The 2008 LDI Awards

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Did you know the LDI Awards were out?  Live Design Online posted them here.

Wally Russell Awards

Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mr. Richard Pilbrow.  I had a chance to wax poetic with Mr. Pilbrow in 2003 at a USITT conference.  He’s as awesome as he appears.

Wally Russell Most Promising Newcomer: Ben Hagen, who is a very nice guy, talented designer, and friend of my old friend Anjeanette Stokes.  Ben got a copy of Vectorworks 2009 Spotlight with Renderworks for this award.

Designers of the Year

Production Designer of the Year: Jeremy Railton

Concert Lighting Designer of the Year: Bryan Hartley
Sponsored by Epic Production Technologies

Theatre Lighting Designer of the Year: Rick Fisher
Sponsored by Strand Lighting

Debuting Product Awards

Sound: DiGiCo SD8 console, for featuring a lot of horsepower in a compact footprint, making it affordable and powerful.

Special Effects: City Theatrical DMX Snow Machine developed in conjunction with White Light.

Rigging/Staging: Steeldeck’s APACK retractable audience tiering system that can be curved.

Projection: Element Labs Helix P1, which offers amazing display-shaping opportunities. It is flexible, durable, and has user-specific pixel pitch.

Honorable Mention (for projection): United Visual Artists for d3–a paradigm shift in control environments for media servers.

Lighting (two winners): Nila, a new lighting solution for the entertainment industry setting an unprecedented environmental standard for low-energy consumption, while delivering unmatched lighting performance and product versatility.

ETC Unison Paradigm system, which fully fuses architectural lighting control advances with entertainment lighting-control technology.

Honorable Mention: Protester 19 Mobal by Global Design Solutions at TMB