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Do YOU Know Rick Hutton? He’s A PERSON WORTH KNOWING!

Ok, so do you?  Do you know Rick Hutton?

Rick is one of the fathers of our current generation of lighting equipment, fixtures, and color systems — Rick is one of the fathers from the Vari*Lite days, adding his knowledge of optics, lasers, laser ablation, dichroic glass, and light to awesome products like the VL5, VL4, VL7, et al.  Rick has helped to give us a lot of the technology that we use today.

JimOnLight is proud to announce that Rick is one of Lighting and Sound America’s PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING in June 2017!  Well deserved too — his company InLight Gobos was started in 2002, and makes the best glass full-color and black & white gobos on the market, hands down.

Check him out!  Rick’s boss and awesome wife Adriana Hutton is VP of Operations at InLight Gobos, and she’s the one to call when you need them to work for you!

We’re proud as hell of you, brother!  WELL DESERVED!

Random High End Systems Lighting Demo Porn. WHAT ELSE are You Doing?!

Ha haa, yes, it’s time again for another installment of Random Lighting Porn, and for you fellow Parliament Funkadelic fans out there, “brought to you by the makers of Mr. Prolong – better known as Urge Overkill.”

(The pimping of the Pleasure Principle…)

I took a few of my best lighting students down to Austin at the beginning of the summer with the fantabulous but never nebulous Mr. Rick Hutton to see the factory and High End Systems HQ.  Taylor Knight, Jeremy Fisher, and Katherine Mitchell all got to meet Brad Schiller, Richard Belliveau, Craig Burross, and a lot of the rest of the team at HES, including one of my favorite teams, the developer team – always making that software work!

Here’s a video that I made from some clips of the demo Brad gave us, and some images of the trip in Gallery format.  Enjoy!

Random High End Systems Lighting Porn – WHAT ELSE Have You Got to Do? from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Laser Goofing, JimOnLight Style

I was a fairly big laser nerd before I met Rick Hutton, but after becoming friends with THAT mega-nerd, I have begun to really get into lasers and the whole use of coherent light.  I think one of the highlights of 2011 so far was hitting Photonics West with Ocean Optics and SeaChanger and walking the laser show floor with Rick.  You see, I see the term mega-nerd as about the best compliment you could give a person.

I have been goofing a bit with my 1W blue (445nm), my 10mW HeNe (632.8nm), and a Coherent Radius 405 (violet, 405nm) I picked up pretty cheap on eBay.  I also have a ton of amazing optics and bench components that I was given by the great folks at InLight Gobos and Laser Surplus Sales.  I want to make some fun art with the stuff that I have, and as I acquire more, and one of these days I’ll save up and get a 5W Argon laser (oh HELL yes) and I’ll build some crazy system of galvos and any other crackadelic thing I can come up with to occupy my non-working, non-sleeping time.

I can’t afford the several thousand dollars for a decent laser breadboard for my hobby, so I pulled a DIY and built my own out of two chunks of fine-grade pine that I glued together and fastened with a few large gauge fasteners.  It cost me about 40 bucks total, which is a lot less than $1977.74, let me tell you.  I have about a 16th of an inch deflection over the course of the surface of the table, a grid of holes drilled on one inch centers over a 24″ x 60″.

Just a few teaser shots – I’m oretty bummed at the loss of my DSLR, my little 12MP Elph just ain’t cutting it with this specific wavelength photography:

 

Holy sh*t I love lasers. Wear your laser safety glasses, kids!

A Big JimOnLight.com Community Welcome to Some Absolutely Awesome People

I have made some changes lately to the way things are done here at JimOnLight.com and Light Associated Media, LLC.

I have been so busy doing all of the stuff that prevents me from writing like I used to be able to write – I miss the sheer volume of time I used to be able to spend just researching and writing!  I’m sick and tired of not being able to do that, so I have reached out into the JimOnLight.com Community to get some help with the day-to-day operation of JimOnLight.com and the Light Associated Media Network (Jobs.JimOnLight.com, bulbr.com, and the JimOnLight.com Newsletter – YEAH!  We do a newsletter, too!)

As you already know, Jax Steager from San Francisco functions as the JimOnLight.com Executive Assistant, helping me at conventions and conferences, and generally helps me keep my stuff together.  Jax also writes on JimOnLight.com from time to time – we’ll be seeing her a lot more in the coming months.

I’ve also started to put together a JimOnLight.com Executive Advisory Board.  The first member that has accepted is Rick Hutton from InLight Gobos – Rick is a close friend, and his feet are rooted in this industry from the bottom up.  Rick is a valuable resource as a friend and as someone tied into the industry.  I asked him for technical advisory, and to spearhead the board.

The latest member of the JimOnLight.com Team is the fantastic Mr. David Fox, Day Crew on Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ in Las Vegas, as well as a smart dude and developer (pictured on the left with Jim and Erik Walstad from KA).  David is going to become the Chief Web Strategist for JimOnLight.com.  We’ve been very fortunate to have Leia Scofield developing JimOnLight.com for several years – Leia is one of the best web developers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, if not one of the best in the South.  Leia’s still doing development for JimOnLight.com, but we’re trying to move stuff over to David to lighten Leia’s load.  I’m so fortunate to have Leia’s expertise on the site!  I’m also glad to now have David’s input on the site!

More coming soon – please join me in saying HEY HI! to the new people, and to Jax!

2010 JimOnLight.com LIGHT AWARDS: the RENT-A-GOBO Program from InLight Gobos

I’ve decided to award some credit to where credit is due in my humble lighting opinion to some companies, products, and people across the year 2010 who have wow’ed me to no end.  I did a lot of work in 2010, and that work was made possible by fantastic companies and products that allowed me to create lighting without being hindered by poor workmanship or development.

The first of the 2010 JimOnLight.com LIGHT AWARDS goes to InLight Gobos for their RENT-A-GOBO program!

CONGRATULATIONS!  InLight Gobos, you saved my rear end by providing me with high quality custom glass gobos at a ridiculously awesome rental price for a production of The Light in the Piazza in the fall of 2010.  The problem I had was the need to incorporate some colored projections into a few of the scenes in The Light in the Piazza to accentuate a certain mood – at one point, Clara has a mental breakdown while looking for Fabrizio in a night time scene.

The InLight Gobos RENT-A-GOBO selection is colorful and vibrant – and I did not have the money in the budget to buy full-color patterns for the show.  As much of a bummer as this might have been at the time, this is why Rick Hutton created the idea of renting glass gobos for productions.  I have to believe that most of the people reading this blog have the same problem at one time or another, right?

InLight Gobos’ RENT-A-GOBO #BAB-003 – “Organism Color” – was my problem solver for this design challenge:

and the corresponding scene using the RENT-A-GOBO templates:

I also used InLight Gobos’ RENT-A-GOBO #BAB-128 – “Liquid” – for a nice textured breakup in several parts of the production:

I want to give a heart felt THANK YOU to InLight Gobos for allowing me to work within my budget and still produce art that I felt good about by renting glass gobos.  I could not have done this without your great glass rental gobos!

People, if you find yourself in this situation, I *highly* recommend checking out the RENT-A-GOBO Program through InLight Gobos in Dallas, Texas.  Rick’s work is the best on the market.  Now you can rent glass gobos to help your already tight production budgets.  Check out a capture from the InLight Gobos website of the RENT-A-GOBO selection:

Congratulations, InLight Gobos.  You’re the first winner of a 2010 JimOnLight.com LIGHT AWARD!

Check out my production photos from The Light in the Piazza – we toured this show to a venue in Arkansas as well, with rave reviews!  Click on a thumbnail below, and a gallery view pops up!

JimOnLight.com in San Francisco – the Non-Work Photos – at Photonics West 2011

I did have a hell of a time in San Francisco, that much has to be said.  Between working our butts off to make the booth look great, not getting some of the gear we needed shipped for our booth, and stumbling around looking for a Starbucks, I had a BLAST!

(Come on.  I kid – there’s a fu%$ing Starbucks every five feet in San Francisco, don’tcha know?)

Check out some photos I took on my trip – fun was had by all!

The lovely ladies of marketing from DiCon Fiber-Optics and DiCon Lighting – get ready, I’m posting something about a new DiCon product VERY, very soon.  Absolutely exciting!

Two industry veterans talking about touring – Rick Hutton from InLight Gobos on the left, Mark Hetrick from a billion road miles on the right.  Mark, Rick, and I walked the Photonics West tradeshow floor for a while, then Rick and I did some geeking out on the South floor.  What a great conference!

Here’s the image gallery of my trip – if you click on a thumbnail, a magic image gallery opens up!

The 25th Anniversary of Rick Hutton’s 25th Birthday

People of Light:  If you’re looking for someone to look up to, I submit Rick Hutton for your approval.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being at Rick Hutton’s 50th birthday (ohdamn) I mean the 25th anniversary of Rick Hutton’s 25th birthday.

Let me just say that I had a freaking blast.  I was in the company of pretty amazing people – being in the company of truly awesome people gives me so much energy and happiness.  It also is pretty great to be around so many mothers and fathers of the entertainment lighting industry.

I have to tell you a little about this party…  What exactly would you expect at a party from someone who started and runs the most successful and high-quality gobo business in the world?  Yeah.  You’d expect it to be awesome.  This party was awesome.

If you don’t know who Rick Hutton is, you need to know Rick.  Rick is one of the coolest people I have ever met on planet Earth.  I met a few people on Venus, but typically they were made of viscous layers of sulfuric acid.  Definitely not as cool as Rick Hutton!  Rick is the owner of two very awesome businesses – InLight Gobos (@InLightGobos on Twitter, and facebook.com/InLightGobos) and Laser Surplus Sales, which is awesome if you’re a laser dork like me.

Rick has also become the first member of the Light Associated Media, LLC Board of Advisors.  That was my birthday present to Rick.  I feel so great that I have such a knowledgeable lumen scientist on the board!

Rick’s had all kinds of awesome in the lighting industry.  The lighting industry is partly what it is today because of Rick and the people that worked with Rick and the people Rick learned from early in the industry.  Rick was on the big Van Halen tour with the 1500 PAR cans that drove the ShowCo guys to develop the VL-0.  Rick also worked on the VL1, VL2 (my favorite), VL4, VL5 (for which he and some other great people won an Emmy), VL6, VL7, and other stuff that is so effing awesome and monumental that it just kinda still blows my mind.

Rick’s also just a great guy and friend.  Wherever Rick is, there is happy.  Whatever Rick does, it’s friendly.  He’s become a great friend.  I look up to Rick – as a budding laser nerd, I learn a lot from Rick.  Also, he has an awesome wife, Adriana – who is way more awesome than I can possibly describe.

The talented, beautiful, hilarious, awesome, smart, and sexy Mrs. Adriana Hutton (left):

Rick brings people together – here’s Richard Belliveau from High End Systems and Jim Bornhorst from PRG with Rick:

Here’s Rick and Dawn Crosby, a smokin’ awesome chica I met this weekend, from the initial days of Vari*Lite:

Perhaps one of my favorite pictures from that weekend – a large crowd of some of the most awesome people in all of entertainment lighting – from the left – Jim Bornhorst (PRG), Dawn Crosby, Rick Hutton, Tom Hough (White Rock Design), Richard Belliveau (High End Systems), Hunter MacIntosh (American Ballast), and John Covington (PRG):

Happy (belated) Birthday, brother.  I love you, dude!

Also – I NEVER get to be in pictures, I’ve always got a camera strapped to my face!  Here’s me and John Covington!  JOHN IS 150% AWESOME!

Me and Dr. Tom Hough, a general bad ass.  Hough, what the hell were we talking about?  It must have been hilarious!

Steve Janders and Kin Reid from the world famous ShowLasers:

Theresa and George Masek from Vari*Lite:

Chris and Scott Dopson from Gemini Lighting in Dallas:

Check out all of the pics I took from the party – in Gallery format!  Click an image, it’ll open up a full-size viewing!

LDI 2010: InLight Gobos iPod Giveaway, and $2500 for Breast Survival

More LDI 2010 shots – Adriana and Rick Hutton from InLight Gobos’ booth in the TMB Village this year.  InLight Gobos gave away a 32GB iPod Touch to the lucky miss Megan from Hoghes Theatrical.  I drew the name and InLight Gobos rocked the prize!

ALSO, in a glorious moment of success for breasts worldwide, InLight Gobos had a great thing running for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – they offered a $5 donation for every gobo purchased, and matched each donation.  InLight Gobos just donated $2500 to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!  You go, guys!  I personally thank you for your donation for my friend Kory Jackson, who passed away a few years ago from breast cancer – she would have been thrilled for your support!

Pictures from the weekend:

Awesome!  Thanks to all who participated!

Hall and Connolly Carbon Arc Spotlight, Restored by Rick Hutton

Have you ever heard of the old lighting company Hall and Connolly, Inc?  They made spotlights - reflector-less carbon arc spotlights, that were huge and, well, new then, old now! Hall and Connolly, Inc, from what I can find through research, became part of the Sperry Corporation and the Sperry Corporation’s holdings at some point in the WAY early 1900’s.  The Sperry Corporation made big wartime spotlights and other World War II-era gear.

The IATSE #354 website had some awesome information on these spots, including a manual!  I posted the pics of the manual pages after the gallery, check them out!

Check out this Hall and Connolly spotlight – Rick Hutton from InLight Gobos restored this puppy (Spot #322) from dilapidated rustiness to a state of beauty:

This is what it looked like before:

Look through this gallery of shots – click on a thumbnail, a gallery view will open, and you’ll be able to see them all full-sized!

Hall and Connolly Spotlight Manual pages:

Thanks Rick for letting me shoot the spot, and thanks to IATSE #354 for the pics of the manual!

BREAKING NEWS: InLight Gobos Signs Exclusive Ultra-Thin Gobos Deal

Okay, now I normally don’t do too many press releases, so you know that when I do one, I’m interested in the direction that it is taking the industry.  I just got word from InLight Gobos that they have signed a pretty excellent contract – InLight Gobos is the exclusive license holder for the rights to Beacon SSR’s ultra-thin material for color gobos.

InLight Gobos makes great work (as I’ve shared with you before), and they are a major industry player.  Watch out, industries of light, InLight Gobos is on their way to being the leader in the gobo and projections industry.  You heard it here, folks.  Spread the word.

From the press release:

Dallas, Texas, August 6th, 2010:

InLight Gobos has signed a US Exclusive agreement with Beacon SSR Stage light AB of Umea, Sweden for the rights to Beacon’s US patent covering the ultra-thin color gobos and material. InLight Gobos has been working closely with Michael Tannemyr and Beacon over the years. “We have developed a great working relationship that has been crucial to our products that we manufacture here in Dallas”, says President Rick Hutton of InLight Gobos. “The color gobos we produce are the thinnest in the market today. This allows all the color layers to be to extremely close together so that the layers are integrated in the image plane producing a very high quality image at the projection surface. We are extremely excited to have the exclusive on this technology and it will play a role in things to come”.

Keep kicking some butt, Rick and Adriana.  Your stuff rocks faces.