Paul Gregory of Focus Lighting Talks Times Square Ball History

I love to remember how the Times Square ball has changed over the years.  It’s one of my first memories, seeing that thing lit up on television as a very little lighting designer of 5 or 6 years old.  I always wonder if my mom and dad knew that was one of my first memories.

Check this out — a video of Paul Gregory of Focus Lighting talking about the history of the Times Square Ball and how it has changed over the years.  Very cool video!

Meh Footage of LDI 2014

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I take photos and video all over the damned place, especially at trade shows.  It’s not really difficult to imagine, there is so much flashy flashy that it’s like putting a kid on sugar in the middle of a rave.  Sometimes I get good photos and video, sometimes I don’t!  I always hate deleting videos, it seems like such a waste.  I was way too preoccupied with my LDI design and dealing with some other bullshit to really even walk the show floor properly, but I got lots of photos and only a handful of real usable video.

In case you’d rather see the photos, here’s the LDI 204 JimOnLight photos post, and the Obligatory LDI 2014 Selfies post!

Are ya ready for some blah video?!

Santa’s On Tour, See Him TONIGHT ONLY! Norad Santa Tracker!

Ok kids (and patient parents waiting for said kids to get to sleep, etcetera), Santa is on tour and he’s doing his yearly hit-every-venue-in-one-night road show!  Obviously lighting production is light for the tour, we’re not gonna see the Syncrolites this time, just Rudolph’s glowing A-15 nose lamp.

If you go here:

http://www.noradsanta.org/

You can watch Santa on tour as he plays to the entire world!  Check it out!

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If You Have A Few Bucks, Please Help Heidi

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When I was at Oklahoma City University, I had a master electrician named Heidi Hamilton.  Heidi is an industry veteran who has worked more tour load-ins and load-outs than most people who tour.  As a local IA electrician in OKC, she has worked on every kind of show you can imagine, and her knowledge base is a gift that every student that comes in contact with her gets for free.

Heidi needs our help.  She had a work accident about two years ago, she’s been unable to work, and her bills are piling up.  If you have a few extra bucks this season — and I mean anything and everything from a dollar to ten dollars to whatever dollars — can you help my friend?

Heidi Hamilton’s GOFUNDME:

http://www.gofundme.com/itmgx8

Thank you, Lighting Industry.

 

Interview with Jason Scoppa and Micah Otano of The Sayers Club

This was one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done, I had to share.  Meet Jason Scoppa, creator of The Sayers Club LA and Las Vegas (at SLS Las Vegas) and Micah Otano, the technical ninja that makes Jason’s work all happen!  Check it out!

Also, make sure to check out The Sayers Club Las Vegas, and The Sayers Club LA if you’re gonna be on the road and in those locations.  Definitely worth the trip, they are two chill clubs.  Leather couches everywhere!!

The People Make the LDI Experience for Me

LDI reminds me that there are so many things I love and hate about this industry we call our home.  I hate the hours; I love the payoff.  I hate the exhaustion; I love the camaraderie that occurs between people that don’t normally play well with others.  The one thing that I love more than any of it is the people of this business.  The people make LDI for me, every single time we trek our rear ends to the desert for our industry’s prom.

I walked around taking as many “obligatory LDI selfies” as I could.  I took a bunch near our booth, and yes Jaybles, some of these aren’t selfies.  😀

I missed seeing hundreds of people.  This is the standard for LDI.  Next year I’ll miss more hundreds of people.  You have to make these shows focus on who you DO get to see!  You’ll always see who you missed next year!

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Eric Mueller, Matt Suarez, Thomas Fonseca, the bald one, and Corey SIlverman!

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TEAM AVOLITES AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!! Holy awesome, Batman!

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Flash and Trash Works Inc – Executive Team! Cat West and Joe Cabrera, two of the world’s greatest programmers.

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What’s Danilo looking at? Danilo, DeAnna, Mikey, and Gilbert!

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Tobin Neis of Barbizon and Sharon Gross from Bandit Lites!

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Hi Brad! Brad Schiller, ladies and gentlemen!

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It’s Simon Newton! Great to meet YOU, dude!

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Steve Shelley, who always has a giggle for me!! You’re awesome.

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Sharon, so great to meet you finally! World, Sharon runs PR for Bandit Lites. Say hi to her on Facebook and Twitter! GO! DO IT!

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Feelin’ CONGO with Susan Rose!

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Look at that big beautiful smile! Richard Belliveau and I resting the dogs at the Elation Professional booth.

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Randy Wade! What’s up man?!

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What’s that weird Stepford Wives face we’re making?! Me, Justin Lang, Mike Graham, and Danilo Oliveira.

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Danilo, Peter Kirkup of Peter Kirkup, and Mikey all talking shop.

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LOOK at this f*cking guy!! Did he get sexified or WHAT?! Peter Kirkup looking great at LDI 2014!

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Avolites’ Koy and a lovely chap that I did not get a name from, EMAIL ME!

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Rosco Matt! Awesome chatting with you mandingo.

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The brainchild of Legend, Rogue, and many more, Michael Graham!

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Nick Airiess (NICKY!) and Dan Goldsmith of X-Laser

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F*CK YEAH! Kevin Loretto, JOL, Thierry Pouliot!!!! Great to see you both!!!

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The enchanting Miss Katherine Walmsley from our UK office and CARRRRRRLOS! Carlos makes photoshop and e-blasts his bitch.

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Hi Justin!

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Jeremy Kumin of ENTTEC! I thought Enttec had the coolest booth at LDI, totally Steampunk.

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THE GOGGLES!!!

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AWWWW! It was so great to see Jax.

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Jacob Coakley is the third funniest man I have ever met. Read what he has to say about what we do, his words drive our businesses in a strongly creative direction.

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One of Entertainment’s favorite ladies! Heather Marie Short rocks!!

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SEE?! She’s commanding you with her eyes!!!

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Ladies and gentlemen, the most popular man on the block! Look at that tongue!!!

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David makes the JimOnLight world go ’round. David is our technojesus

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Dr. DMX!

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Debi Moen — this lady writes the lighting industry’s soul. Fact.

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I call this one “nefarious smiles”

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Danilo having an eyebrow moment

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Jeremy, JOL, Crystal LEE!

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Berenice Chauvet – Lighting’s Marketing SAMURAI!!!!

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BAHAA!!! YOU GUYS!@!@!

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CHAD FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! ROSCO CHAD! ROSCO CHAD!

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Oh my god this was the best photo ever. Chris Conti, my salty head, and Michael Eddy at load-out.

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STEALTH selfie! Berenice, meself, Jackie. I caught Jackie Tien on camera!!! She ninja’d the other way for the next shot I took, you fast devil you!

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Andre!!! Cool to meet you, duder!

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This guy. A very awesome chap. He introduced himself to me and I did not record his name. What’s your name again, my man?! Amy Walker, what’s his name?!?!

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Me, Susan Rose, Berenice Chauvet, and Joe Fucini! Awesome!

 

It's Allan Reiss programming his awesome booth!

It’s Allan Reiss programming his awesome booth!

 

 

Load-in week dinner for those of us who stayed late.  We were the few.  As in you see who stayed late!

Load-in week dinner for those of us who stayed late. We were the few. As in you see who stayed late!

Y'all COME BACK NOW!

Y’all COME BACK NOW!

The Official Post-LDI-2014 Post

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LDI 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada took place this year, as it does every year.  Lots of lights, lasers, video wall, consoles, and people!  Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’re all doing the last month hop to finish up everything before Christmas break.  Well, I mean “break” as in the 25th and 26th probably, most of us will be working during that time anyway.

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A little Vegas sun shining through the LDI haze

This was a bittersweet LDI for me.  Some drama, lots of friends, a little more drama, SO much light, more friends, and hopefully lots of great stuff on the horizon.  One thing I noticed this year was the massive amount of moving heads that break the mold of a “professional” moving head — lots of stuff with split heads, heads that rotate and tilt on their own, heads that have multiple light sources on them, all that kind of stuff.  It’s interesting to see how the industry innovates itself…  or rather how the industry *thinks* it’s going to innovate itself.

Lots of stuff to see, lots of booths to visit, and tons of beautiful photos!  Check them, out, I’ve tried to break them into company names.  None of this is in any particular order, and I didn’t have much time to roam so I didn’t see lots of stuff.  I never got to the EDM arena, for example, which looked pretty awesome!  I also never got to D3 to see BlackTrax’ progress, I’ve been really looking forward to that.

What I’ve learned over the years at trade shows is that you have to measure your experience by what you did see and who you did hug; if you spend your time counting the things you didn’t get to see and the people you missed, your experience will be less rich.

Here’s the list of companies I was able to shoot a few photos of, not in order:

PRG, High End Systems/BARCO, Aeson, Epsilon, SGM, Christie, Newstar, Elation Professional, American DJ, X-Laser, Duratruss, TMB, Philips, Theatrixx, DTS, GLP, Ayrton, VER, LEX, Froggy’s Fog, Absen, CHAUVET Professional (obviously, haha), ETC, Coolux, Martin Lighting, Barbizon, ModTruss, AOTO, AirStar, Applied Technologies, Avolites, City Theatrical, Clay Paky, Dazian, ICD, Robert Juliat, and MA Lighting.


 PRG’s Booth at LDI 2014

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High End Systems/BARCO

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Aeson’s Booth

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Epsilon’s Booth

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SGM

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Christie’s Booth

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Newstar’s Booth

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Elation Professional’s Booth

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American DJ’s Booth

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X-Laser’s Booth

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Duratruss’ Booth

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TMB’s Booth

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Philips’ Booths

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Theatrixx’s Booth

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DTS’s Booth

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GLP’s Booth

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Ayrton’s Booth

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VER’s Booth

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LEX Products’ Booth

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Froggy’s Fog

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Absen’s Booth

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ETC’s Booth

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Coolux’s Booth

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Martin Lighting’s Booth

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Barbizon’s Booth

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ModTruss’ Booth

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AOTO’s Booth

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AirStar’s Booth

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Applied Technologies’ Booth

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Avolites/Group One’s Booth

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City Theatrical’s Booth

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Clay Paky’s Booth

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Dazian’s Booth

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Inner Circle Distribution’s Booth

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Robert Juliat’s Booth

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MA Lighting’s Booth

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LDI 2014 – some general shots

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Wanna check out the 2013 LDI Show photos?  Click here!

How about a 2012 LDI Walkthrough?  Click here!

Lighting Insights – Mastering Color, Part 2

Another video in the Lighting Insights series I shoot for CHAUVET Professional, Part 2 of Mastering Color!

In case you missed Part 1, check it out:

Just Another (Thanksgiving) Day

Hey everybody. How are you all doing? I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving as we start the holiday season.

I hope most of you have managed to get the day off or at least some time off to enjoy the day with friends and family. If you’re like me, this is just like any other day except traffic was superb. I luckily have the day-shift and will be home for dinner. I’ll be joining my wife and kids and some friends, once I get off of work, for dinner. I know, call me lucky. Better yet, call me thankful because it has not always been that way.

For some of us, myself and Jim included, the rest of our family – parents, brothers, sisters, or spouses…our loved ones – are in another city, state, or country. It’s hard.

Thankfully, yesterday the fine man at Q2Q Comics, Steve Younkins, put out this little single panel comic for us all. It reminds us that there are plenty of us in the same situation, and they’re probably sitting in the same venue you are now.

Theatre Is A Family

Now, take the time to put aside your workplace problems with each other, and be thankful that you have the company, the income, the warm place to be, and a whole bunch of strangers coming your way to enjoy your work – even if they don’t see it that way.

Now, go unto the people and make the day awesome!

*hugs* Fox (and Jim)