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The 2018 Bassmaster Classic

Mike Wharton •
  • Lighting for the Camera
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Production Support Group and Collaborators Weigh In on Sport Fishing’s Biggest Event of the Year Earn a living bass fishing? Fishing for a living? What may sound like utopia or exists only in someone’s dreams is a reality for the anglers who vie each year in the largest freshwater fishing tournament in the world. Geico […] Read More...

Using LED Tape as a Light Source in Cinematography

Richard Olson and Joel Svendsen •
  • April 2018
  • Lighting for the Camera
• April 12, 2018
LED tape has been a staple on live events for quite some time. It’s mostly known for its use as eye candy that adds dimension to set pieces and its ability to be mapped to video. But when it comes to using the product as an actual light source — to illuminate something — most […] Read More...
An even wash is tough with the chimneys and overhanging structures.

Gourmet Lighting

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

Eurovision Song Contest – Kiev 2017

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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

From Warehouse to Wonderland

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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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’

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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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

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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Sebastian Maniscalco lit by Bob Peterson at the Beacon Theatre.

Getting Personal with Comedy

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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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

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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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)

PLSN Staff •
  • 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. 

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Stephen Colbert at his desk on the set.

Light Night Conversations: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

PLSN Staff •
  • 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’

PLSN Staff •
  • 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.

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