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WINNER of the 2010 Gaff Dress Challenge IS…

Have I kept you in suspense enough about the winner of the 2010 Gaff Dress Challenge, sponsored by BMI Supply and JimOnLight.com?

This was a ridiculously amazing challenge.  When we first started this challenge between Daphne Mir (we like to call her Gaffne) and everyone’s favorite Amanda Lynne Ballard, I half expected there to be one good dress and one awesome dress, but I had no idea who would do what.  What ended up happening is that two intelligent, beautiful, amazing people brought two beautiful, sophisticated, amazing dresses to USITT 2010 and rocked our socks off, and rocked them hard.

After three days of trying to decide if it was possible to decide a winner, we unanimously decided that there was no way to actually decide a winner between these two wonderful acts of gaff dress brilliance.  Both Daphne and Amanda Lynne made such beautiful works that were so durable and creative that I declare them both the winner!

I approached the ladies about this decision, and they were both so thrilled about both being declared winner that they helped me come up with ways to distribute the prizes accordingly so that they made the highest benefit overall.  What we’ve decided is that the prize of the SeaChanger ColorBug will go to CalArts on behalf of Daphne, and the people who have emailed with monetary donations will go to a worthwhile charity that Amanda Lynne has chosen – The Famous People Players, the internationally reknowned blacklight theatre that works with developmentally disabled people.  Can you think of a better way to honor the Gaff Dress Challenge winners than THIS?!  So selfless!

I made a video for the challenge – one of the most fun times of USITT was having an impromptu photoshoot with Miss Daphne and Miss Amanda Lynne.  It was all my pleasure.  Check it out:

Gaff Dress Challenge 2010, Sponsored by BMI Supply and JimOnLight.com from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Some images:

Daphne, Amanda Lynne, thank you for being so awesome.

USITT Opens in A Few Hours

That’s right.  It’s not even open yet, but we’re all here feeling our absolute best and waiting for it to start.

I’m still a bit amazed that Sally Struthers is the keynote for USITT’s 50th Anniversary show – mostly for relevance’s sake and all – but I didn’t come all the way up here for Sally.  I came up here to meet and appreciate the thousands of students and JimOnLight.com readers who are here and ready to expand their minds.

The Gaff Dress Challenge is also going to be in full effect today, and our lovely participants are ready to show the dresses that they’ve made completely from gaff – I’ll be snapping photos and getting some video ASAP.  Stay tuned – and if you’re here, look for the bald guy with the JimOnLight.com t-shirt!

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net Announce USITT 2010 Kansas City’s Evening Party Plans

So over the last several months we’ve been talking about that convention that’s happening in Kansas City next week, and how @lekogirl and @a_mandolin are going to be going head-to-head in a Gaff Dress Challenge at the BMI Supply booth (which is booth 1010, by the way).  Even though apparently none of the lighting bloggers in this world are cool enough to report on the USITT convention in Kansas City, we’re still gonna be there having a good time!

We’ve been discussing the idea of having a one-night Gaff Dress Prom event for all of us crazy entertainment industry people to get gaffed up and have a great time together, do some networking, you know – standard fun stuff.  What I’ve come up with to solve the problems of convention evening scheduling, trying to find a place that will not only let us party but also work on our lighting blogger’s budget (which is typically negative $14 bucks).

Instead of disappointing the masses by having one party night, we’ve decided that we’re going to have a party EVERY NIGHT of USITT, at a different establishment in close proximity to the conference hotel and convention center so that everyone can walk to and fro!  There are some events scheduled between the expo floor’s closing and 10pm most nights, I think, so we’re going to start partying around 9pm each night and go until we’re partied out!

Did I mention that if you come to the party dressed to the nines in gaff tape, you’ll get entered in for some prizes to be given away each night?!  Also, Justin and I will buy you a beverage!  If you’re over 21, it’ll be whatever you want.  Under 21?  Then I will buy you sodas all night!

So:  What have you REALLY got going on that you can’t come hang out with us EVERY NIGHT YOU’RE AT USITT?!

We’re going to announce each location during that day, so keep your eyes on Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #KCGaffCrawl to pop up and get RT’ed all over the place!

Stay tuned!

#GaffDressChallenge is Getting Down to Business

Have you been watching Twitter lately for news on the #GaffDressChallenge?  The 2010 Gaff Dress Challlenge is coming to a convention in Kansas City (March 31-April 3), and it is going to be crazy.  CRAZY, I say.  BMI Supply‘s booth on the expo floor (booth 1010) is where the action will be going down.

Here’s what we got so far – both of the competitors for the 2010 Challenge are bringing it:

Game ON.