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Mythos light used as FOH spots pick out Pete Wentz. Photo by Justin Segura
Mythos light used as FOH spots pick out Pete Wentz. Photo by Justin Segura

Robb Jibson is Just So Midwest

Nook Schoenfeld
Focus on Design

Fall Out Boy Wraps Up a Two-Year Tour with a Fresh Look

It’s been about 20 years since Robb Jibson graduated from high school and got his tail back to Chicago, the town he loves and swears his allegiance to. He’s been practicing lighting ever since, and from what I saw at the Fall Out Boy (FOB) show the other night in Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, he has mastered his skill. Even as he claims, “I’m never done building this show. I will be refining it until the last gig.”

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Programmers who grow adept at Adobe After Effects...
Programmers who grow adept at Adobe After Effects...

Video Experience Helps Lighting Programmers Excel

Vickie Claiborne
Video Digerati

I recently came across a great article outlining how working in theatre while in school prepares you for adulthood, and I started thinking about how my time in college theatre had helped me on my career path in lighting. Today, as I find myself more and more involved with the world of video, I realize that working with media servers has helped me be a better lighting programmer too. How so?

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In the dramatic last moments of Dialogues of the Carmelites at Eastman Opera, Blanche makes her way to the guillotine bathed in the light of the cross. Photo by Nic Minetor
In the dramatic last moments of Dialogues of the Carmelites at Eastman Opera, Blanche makes her way to the guillotine bathed in the light of the cross. Photo by Nic Minetor

Opera Lighting: Broad Strokes, Big Drama

Stephanie Cameron
Focus on Design

When the production staff at San Diego Opera opened the containers from the rental house — the ones that were supposed to contain the Michael Yeargan-designed set for their production of Aida — they could hardly believe what they saw. They saw nothing. The containers were empty. Their one-week production schedule did not allow for setbacks, nor could they replicate the set in their own scene shop. The automated, winch-driven scenery with its steeply raked floor had to exist somewhere, but finding it could take hours, or even days.

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Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe
Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe

Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

Martin Professional has a very long history in the entertainment lighting and effects industry, starting way back in 1978 when founder Peter Johansen created a smoke machine from a coffee maker. Since then, the company has conceptualized and brought to market a huge number of effects, including the wildly popular Atomic 3000 DMX strobe, which has for many years dominated the market for strobe effects in concerts, special installations and live events. With the evolution of the market away from arc-based sources and toward LED, however, the creative minds at Martin decided it was time for a significant update to their flagship strobe.

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Fresnels and Softlights
Fresnels and Softlights

Fresnels and Softlights

Nook Schoenfeld
Buyer's Guide

To cast a light on a subject but avoid pesky shadows, you require a soft light beam. This is very important in film shoots as well as photography applications and theatrical productions. To achieve this, it is important that the light source itself is not seen, but masked. This way a performer is not squinting from a bright bulb glaring at them. A Fresnel has a thick lens of concentric rings to diffuse the bright bulb. A softlight acts by bouncing the light beams around in a white box where the light is reflected omni-directionally. Here are some of the latest variations of these kinds of products, all of which offer DMX as a control option.

To download a PDF of PLSN's April 2016 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE

Robe BMFL WashBeam
Robe BMFL WashBeam

Robe BMFL WashBeam

Nook Schoenfeld
Road Tests

I have always been critical of hybrid lights. That’s because, for several years, I have heard boasts from several manufacturers that they have come up with the ultimate Swiss Army Knife of a fixture. Yet every time I drive a new one on a gig, I find something missing, or a trade off in certain features, that leaves me disappointed. I find lights where the lumens disappear when I pop out the tight narrow lens or a color system that is not up to snuff with what I desire. So I’m putting the BMFL WashBeam through the wringer to see if everything’s as great as what I’m hearing on the web.

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George Clooney and Jimmy Kimmel on the set. Photo courtesy ABC
George Clooney and Jimmy Kimmel on the set. Photo courtesy ABC

Light Night Conversations: Christian Hibbard Lights 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Michael S. Eddy
Lighting for the Camera

“Light Night Conversations” is a new recurring series of PLSN interviews with the lighting designers of the various late-night talk shows on television. These designers face many interesting design challenges that go beyond simply lighting a desk and an interview area, which, for the record, is not as simple as it may appear. Late-night LDs need to light musical guests, often both inside and outside the studio, design sketch comedy setups, audience interactions, man-on-the-street exchanges and full show location remotes. We start on the West Coast with Jimmy Kimmel Live’s LD Christian Hibbard. –ed.

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Roland V-1HD Video Switcher
Roland V-1HD Video Switcher

Roland V-1HD Video Switcher

Vickie Claiborne
Road Tests

There is a saying that big things come in small packages. Measuring in at a whisper over 12 inches long and 4 inches wide, the new HD video switcher from Roland is proof of that. This sophisticated-yet-compact video switcher combines professional compositing features such as keying, graphic inserts, titling and numerous visual effects with the ability to connect to a variety of HDMI sources, smart phones and video cameras…even a 12 channel audio mixer. Safe to say, this switcher can manage a lot.

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Photo Courtesy Sennheiser
Photo Courtesy Sennheiser

Lady Gaga's High-Tech Grammy Tribute to David Bowie

Michael S. Eddy
Lighting for the Camera

For this year’s Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 15, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences asked Lady Gaga to perform a tribute to the late music legend David Bowie, who died Jan. 10 at age 69. Gaga, her creative team at Haus of Gaga, along with creative collaborators at Prettybird and Studio XO, merged music and technology for a performance that evoked Bowie’s defining talent as both a visual artist and musician.

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Seth Jackson joined TPI earlier this year. Pictured here, from left, are Gene Brian, Seth Jackson, Elizabeth O’Keefe and Michael O’Keefe.
Seth Jackson joined TPI earlier this year. Pictured here, from left, are Gene Brian, Seth Jackson, Elizabeth O’Keefe and Michael O’Keefe.

LD Seth Jackson's Ever-Evolving Career

Kevin M. Mitchell
Designer Profile

One remarkable and impressive transition after another has happened for Parnelli Award-winning lighting designer Seth Jackson’s career since he was a teenager growing up in St. Louis. I hate to say this, since my students might see this, but I only got my first job with a resume. Everything else has been an evolution of relationships,” he says. I have always had such a passion for this business and this industry. I worked hard, I did a good job, I built the relationships, I studied the people that came before me, and the result is that I kept getting opportunities. It was never planned, per se, but I was obsessive about getting where I wanted to be.”

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