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Tips & Tricks

A Self-Evident but Easily Forgotten Tip About Home Relationships

Chris Lose •
  • Tips & Tricks
• June 18, 2018
Never underestimate the importance of your relationships outside of work. A well maintained home relationship would last longer and be infinitely more fulfilling than any professional relationship. Without a home relationship, your professional relationship will leave you wanting more. Your hard work will put food in your Frigidaire but leave your heart craving contentment. Catering […] Read More...

When Blowing Smoke, Don’t ‘Inhale’

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• June 11, 2018
Although this tip is particularly important for GLP’s innovative Force 120 fixtures, which feature LED-brightened fan blades, it also applies for the general use of fans for atmospheric smoke and haze machines. The rule is, never aim a hazer or fogger into a fan. The fan’s job is to blow the smoke, not suck it […] Read More...

grandMA3 Hardware Overview: A Look at the Screens

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Tips & Tricks
• June 4, 2018
On the full-size grandMA3, we still have the three large touchscreens we are used to. There are no hard keys on the side to change views, but the on-screen View Buttons are still there. On the bottom are two Internal Multi Touch Command screens in the place where there used to be one display. My […] Read More...

The Bowline: A Knot You Need to Know

Nook Schoenfeld •
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• May 29, 2018
If there’s one knot that everyone who makes a living working on a stage should know, it’s the bowline. This is a knot, passed down from ancient times, that allows for an open loop at one end of a rope. It will not slip when lifting something and is easily untied once there is no […] Read More...

Architectural Installs

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• May 21, 2018
When programming an architectural install, the lighting programmer must think about the programming location, the automation and the interactivity that is required with this genre of production. While much of the lighting programming may be basic, the specialized procedures to create automation and longevity require precise skills and processes of the programmer. Be sure to […] Read More...

Say “Yes” until “No” Presents Itself – and Make Sure That “No” Means “No”

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• May 14, 2018
Even when the accountant says “No,” question why. Ask why we can’t afford to do exactly what the artist (or the artist’s wife) wants us to put on stage. Why can’t our Stonehenge be 40 feet tall? Why can’t we hang 200 MagicBlades tomorrow? Why can’t we load in at 5 p.m.? It is our […] Read More...

The Promoter Rep’s Role in Putting Out Fires

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• May 7, 2018
The promoter rep plays a vital, yet often unsung role in making sure the show goes on. Nook Schoenfeld recently spoke with Chris Weathers, Director of Productions for the Central U.S. region for Live Nation, who’s based in Chicago. “I have the job of having to look after a show from several angles,” Weathers says. […] Read More...

Bryce Cherpelis Backs Bonobo’s New Look with Chauvet Professional Fixtures

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• May 3, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, a British musician, DJ and producer now based in Los Angeles, is touring in support of his latest album, Migration. For his March 23 show at Midway in San Francisco, Bryce Cherpelis of 12BC Pro used a pair of Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures and 440W LED Maverick MK2 Spots to highlight the artist. Read More...

Wrangling RodeoHouston’s Star-Shaped Stage

PLSN Staff •
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• April 30, 2018
Organizers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a.k.a. RodeoHouston, wanted an in-the-round stage structure worthy of the star power of the top country acts performing during the mega-event’s 20-day span. After coming up with the idea for a star-shaped stage, the event organizers turned to Tait and LD Systems for a staging and lighting […] Read More...

Using LED Tape as a Light Source

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• April 23, 2018
Chances are, you are not going to be seeing LED tape being used as a substitute for keylighting fixtures for staged events anytime soon. LED tape is 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 […] Read More...

Theatrical Productions vs. Concerts

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• April 16, 2018
When programming automated lighting for a theatrical production, one must consider the nature of the show. Unlike a concert event, where each song has its own cuelist and page, a theatrical event will likely be organized in an efficient and repeatable manner. Typically, this means that a single cuelist will be used for all the […] Read More...

Nook’s Tidbits: Curtain Warmers

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• April 9, 2018
In most theaters, a main drape is closed as the audience walks in, only to be opened when the house lights dim and the performance starts. Staring at a blank curtain or drop would be incredibly boring, so theater techs usually diagonally focus some ellipsoidals across the fabric, striping it with patterns of light. It […] Read More...

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