012.  What an awesome show!  The Messe Frankfurt is huge;  there are about eleven buildings full of lighting, audio, lasers, pyro, musiccal instruments, thumping bass, people from all over the world, atmospheric haze, video screens, LEDs, and currywurst.  Holy moly, do I love currywurst.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the little chopping machine they stick the wurst in to chop it into bite-sized pieces — it would make every man who reads this blog cringe with pain and every woman laugh their asses off at the sympathetic pain response.  Yeah.

I took a few handfuls of pics from my iPhone, and I have some awesome video from the show, which I’ll be putting together soon.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Gallery – click on a thumbnail, and a window opens up to show you the glory!