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A total of 108 Lumenbeam large color changing 10 degree fixtures were used to light up the bridge, which has stretched across the Cumberland River in Clarksville, TN since 1890. Photo by Joseph Hilliard
A total of 108 Lumenbeam large color changing 10 degree fixtures were used to light up the bridge, which has stretched across the Cumberland River in Clarksville, TN since 1890. Photo by Joseph Hilliard

Lighting the RJ Corman Railroad Bridge

Mike Wharton
Installations

Lumenpulse Sets a 19th-Century Structure Aglow using 21st-Century Technologies.

Lumenpulse, a specification-grade LED lighting solutions manufacturer, recently provided their Lumenbeam luminaires for the restoration project of the RJ Corman Railroad Bridge. Built in 1890, yet still structurally sound, the bridge, spanning the Cumberland River in downtown Clarksville, TN, was rusting and appeared dilapidated. A simple new coat of silver paint just would not do.

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Politics in the Workplace
Politics in the Workplace

Politics in the Workplace

Jim Hutchison
On the Light Side

Will you work for anybody that comes calling for our industry?

Everyone is hopped up on the current presidential race, and if you’re not posting memes on Facebook, you’re talking about it at your gigs. Would you work for a campaign you didn’t like if the gig came calling? Well, how professional are you? Can you keep your mouth shut, do your job, and collect that fat paycheck for someone you don’t agree with?

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The lobby wall, fed by Coolux's Pandoras Box
The lobby wall, fed by Coolux's Pandoras Box

A Tale of Two Walls

Jeff Gooch
Video World

I’m gonna build a wall. And it’ll be the best wall you’ve ever seen. And someone else is going to pay for it. Honest. My wall is going to make everyone realize that video is king and all those other disciplines are weak. Lights, Bah. You can’t make a wall out of lights. Although I did see a spry, young group of eager kids once make a wall of Source Fours into a pixel-mapped wall-esque display and actually put pictures of Fred Foster (CEO of ETC Theatrical) up, and it wasn’t half bad. And then there’s Rammstein.

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PLSN Nov 2016 Buyers Guide - Hard-Edged Arc Lights
PLSN Nov 2016 Buyers Guide - Hard-Edged Arc Lights

Hard-Edged Arc Lights

Nook Schoenfeld
Buyer's Guide

It’s been about 35 years since the first batch of hard edged arc sourced moving Lights were mass produced by Vari-Lite. With the advent of LED light sources, one may start to think that these type fixtures are on the way out, but that’s just not the case. There is still a high demand for these fixtures in all sorts of fields. Here are the latest fixtures each company has to offer.

To download a PDF of the Nov 2016 PLSN Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

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

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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Robe Spikie
Robe Spikie

Robe Spikie

Brandon Creel
Road Tests

Robe, the well-known lighting manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, continues to deliver innovative products. They certainly followed through again this time with the LED WashBeam. Yes, I said it, LED Beam fixture! Has LED finally reached the capacity to fully replace discharge lamps? Not quite, but we are getting closer.

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Stage manager Jeff Van Duyn came out to tell host Adrian Belew that the event was not, in fact, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Stage manager Jeff Van Duyn came out to tell host Adrian Belew that the event was not, in fact, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Producing the Parnelli Awards

Michael S. Eddy
Event Production

Adrian Belew, Tom Petty, Richard Fernandez, Danny O’Bryen and Greg Mackie were among the impressive list of luminaries at the 2016 Parnelli Awards. This year’s honorees, award winners, and guests celebrated at the largest Parnelli Awards ever produced during the annual bash held on Oct. 22, 2016 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The much anticipated evening is not only about honoring our peers but it really is a testament to the collaborative and supportive nature of our industry as the Parnelli’s list of production partners makes clear. Access Event Solutions, Atomic, OSA, PRG, SGA Production Services, Stage Crew, and TPI Technical Productions Inc. all contributed to the successful production. 

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Author Brad Schiller chats with LD Trevor Ahlstrand at LDI. Photo by Debi Moen
Author Brad Schiller chats with LD Trevor Ahlstrand at LDI. Photo by Debi Moen

The Most Important Tool

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

Automated lighting consoles are filled with a multitude of exciting and powerful features. They all help programmers to create amazing and complex light shows with relative ease. Some features will be used with every show, while others are rarely used. There is one tool, though, that is essential to the success of nearly every production. I am talking about palettes/presets. This amazing tool really becomes the basis for lighting programming construction and longevity.

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