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“Ballyhoo GO!”

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “Ballyhoo” is defined as “a noisy attention-getting demonstration or excited commotion.” Every automated lighting programmer has created ballyhoos for a production at some point in his or her career. In the lighting world, ballyhoos were first invented by asking followspot operators to swing the spots around in a figure eight motion on the stage or house curtain. Now, with automated lighting fixtures and consoles, ballyhoos can be as simple as the press of a button or complex programmed sequences. Although a ballyhoo might seem like a simple task, there are many things a programmer should take into consideration.

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Smoke + Mirrors Live, which premiered March 2, captured all angles of Imagine Dragons’ Toronto concert last July. Photo by Fathom Events
Smoke + Mirrors Live, which premiered March 2, captured all angles of Imagine Dragons’ Toronto concert last July. Photo by Fathom Events

Capturing Imagine Dragons on Film; More TV, Movie and Video News

Debi Moen
Designer Watch

The Imagine Dragons film, Smoke + Mirrors Live, uses scenes captured at their Toronto show on July 4, 2015. The movie premiered for one night only March 2 in select cinemas worldwide. It’s now available on Blu-Ray. Imagine Dragons LD Sooner Routhier and lighting director Mitchell Schellenger worked with film director Dick Carruthers, director of photography Rob Scarborough and a film crew of about 45 people with an audience lighting package to help make the live show appealing to the cameras.

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Rules for Free Labor: Okay vs. Not Okay

Chris Lose
LD at Large

Your boss heard that you really love the theater and would appreciate some extra hours on show site, so he offers you the chance of a lifetime to come and work on his next show for no money, as an intern of sorts. You jump at the chance to gain experience. The next gig comes along, and he asks you do it for no money again. Now you realize that you have no way to get to the show site because your gas tank is empty.

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