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Articles from the May 2018 Issue

Lighting Director Andy Knighton

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • May 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• May 14, 2018
The first thing Andy Knighton wants you to know about him is that he works on all his vehicles. “I grew up in a small town where you’d fix your own cars, repurpose them, or soup them up, and then hang out in the grocery store parking lot with the hood up because you think […] Read More...

ETC Continues Growth and Expansion

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Company 411
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Fred Foster Discusses High End Systems’ Merger a Year Out Stepping into the lobby of ETC’s headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin, is to step into a stylized historic version of New York City. The reception area is a recreation of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks diner. Across from that is a “school,” P.S. 8 — named so because […] Read More...

ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Meg Murray •
  • Installations
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
At ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, the in-house lighting rig has to accommodate two distinct purposes. It has to be diverse enough to host a steady stream of artists coming through town on national tours. And, as the home of the award-winning Austin City Limits PBS TV show, now in its […] Read More...

YC3 Lighting Design

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Thomas S. Friedman •
  • Designer Profile
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Lighting designer Yamil Charif founded YC3 Lighting Design in 2014 with a mission to provide world-class lighting design that was also earth friendly. “Greening up” our often wasteful and power-hungry industry is an admirable goal, and with technological advances, one might assume it’s a straightforward one. But along with specifying fixtures with LED light sources […] Read More...

LED Pars

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Ever since the first LED “Pars” came on the scene a dozen years ago, the “Par” part has been a misnomer. Originally an acronym for “Parabolic Aluminized Reflector,” PAR fixtures made efficient use of an inefficient bulb’s luminous output by reflecting and directing the brightness in a desired direction. LED Pars, by contrast, just use […] Read More...

Matt Mills

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Michael S. Eddy •
  • 1000 Words With...
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Lighting designer, director, and programmer, Matt Mills, a design partner at Touch Light & Media, has successfully forged a career that not only lets him wear different hats at times but also crosses over markets. His work ranges from concert touring to corporate events. Disturbed, Mötley Crüe, Linkin Park, and Three Doors Down are among […] Read More...

The 2018 Bassmaster Classic

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Mike Wharton •
  • Lighting for the Camera
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Production Support Group and Collaborators Weigh In on Sport Fishing’s Biggest Event of the Year Earn a living bass fishing? Fishing for a living? What may sound like utopia or exists only in someone’s dreams is a reality for the anglers who vie each year in the largest freshwater fishing tournament in the world. Geico […] Read More...

My Pants Are on Fire!

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Jeff Gooch •
  • May 2018
  • Video World
• May 14, 2018
Lies pervade the arts. In fact you could make the argument that all arts are lies because they don’t accurately reflect reality or the perception of reality. They reflect the highest value of what we wish was reality, the very essence of why we are. By that logic all artists are liars. Lies. All lies. […] Read More...

The grandMA3

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • May 2018
  • Road Tests
• May 14, 2018
Perhaps the biggest news on the floor at this year’s Prolight + Sound show was the unveiling of the grandMA3 console, which will start shipping this summer. It was the most talked-about lighting product, and not only did they have a booth full of the desks for folks to get their hands on, there was […] Read More...

The Ayrton Ghibli

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Richard Olson •
  • May 2018
  • Road Tests
• May 14, 2018
When Ayrton first showed their version of an LED sourced hard edged yoke light at LDI, most people went, “Huh?” Our industry has grown to expect major advances in LED technology through the many unique new light fixtures Ayrton seems to invent every year. So why did they design and manufacture a fixture to compete […] Read More...

The Genre Series: Architectural Installs

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Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Continuing my series on different genres of automated lighting programming, this month I will focus on architectural installs. These can vary in type from outdoor building facades to interiors of restaurants or retail stores. In some cases, it can also relate to specialized art exhibits, roller coasters, or even zoos or parks. With each of […] Read More...

What’s New from LDs Tess, Cory, Sarah, Patrick, Ethan, Jeremy, Mark, Lenny, Mikey, Keith, Craig, Tom, Brent, Ed, Max and Landon

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Debi Moen •
  • Designer Watch
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
A week before preproduction began, an unexpected challenge was thrown into the mix when a bicycling LD Tess Falcone was struck by a motorcycle and broke her arm. She had designed the Treehouse tour for electronic pop duo Sofi Tukker, and in a cast, she continued to get the design up and running and programmed […] Read More...

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