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Editor’s Note

Have a Little Character

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
I love to see people who have fun at their jobs. People that have fun in our business while poking fun at it simultaneously. Let’s face it, we’re not curing cancer, just entertaining folks. I always thought that people who willingly got involved in the entertainment business are not like other folks. We are our […] Read More...

Is Old Better than New?

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
What’s the most often heard question a production designer is asked when contacted by an artist? “Can we do something new? You know, something that’s never been done before.” And before you answer this, they add, “And, of course, keep it under budget?” My routine answer is always, “Sure, we can take a stab at […] Read More...

Gosh Darn That Fixture

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
For as long as I can remember in my design career, I’ve wondered why everyone that manufactures stage lighting fixtures doesn’t correspond with console manufacturers, CAD developers and previz companies to make life easier for me, the LD. It looks like this long-held dream of mine may be turning into reality…finally. Robe has teamed up […] Read More...

Spring Planting

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • Editor's Note
• April 11, 2018
I had some good fun in March, and April is shaping up nicely. I got to go down to the Rock Lititz compound for the first time, and it was quite impressive. Taylor Swift or some giant star was rehearsing in the studio. I was visiting friends over in Pod B, where a bunch of […] Read More...

Winter Olympics Close with a Feeling of Harmony

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
As I sat watching the closing ceremonies at the Olympics, I found myself in a peaceful place. The projection on the floor was superb, in my mind. The choreography, scenic design, visual elements, pyro and of course, the drones, made us forget about the issues of the days (such as today’s turmoil within the White House or this week’s school shooting). They did what good entertainment is supposed to do — take your mind to another place. Read More...

A Different Kind of Beast

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Editor's Note
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
I had a great time at NAMM. It was a totally different, and at the same time, refreshing show from the usual ones I attend. I put it more on a scale of the Prolight + Sound show than any other trade show, as it featured gear from all aspects of the entertainment biz. Everyone I ran into remarked that it was a great time, some called it a different beast. Read More...

Out with the Old and In with the New

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Editor's Note
  • January 2018
• January 11, 2018
It’s that time of my life where I need to start dumping stuff that is of no use to me other than sentimental value. For me this includes a complete closet and chest of drawers full of old clothes from all over the world that I have collected. My wife tells me that I’m supposed […] Read More...
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Noticeable Improvements

PLSN Staff •
  • December 2017
  • Editor's Note
• December 14, 2017

I love when people raise the bar, and a lot of that was done this year. It has become quite evident that discharge bulbs are quickly going the way of fossil fuels. Only the old folks will still think there’s money to be made in these things. Heck, one look at the LED Engin series of light sources that Osram has shows us how committed manufacturers have become.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

See You in Las Vegas!

PLSN Staff •
  • Editor's Note
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

I like coming to Vegas in November. I prefer it over October simply because by the time you read this it will be freezing outside where I live and Vegas is always warm if you’re outside. I wouldn’t mind if they went back to having LDI rotating cities though. I always catch up with a different set of friends on the right coast than I do out here. But hey, it’s that time of year and it’s gonna be great regardless. Read More...

Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Ode to the Color Wheel

PLSN Staff •
  • Editor's Note
  • October 2017
• October 12, 2017

There used to be a time when you designed your show around two types of moving lights — hard edge and wash fixtures. I grew up in a time where the hard beams were from Vari-Lites or lekos and the wash came from pars. The only color changing we saw was from color wheels and color scrollers on conventional fixtures. Read More...

Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

A New Kind of Worship Experience

PLSN Staff •
  • Editor's Note
  • September 2017
• September 10, 2017

I don’t spend a lot of time in church as I am booked on shows most weekends or flying home Sunday mornings. But it’s nice to visit various house of worships when I can. I like to see what experience these offer to people as well as check out the latest production equipment being used at these facilities. I will tell you this, if you want to check out some of the latest lighting and video technology on the market, you may not have to go very far from your own house to find it. It could be in use at the church on your corner.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Moved by a Show

PLSN Staff •
  • August 2017
  • Editor's Note
• August 11, 2017

Have you ever gone to a show, and been totally overwhelmed by your senses to the point that you were actually moved? I mean, seriously touched by a performance?

There are those rare moments in life where you are just overcome by emotions of happiness caused by witnessing something that was just so spectacular it left you posing a question to the patron standing next to you along the lines of “Holy Cow, did you just see what I just saw?” I count five times in my life.

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