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The November 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the November 2017 Issue

The corporate event encompassed glowing LED spheres, lighting, video, pyro and automated rigging. Photos by Suzanne Teresa

Weaving a Unique Experience at Nu Skin Live

PLSN Staff • Corporate Theater November 2017 • November 9, 2017

EVI and Lightswitch “Divide and Conquer” an Enormous Production Challenge

The premier anti-aging company Nu Skin has grown from its humble beginnings in Provo, UT in 1984. The company now distributes its products in 54 markets worldwide through a network of close to 1.2 million independent distributors. Every two years, the NYSE-listed company holds a four-day event with a dynamic mix of philanthropy, business sessions, recognition and entertainment.

Photos by Michael Sparks Keegan

Rhythm and Roots Festival

PLSN Staff • Festival Spotlight November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI was the setting for the 20th annual Rhythm and Roots Festival held on Labor Day weekend 2017. The festival has become a “must do” event for hundreds of families who enjoy a variety of musical styles including Zydeco, Celtic, Cajun, Tex-Mex. People of all ages enjoy the laid-back vibe at the 220 acre park in the seaside community of Charlestown, RI. The park features picnic areas, a freshwater swimming pond and the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory and hosts a number of events over the summer months.

The Milos MR5 Heavy-Duty pitched roof measured 31 by 18 meters.

TimeShift Festival

PLSN Staff • Festival Spotlight November 2017 • November 9, 2017

The inaugural EDM event in Bucharest, Romania required a lot of gear. Milos had the main stage covered with the largest MR5 heavy-duty roof structure ever assembled. The tilted roof measured 31 by 18 meters.

The inaugural TimeShift festival in Bucharest, Romania also served as the debut of the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The MR5 heavy-duty pitched roof, which measured 31 by 18 meters, or about 102 by 59 feet, covered the main stage for the four-stage event, which was held July 20-23, 2017 and drew big crowds with a lineup that included David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul tour. Photo courtesy ER Productions

ER Productions Celebrates 10 Years

PLSN Staff • Milestones November 2017 • November 9, 2017

ER Productions plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary by taking on its greatest challenge yet: Attempting a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Laser Show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, on the LDI: Live Outside stage.

It’s not surprising that brands and artists want to create unforgettable live and virtual experiences. The “social media moment” isn’t just a buzzword these days, and for production and event companies, this means pushing creative boundaries.

The installation includes four Rogue units that highlight the church’s classic pipe organ. Photo courtesy First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, TN

In a Tennessee Church, Technology Meets Tradition

PLSN Staff • Installations November 2017 • November 9, 2017

LED Fixtures Light a Classic Pipe Organ in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Located in a thicketed valley at a bend in the Clinch River, the sparsely populated area that would become Oak Ridge, TN seemed like a spot that time had forgotten in 1941. That all changed one year later, though, when the U.S. government chose this location as a primary site for developing materials for the top-secret Manhattan Project during World War II.

The 58 “Crosses for Losses” near the Welcome to Las Vegas sign commemorate victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting Oct. 1. The crosses will be moved to the Clark County Museum in Las Vegas on Nov. 12.

Beyond Safety’s Reach

PLSN Staff • November 2017 Safety Factor • November 9, 2017

Las Vegas Shooting Shows That Even Best Practices Can’t Make Events Completely Safe

The real-life nightmare that unfolded during the closing performance by headliner Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest Festival defied just about every best-practices precaution that could have been deployed to keep the performers, crew and 22,000 concert attendees safe.

The company celebrated 100 years with a corporate event in Munich, Germany.

ARRI Celebrates a Century of Innovation

PLSN Staff • Milestones November 2017 • November 9, 2017

On Sept. 12, 1917, teenagers August Arnold and Robert Richter rented a former shoemaker’s store on Türkenstrasse in Munich, to set up a film technology firm. Combining the first two letters of their last names, they named the company ARRI.

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Hometown Hero Finalists

PLSN Staff • Features November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Diverse Group Voted Best in Their Region by PLSN Readers

Thousands of readers across the continent weighed in on which lighting company deserved the certificate, the bragging rights and the chance to take home the “Parnelli Hometown Hero Award of the Year” at the Parnelli Gala in January.

PLSN Nov 2017 Buyers Guide - LED Source Hard Edge Spots

LED Source Hard Edge Spots

PLSN Staff • Buyer's Guide November 2017 • November 9, 2017
It’s only been two years since we last checked in on what fixtures were on the market in this category. We’re back so quickly because the rise in LED sourced hard edge movers has been meteoric. The lumens have arrived, but the way everyone is achieving them is different. There are now models of every […] Read More...
Sound guys can benefit, too - the Console Shade is pictured here on a DiGiCo audio mixer.

The Console Shade

PLSN Staff • November 2017 Product Spotlight • November 9, 2017

It’s a hot one down here in Tennessee. I’m sweating just watching the local crew drag the control snake out to my lighting desk. The dust rises from the brown grass, the roof on the stage provides no relief from the blistering rays. My front of house platform is someone’s idea of a joke as there’s a plywood floor with some 12-inch truss slammed together around myself and two other operators that wouldn’t protect any of us in a storm. Yup, it’s another long day in a field where I must battle the elements and try my hardest to focus a moving light rig in the sun, before the crowd comes in.

Rosco Cubes are designed with pulse width modulation (PWM) characteristics that ensure flicker-free performance.

Pulse Width Modulation

PLSN Staff • November 2017 Tech Talk • November 9, 2017

As the world of lighting moves more and more into LED sources, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) has become the most common means for controlling LEDs. What is PWM exactly and, more importantly, how does it relate to lighting applicationis it and how does it affect your lighting design? Read More...

The Best 'Worst Spot Op' Stories

The Best ‘Worst Spot Op’ Stories

PLSN Staff • Backstage Banter November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Over the course of the last year, PLSN has stockpiled a list of humorous spotlight tales that actually happened, for your amusement. Read down for a chuckle.


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