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High End Systems Rocks the Face Off of Pure Volume at SXSW 2010

I was chilling with my wife and Josh Benton (you know, the guy who runs the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard) during the “Fray Cafe” event at the Red Eyed Fly at SXSW last weekend.  In comes Adam DeWitt (@xedmada) to have a beer because I posted my status on GoWalla, and all of the sudden I was on the way over to the Pure Volume venue in Austin to meet up with Craig Burross from High End Systems.

That’s like a freaking lighting nerd’s dream.  So, I walk into Pure Volume with Adam, and there is truss everywhere.  The venue has a very low ceiling, so Craig Burross and his team had installed some very interesting configurations in the club.  I was very impressed.  High End Systems, I heart you so much.

Cameron Gordon was busking as the lighting director at the venue.  Nice work, Cameron!

I know the fixture counts I have won’t be accurate – but it was a Hog III and wing, 12 ShowPix, 6 ShowGuns, and 6 Cyberlight 2’s.  Oh, and a bunch of DL3’s.  The Cyberlight 2.0 is a <expletive> fantastic fixture.  The industry needs a great scanner – Cyber 2.0 is where my money is going.  That fixture has been awesome since it was first released.  You and your huge creative brain, Richard Belliveau!

I made a little video of some of the lighting inside Pure Volume – check it out!

Jim Hutchison’s 20×2 Presentation at SXSW 2010

I have missed my blog.  I have been so incredibly busy working on a secret project to be released soon, working for CAST Software, and researching posts for JimOnLight.com.  I don’t remember being this busy, even when I was trying to light a show and write my Master’s thesis.  I hope that everyone is doing great, and that your 2010 has been stellar thus far!

This last weekend I went down to South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, TX – I presented at the tenth anniversary show for 20×2 – twenty speakers had two minutes to answer one question.  This year’s question was “Who Loves Ya Baby?” and there were twenty absolutely excellent presentations.  Kevin Newsum, Jeff Rider, Mark Couvillion, and Mike Stephens as MC really put on an awesome show to a standing room only house.  Gentlemen, thanks for inviting me!

I made a video presentation, rented some LED wash fixtures, pointed them up at the ceiling, and lit up the club with colored light, busking along to the presentation.  I’ve included two videos below – the first video is the actual video presentation, and the second video is of the performance itself.  Watch the first video to see the content, because the performance video is a little blossomy with the white contrast.

I hope you enjoy the videos!  That was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in the last few years!

The video presentation:

The performance video:

SXSW This Weekend – Who’s Going?

What’s up, everybody?  Throw your hands in the ay-aa if you’re working long we-eeks:

[waving]

The major question:
Who is going to be in Austin this weekend, who is going to be hanging out at SXSW, and what time are we getting together and what night?!  It’s hopefully gonna be a whirlwind weekend full of win.

If you’re in Austin this weekend and want to try and meet up, I’m gonna be trying to keep up with my tour of the town on Gowalla and at @jimonlight on Twitter.  Spontaneous moments of drinking and revelry are always and often appreciated.

On Monday, March 14 – 20×2!  I’m pretty excited about my presentation.  I’ll be posting it after the night is over.  So much anticipation!