The Actual Life of a Rockstar Lighting Designer

I’ve written about a friend of mine, a good writer and an even better lighting designer – Jeff Waful – a bunch on JimOnLight.com.  I’ve written about Jeff’s work with Umphrey’s McGee, I’ve written about Jeff’s television show, Jeff Waful +1, and I’ve written about just talking with Jeff about life, light, and design in general.  Jeff just had an amazing interview with a lighting designer that both Jeff and I think very highly of in general, Chris Kuroda.  You have to check it out.

What makes this interview different is that Jeff talks with Chris about life and light, but mostly about living on the road as a lighting designer.  This is an interview that Jeff should be very proud of, because I think he nailed it.

Read PART ONE of Jeff Waful’s interview with Phish lighting designer Chris Kuroda
Read PART TWO of Jeff Waful’s interview with Phish lighting designer Chris Kuroda 

Phish in 3D in Selected US Theatres, April 30, 2010

Phish, as you all know, is loved by JimOnLight.com.  So when I see something that says “Phish to Debut 3D Movie in April 2010,” I zheet my drawers.

So hey – did you all hear that Phish is doing a 3D movie of their Festival 8 show in Indio, CA from October?  Check out a trailer for the movie.  I’m pretty excited:

PHISH 3D – IN THEATERS APRIL 30TH from Phish on Vimeo.

And, in true pot reference fashion, a pre-view performance is going to take place in 9 cities on April 20 (or 420 to those of you who are still not getting the reference).  None of them are DALLAS, though.  GAA!

Boston – Showcase Cinemas Revere – Tickets
Burlington, VT – Majestic 10 Williston – Tickets
Chicago – Muvico Rosemont 18 Theatre – Tickets on sale 3/31
Denver – Location TBD (we’ll update you soon)
Houston – Studio Movie Grill Center City – Tickets
Los Angeles – Rave Motion Pictures 18 (formerly The Bridge) – Tickets
New York – Pavilion Theatre Brooklyn – Tickets
Raleigh/Durham, NC – Wynnsong 15 – Tickets
Washington, D.C./Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Corner 14 – Tickets

Phish and Red Rocks: An Excellent Way to Spend the Evening

It’s no secret that I am a Phish fan.  I love the innovative and creative grooves that “the boys” lay down every night, and as a lighting designer, I am always a huge fan of what Chris Kuroda is doing behind the lighting desk.  I was at the Hampton Run and interviewed Phish lighting designer Chris Kuroda, but I’ve missed everything else.  When I’m at LDI, they’ll be playing in Cincinnati.  Foiled again!

I read this blog called Hidden Track, from Glide Magazine – a Youtube user named gdoucette78 has uploaded some amazing multicamera videos of the Red Rocks run from Phish at the end of July.  I love having videos of live shows because of the ability to see how certain songs were treated with respect to light and orchestration of the cues – it’s like having the ability to research that moment in lighting time!

I have attached a video below from gdoucette78’s list – he has a ton of videos from that weekend.  If you enjoy the music and want to see some cool lighting, check out the rest of his videos.  Thanks for posting these!

(this video is of the song “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” or 2001.  This might be one of my favorite “lighting songs” of all time)