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Articles from the January 2019 Issue

Alison Wonderland ‘Awake’ Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • January 2019
  • Wide Focus
• January 14, 2019
Australian electronic dance music DJ, producer, singer-songwriter and cello and bass player Alison Wonderland performed for 8,500 people in a sold-out show in San Francisco where we caught up with David Fairless, the lighting designer, programmer and director for the Awake North American tour. Colourblind Productions, one of the lighting vendors for the tour, had […] Read More...

ProCases Marks 25 Years

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Jim Hutchison •
  • January 2019
  • Milestones
• January 14, 2019
  Company’s Longevity Tied to Protecting Gear against Worst-Case Scenarios Road cases are a worthwhile investment, because they protect equipment that can be exorbitantly expensive. Even the simplest of gear can be in the thousands of dollars, and buying a new one every time it bounces out of the back of a semi trailer isn’t […] Read More...

From LightConverse to L8

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Jim Hutchison •
  • January 2019
  • Software Solutions
• January 14, 2019
Kiev-Based Innovators Keep Redefining the State of the Previz Art There are several companies that offer previz software, but one product, LightConverse 3D Show Platform, has been at the forefront. Along with the testimony to the product’s worldwide popularity and success through sheer longevity — the latest release is Version 59 — industry honors includes […] Read More...

Light Action Sets Stage for Future Growth

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Mike Wharton •
  • Company 411
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
New Headquarters Blueprints Include Plans for Pine Box Sound Stage Light Action, the flagship of a group of companies including Applied Electronics, Staging Dimensions and Riverfront AV owned by Scott Humphrey, is moving from its New Castle, DE location to Wilmington, DE and doing so in a big way. Though a short distance between the […] Read More...

Lasers

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
In the old days, entertainment lasers were only found on the highest profile shows. Costs and special handling of expensive gear often overrode a production’s desire to utilize them. Much of that has changed. Lasers are almost commonplace on arena shows, prices are down and options for different gear are abundant. The fact that lasers […] Read More...

Felix Peralta

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Michael S. Eddy •
  • 1000 Words With...
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
Felix Peralta, principal of Peralta Productions, is lighting designer/lighting director/automated programmer for concert touring, large-scale television projects, and events. He started out in television lighting, working for the then new Univision network out of Miami. Over the course of his career, he has been a part of many different lighting design teams. One of his […] Read More...

Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown 7

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • January 2019
  • Video Production
• January 14, 2019
Electronic Duo Cracks the 3D Video Barrier with 3D Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Big Gigantic is an electronic duo based out of Boulder, CO. Their music ranges from funk to jazz and hip hop. One member focuses on playing the saxophone and producing the music, while the other is primarily the drummer. Both have […] Read More...

The Roy Orbison “In Dreams” Tour

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Mike Wharton •
  • January 2019
  • Video Tech
• January 14, 2019
  Base Hologram and Epson Turn Hologram Tour from Concept to Reality The trite-but-true directive to “light the money” is reaching its ultimate arc with “In Dreams: Roy Orbison In Concert — the Hologram Tour.” For two dozen shows staged last fall, “The Money” was light itself — a hologram-like image brought to life on […] Read More...

A Larger-than-Life Tribute

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Jim Hutchison •
  • Event Production
  • January 2019
• January 14, 2019
BartKresa Studio and WorldStage Help Audi Celebrate Female Filmmakers During AFI 2018 For the most recent American Film Institute festival, held in Hollywood from Nov. 8-15, 2018, a special architectural projection installation honored female filmmakers. Audi sponsored the event, produced by PMK-BNC, which was projected onto the Roosevelt Hotel on two sides, with content created […] Read More...

For Sports and Concert Events, the Filter Fan Cam is a Game-Changing MVP

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Craig Rutherford •
  • January 2019
  • Video Tech
• January 14, 2019
The intersection between art and technology is rarely more spectacularly on display than at a modern concert. Today’s audiences can expect to be wowed with the latest innovations in moving lights and high-resolution video, but these wonders are nothing without the programming or content to make them come to life. Innovation and inspiration can come […] Read More...

Ayrton Bora-S

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Craig Rutherford •
  • January 2019
  • Road Tests
• January 14, 2019
It seems safe to say that Ayrton’s first “hit,” at least in North America, was the much-celebrated MagicPanel 602. Released in 2013, it has been credited for starting the “matrix-of-LED” trend in lighting fixtures. Though not Ayrton’s first light, that fixture also put the company on the map as a producer of high-quality lights that […] Read More...

Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash

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Craig Rutherford •
  • January 2019
  • Road Tests
• January 14, 2019
Beam lights, as a category we are all familiar with, have undergone radical evolution over their last few iterations. Initial designs were limited in zoom range, typically had poor (or no) color-mixing capability, and were mainly for projecting pencil-thin beams with peaky brightness profiles over vast distances. Defaulting to the oft-used “fingers of God” unadorned […] Read More...

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