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Gobos On The Andes Mountains

A project that was actually finished back in the mid-1990’s is getting some press in the last few days.  Lucy and Jorge Orta of Studio Orta took some very long-throw follow spots up into the Andes Mountains and projected templates onto the huge range, including some of Machu Picchu.

Studio Orta’s project, entitled “Imprints on the Andes“, is being displayed (in historical media, of course) at an exibition in Paris called Uninhabitable? Art of Extreme Environments.

You have to see these images – something that is so simple in principle certainly made some beautiful imagery.  I’ve been racking the Google trying to find this model of spot – does it look familiar to anyone?  It certainly appears to be a high output followspot of some sort, it’s got a boomerang on the top…

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Thanks, BldgBlog and Gizmodo!

Wybron Updates The Moire Gobo Library

Wybron has added 1,500 Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to their great Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone.  If you’ve never played with this application, it’s probably one of the cooler apps I have on my phone – the ability to take two gobos and experiment with spin speed and direction is pretty outstanding.  From the press release at Wybron:

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Wybron is pleased to announce the addition of Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to our popular Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone. This increases the number of available gobos by 1,500—to over 5,000 A-size gobos which users can search, browse and experiment with, making Moiré the most comprehensive gobo library app on the market.

Features:

  • Adjust the focus of the gobo to create a blur effect.
  • Spin the gobo in either direction at different speeds.
  • Use the “TwinSpin” (trademarked by GAM) feature to overlap and spin any two gobos, at any speed and in any direction (both gobos spinning in the same direction or each gobo spinning in a different direction).
  • View gobos on a white or black background, simulating the look of the gobo itself or the image it produces on a dark stage, or with a background color taken from our Gel Swatch Library app.
  • Search gobos by name and number
  • Sort gobos by name and number in ascending and descending order
  • Flip a single gobo by swiping horizontally
  • Flip the two gobos in a TwinSpin by swiping horizontally for Gobo A and swiping vertically for Gobo B
  • Maintain a list of 12 most recently viewed gobos
  • Send comments directly to the developer with the feedback button
  • The updated application will be available for download during the week of September 7, 2009. Users who have already purchased Moiré Gobo Library will find that their libraries will update automatically through the Apple App Store.
  • The Moiré Gobo Library runs on the iPhone or iPod touch and can be purchased through Apple’s App Store. Just click on the App Store icon from the main screen of each device, or access the App Store through iTunes.

FREE STUFF! Templates and Templates and Drafting Supplies, OH MY!

Well, today is going to be a light posting day, because I’m driving a truck with our belongings from Denver to Dallas.  Dallas, here we come!  However, as I’m doing my 14 hour drive in a bobtail truck governed at 65 MPH, I’m giving away some stuff that I don’t use anymore to someone who needs it!

When I arrive in Dallas today, I’ll pick two people at random from the people who contact me through the contact form to get this stuff.  It could be 8pm CST, it could be 11pm CST.  Send me an email via the contact form – I’ll pick someone for each of the two.  If you have a preference of which you’d like, please let me know in the email.

The first of the two of these is this pile of lighting templates, and lighting templates!  All you have to do is email me through the contact form.  That’s it!

I’ll send you, in a brown envelope:

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One (1) Field Template @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting plan templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Phil Monat lighting plan template @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Steve Shelley special Stagelight template @ 1/4″ scale

and eight random steel gobos!

I’m also giving away the stuff you see below to one person.  I’ve had it sitting in boxes – it’s doing me no good anymore, and I’d rather just give it away to a reader who needs it!

If you’re reading via RSS feed, please go hit the website and contact me via the contact link if you’re interested!

I’m sending someone the following, stuffed into a USPS Priority Flat Rate box:

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1 – full set of Cray-Pas “Expressionist” oil pastels
1 – balsa sander
1 – X-Acto 45 degree triangle
1 – pencil sharpening paddle
2 – X-Acto mitre boxes (aluminum)
2 – Staedtler lead sharpeners, one mechanical, one battery operated
1 – Ames lettering guide
1 – erasing shield
4 – random fountain pen tips
1 – flexible curve
1 – large 45 degree triangle
1 – large 45 degree triangle with circle template
1 – drafting brush
1 – pounce bag
2 – bottles of SOBO craft glue
1 – Alvin geared compass
1 – electric eraser and refills
a bunch of leads for lead holders, including Repro Blue leads
a whole bunch of different weights and sizes of mechanical pencil leads
a ton of colored pencils, drafting pencils, and watercolor pencils

and other stuff that I probably forgot to mention. It’s worth quite a penny if you were to buy all of this new, so if you’re interested, just email me using the contact form on the site.  I’ll draw someone at random when I arrive in Dallas.

GOOD LUCK!  Please take this stuff off my hands, the shipping is on me!  See you in Dallas!

Wybron’s iPhone Gobo Library

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COOL!  Wybron has released a gobo library application for the iPhone and iPod Touch featuring more than 1500 gobos from Great American Market (GAM) and Lee Filters.  You can spin them at different rates and directions, overlap gobos as if you’re looking at a TwinSpin, and adjust focus.  Way to go, Wybron!

Here’s a link to go get it right now – it’s $9.99 through iTunes.  The link opens iTunes if you have it installed.

The press release from Jennifer at Wybron:

WYBRON RELEASES GOBO LIBRARY FOR IPHONE

A new iPhone application by Wybron packs more than 1,500 gobos into a sleek device that fits in the user’s pocket.
The Moiré Gobo Library lets users browse, search, and experiment with A-size gobos from GAM and Lee, with more to come.

Adjust the focus of the gobo to simulate a blur effect, spin the gobo at different speeds and in different directions, and use the “TwinSpin” feature to overlap and spin any two gobos at variable speeds and in any direction.
The Moiré Gobo Library, which also works on the iPod touch, lets the user:

  • View gobos on a white or black background, simulating the look of the gobo itself or the image it produces on a dark stage
  • Search gobos by name and number
  • Sort gobos by name and number in ascending and descending order
  • Maintain a list of 12 most recently viewed gobos
  • Send comments directly to the developer with a feedback button

The idea for the Moiré Gobo Library came, in part, from the suggestions of customers using Wybron’s Gel Swatch Library, which features nearly 1,000 gel colors. The Gel Swatch Library was recently named one of Live Design magazine’s Products of the Year for 2008-09. It took home an ESTA Member’s Choice Award from LDI in October 2008.

“With our new app, you don’t have to buy dozens of different gobos and load them into a fixture to see how they’ll look,” said Scott Longberry, Wybron engineer and developer of the application. “Just turn on your iPhone or iPod touch, and you can play with hundreds of different gobos to see what happens if you overlap them, blur them, spin them – or whatever effect you want.”

The app should be useful for a wide variety of lighting venues, including nightclubs, concerts, theatres, churches, cruise ships, and more, Longberry said.

To buy the Moiré Gobo Library for $9.99, visit Apple’s App Store through the icon on the iPhone or iPod touch, or go through iTunes. To buy an iPhone or iPod touch, visit store.apple.com.

ABOUT WYBRON
Wybron designs and manufactures innovative, practical, and high-quality lighting
equipment for some of the biggest entertainment productions in the world. Wybron
remains committed to standardized two-way communication protocols that help users
more easily manage their lighting rigs – sending valuable feedback from your lighting
equipment to your laptop or iPhone.

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Sha-Do Play – One of the Coolest Things I Have Seen Lately

I have a tendency to like textured light; light on its own is filtered through clouds, trees, window dressings – and it creates its own natural “texture” for us to enjoy.  I love templates (or gobos, as they’re affectionately called) of texture, and they make a nice natural break to the line of a wall or surface.  Love ‘em.

A company called Sha-Do released a few series of lamps that really play on this concept – a projector of sorts, these fixtures cast a great textured template on the surface on which it’s mounted.  Sha-Do has designed a lot of really beautiful shapes for their projections, and I am a huge fan.  I wish I had one of these!  I have a large white wall directly across from my desk at home, and I have a spot can shooting up the middle to break the monotony.  One of Sha-Do’s lamps would be so much better!

Check out a few of these fixtures, this stuff is beautiful – these are from the sha-do2 line:

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From the original sha-do line, which all seem to be round:

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The virus line:

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All of these lines are amazing – and I have not covered them all.  Check out their website – http://sha-do.com – and view all of their work.  Beautiful!

The Gobo Visualizer

I just discovered an AWESOME tool at Cablepick.com – the Gobo Visualizer.

The Gobo Visualizer allows you to simulate a dual-gobo rotator with a static gobo behind, and either a solid sheet of color, no color, or split color.  Speeds are adjustable in either direction, from 0 to 30 RPM, and has gobos from Apollo, Rosco, GAM, Goboman, and Goboland.  You can also alter the projected focus of the gobo pair.  This is a great tool!  I hope it lasts!

Sometimes you can surprise yourself with two gobos that look like they do not belong rotating together.  For example, try Goboland #2100000 (5-pointed star) and Goboland #2100001 (5-pointed dancing star) rotating each a different direction.  Amazing!  It’s not always easy to visualize rotating templates before you order 50 of them for your rig, so this is an excellent place to visit if you have some rotating gobos designed into your upcoming rig.