SOCHI OUCHIE – Far Right Olympic Ring Afraid to Come Out of Russian Closet

Ok, it’s not funny.  Well, it’s kinda funny.  It would be less funny if Russia wasn’t generally a douche about things like human rights; you know, if, say, Canada’s rings had malfunctioned, everyone would be apologizing and Twitter would be afloat with comments like “ohh, sorry” instead of the ones that are up there right now, like ‘Oops. Malfunction! One of the massive Olympic doilies is broke. Someone must pay!’ and ‘£30Billion and they couldn’t even get the rings right!

Oh, Russia.

But seriously though Pootie Poot, don’t shoot a stage hand for this.

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Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

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2014 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

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Thanks BBC News, Metro UK!

…and for all of you people out there who would rather have the Sochi Ouchi read to you, I’ll let Christina Marie tell you allllll about it:

2013 Simi Valley Independence Day Fireworks Accident, At Least 36 Hurt – Multiple Views of Accident

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Last night when all of the people in my dad’s neighborhood were out busting off what sounded like Class B fireworks, Simi Valley, California experienced a bit of bad fireworks juju, injuring at least 36 people for burns and other related injuries.  From the videos of the accident, you’ll notice a mortar shell flower-potting (which means it explodes either inside of the tube, or right as the propellant charge reaches the open air at the top of the tube), which then tipped over other mortar tubes, shooting shells right into the crowd and igniting other tubes.  Amazing, isn’t it?  Entertainment is a bigger/better/faster/harder business, and when something goes wrong, it always really goes wrong.

From an article at the LA Times, bolding is mine:

At least 36 people were injured or treated at Simi Valley-area hospitals after a major malfunction at a fireworks display sent pyrotechnics shooting into a crowd of spectators.

An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley Thursday to watch the show when, officials believe, at least one pyrotechnic prematurely exploded in a mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators.

Simi Valley police initially said 28 people were injured, including 20 who were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Additional victims sought treatment on their own.

Simi Valley Hospital treated 26 patients, 14 of which came in by ambulance, according to hospital spokeswoman Alicia Gonzalez. The patients ranged in age from 17 months to 71 years, and 12 were children, she said.

Twenty-three patients have been treated and released, she said. One was transported to an area burn center. Two remained at Simi Valley Hospital on Friday morning, but were listed in fair condition.

The injuries included burns, shrapnel, trampling wounds and chest pains, Gonzalez said.

I’m glad to hear of ZERO fatalities.  Wounds may take time to heal, but that time can at least be filled with love.

Check out some video of this accident — the initial flower-pot explosion starts a chain reaction of disaster that everyone close to is lucky to have lived through.

This is the most incredible view of the accident — just the magnitude of that size mortar shell exploding at ground level is almost unbelievably scary:

From ABC News:

A different ABC News affiliate, incredible video of the display:

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Established and accredited fireworks company Bay Fireworks from Bethpage, NY was contracted to perform the Simi Valley fireworks display this year.  Bay has assured news outlets that their employees are highly qualified; we here at JimOnLight just hope that the Bay Fireworks crews from the Simi Valley event are all safe and secure, too.

Images of the cleanup and investigation today (July 5, 2013):

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a destroyed mortar shell from July 4th’s Simi Valley Fireworks accident

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Police and investigators examine the damage, from July 4th’s Simi Valley Fireworks accident

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The moment of explosion on ground level, from July 4th’s Simi Valley Fireworks accident

Have you ever seen the setups for fireworks displays?  There are some massive displays out there — the one here from last night in Peoria, IL was also pretty massive:

When I mention “mortars,” I’m talking about a tube that a fireworks shell goes into that guides it upwards — the desired effect.  These images are from fireworks displays across the world — notice the common theme of pipes and tubes?  The older industry way of setting up displays like this was with steel pipes (which would probably have avoided last night’s disaster in Simi Valley), but the common usage mortar tube is now PVC or other plastic resin.  Like so:

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Thanks to the LA Times, Larry Crump’s Fireworks Pages, and Reuters.

Tupac Martir’s Satore Studio is About to Rock Your Face

There are a very small group of people who live in our society who see things in the way that we all see things in our heads, but have the ability to take those brilliant, beautiful twilight thoughts and make them real for all to experience.  These people have the ability inside them to transform a location with art and light completely, or tell a story so vivid and so real that the lines between the production they design and the experience the audience has are blurred beyond reality.  My friend Ann Davis is one of those artists, Peter Morse and Jeff Waful are too; TJ Gerckens is one of those artists, as is Martin Kuhn from Moodbox in Switzerland.

This post is about one of those kinds of artists – the kind of person who sees a different color at night than most.  This post is about Tupac Martir of Satore Studio — so, JimOnLight readers, meet Tupac Martir — in this instance talking about one of his works, Nierka:

Now meet Tupac and his Satore Studio:

Show reel from Satore Studio on Vimeo.

It’s a rare occurrence when you meet someone whose ideas are so revolutionary, so different from mainstream thinking that they produce mainstream thinking.  It’s something that we all strive for, but you either have that talent or you do not have that talent.  No matter how much you pay on Yale, sometimes you just don’t have it.  Tupac has this talent; it always frankly just blows my mind when we talk about the projects he’s doing and the work that his firm is plotting.  An example of this would be one of his recent works, Nierka.  Or, if you happened to be at Coachella Music Festival this season back in April 2011, you would have seen Tupac’s work as well (in collaboration with another outstanding design firm, United Visual Artists):

Tupac does all kinds of design work with his firm all over the world.  His touch extends to artists like Beyonce, Elton John, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi — and to the fashion world, bringing his intimate knowledge of lighting to create overwhelmingly beautiful runway events during Fashion Week for designers from Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen and everything in between.  Designers like Tupac Martir (in a small pool of creative visionaries of our day like Neil Austin, Ann Davis, definitely Kevin Adams) are what I see as the next round of Appia and Craig in our society — in other words, these are the kinds of people to bring about the next big change to the way we think about certain things in our lives.  And, if not everyone will see and experience these changes, at least those of us who see their works, experience their art, and perhaps get lucky enough to collaborate on a project can have that realization that comes with seeing the work of a committed visionary.  You have to get it how and while you can get it, right?  I mean, “eh?”

I met Tupac because Nierka is using the BlackTrax technology from CAST.  We met at the ProLight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, and became fast friends.  It’s the whole “brother from another mother” thing that happens in the Universe, you know how it goes.  The man has creativity falling out of his beard; it’s hard to tie it down to one or two brilliant things.  I recently gave a seminar at PLASA 2012 with Tupac on using the wysiwyg suite to solve production problems, and I’ll share some of that seminar soon — but it was a pleasure to share the stage with an artist who is as proficient technically as they are artistically.  That’s right — Satore Studio is known for having f%$#ing amazing production paperwork.  I’M IN LOVE!  Stage Managers across the world unite — an artist CAN have excellent paperwork AND create great designs!

You have to see the video of Nierka below — it shows what Tupac is doing with tracking, and it’s pretty cool:

More Tupac and Satore Studio eye porn:

If you’re trying to find out who’s hottest and who’s doing the most innovative work, make sure that Tupac Martir and Satore Studio is on the top of your list.  I’ll be posting more about Tupac Martir and Satore Studio’s work as the days grow on.  Have an awesome Monday, everyone!

Update, Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 0746:
New photos from Satore Studio’s lighting of London Fashion Week — Williamson, Westwood, and House of Holland!  Beautiful!  See below.

 

SETC 2011 Design Competition Presentation Tonight!

I’m in Atlanta today and tomorrow judging the SETC 2011 Design Competition, which starts today.  This is such an exciting time for student designers, and as students set up their design displays and get ready for judging, there is a lot of buzz here at the Atlanta Hilton!

I’m going to be offering a very special prize to the winner of the SETC Lighting Design award for this year – I haven’t told the student designers yet, but the winner of the SETC Lighting Design award will get to have their design work displayed in a post on JimOnLight.com for the world to see!

I am very honored to be presenting with some amazing designers who also have the fortune of being amazing people.  The scenic design respondent is Judy Juracek.  You might know Judy from her line of excellent texts on painting, like Surfaces:  Visual Research for Artists, Architects, and Designers.  Judy is a scenic artist in New York City, and she’s worked everywhere from film and television to Broadway, opera, and industrial events.

Costume designer Fred Lloyd is here responding to the costume design entries this year at SETC.  Fred is an amazing guy with a distinguished career – most recently as the Costume Supervisor for AMC’s Walking Dead, and is currently the Resident Costume Designer for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

It feels great to be a part of such an excellent group of designers and artists, hands down.  If you’re here at the SETC 2011 Conference, please come to the Design Competition and Distinguished Guest Designer Presentations tonight at 7pm in the Grand Salons A and B.  I hope to see you there!

Big LED Lightsaber Battle at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum

Have you ever seen the ROM, or Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto?  That is one fugly building, there is no doubt about that.

On July 31, however, a fun collaborative called Newmindspace held a massive LED lightsaber battle at the ROM.  It looks like everyone had a damned good time – and honestly, it reminds me of going to an arena show and being in the middle of a glowstick war!

For those who have no idea what a glostick war is:

Thanks, Nerd Approved!

Aron Altmark Lights Benny Benassi at FLUXX San Diego

Our precious little sugar britches, Hebrew Hammer, and young LD Aron Altmark just had a cool gig in San Diego at the FLUXX club.  Aron had the pleasure of lighting international DJ superstar Benny Benassi.  How’s that for a resume credit?

The FLUXX rig:

  • 26 Elation Design Spot 300B
  • 34 Elation Opti Tri Par RGB
  • 10 Martin Atomic Strobe
  • 2 High End Systems DL.3
  • 595 LED Strips (around 400 in the circular grid overhead, another 195 in the circles w/ frosted plexi behind the stage)

Aron had a few days of programming at the ACT Lighting Studios (where he’s an intern this summer) on a GrandMA Lite with Series 2 software.  Check out these great looks!  Also check out Aron’s Picasa album of the shots – there are some I left out, and he’s got lots of cool stuff there too.

Gallery image view – click on one to see them all!

We’re proud of you, big guy!

Glowcamp!

Have you all heard about Glowcamp?  20 or so people have written telling me about this event in NYC.  From the Glowcamp website:

GlowCamp is a free one-day intensive exploration of light as an aesthetic material. We’re sharing the ideas and technologies used to work with light, and we’re inviting you to come speak about your expertise, demo your projects, ask questions, and find new people to collaborate with. Whether you’re a light artist, a theatrical or architectural lighting designer, a fixture designer, a maker, or a DIYer, you’re welcome and encouraged to attend.

I’m not gonna say much about this right now until I get more details.  Check out the website, now!

The We Love People Love Plastikman

One of the web’s favorite goatee-wearing personalities, Travis Bedard, posted this amazing video of the We Love crowd doing a large Plastikman event – for those of you who don’t know who Plastikman is, you need to fix that right away.

(Plastikman is Richie Hawtin – one of the most referenced electronic musicians ever.  He also does a lot with visuals and video.)

Check out this event video – May 8, 2010 at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.  Rock.

WE LOVE PLASTIKMAN from WE LOVE ART on Vimeo.

Images from the Dead Rising 2 Party at E3

Partying with and photographing the dead is hard work, apparently!  Last week, everyone’s favorite zombie activist and lumen grabber Amanda Lynne Ballard (and official JimOnLight.com photographer) got some amazing lighting shots at the E3 party for Dead Rising 2.  You have to check out this work, and definitely check out Amanda Lynne’s Flickr stream.  She has great freaking works there.

The images below are a gallery – click on the first, and they will open up in their own window!

Patrick Woodroffe’s WYNN Hotel Lighting Design Photos

Peeps, I have so much content from LightFair 2010 that I am now getting to for your visual excitement – show floor, product reviews, interviews, photography, and general awesomesauce that’s up and coming in the next few days.  Las Vegas provides SO much good content!  Wait, is that an oxymoron?

This afternoon I have an excellent eye opener for you – hopefully that will blast you off into the day artistically! While in Las Vegas, everyone’s favorite luxess and JimOnLight.com’s official photog Amanda Lynne Ballard took some photos of the Wynn outdoor lighting garden attraction designed by Patrick Woodroffe and his team.  I really have nothing that I can possibly type that compares to the work she took, so here goes my shut mouth.  Enjoy!

A few favorites first, then an image gallery.  We got the image gallery set up so that you can comment on individual pictures now!

Thanks, Amanda Lynne!

All photos on this page are protected under an Attribution-NonCommercial-No-Derivitives license.  You can repost the photos and content as long as you give attribution to JimOnLight.com.  Photographer credit, unless otherwise noted, is Amanda Lynne Ballard.