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Five Decades of Lighting – USITT 2010 Lighting Commission Special Exhibit – Fixtures Edition

In the post yesterday about USITT’s Lighting Commission Special Exhibit, “Five Decades of Lighting,” I posted images of the consoles exhibited at the show.  I have some images and a video of the luminaires that were at the show – an awesome mash that ranged from the Source Four to the Century 6″ fresnel.  I loved this exhibit, thank you guys.

Remember the old Kliegl Bros 6X8 ellipsoidals?  The ones with the “K” sculpted into the lamp base?  What a clean light – hell, I had a few of those in the inventory at Circa’21 back in June – they made great specials!  I think I ended up using five or six of them.

What was almost more awesome than seeing the old fixtures was remembering all of the shows I’ve used these fixtures on, and how excellent it must feel to have a product you’ve designed and manufactured become a mainstay of the industry.

Pardon the Spaz Cam:

USITT’s 2010 Lighting Commission Special Exhibit – 5 Decades of Lighting – Fixtures from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

A few 6″ fresnels and an 8″ Century fresnel – I still love those big old 8″ fresnels:

an old Times Square Lighting effects projector and some step and fresnel lenses:

Heck yes – old beam projectors!  The BP ROCKS!  (I mean, nowadays if you can’t find a PAR)

a beam projector, mini-ERS, and some various base-ups:

Massive!

An old 12K touring rack:

Very cool exhibit.  Great work, Todd, Tracy, and Josh!

Travis Bedard and Will Hollis Storm Kansas City and USITT (Changing Color Temperatures Where They Go)

Two of my favorite Twits (wait, that’s not right) are @travisbedard and @willhollis.  They drove all the way from Austin to hang out with everybody, and we all had an awesome time.  I’m only sad because I had to leave a day early.  This just solidifies the fact that we now have to make it a priority to get everybody altogether at the same time.

Will and Travis, thanks for making the effort.  You guys rock.

Five Decades of Lighting – USITT 2010 Lighting Commission Special Exhibit – Consoles Edition

One of the more awesome things I saw this year at USITT was the Lighting Commission’s exhibit on lighting equipment history – “Five Decades of Lighting.”  Todd Proffitt (@tm204) and Josh Williamson (@joshwilliamson) were involved with this exhibit, and I think they did an outstanding freaking job of putting it together.  I’m sure I’m not including many people who worked to make the thing happen, but nice exhibit!  I broke this up into two posts:  one on consoles, and another post tomorrow on fixtures and other equipment.

You might notice that these images of lighting control surfaces is not in any kind of chronological order – this is actually intentional.  Take a look and see if you can identify some of the characteristics of the various consoles over the course of the years.

The “Five Decades of Lighting” exhibit had fixtures, dimming, and consoles from the last five decades.  It was pretty great to actually get my hands on an old Light Palette Two – what nice wood detail work!  Can I order a Hog III with the cherry and maple inlay?

Also, it was awesome meeting Fred Foster from ETC and hearing him tell stories about the first consoles he designed, and the funny little tidbits he was sharing.  You’re pretty cool, Fred Foster!

Check out a quick video I made of the console section, followed by a ton of images.  Literally.

USITT’s 2010 Lighting Commission Special Exhibit – 5 Decades of Lighting – Consoles from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

The Strand 300 Series lighting console (I’m a big fan of the Strand 520i from back in the day):

the Obsession I (before it became the Obsession II):

a Luxtrol autotransformer unit.  Come on, you’ve seen these, yeah?  We always had one in undergrad powering the tech table lighting:

“That’s not a lighting desk.  THIS is a lighting desk!”  (the Light Palette Two).  I mean, literally a desk.  You can also fly the Starship Enterprise with that console:

Light Palette Two built-in keyboard:

The Light Palette Two, front side:

Lighting Methods, Inc’s little two-scene preset:

The Kliegl Performer – yes, that’s a cassette tape:

an old Kliegl Bros 2-scene preset, and a Century Lighting Edkotron controller:

Everybody knows the Express series – here’s a 250:

The ETC Vision – also see the Microvision FX, which wasn’t at the show, but you could hear the jubilant cries of “MICROVISION FX!” from the conventiongoers:

The ETC Idea – another of the early ETC desks that people came to know and love:

The ETC Eos – so sleek!

This thing – this is amazing.  This is the ETC ELC (Entertainment Lighting Control)

USITT 2010 – Kansas City Pics from the Show Floor


The view from the hotel room in Kansas City – as far as midwest hotel scenes goes, not too bad!

I’m back from USITT 2010.  I had a very huge fun time, most of it with the great readers of JimOnLight.com.  I’m constantly saying that JimOnLight.com readers ROCK, and this last week I was reminded just how much you all rock.  I met so many people that I have only known digitally, and got to see people that I haven’t seen in a while.  An awesome week, to be sure.

Oh yeah, and I took a mega-ultra-super-metric-ton of photos and video.  Get ready.  Here’s a taste:

The illustrious @a_mandolin holding one of Luxim‘s wonderful LIFI sources at the excellent SeaChanger booth.  I love my Toms!

Electronic Theatre Controls‘ CEO Fred (Foster) and Bobblehead Fred:

The line for the Mag Lite giveaway – holy cow were those things popular!

Evening Kansas City from my hotel room window:

Amanda Lynne playing in City Theatrical‘s fake snow:

More of the Mag Lite line – wow, indeed, again:

Everybody’s favorite @LekoGirl with Bobblehead Fred:

This guy, @aronaltmark, is rapidly becoming one of my favorite guys:

People flocking to Amanda Lynne:

Jim (OnLight) trying to look thug next to @NoahCraft looking thug next to @JimOnLight:

Stay tuned.  More to come!

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!

#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.