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Good Morning Inspiration: Rocking Some Romantics from 1983

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Sometimes when you wake up early, you just need a boost from some vintage 1983 Romantics, from the album In Heat.  For all of you who love this like I do, here’s an internet HIGH FIVE!

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“I hear… the secrets that you keep… when you’re talkin’ in your sleep…”

Crank it up loud, people.  YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART that the entire office needs a burst of 1980’s awesomesauce!

I hope this starts your day off with an earworm that only WHEELS ON THE BUS can get rid of!  Happy Tuesday!

The Officially Unofficially Official Dark Side of the Rainbow Post (or Dark Side of Oz, If You Must)

Happy Independence Day, everybody!

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Call it what you will — some call it the Dark Side of Oz.  Others call it the Dark Side of the Rainbow, and an even smaller group of others call it the Wizard of the Dark Side, and The Wizard of Floyd.

No, as far as the world knows it and has been admitted by all of the band members, it’s a crock.  But, it’s an awesome crock.  Have you ever just turned down the lights, kicked your feet up with a nice whatever, and watched the visuals from The Wizard of Oz synced to the Dark Side of the Moon album?  If the answer to that last question was anything other than hell yes Jim I am doing it right now, then you need to go do this right now.

You can even buy Dark Side of Oz on Amazon.  That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?!

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. start The Wizard of Oz and turn the sound off.  Get ready though, you have something to do coming up here pretty quickly!
  2. When the MGM lion in the beginning starts his third roar, start Dark Side of the Moon.
  3. Sit back, and check that sh*t out.

OR, because JimOnLight loves our readers, you can just click on one of these Dark Side of  the Rainbow videos below!

On Vimeo, since I think they are awesome:

The Dark Side of OZ from BAMF Gaming on Vimeo.

and, for the time being I’m sure, on YouTube:

This video below is pretty awesome — YouTube user m1kef0y put this analysis together of a large portion of the lyrics that correspond with actions occurring in the film.  Bravo, brother!

OH — something else that is completely awesome:  Wish You Were Here ALSO syncs up with a movie coincidentally!  Here’s Metropolis and Wish You Were Here, with a side of awesomesauce:

Now definitely go full-screen on any of these videos, because as you’re sitting back watching this you’re not going to want to strain.  This is some cool stuff if you’ve never done it.  So?  DO IT!  You’ll love it, I guarantee!

Something else that is pretty awesome is Dub Side of the Moon by the Easy Star All Stars.  If you like reggae, you will pee yourself over this album, it’s outstanding.

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PHISH! New Video Clips of the Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from March 2009

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I started digging my way through the 2 terabytes or so of uncut, backlogged video I have to process.  Behind every folder is something I have forgotten that I filmed, and I am uncovering some really fun stuff!

Here’s a handful of clips from when Greggity and I flew the famous mockingbird from Columbus, OH to Hampton, VA for the Phish reunion shows on March 6-8, 2009.  The clips I had sitting in a folder were, in order:

Army of One
Wilson
Down with Disease JAM
Contact
Tweezer Reprise

Enjoy! Also check out Greg and I chatting with Chris Kuroda, Phish’s lighting designer, during the Hampton 2009 run, all four parts:

Part 1:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/23/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-one/

Part 2:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/24/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-two/

Part 3:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/25/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-three/

Part 4:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/26/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-4/

Ready?  Get your coffee, have a seat, and rock out!

PHISH! 2009 Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from JimOnLight.com! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

A Timelapse Video of Dubai that Will Give You an Eyegasm

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Don’t worry — eyegasms are more of a brain thing that a discharging thing.  I mean, just so you know.

From Vimeo — a video of Dubai that will blow your eyes out of the back of your head it’s so beautiful:

Dubai Timelapse from dimid on Vimeo.

From the Vimeo user Dimid‘s page:

This video was filmed during our trip to UAE in January 2013.

Equipment:
Canon 7D
Sigma 10-20 mm 3.5
Canon 24-105 mm 4
Sigma 30 mm 1.4
Benro C-257 tripod

Sound: Foreground set – Go with the wind

This is amazing.  I hope this brings you some peace in your afternoon.  I know I need some.

I Feel Ridiculous That I’m JUST NOW Discovering That Rare Earth is Rare Earth

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Laura and I are crashing with my best friend Greg in Ohio for the next few weeks; work’s been kinda tight since I left Canada, and I’m down here searching.  Billions of things go through your mind when you’re looking for a job and can’t find one in the industry – do I look into other industries for a job, or do I continue pushing my own things?  Do I find somewhere to hunker down and get through a rough time?  It’s pretty amazing to be someone who has a wonderful and crafty partner with which to weather the bad times.  I’m so grateful for my life, and it’s amazing to have such good friends.  It is truly humbling.

I was sitting here this morning with Greg and Laura, and Greg put on this great album full of excellent groove.  I had no idea who it was until Greg put on this track, which is about 3 minutes of the total 21 minutes of the tune on the album:

I had no idea this was Rare Earth, and even less idea that they were this good.  I feel like a failure of the funk:

Go get a cup of coffee, sit down on the couch, and groove to this song — just hit play, you know you need some Rare Earth in your Saturday.

Ready?

Set?

Are You Gonna Be A Glasshole?

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As Google Glass comes (and maybe just goes), I am pretty excited to see how the Lighting and Entertainment Industry will glean onto this bit of robo-tech.  Part of me thinks that I could write some interfaces that might do things like give me a color temperature feedback or calculate HSV for me based on the overall color of one of the snapshots I grab from the Glass…

… but then there’s a part of me that wonders what happens when the drunken douchebaggery of being in the Entertainment Industry will kick in and push Google Glass to a secondary level of Creeper Hell.

Are you gonna be a Glasshole?  Let’s find out!

Thanks to Geeks are Sexy for the video!

Ring of Fire! May 10, 2013’s Annular Solar Eclipse from Pilbara, Western Australia

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Source: Twitter/@Pharaoness

I just saw this, and I could not NOT post this, especially as PLASA Focus Orlando people are traveling home.

This is the annular solar eclipse that just happened in Western Australia on May 10, 2013.  I hope this brings you as much peace as it just brought me.

Ring of Fire – May 10 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse, Pilbara, Western Australia from Colin Legg on Vimeo.

This video captures the sunrise annular solar eclipse from 3 locations in the Pilbara, Western Australia, May 10, 2013.

Cameras were placed at the south west, north west limits and centreline. 3 Canon 5DmkII + 800 mm timelapse at each location and Canon 1DC + 2000 mm 4K video in the north.

A big thanks to Geoff Sims for setting up the south camera, collaborating on site location, transporting lenses and eclipse timing/position calculations.

Thanks also to Peter Nanasi for providing the lovely original score at short notice.

I’m still on the road in north Western Australia and have done the editing from a cold caravan park in bright daylight skies, so it may be a little rough around the edges. There is also some stabilization still to be done, due to wind shake, but that requires better tools than I have on my laptop. One for later when I return to Perth.

If you ever get to see an annular eclipse, I recommend going to the path limits (sunset or sunrise). All sorts of weird things happen to the Sun, right on the horizon.

Enjoy!

Colin.

Colin – https://www.facebook.com/ColinLeggPhotography
Geoff – https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBeneath
Peter – www.peternanasi.com

Discodeine’s Awesome CGI Music Video from Pleix

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It’s been a crazy day of running around, trying to tie up some loose ends and get back on the road to Texas.  I can’t wait to take my Laura down to the heart of everything Entertainment Lighting!

Today has something awesome, peaceful, fun, and animated for you to enjoy!  Check out Discodeine‘s newest music video, a CGI and mo-cap adventure from the Paris-based digital artist community Pleix!

Discodeine – Aydin from pleix on Vimeo.

Gallons of Light – A Tesla Motors Story

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Have you heard of the Tesla “Gallons of Light” video?  A guy named Jordan Bloch, filmmaker and storyteller, decided one day while out with his girlfriend that he would — nah, you know what, here.  I’ll let Jordan tell the story:

It was November 2012, and I had just moved from New York City to Los Angeles. My girlfriend and I were walking down the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA, and I noticed the Tesla retail store.

I’d heard about Tesla, but seeing the car in person…I was floored. Beyond the car itself, Tesla was creating a network of free, solar-powered Superchargers in partnership with Solar City. This was the future of transportation.

As I looked around the store, my eyes wandered to plasma screens showing footage of the Model S. Frankly, I wasn’t impressed. Where was the cinematic flair, the story, the emotion? I knew I could do better.

As I stared at the monitors surrounding me, I saw an incredible opportunity: to create a commercial that tied together the Model S and the Superchargers.

I went home and contemplated the challenge I was up against. Where would I get a Model S for my project? A hot commodity, the car was massively backordered.

The prospect was daunting to say the least….

So he made this:

This is pretty cool — I mean other than it being a marketing campaign, which pretty much everything in our lives is, from every angle.  But Jordan, your marketing campaign is excellent.

Come See Jim at PLASA Focus Stamford, November 11-12, 2012

Hey, are you in Stamford, Connecticut – or anywhere near?

Are you a fan of light and lighting?

Do you love going around to trade shows seeing what’s new and hip in the world of light?

Then hop the albatross and get to PLASA Focus Stamford!!!  It’s today and tomorrow, November 11-12, 2012.  I’ll be in the CAST Group booth for this show, come get a free hug while you can!  I’ll be in Booth 121 — or as soon as you come into the conference room, just look for the big CAST stand!

I’m also going to be giving my presentation called The Birth, The Childhood, and The Apparent Adolescence of Lighting Design Technology at 1:30pm Monday and 12:30pm Tuesday.  Come check it out, it’s free!  It’s also not a sales pitch, I really hate that at these shows.  PLASA Focus shows are all about the manufacturer and maker NOT hiding behind their huge Vegas-sized booths and have to actually answer questions and talk to people.  The room is tiny, and it is 10000% worth it.  Come check it out!

I also HIGHLY recommend checking out the following seminars, all available at PLASA Focus Stamford’s Seminar Schedule site:

MONDAY:

  • John Huntington’s What Is A Network, and Why Should I Care? — 1pm Monday
  •  Richard Pilbrow’s Architecture and the Art of TheatreDesign — 5pm Monday
     PS, he’s also signing his book then too — and that book is AWE-SOME.
  • Wendall Harrington’s Is Video Killing Theatre? 9am Monday
  • Don Holder’s Lighting Design:  The Past, Present, and Future — 10am Monday
  • Bill Sapsis‘ Heads Up!1pm Monday

TUESDAY:

  • TMB’s The Art of Wireless Control by Lumen Radio — 1030am Tuesday
  • The Tribe’s Visual Design for Live Performance — 11am Tuesday
  • Steve Shelley’s A Practical Guide to Starting A Career in Technical Theatre — 1pm Tuesday

This is going to be a great show!