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Beam Bar 10 and Beam Bar 6 lasers surround the players. Photos courtesy Pyrotecnico.
Beam Bar 10 and Beam Bar 6 lasers surround the players. Photos courtesy Pyrotecnico.

Zhu Shines at the Shrine

Mike Wharton
Event Lighting

Production Club, a multidisciplinary team who design and produce music-based parties, shows and experiences, collaborated with electronic musician and singer Zhu to debut a new design at The Shrine in Los Angeles in October The event, in support of the artist’s new album, Generationwhy, followed Zhu’s successful “Neon City” tour, which kicked off at Coachella this year.

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Naked and the Famous, lit by Liam Griffiths. Photo by Erica Bolotski
Naked and the Famous, lit by Liam Griffiths. Photo by Erica Bolotski

Battens and Bands

Richard Olson
Design Trends

In the last couple of months, I saw three different tours that had me thinking; “Is this a new lighting fad I should look into? Did three different shows each come up with a different touring design concept that was based around their love for this one lighting fixture?” Either way, the fact that three separate acts chose to carry GLP X4 Bars as their predominant light source in their touring package is enough to sit up and take notice.

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Moving scenery, flying sleighs and pyro effects engaged attendees. All photos by Jordan Monk
Moving scenery, flying sleighs and pyro effects engaged attendees. All photos by Jordan Monk

The Gift of Christmas

Jack Cassady
Event Production

Prestonwood Baptist Church’s Show is an Annual Marvel

Originally founded in 1977, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas now draws more than 40,000 parishioners from all over North Texas. Bound together through a common purpose, the church has also become known throughout the country for their annual Christmas celebration entitled “The Gift of Christmas.”

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ECLPS provided a lighting and video assist at the Wang Theatre within Boston’s Boch Center. Photos by Michael Sparks Keegan
ECLPS provided a lighting and video assist at the Wang Theatre within Boston’s Boch Center. Photos by Michael Sparks Keegan

Boston Major eSports Tournament

Michael S. Eddy
Video Production

December saw eSports come to Boston in a big way when the Wang Theatre at the Boch Center hosted the Boston Major tournament. The competition for Valve Corporation’s multiplayer online battle arena Dota 2 video game took place Dec. 7-10. Along with the live audience in the theatre, the four days—with up to 12 hours a day play—was followed globally via the video game live-streaming platform Twitch.tv and through a variety of international television outlets including ESPN in the U.S.

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Elation Fuze Wash Z120
Elation Fuze Wash Z120

Elation Fuze Series

Richard Olson
Product Spotlight

In this modern day of pixilation, it’s become so commonplace for the new par fixtures to act like eye candy as opposed to emulating the look of a gelled par 64. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the look of an LED wash light with many cells on its face, some designers as well as artists prefer the look of the older pars and moving wash fixtures of yore. This is where Elation’s series of Fuze fixtures comes in. They have a lens system that turns this line of RGBW COB wash fixtures into one homogenous beam.

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Bah Humb(ugh)

Jeff Gooch
Video World

Now that the madness of the holidays are all behind us, I have a confession to make. I can’t stand the holiday season. It’s not that I’m “anti” anything; I just get really annoyed by many aspects of it all. From the commercialism to the fake sort of “have a wonderful season” (spending everything you make on stuff), to the endless amounts of zero time to get anything accomplished — it makes me crazy. On top of the guilt of having to work endless gigs to make it all affordable and then not being there for the fun stuff because of said gigs. Ugh. Bah Humb-ugh.

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LD Rob Shakespeare’s interactive lighting installation is designed for enduring appeal. City managers can update the colors remotely via an app to add seasonal flair. Photo by Matt Cashore
LD Rob Shakespeare’s interactive lighting installation is designed for enduring appeal. City managers can update the colors remotely via an app to add seasonal flair. Photo by Matt Cashore

South Bend River Lights

Mike Wharton
Architectural Lighting

For more than a century, the city of South Bend, Indiana has done its part to create an aesthetic point of interest where Jefferson Boulevard crosses the St. Joseph River. The Jefferson Boulevard Bridge, a 490-foot span first built in 1905, features unique architectural details. The city then unveiled a kinetic artwork by abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero in 1980. And in May 2015, when South Bend was celebrating its 150th birthday, the city celebrated with fireworks and a torch relay that officially “lit” its latest riverfront enhancement: an architectural light art installation designed by LD Rob Shakespeare that was billed as the world’s first interactive display over a body of water.

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The mirror moves the beam
The mirror moves the beam

Blizzard Lighting Turbo Scan

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

LDI 2016 was populated by many memorable displays and booths, not the least eye-catching of which was a giant (playable) Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots display built by Blizzard Lighting and ModTruss. The Wisconsin-based company has been involved in the lighting industry since 2010, when they sold their first fixture, the Flurry.

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15 Years of Change

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

December 2001 marked the first article I wrote for my “Feeding the Machines” column. As I write this article 15 years later, I am thinking about how much our industry has changed, yet also stayed the same. The most popular console brand back then was different and LEDs were used as indicators, not sources. Many of the programming processes and procedures have not changed, though. I still find myself using much of the same syntax and methodology to create looks as I did long ago. It is amazing to look back and see what has changed and what has remained the same.

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