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SeeKing Productiosn and 4Wall lit the 65-foot 'tree,' which slopes from 2 to 33 feet in diameter, and its swooping 'garland.'
SeeKing Productiosn and 4Wall lit the 65-foot 'tree,' which slopes from 2 to 33 feet in diameter, and its swooping 'garland.'

Christmas on the Potomac: Lighting the Atrium 'Tree' at the Gaylord National Harbor Marriott's

Mike Wharton
Event Lighting

Christmas comes very early each year for LD Tomm Gillies. His design company, SeeKing Productions, has been collaborating with “Christmas on the Potomac” (COTP), featuring ICE! since 2010. The annual event at the Gaylord National Harbor Marriot in Washington DC returned this year, opening on Nov. 21, 2015.

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Vibrio Lighting iPad App
Vibrio Lighting iPad App

Vibrio Lighting iPad App

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

Newer-generation touchscreen devices have always held the promise of new and exciting ways for us as lighting designers and programmers to interact with our rigs. Carrying around a small tablet at a show beats standing behind a console in many situations — walk onto the stage and focus your movers on a particular spot instead of squinting from FOH, or explore during a show to get a different perspective. Previous control solutions were mostly console software shoehorned into the device’s OS, which was hardly ideal. Enter Vibrio from Toast Mobile, an application built from the ground up to control small to midsize rigs on Apple’s iPad family of devices.

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The eight-minute presentation, filmed by aerial drones this year, required close to 2,000 lighting cues.
The eight-minute presentation, filmed by aerial drones this year, required close to 2,000 lighting cues.

Santa's Boldest Beacon: Fred Loya's Holiday Display in El Paso

Nook Schoenfeld
Event Lighting

Every winter, we see videos of some amazing large-scale Christmas light shows that take place. We see houses adorned with a million sparkling lights. Projection mapping on houses mixed with choreographed lighting. I’ve seen live animals, moving lights and trucks decked out with lights. But the Granddaddy of all of them takes place every year at Fred Loya’s house and grounds in El Paso, Texas.

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Blizzard Lighting Kryo.Morph
Blizzard Lighting Kryo.Morph

Blizzard Kryo.Morph

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

Blizzard Lighting is perhaps best known for their extensive range of LED-based products, but with the new Kryo.Morph, the company makes its first move into the realm of arc-lamp-based fixtures. These newer-generation beam units offer an increased set of tools for designers, featuring modes for both a wider, flatter field than a traditional beam unit optimized for pattern projection as well as powerful ACL-style beam projection.

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“Inspired by Dali” features lasers and projections along with a 40-by-50-foot grid.
“Inspired by Dali” features lasers and projections along with a 40-by-50-foot grid.

The Dallas Aurora Festival Sets the Arts District Aglow

Dusty Hudgins
Event Lighting

Once every two years, 19 city blocks — 68 acres — of the Dallas Arts District is transformed into a visual wonderland of projected, digitized, pixilated and coherent light. The Dallas Aurora Festival 2015, billed as “an immersive free public art event of light, video and sound,” it serves as a showcase for “New Media” artists now coming of age in today’s art world. Urban structures are illuminated with high-powered digital projectors, and reflecting pools come to life in a cascading display of lasers. Coupled with the endless line of food trucks and over 60,000 attendees, this seems like a pretty good way to spend a Friday evening in Dallas, Texas.

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PRG GroundControl Followspot System
PRG GroundControl Followspot System

PRG GroundControl Followspot System

Michael S. Eddy
Product Spotlight

Launched at the recent LDI show, the PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System is making people re-think how they use followspots in production. Awarded the LDI 2015 Best Debuting Product, the GroundControl is a huge step forward in not only safety in getting the truss followspot ops out of the truss and safely on the ground, but also in how designers use followspots. The LDI judges summed up their feelings on the GroundControl system, “The GroundControl advances the cause of staging and rigging in the concert industry by offering the possibility of removing spot operators from trusses forever, and continuing the efforts to make our industry safer.”

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ECLPS once again helped 'America's Orchestra' shine. Photo by Stu Rosner
ECLPS once again helped 'America's Orchestra' shine. Photo by Stu Rosner

The Boston Pops' Holiday Tour

Thomas S. Friedman
Event Lighting

As the old New England saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” So while the earth-toned Christmas of 2015 came on the heels of a freakish warm spell, it would be a mistake to assume that a complex touring production during the month of December will always be met with clear roads and balmy, shirt-sleeves weather.

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Smoke Signals

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

Typically, an automated lighting programmer is concerned only with programming the lighting elements. However, there are also often circumstances where we are tasked with programming control of various types of smoke effects. From hazers to blasts of fog or CO2, we must use caution when programming atmospheric effects. Depending on the production, there may also be strict guidelines that must be adhered to. As with any fixture on the desk, an automated lighting programmer needs to be informed and prepared to work with atmospheric effects.

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UVU drone training at InfoComm 2015
UVU drone training at InfoComm 2015

The Drone University

Paul Berliner
Video World

In my two previous columns, “The Little Drone Revolution” (PLSN, Sept. 2015) and “The Drone Association — Know Before You Fly” (PLSN, Nov. 2015) I discussed our industry’s opportunity with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), followed by an overview of AUVSI, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, an industry focal point for news and regulatory information on unmanned systems.

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Lee Rose once again lit the Hollywood Party for New Year's Rockin' Eve. Photo courtesy Lee Rose Designs
Lee Rose once again lit the Hollywood Party for New Year's Rockin' Eve. Photo courtesy Lee Rose Designs

What Were You Doing New Year's, New Year's Eve?

Debi Moen
Designer Watch

Aaron Black: “I was in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Opera with a new production of Lohengrin, which premieres Jan. 22.”

Andy Cass: “NYE is our biggest show of the year with String Cheese Incident, and it’s my personal favorite because it’s in my backyard, in Broomfield, CO. We brought in a huge 3D video wall (48 by 15 feet) and a massive light rig along with dancers and aerialist. I used a local vendor and a national vendor to make it happen.”

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