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The October 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the October 2017 Issue

Illustration by Andy Au

Thank You for Using Restraint

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PLSN Staff •
  • LD at Large
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

Sometimes, it’s the things that you don’t do that make all the difference.

I recently attended a show that was painful to watch and more difficult to experience. I couldn’t see the artists for half the show because the upstage wall was built with a tractor-trailer’s worth of LED strobes that were aimed at my face. No matter where I went in the audience, they seemed to track my eyeballs and flash open white on every downbeat. Read More...

Ryan Adams goes for the '1980’s dystopian Star Wars junkyard' look on tour. Photo by Janelle Corey

Ryan Adams’ Dystopian Set; Wilco’s Schmilco Forest; Killers, Dragons, Danzig and More

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PLSN Staff •
  • Designer Watch
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

Ryan Adams described the look he was going for on his current tour as “a 1980’s dystopian Star Wars junkyard.” LD Heather Cossette has been out with Ryan Adams’ tour as designer/director since March, supporting his new album, Prisoners. The tour ends Oct. 17.

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A Programmer's Guide to Sushi

A Programmer’s Guide to Sushi

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PLSN Staff •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

Irasshaimase! Over the years, I have noticed that a majority of the automated lighting programmers I know also enjoy eating sushi. There are, of course, some exceptions, but I feel pretty confident in saying that most do. It actually makes sense if you think about it; there are many similarities between the raw fish cuisine and the craft of programming automated lighting. The skill of the chef, the varieties of available options, the creativity and more all align between the two very different topics. Since I personally love sushi and programming, I feel it is time to really compare the two.

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Blizzard Lighting G-Mix 200

Blizzard Lighting G-Mix 200

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PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Road Tests
• October 12, 2017

Blizzard Lighting is based in Waukesha, WI. I’m not sure where that is either, but it turns out it’s about 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. Blizzard Lighting is a newer company to the industry, but not as new as you may think. They have been manufacturing lights since March of 2010. In fact, their first LED moving light was called “Flurry Wash,” which certainly aligns with their theme of “cool” and “wintry.” Read More...

The software lets users invite others to participate in a given project as 'members' or 'guests,' encouraging visual collaboration.

Previz

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PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Product Spotlight
• October 12, 2017

I'm reminded of an old commercial that went something like, “ When EF Hutton talks…people listen.” The “EF Hutton” in this case is Laura Frank. When someone with the level of experience and accomplishments of Laura suggests that I spend some time getting to know a new workflow tool, I listen. She is at the top of her craft in the world of screen management, having directed screen content on some of the largest projects in television and live entertainment.

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Configuring mixes within Catalyst

Outputs and Mixes

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PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Video Digerati
• October 12, 2017

From the beginning of the creation of media server technology for live events, it has been common for a server to have only one or two video outputs. With the increase in popularity of LED walls, multiple projector projection blends, and 4K resolution content, however, the number of video outputs required from a server has grown and, as in the case of the d3, as many as 16 in a single d3 server are now needed in order to accommodate the demands of today’s visuals used in productions. Read More...

‘We knew social media was a key role to the ministry and a major outreach in the way the pastor wanted people to experience it,’ says Donnie Haulk, president and CEO of AE Global Media. ‘My idea was to make it appeal from wherever they were and the impression would be positive. So that was the basis of the redesign.’

Redemption Church: A Renovation Driven by Social Media

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PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Video Production
• October 12, 2017

A selfie is responsible for setting off a massive three-year technology renovation at the Redemption Church in Greenville, SC.

Since founding the church in 1991, Pastor Ron Carpenter sought new ways to spread the church’s religious messages. As his popularity grew, so did the rise of social media.

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The choreography was conceived simultaneously with the projections.

Particle Dance

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PLSN Staff •
  • Focus on Design
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

Daniil Simkin’s Falls the Shadow at the Guggenheim Museum Fuses Projection and Dance

For Falls The Shadow, a dance piece created for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series and staged in the famed art repository itself, choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and principal dancer/director Daniil Simkin teamed up with projection designer Dmitrij Simkin and costume designer Dior for an unusual convergence of fashion, technology and art. Four dancers had their movements captured by motion sensors, which generated 3D mapped visuals that were then projected back onto the floors and the ramp of the famed building.

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MIG tied into the stadim ribbon boards to run content, tooStadium ribbon boards ran content. Photo by Jeff Monuszko

Filling AT&T Stadium with Imagery for AdvoCare’s National Success School

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PLSN Staff •
  • Corporate AV
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

Multi Image Group’s Visuals Ride the Big Screens in the Home of the Cowboys

The annual AdvoCare National Success School is more than just an event; it is a destination. Held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for the last five years — the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys — the annual training and sales conference focuses on celebrating the achievements of the company’s independent distributors, while also providing education, inspiration and motivation for continued successes.

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Video was used on the main stage and side I-Mag screens at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Photos by Thomas Newton

Raising the Bar

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PLSN Staff •
  • Corporate AV
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

AV Partners Provide Dazzling Visuals for Young Living’s International Grand Convention

The 2017 “Fulfill Your Destiny” International Grand Convention drew enthusiastic partners involved in sales for Young Living essential oils from all over the world. This year’s International Grand Convention, held June 14-17 at the Salt Palace and Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, got a big production assist from Pixel- FLEX subsidiary Elite Multimedia.

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An even wash is tough with the chimneys and overhanging structures.

Gourmet Lighting

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PLSN Staff •
  • Lighting for the Camera
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

The F Word, on Fox, Lit by Darran Webb

Although it appears to take place in a trendy, real-world restaurant, Fox’s hit food competition show, The F Word, starring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, is actually shot live and in real-time on a Hollywood soundstage. Its massive, four-wall set rises 28 feet above the floor and includes multiple dining alcoves, a large balcony, a semicircular bar and an open, fully functioning kitchen.

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Verite photo by Nicole Mago

Getting Visual for Vérité

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PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Wide Focus
• October 12, 2017

Critics have had a hard time categorizing the music of Vérité, since the former Times Square Applebee’s waitress Kelsey Byrne burst onto the scene with a string of self-released YouTube hits like “Strange Enough.” Pop, indie, electro, alternative… it doesn’t matter what label anyone slaps on it, this quixotic mix of delicate, but fearless vocals, soaring melodies and synth flourishes bend and break musical barriers just as surely as it enthralls fans.

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