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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!

Lego Lighting Design: Foster the People

Sometimes people laugh and tease, “Daphne what have you NOT thought about lighting?” Well, I admit, I there is something… It never occurred to me I could be a concert lighting designer for Legos before. And having seen this video, I have no idea why not!  Dylan Woodley, the 17-year-old creator of this video made a spectacular concert lighting design for this stop motion lego phenomenon:

I especially love all of the references to the original music video’s lighting design. Dylan used lighting fixtures as visible set pieces like in the original video, starting from the first moment when drum hits and back light bumps align. He also references more subtle uses of lighting in the film below, particularly color. In the band’s music video, when the performance faces an audience for the first time, blues and purples are added to the lighting palette. Dylan also added a similar color scheme to the band’s lighting around 1 minute 30 seconds.  Check out the original music video below:

Dancing With Light

I’m going to just let this video speak for itself… Anything I say isn’t going to begin to express the INSERT-EXCITED-AND-OVERWHELMINGLY-POSITIVE-ADJECTIVE-HERE-ness of this video.

Thank you so much to Nicola Andrews for sharing this on her Tumblr, and to TED for sharing the fact that design and light can be just as inspiring as the variety of their other talks.

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Ok… WOW!

Yeah. I could watch that gif all day. Implying that I haven’t been watching it all day, right? Riiiiight… *shifty eyes*

So what is this amazing thing? It’s Water Light Graffiti, a project by Antonin Fourneau with Jordan McRae and Guillaume Stagnaro. There were graffiti performances by Collectif Painthouse and the project was made at the ArtLab. Anyway, words fail… check it out! Thanks to the fabulous Fox for sharing this. Especially the video at the end of the post:

Pico Projectors and Cop Chases and iPhones, OH MY

Take a pico projector, add an iPhone feeding it some content, and film the whole thing with some fun music, and you have a pico projector cop chase.  You also have a handful of awesome:

GAH! Sweet.  The film is from The Theory and Nexus Productions — from the Vimeo site:

The world’s smallest all action police chase…

Directed By The Theory

The tiniest police chase ever seen, made using the world’s smallest ‘pocket video projectors’. Featuring an escaped convict, a determined cop and a fully armed police helicopter, Speed of Light takes ‘projection mapping’ to a whole new (and low) level.

Speed of Light was all projected and filmed FOR REAL – there’s no CGI trickery.

– The car and helicopter are toys bought from a model shop filmed against greenscreen.
– As well as using the world’s smallest projectors from MicroVision, we also partially filmed using the world’s smallest HD camera.

And a Special thank you to Microvision for the projectors –
microvision.com/

thetheory.co.uk/

nexusproductions.com/directors/the-theory

I wonder how long it’ll be before every iPhone and iPad has the ability to project video in HD?  I can’t believe it’s going to be THAT long…  look how well Flip HD did once smart phones upped their megapixels!  These pico projectors are pretty cool, though.  If I were going to buy my own projector, it’d have to be one of those monster Christie projectors.   Rawrrrrrrrrr…..

Thanks, LikeCool!  PS, that projector up top there is the Vivitek Qumi Q2 3d-ready pico projector — about $500 bucks USD.