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Lighting Insights July 2014 — Balancing Video and Lighting

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I’ve been doing a video series with CHAUVET Professional every month where we talk about things to make your lighting design and production more efficient or more fun — it’s solely geared towards you, the LD or lighting production technician.  This month we’re talking about balancing video and lighting together for a cohesive look onstage.  Check it out!

Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool

three kings of lighting online at PLASA 2012 — Rob Sayer from OnStageLighting.co.uk, Jim Hutchison from JimOnLight.com, Justin Lang of iSquint.net

Happy Sunday, everybody! I’m back from PLASA 2012 in London, and I think I am finally caught up with sleep and no longer grumpy (sorry, principessa) after a grand return. I had a blast, saw some of my favorite people, met new favorite people, and didn’t sleep much! As usual, a standard trade show experience.

I signed into Flickr this morning to write a Sunday Flickr Group post, and I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement.  This was an AWESOME day to check out the Pool!  Lots and lots of great images were just added by a bunch of great photogs and light artists — it’s totally worth a few minutes’ worth of black background photo gazing!

Check out today’s selection — it’s huge!

"Love" Light Graffiti

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The Lenser Orb Challenge

Tree and Me - Brimham Rocks

N.D.B.C - I'M SEXY I KNOW IT - Today's Explore at #1 on Fluidr

Light

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Metal & Light

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Oriole Park, Toronto

Face Down Olympic Gold!

Sunset Showoff.

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The Calamari Sisters' Big Fat Italian Wedding

Deference of the Departed

A Chorus Line Rendering

Happy Sunday! I hope it is a relaxing and very chill one for each and every one of you out there!

Jim Hutchison Promoted to Product Manager at CAST Software

W00T! <hands raised in the air quite in the same fashion as if I didn’t care>

So this is some pretty awesome news I want to share!  I am not really a press release guy, but this is MY press release!  Sorry I’ve had to be so secretive about this news, there was some Immigration stuff that had to happen first before it could all be released!  I’ve taking over the Product Manager gig at CAST Software in Toronto, Canada for wysiwyg and Vivien Virtual Event Designer!  I’m moving up here to Canada for a while, but still doing the tradeshow route and traveling the globe talking about light and the world of lighting!  Here’s the release, sent earlier today:

TORONTO – CAST Software of Toronto announces the promotion of Jim Hutchison, creator and editor of the internationally renowned JimOnLight.com, stepping up to assume the role of Product Manager for CAST Software’s wysiwyg as well as for Vivien Virtual Event Designer, the CAST software suite for the special events industry.  

Hutchison has been contributing marketing and technical copy for CAST Software as their Social Media Manager since early 2009, in addition to writing various articles for the company’s newsletter, The Plan. Given his technical experience with the company’s products, CAST has chosen Hutchison to lead the way forward for wysiwyg and Vivien Virtual Event Designer.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be leading the amazing development team at CAST,” Hutchison said. “I’ve been a wysiwyg User since Release 4, and I don’t think that there is a design I haven’t created in wysiwyg since the early part of this century. I love the products, I love the teams, and I love talking to our Users about how wysiwyg works for them. I’m excited to bring my industry enthusiasm and knowledge to the Product Manager role.”

Before joining CAST Software, Hutchison was a full time writer, lighting designer, and professor, teaching lighting design and production lighting technology. He started JimOnLight.com in 2008, writing about all genres and applications of lighting. He is a practicing lighting designer, a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and a contributing member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Gil Densham, CEO of CAST, says, “We are excited to have Jim’s enthusiasm and industry expertise in the Product Manager’s role. Knowing the vigor Jim invests, it will no longer be quiet around CAST as we look forward to the future, with a grander vision for wysiwyg and Vivien Virtual Event Designer.”

Email Hutchison at jimh@cast-soft.com or phone him at +1.416.597.2278 x271.

Somebody asked me at PLASA Focus if I was still going to be writing JimOnLight.com.  I had to respond with “OMFG OF COURSE I AM.  I’m JimOnLight!

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

Blackbird by David Harrower – My Month in Columbus

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The show I just spent three weeks lighting is now open.  Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus, OH (affectionately known as CATCO) has produced and opened David Harrower’s Blackbird – directed by Geoff Nelson, lighting design by me (Jim Hutchison), scenic design by Jessica Secrest, costume design by Kristine Kearney, and sound Design by Nitz Brown.  Jonathon Putnam and Anna Paniccia are Ray and Una, and the chemistry is – well, go see the show if you can.  If you don’t know the script, it’s deep.

Michael Grossberg of the Columbus Dispatch wrote a review of the show, and actually mentioned me, which he never used to do when I lived in Columbus and worked around town:

What ultimately happens on Jessica Trent-Secrest’s convincingly cluttered set under Jim Hutchison’s fluorescent office lighting shouldn’t be fully revealed (in print or in after-show conversation) except to note that the questions asked and parried raise deeper questions within the characters and observers.

I had a hell of a good time lighting this show.  I don’t want to say too much about the design or the story yet – but yes, I did use some 40W fluorescent fixtures in the design of the show, hanging down at thirteen feet in all their bright fluorescent glory.

Thanks to TJ Gerckens, Keya Myers-Alkire (best ME ever), Jennifer Kramer, Whitney Thiessen, Cheryl Rouseau, and all of the CATCO staff.  You guys make a lighting designer feel right at home.

If you’re within travel distance of Columbus or you find yourself in Columbus between June 3 and June 21, 2009, get a ticket to see Blackbird.