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The November 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the November 2017 Issue

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

ER Productions Celebrates 10 Years

Elise Rappoport • 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 guitar remains still on a stand.

Projection Arts: Kaki King

Will Romano • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

With her daring multi-media show, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, solo acoustic guitarist Kaki King explores the joys of oobleck, MIDI software and anthropomorphic surrealism.

Illustration by Andy Au

Lighting Inside the Lines

Chris Lose • LD at Large, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Creating art while working inside client-imposed limitations can be more difficult than coloring inside the lines of an M.C. Escher painting. Constraints would seem like the last thing you’d want or need while embarking on a creative project, but they’re actually beneficial when it comes to doing beautiful work. We all know what it’s like to be paralyzed by a mountain of insurmountable options and opportunities. Restrictions take away some of the choices available to us, and with them, the fear of making the wrong choice. Working within the confines of artist restrictions can be taxing, but with these few ideas, I hope to make it minimally more palatable. Read More...

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

Bobby Boyer • 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.

OneRepublic wowed the crowds on the 2017 Honda Civic Tour with live video manipulation using VideoDust and Blackmagic Design technologies.

A Summer Season Recap

Thomas S. Friedman • November 2017, Video Production • November 9, 2017

Top Tours, Festivals Enhance Visuals with Latest Technologies

Many of this year’s biggest music festivals and concert tours impressed the crowds with converging broadcast and AV technologies. Among the companies on the leading edge: Blackmagic Design. The company recently provided a look at how its AV solutions, from cameras to switching, routing and monitoring, have helped rental and staging companies bring the art of live video production to new levels.

Along with lighting, VER provided LED, projection, rigging, creative screens control and previz services for this event. Photo by Rich Fury

iHeartRadio Music Festival

PLSN Staff • Showtime, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Lighting Co

T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV

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 • Safety Factor, November 2017 • 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.

Oracle double-stacked touring carts

Video Touring Carts

Doug Murray • November 2017, Zero Point Zero • November 9, 2017

So you wanna be a rock star? Or, more accurately, you want to provide video for rock stars. You’ve just ordered your fresh batch of zero point zero pixel pitch LED. It’s on its way to your shop, and Larry (your shop guy who normally maintains the line array), says “Hey Boss, the Pat Benatar show we’re doing next week needs video.” Larry wants to bid his first video job.

The tour runs Sept. 1-Dec. 9. Chris Young is performing arena shows with Jason Aldean and elsewhere as the headliner.

Chris Young Tour

PLSN Staff • Showtime, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Lighting Co
Bandit Lites

Various (National Tour)

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

ARRI Celebrates a Century of Innovation

Debi Moen • 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.

Front and back view of d3's gx 1

d3 Technologies gx 1 and gx 2

Vickie Claiborne • Product Spotlight, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

In mid 2017, d3 Technologies revealed its newest and fastest range of servers to date, the gx range. With two models, the gx 1 and gx 2, the new systems meet the increasing demand for real-time generative effects, and then some. Let’s take a closer look at some of its impressive features.

The show took place June 17 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA, near Boston.

KISS 108

PLSN Staff • Showtime, November 2017 • November 9, 2017

Lighting Co
East Coast Lighting/ECLPS

Xfinity Center
Mansfield/ MA


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