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April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

Shed a Little (Blue) Light

Nook Schoenfeld
Event Lighting

A little light can go a long way in the darkness. It can bring awareness to surroundings. it can cut its own path. It will draw the human eye to it every time. That is the sole intention of Light it up Blue. How a few blue lights can draw the public’s attention to a plight that now affects us all.

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Jimmy Fallon interviews Michelle Obama. Photo courtesy NBC
Jimmy Fallon interviews Michelle Obama. Photo courtesy NBC

Fred Bock Lights 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Michael S. Eddy
Lighting for the Camera

Fred Bock has been lighting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since Fallon debuted as the new host of the iconic show on Feb. 17, 2014. After decades on the West Coast, having left NYC for “beautiful downtown Burbank” in 1972, The Tonight Show returned to its roots, moving back to the East Coast. Bock was no stranger to the fast pace and ever-changing setups lighting for late night TV. Over the years, he has lit a number of NBC productions and projects, including 16 years on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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The show fills London’s Saatchi Gallery through Sept. 4, 2016, then moves on to 11 more cities around the world.
The show fills London’s Saatchi Gallery through Sept. 4, 2016, then moves on to 11 more cities around the world.

'Exhibitionism' Showcases the Rolling Stones' 50-Plus Years in Music

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

Exhibitionism, a major museum retrospective of the Rolling Stones’ long career in music, is taking over both floors of London’s Saatchi Gallery through Sept. 4. The multi-media show includes more than 500 artifacts. It’s produced and curated by Australian event company IEC (International Entertainment Consulting). After the London exhibition ends on September 4, the giant production will tour another 11 global cities over the next four years.

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The entire set was painted with various video elements. Photo courtesy BET/Black Girls Rock 2016
The entire set was painted with various video elements. Photo courtesy BET/Black Girls Rock 2016

Collaboration is the Heart of Design for BET's 'Black Girls Rock!'

Michael S. Eddy
Lighting for the Camera

For the past six years, Black Girls Rock, Inc., an organization that promotes empowerment and mentoring for young women of color through the arts, has partnered with BET Networks to broadcast their annual awards event. The Black Girls Rock! production is an inspiring evening of performances, awards, speeches, and celebration. The 2016 show included appearances by Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Brandy, Corrine Bailey Rae, Rihanna, Monica, Shonda Rhimes, Danai Gurira, and Hillary Clinton.

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Barbra Streisand lit by Peter Morse
Barbra Streisand lit by Peter Morse

A Chat with Peter Morse

Nook Schoenfeld
PLSN Interview

The list of top lighting designers in the world is a short one. No such list would be complete without Peter Morse, who is a story all in himself. From teenage folk singer to Emmy (as well as Cable ACE and Parnelli) award wins, he’s led a spectacular life. Articles chronicling his lighting career are many, but few know that lighting is just part of the long road Morse has traveled.

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Cleaning a processor fan
Cleaning a processor fan

Keeping Things Clean in Our World of Dirt

Jeff Gooch
Video World

“My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.”

That quote was on an etched-wood plaque that hung on my mother’s kitchen wall for years, and for the longest time, I’ve used it as my personal philosophy concerning cleanliness…..at least in the kitchen and house. When it comes to gear, it’s a whole different game.

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PLSN May 2016 Buyers Guide
PLSN May 2016 Buyers Guide

Media Servers

Nook Schoenfeld
Buyer's Guide

It’s been about 15 years since media servers made a splash and one did not have to be a professional video engineer to play clips at a gig. To think of how far this technology has come is mind-boggling. Almost all of them feature projection blending now as well as the ability to play back multiple HD layers on multiple surfaces. Most can take a live camera feed with little delay in the playback time, even after the signal is run through various effects. But with all these super devices, it’s nice to know that you can buy a simple device for under a thousand bucks to play back your video files and it can be controlled by DMX or Art-Net.

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

elektraLite elektraBar Mini
elektraLite elektraBar Mini

elektraLite elektraBar Mini

Nook Schoenfeld
Road Tests

I’m staring at a shiny silver/chrome looking piece of love here as I open the case containing a scaled down version of the elektraBar strip light. I easily lift this miniature 11-pound fixture out with one hand and gaze at this architectural model. They make a black one for theatrical use, but this one just looks so stealth. The fixture itself is just under two feet long and about seven inches wide. It has a built-in power supply that is permanently attached to the back.

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