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

Gourmet Lighting

Keith Gayhart • 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.

Elation’s Paladin fixtures - 351 of them - made their debut. Photo by Ralph Larmann

Eurovision Song Contest – Kiev 2017

Thomas S. Friedman • Lighting for the Camera • July 12, 2017

800 Elation Fixtures Play Dominant Role in Production Design

The Eurovision Song Contest is a unique experience in the world of entertainment made all the more special by use of some of the largest lighting and video systems you’ll find on any show.

Lasers for DJ Steve Aoki’s MTV Wonderland performance. All photos courtesy MTV

From Warehouse to Wonderland

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • March 10, 2017

Remember when MTV played music? Back when MTV launched in 1981, I was in college and procrastinated away many an hour watching music videos on the channel. Over time, MTV tried a lot of different things and reality TV was the one thing that stuck. Airing music became mostly a thing of the past, until now. In 2016, MTV brought music back in a big way when, for the first time in 20 years, they began producing a live music show called Wonderland.

WorldStage handled projection for Test Pattern in Documentary Now’s “Final Transmission” episode. Photo by Jordin Althaus for IFC

Recreating the Looks for ‘Stop Making Sense’

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • November 11, 2016

Two Projects are Inspired by the 1984 Talking Heads Concert Film's Looks

In 1984, The Talking Heads released a concert movie like no other, Stop Making Sense. The film, directed by Jonathan Demme in close collaboration with David Byrne, captured the band toward the end of their tour over three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Widely considered one of the best concert films ever made, Demme used the live performances to really showcase the band’s music and their highly theatrical style.

The upgrade included 692 1,000W GigaTera SUFA A LED fixtures. Photo by Arturo Pardavila III

Yankee Stadium’s LED Lighting Upgrade is a Home Run

Wilson Burke • Lighting for the Camera • October 15, 2016

As Major League Baseball (MLB) heads into the playoffs, we thought it should be noted how good the New York Yankees have looked this season… that is to say how good they’ve looked under the new lights at Yankee Stadium. Prior to the 2016 season, the Yankees organization completely replaced its High Intensity Discharge (HID) sports lighting with a fully LED-based lighting system. Through this lighting retrofit process, they seriously cut their energy bills and significantly improved the quality of the on-field lighting for both the fans and the players.

Sebastian Maniscalco lit by Bob Peterson at the Beacon Theatre.

Getting Personal with Comedy

Randi Minetor • Lighting for the Camera • August 13, 2016

Lighting for Comedy Specials Reflects the Star's Distinctive Style

When Gabriel Iglesias sold out two nights in the Chicago area’s Allstate Arena May 20-21 for the filming of a Netflix special, lighting designer Robert Peterson knew he had a major challenge on his hands.

Beasts of Mayhem perform at Heavy Metal concert in Columbia Pictures' ‘Ghostbusters’. Photo courtesy Sony Pictures.

‘Ghostbusters’ Calls In LD Michael Baldassari for Heavy Metal Concert Scene

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • August 13, 2016

For the reboot version of Ghostbusters, which opened on July 15, 2016, director Paul Feig brought together a new team of Ghostbusters in Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. As ghosts and slime threaten to take over the city, they fight it with comic, and at times, chaotic efforts. When the team get their first call to capture an actual ghost it is at a heavy metal concert. For this key scene, the film’s director of photography, Robert Yeoman, ASC and gaffer John Vecchio knew they wanted a concert LD involved but needed someone that could mix the concert lighting with their film lighting. They called on LD Michael Baldassari, who has lit sequences for movies including Rock of Ages, Nine and Sex and the City 2.

The lighting team for ABC’s Match Game includes, from left, gaffer Trevor Gooch, programmer Tiffany Keys and LD Joshua Hutchings.

Game Show Lighting is as Easy as (Blank)

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • July 18, 2016

LD Joshua Hutchings brings a classic feel to Match Game on ABC

ABC has gone back into the game show business, and they are doing it in a big way. They have four “new” game shows on the docket for this summer and, while many are new to ABC, many Americans will instantly remember these as classic shows from the 1970s and ‘80s. The re-launched game show lineup includes $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Perhaps the biggest update from the past versions of these beloved shows is that they will be aired in prime time. 

Stephen Colbert at his desk on the set.

Light Night Conversations: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • June 12, 2016

Historic TV Facility on Broadway Takes a Modern Lighting Approach

For this month’s Light Night Conversation, the third in PLSN’s series with a focus on late night television talk shows and how they are lit, we chatted with Michael Scricca, LD for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the show’s technical director, Jon Pretnar. Read More...

Jimmy Fallon interviews Michelle Obama. Photo courtesy NBC

Fred Bock Lights ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • May 16, 2016

Fred Bock has been lighting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since Fallon debuted as the new host of the iconic show on Feb. 17, 2014. After decades on the West Coast, having left NYC for “beautiful downtown Burbank” in 1972, The Tonight Show returned to its roots, moving back to the East Coast. Bock was no stranger to the fast pace and ever-changing setups lighting for late night TV. Over the years, he has lit a number of NBC productions and projects, including 16 years on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

The entire set was painted with various video elements. Photo courtesy BET/Black Girls Rock 2016

Collaboration is the Heart of Design for BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • May 15, 2016

For the past six years, Black Girls Rock, Inc., an organization that promotes empowerment and mentoring for young women of color through the arts, has partnered with BET Networks to broadcast their annual awards event. The Black Girls Rock! production is an inspiring evening of performances, awards, speeches, and celebration. The 2016 show included appearances by Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Brandy, Corrine Bailey Rae, Rihanna, Monica, Shonda Rhimes, Danai Gurira, and Hillary Clinton.

George Clooney and Jimmy Kimmel on the set. Photo courtesy ABC

Light Night Conversations: Christian Hibbard Lights ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Michael S. Eddy • Lighting for the Camera • April 13, 2016

“Light Night Conversations” is a new recurring series of PLSN interviews with the lighting designers of the various late-night talk shows on television. These designers face many interesting design challenges that go beyond simply lighting a desk and an interview area, which, for the record, is not as simple as it may appear. Late-night LDs need to light musical guests, often both inside and outside the studio, design sketch comedy setups, audience interactions, man-on-the-street exchanges and full show location remotes. We start on the West Coast with Jimmy Kimmel Live’s LD Christian Hibbard. –ed.


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