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Arrgh Ye Prepared for the Pirate Invasion?

Chris Lose • Current Issue LD at LargeJanuary 2018 • January 11, 2018
Shiver me timbers! All of these pirated products are driving me to the end of me plank! Walking through New York City a few days ago, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of designer handbags for sale on the street. Why would anyone go into a boutique store and pay 15 times the price when they could just get the “same” product from the head-to-toe denim-wearing, shady-looking, amateur salesman with the white Reeboks selling Coach handbags on the street corner from the milk carton above his ratty blanket? Read More...
Illustration by Andy Au

The Subtle Art of Self-Promotion

Chris Lose • LD at Large ArticlesDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

Tooting your own horn in public can be very successful, as long as you toot properly. I have had to toot my own horn to get where I am today. Learning how to walk the line between blasting a trumpet from the rooftop and noodling on a kazoo can be tricky. The world of self-promotion can be a real entanglement for the corporate artist type.

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Illustration by Andy Au

Lighting Inside the Lines

Chris Lose • LD at LargeNovember 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...

Illustration by Andy Au

Thank You for Using Restraint

Chris Lose • LD at LargeOctober 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...

Illustration by Andy Au

Kung Fu Lighting

Chris Lose • LD at LargeSeptember 2017 • September 9, 2017

A Tale of Lighting, Confusion and Pandas in the Land of the Red Dragon

Lighting direction has taken me all over the world for some extravagant gigs in far-off lands. I have been asked what it’s like to travel for work in so many foreign countries. I can tell you that, for the most part, it is similar to what you are used to. It’s just the same loading dock in a different country. The food is a little different, the money is a different color and the stagehands speak only slightly less English than at home. Read More...

Illustration by Andy Au

Stop Doing Things Right. Right Now

Chris Lose • LD at LargeAugust 2017 • August 11, 2017

“When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”God (from the Futurama Season Three episode 20, which was titled “Godfellas.”)

“When you mess up, people race to post it on social media.” Chris Lose

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Illustration by Andy Au

Wirque du Soleil

Chris Lose • LD at Large • July 7, 2017

If you are thinking about embarking on a career as a crew member for the Circus of the Sun, let me tell you about my experience, and you can see if you still feel the sunshine. Read More...

Illustration by Andy Au

“The Great One” and Stage Lighting

Chris Lose • LD at Large • June 7, 2017

A good LD lights where the guitarist is supposed to be. A great LD lights where the guitarist is going to be.

I recently moved from Las Vegas to Canada for a number of reasons. One reason for moving is the current political climate in the U.S. Canada has proven to be very polite and rather pleasant. I moved to a small community where my services as a concert lighting director might not be in high demand. Belle River does not have any casinos, convention centers, ballrooms or arenas. But it does have hockey rinks — lots of them.

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Illustration by Andy Au

Be Kind to Your Friends in the Shop

Chris Lose • LD at Large • May 12, 2017

I'm a firm believer that people who have spent time in the shop have a better understanding of the lighting business than those who have not. I am lucky enough to have spent four knuckle-busting years in the shops of Vari*Lite, Morpheus and Cinelease. I was there to receive hand written shop orders, assemble gear, tech lights and repair rain-drenched VL6s and Mac 2Ks that came back from multiple Olympics from around the globe.

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Illustration by Andy Au

Hey Symmetry

Chris Lose • LD at Large • April 13, 2017

Symmetry is the single most important design aspect when constructing a rig and programming a look for visual impact. Until it isn’t. Read More...

Illustration by Andy Au

You’re Nobody…Until You’re Given a Nickname

Chris Lose • LD at Large • March 9, 2017

How can a pup without a nickname run with the big dogs? Read More...

Illustration by Andy Au

The Politics of Color Selection

Chris Lose • LD at Large • February 8, 2017

I heard about a tragedy the other day. A designer lost a tour based solely on color selection. A particular band that chooses a different color for each album cover hired this person to do their tour. During a televised promotion for their upcoming tour, the production manager mentioned to the designer/programmer that they would like the color of their album to be in every single song. The designer chose to go against the band’s wishes.

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