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Tips & Tricks

Working with Multi-Part Fixtures

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• December 17, 2018
Multi-part fixture functionality is an extremely useful tool available to lighting programmers. Anytime you have a complex fixture that has multiple identical sections, you are going to want to make use of your console’s multi-part features. Make sure you understand how to select and patch these fixtures, as well as building groups and layout/plot views. […] Read More...

Exit Strategy: Life after Lighting

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• December 9, 2018
I have several mentors in this business who I have seen happily retire, and I know some that will never be able to retire, willingly or otherwise. My good friend, Fraser Kerrigan, lighting designer/programmer and owner of Cooperstown Escape Rooms and Event Escape Rooms, is the perfect example of a man with an escape plan. […] Read More...

Audio-Reactive Visuals with Madrix 5

Jim Hutchison •
  • Tips & Tricks
• December 3, 2018
Madrix 5 comes standard with some pretty serious audio analysis backend that not only allows you to output your audio from a clip, but to turn that audio into analyzed, visualized content. The software can analyze audio from your canned clips or bring in a live audio stream and turn it into a look all […] Read More...

UFC 229: Stoking Excitement for the Main Event

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• November 26, 2018
Frank Gatto & Associates lighting director Jason Eible shared some of the ways that the lighting team stoked excitement for the UFC 229 “Khabib vs. McGregor” bout on Oct. 6, 2018. “We’ll do blackout cues when they run video sequences. The lighting will work with video and audio, so we bring everything to black, which […] Read More...

Troubleshooting vs. Trouble-Creating: Humility is Your Friend

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• November 19, 2018
When you discover a problem with fixtures, always check first to see if the problem is with your programming or console setup. Too often I see programmers that are quick to call to the crew to fix or swap a bad unit, only to find the problem still exists. You don’t want to have guys […] Read More...

Opinions vs. Identity

Chris Lose •
  • Tips & Tricks
• November 12, 2018
There is a difference between facts, your opinions, and your identity. My opinion is not fact. More importantly, my opinion is not my identity. My opinion is one of many opinions that float around the ether and form within each one of us based on our experiences and our collective awareness. Our opinions only matter […] Read More...

Followspot Automation Benefits WE Day Event Design

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• November 5, 2018
Jason McKinnon, LD and co-owner of Electric Aura Project Inc., has a long history working as the LD for WE Day tour each year. He recently adopted Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot Control Software, which he lauded for safety and operator convenience and comfort, as an alternative to having operators climbing arena catwalks. Among the other advantages […] Read More...

Teaching with 3D-Printed Fixtures

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Tips & Tricks
• October 29, 2018
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many pictures is a 3D-printed mini-fixture worth? Hard to say, but one thing Ronn Campbell knows for sure is that his miniature lighting rigs with 3D-printed lighting fixtures has been helping his students get the hang of stage lighting more effectively than working with 2D pictures […] Read More...

If Moving Lights Could Talk…

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• October 22, 2018
For PLSN’s Oct. 2018 “Feeding the Machines” column, Brad Schiller, who had undoubtedly just completed a particularly long and grueling late-night programming session, decided to interview Louie Luminaire, capturing the fixture’s thoughts on everything from RDM to designers who indulge in gratuitous flash and trash. Brad then asked Louie to name the one thing he […] Read More...

The Struggle is Real. Resources Can Help.

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• October 15, 2018
We all get a case of the after-show blues from time to time. We all know that we missed that one chord, we forgot that one focus position, or we just weren’t feelin’ it… Self-doubt, loneliness and lack of sleep can lead to depression, but there are resources that can help. Over The Bridge (OTB, […] Read More...

Working Theaters? Learn the Lingo

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• October 8, 2018
There are basic terms for every section of a working stage. Know your areas. “Wings” are the sides of the stage, and the “Fly Loft” or “Scene House” is the space above the stage. The stage floor is called the “Deck.” The part of the stage located downstage of the proscenium is called the “Apron” […] Read More...

Dispatch Tours Again, with Creative, Efficient Design

Richard Olson •
  • Tips & Tricks
• October 1, 2018
For the Vermont-based indie/jam band Dispatch, which regrouped and toured this year in support of their latest album, America Location 12, production and lighting designer Marc Janowitz worked with Rose Brand on a tour-friendly, 30-by-15-foot (WxH) arch embellished with stretchy fabric Transformits and Robe Spikies. The fixture clamps are affixed to the curved pipe of […] Read More...

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