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Feeding the Machines

An Interview with Louie Luminaire

Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • October 2018
• October 13, 2018
This month I am very pleased to present a spectacular interview. It is always a great to learn about lighting programming from different perspectives. Recently I sat down with an actual lighting fixture named Louie Luminaire to understand what it is like for lighting fixtures to be programmed and operated on shows. He provides great […] Read More...

The Joy and Pain of Macros

Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Automated lighting consoles and the software that drive them are truly amazing. They are taking in the commands of the programmer, associating parameter data with DMX protocols, and processing all the data to distribute among various methods. The developers do their best to create standard buttons and routines that are useful to the majority of […] Read More...

The Perfect Position

Brad Schiller •
  • August 2018
  • Feeding the Machines
• August 13, 2018
One of an automated lighting programmer’s most important tasks is the creation of position palettes/presets. While some may see this as a mundane routine, I find it very exciting as I move the fixtures into positions. During this time, I get to see what can be created simply by focusing light into unique locations and […] Read More...

The Holy Genre: Lighting Houses of Worship

Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
Over the past few months, I have been discussing various genres of production that automated lighting programmers often come across. This month, the genre study continues with a look at programming for House of Worship or religious based events. Typically, these occur in a church, synagogue, temple, or other religious location. Many are large productions, […] Read More...

The Rectangular Genre: Television

Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
Lighting for television used to be rather unique and limited to only televised events. However, now it seems that nearly every type of production is shot on video in some manner. Corporate events, concerts, house of worship and many other shows utilize I-Mag, streaming and video archiving on a regular basis. While the actual lighting […] Read More...

The Genre Series: Architectural Installs

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...

The Joy of Theater

Brad Schiller •
  • April 2018
  • Feeding the Machines
• April 6, 2018
It seems that most of us started our fascination with light early through the magic of theater. I personally started working in theater in junior high (well before automated lighting) and assumed that theater would be my primary work going forward. Of course, as my career grew, things changed, and I have been fortunate to […] Read More...

Crafting Corporate Events

Brad Schiller •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
I often say that one of the best benefits of working in the lighting industry is that we get to work on a wide variety of production types. This month, I am continuing my coverage of some of these different genres of production by writing about programming for corporate events. Read More...

The Genre Series: Concerts

Brad Schiller •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Feeding the Machines
• February 16, 2018
One of my favorite things about working as an automated lighting programmer is that there is a vast array of different types of genres to work within. While the basics of programming are the same, there are certain things that are unique to the various types of productions. Over the course of the next few months, I will cover some of the distinctive attributes that you must be aware when programming on specific types of shows. For this edition, the programming procedures and operations common for concert and live music type productions will be discussed. Read More...

Fifteen Resolution Suggestions for 2018

PLSN Staff •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • January 2018
• January 11, 2018
Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping…into the future, and another New Year is upon us. (And yes, that song was from more than 40 years ago.) The beginning of the year is often a time of reflection and resolutions. While many will try to save more money, lose more weight and finish goals, there are many other things that we each can aim to improve upon in 2018. In no particular order, I present the following automated lighting programmer New Years resolutions. Read More...
Paging All Playbacks

Paging All Playbacks

PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Feeding the Machines
• December 14, 2017

Automated lighting consoles have many great programming and playback features that provide many useful functions. One of the more clever functions has to do with expanding playback capabilities. Instead of being limited by the number of physical buttons and faders on a console, most make use of pages (or banks) to increase the playbacks immensely. The page functionality can be used for much more, such as organizing songs or scenes, adjusting playback styles, expanding capabilities and more. It is important for lighting programmers to understand the paging functionality of their console.

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The Other Left

PLSN Staff •
  • Feeding the Machines
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

Automated lighting programmers have many great tools at their disposal that aid in the programming of shows and the creation of cues. Some are more important than others, but all have their place. Taking the time to adjust parameters so that they work as expected is an essential secret of programmers. While the console’s fixture library should take care of most of these settings, they often fail or are not specific for your needs. Programmers should take the time to ensure that parameters (particularly pan/tilt) are behaving in the best method possible for each specific show.

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