Rhinos are NOT Fat Unicorns: Superbowl 52 LX System Plot

I’m glad to post a really cool system diagram PDF — PRG‘s lighting network from Superbowl 52!  Uh, I mean Superbowl LII.

The Conti and the JimOnLight

Chris Conti, PRG’s Product Manager (for all kinds of badass entertainment lighting equipment like Bad Boy, Best Boy, Ground Control, et al) and Drawer of All Things Amazing shared this with me this morning — it is oh so important as lighting designers to not only MAKE a Notes Box, but to READ the Notes Box.  It is where we have our most fun.  A lot of times, as is evident in the famous Van Halen tour rider about the brown M&Ms, the Notes field is a place where you can NOT read it and really, really terribly screw up a show.  That’s why I always highly recommend reading that Notes Box, future and current lighting folk!

Here’s the Superbowl LII Notes Box:

Lighting NOTES Box for Superbowl LII

And perhaps just as importantly, it is CRITICAL to have some FUN with your plots.  Hence, I give you Pete’s Previz of Pleasure:

Pete's Previz of Pleasure!

Please feel free to download the PDF, it’s located here and below:

Superbowl 52 PRG Lighting Systems Network Diagram — right click and save as, check it out and learn something new!

Also, a TIME LAPSE of the whole Halftime Show, in under a minute!

Also, a note on Superbowl LII’s Halftime Show itself…

Superbowl LII Halftime Show Lighting System Diagram

I learned through the grapevine that there was to be a whole monster mess of pyro at this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show.  Installed, rehearsed, reinstalled, re-rehearsed, and one thing was discovered with all of the pyro and all of the smoke that was generated by the pyro…  US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis does not have the appropriate air handling facilities to evacuate the massive amounts of smoke generated by all of the pyro planned to be used on the show — and since the venue could not evacuate the smoke, the pyro was cut the day of the show.  The smoke itself caused massive potential issues with massive amounts of variables, and the effects were cut in order to benefit the production as a whole.

People have been very critical of this year’s show — people in our industry — and I don’t have a show that even PALES in comparison to the monster that this was; I commend the paid crew of around 300 or so people, and the VOLUNTEER crew of around 300 people for plugging enough connections and placing lighting carts in their proper places in about 6 minutes, and then striking all of it in another six minutes once it was done.

Remember:  just because you didn’t design it doesn’t mean it’s poop.  Remember also, there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that is so far out of your purview for a reason, and all of those variables — from dock sizes to entrance and exit paths to temperatures and conditions — all participate in their own way to making a show.

My congratulations for a megashow that was loaded in, performed, loaded out, and pulled off in literally no time.

Houston, We Have A No-Go on that New Jersey Trip

Well, uh, I’m not going to make it to Secaucus to hang with Chris Conti and the PRG team tomorrow, as well as not getting to see U2.  Do you know who we have to thank for this?

Oh, he’s cute alright.  But I think that I adopted a ninja serial killer special forces kung fu master kitten.

I was moving from the bedroom with my suitcase, and Lumen ran right between my feet, causing me to lose balance as not to trample the little guy.  As I turned, I think my foot came loose from my sandal, because it caused me to kick the dining table as hard as I could with my left foot.  I have three broken toes, a badly sprained ankle, and a kitten who just wants to snuggle while I sit here all goofy from pain meds.  It has to be a conspiracy.

Sorry about the tease there folks, I will certainly be rescheduling this trip soon, so we’ll have a beer together soon if you’re in the NYC area.

PRG at LDI 2010

I had a chance to get up-close and personal with the Bad Boy CMY at LDI 2010 this year, having the demo from Chris Conti with PRG.  I’m a big fan of the Bad Boy fixture, and I have been for quite some time – I posted about it from the last LDI, in Orlando in 2009.  They’ve added the element of CMY mixing to the Bad Boy – I’m a fan of the quantum color mixing, but CMY is also very important to have available for a moving head for the obvious reasons.

Check out some images, I’ve got video coming soon!

The actual PRG booth – a replica of the 438 grid panels they installed into the National Convention Center in Qatar.

Big beautiful beams from the Bad Boy luminaire.

One of my favorite gobos, InLight Gobos‘ “Rubber Band Ball,” that comes standard with the Bad Boy!

Check out a gallery of PRG/Bad Boy images – click on one image and a viewer will open up for your convenience!

Bad Boy, Chris Conti, and PRG at LDI 2009

I had the pleasure of meeting and getting a Bad Boy demo from Chris Conti, product manager at PRG this year at LDI 2009.  Chris gave us the rundown on all of the features of Bad Boy – from optics and color to servos and touchscreens.  I am working on another interview with Chris for some more in-depth information on the fixture.

Have I mentioned I really like this hoss of a moving light?  That thing is designed all the way down to the smell!

I broke the demo video up into three parts, and I have embedded them below.  You can also check out the Youtube Channel, where all three are listed.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Thanks to Justin from iSquint for the second camera view!  I added this earlier, but it needed adding again.