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Jim Hutchison Leaves CAST Software, Opens Lumen Buddha Studios – A Lighting Industries Think Tank and Design Studio

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I have the most amazing news to share, and I’ve had to hold it in for the last month…  Fortunately this isn’t an April Fools’ joke!

After four years with my extended CAST Group family, I’m very excited to tell the world that I am leaving CAST Group as the Product Manager for the industry lighting design suite wysiwyg and the Events and Meetings industry design product Vivien Event Designer to open a lighting industries think tank, design studio, and industry relations consulting firm!  World, please welcome Lumen Buddha Studios to the world of light!  The timing is right, the industry is right, and all of my cards have come together to make this happen.  We’ll be moving back to Dallas, Texas soon to begin this adventure!

My goal with Lumen Buddha Studios is three-fold, and I am making three definite divisions in the company:

  1. INDUSTRY THINK TANK:
    Lumen Buddha Studios will provide a resource for lighting industries companies that allows them access to the wealth of knowledge and understanding of the Lighting Industries, including consulting services for a number of industry subsets — Social Media, Research and Development, historical Industry trends, and Industry Intelligence to name a few.
  2. LIGHTING INDUSTRIES MEDIA OUTREACH:
    Lumen Buddha Studios will provide the most excellent services for Lighting Industries businesses to reach out into the Social Media world — many companies struggle to get real results from their Social Media outreach, and Lumen Buddha Studios  strives to provide that edge that the Lighting Industries need to survive!
  3. LIGHTING DESIGN, CONTENT, AND PRODUCTION STUDIO:
    Lumen Buddha Studios
    brings two designers with three decades of experience creating stunning designs for clients worldwide — myself, Jim Hutchison, Lighting Designer, consultant, and creator of JimOnLight.com, and Tupac Martir, Visual Designer, Light Magician, and creator of Satore Studio in London.  Tupac is bringing his entire studio team’s expertise to projects with Lumen Buddha Studios here in the United States.  I’m so very excited to have another unbelievably creative organization on board!  Lumen Buddha Studios will be offering Lighting Design and Production services to the Events Industry, Concert Production, Corporate Entertainment, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and most experimentally, grand scale Light Art!

This is the first in a few very large events happening in my career right now, and every single bit of it is due to this unbelievably excellent industry we all call home.  There’s some additional big news coming, but you have to wait for that one, just like me!  In the mean time, in addition to @JimOnLight on Twitter, please follow @LumenBuddha for news and information about the opening of this exciting event!  Make sure to also follow @TMartir (Tupac Martir) and @SatoreStudio to keep up with the exciting projects of our UK studio partner!

A message of thanks:
Thank you for all of the support and readership that you have all given me over the last six years.  JimOnLight.com is still going full-speed, and is showing no signs of stopping!  I’ll quit when you quit, and you have all been unbelievable in your support for this site everyday.  Thank you so very much for coming here to read about light every single wonderful day.  David and I wish it were in our power to personally thank each and every pair of eyes that comes here to learn about our favorite thing every single day, but obviously that would be impossible.

Thank you, Light Lovers of Planet Earth.

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!

A Study of Body and Light, Part Two

Part Two of my series with choreographer/production manager Kathryn A. Dicken is ready for the web!  If you’ve not seen Part One of A Study of Body and Light, Part One , check it out, too!

What we’re trying to do to get the school year started is to get students’ minds bending around things like quantum physics, anatomy and physiology, kinesthetics, physics and math in general, but by using the body as the starting point for everything.  I have no interest in putting my own thoughts into your head, but when I was editing this one, I was imagining an algorithm being offset in a lighting console, and all of the parameters that I could adapt and adjust.

Enjoy Part Two of A Study of Body and Light!

A Study of Body and Light, Part Two from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Choreography and Performance:
Kathryn A. Dicken

Lighting and Videography:
Jim Hutchison (USA829)

Composition, Editing and Recording:
Jim Hutchison 

Piano Performance:
Kody Brown

A Study of Body and Light, Part One

I have really had the itch to create lately, and I have also been missing dance lighting, funny enough.  Also funny enough, my friend Kat Dicken has ALSO had that same weird “I need to create” itch lately.  We spent some time in a theatre recently, studying light and the body, and we’ve come up with some really fun content we’ll be posting here on JimOnLight.com.  The series we’ve created is called A Study of Body and Light – here’s Part One, with several more parts to follow.

Enjoy!  Tell your friends!  Share the video!  JimOnLight.com is going to be spending the Fall posting lots of light art and related beauty, so hang onto your pants and stay tuned!

Part One – A Study of Body and Light

A Study of Body and Light, Part One from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Choreography and Performance:
Kathryn A. Dicken

Lighting and Videography:
Jim Hutchison (USA829)

Composition and Recording:
Jim Hutchison 

Piano Performance:
Kody Brown

Pilobolus’ “Shadowland” Review

Please excuse the dated nature of this review, but I’ve been entrenched in busywork with projects here at KTH.  I am just coming across it myself, but I have been so excited about reading these reviews that I had to post!

I have been following the news about Pilobolus’ Shadowland work as it has progressed, and this show is apparently pretty awesome.  I caught a few minutes of video of the Pilobolus cast performing some of the work on Pablo Motos’ show, El Hormiguero.  Check it out:

I also found a review on El Pais of the Madrid show – from the El Pais website.  Translated from the original español – written by Pablo Leon (and to be fair, here are some other Pablo Leon articles):

Dance, theater, circus, fables and shadows. This strange mixture serves as inspiration for the new show of the Pilobolus company, which has chosen Madrid for the premiere of “Shadowland” (tonight at 22.30 at the New Apollo Theater).  In his newly created darkness reigns, dreamlike passages and contemporary dance.

The initial innocence gives way to more erotic and adult choreography.

Like many stories, it all begins with a dream.  A nightgown hanging in the air, a subtle movements and air racing show choreographed in the rest of a young woman who suddenly is precipitated into a nightmare world.  Convened by a strange magic, the protagonist is trapped in a world of shadows and from there, emulating a curious or a bold Dorothy Alice, begins a journey of initiation into adulthood.  “Everything has an air of story, but a wicked fairy. We wanted to get to that mythological language,” said Itamar Kubovy, executive director of Pilobolus and one of the creators of the show for three weeks will be represented in Madrid.

The company, founded in America in 1971, was seduced by the dark world of two years ago when I ordered the opening of the Oscars and produced a show imitating the shapes of the nominated films.  Given the success of the assembly, they arrived several commissions for advertising (an ad for Volkswagen and one of BBVA) and has since investigated the combination of shadow and dance.  The nine dancers who make up the cast-off actions performed without words, but develop an entire story using only their bodies represented an even more difficult.  In early summer Dogit premiered in New York, a short story about a young girl during a dog becomes a nightmare.  That was the origin of Shadowland.  “It was a challenge to tell a story using only the dance. We wanted to combine it with the shadows as an allegory of knowledge: when we light the unknown, the first thing you see are silhouettes at twilight,” said Kubovy excited after the first rehearsal.

To make this transition from oral language to communicate across the physical, the company contacted Steve Banks, a writer on SpongeBob SquarePants (an acclaimed animated series).  The connection was perfect.  And tonight’s presentation in the capital, the conclusion of four months of intensive work.  Kubovy no doubt that “Madrid is the perfect place to display the work because it is progressive, multicultural and a gateway to Europe.”

Despite his childhood winks, as the play progresses it becomes more complex and cruel.  The initial persecution innocent give way to erotic scenes-from a trio to a topless dominatrix empress existential-or references to the intervention of a creator and a creator (god and goddess “?).  To the sound of music composed by David Poe’s choreography also become more elaborate and the dancers, with absolute control of the movements, they show the influence of contemporary creators such as Pina Bausch and Martha Graham.

Some images from the show – I have got to see this work (all images from Neo2):

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