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Feeding the Machines

  • Time for Bed!

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesJuly 2019 | July 11, 2019Working in the entertainment field, particularly lighting, one will find periods of time when he or she do not get enough sleep. Lighting programmers are especially susceptible to sleep deprivation, as the duties can take many hours and often need to, schedule around other production needs. Sleep deprivation can be extremely dangerous as it slows […] Read More...
  • Merge with Caution

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesJune 2019 | June 15, 2019Lighting programmers are both creators and keepers of essential lighting data. Often this data may need to be combined with other versions of the data to create new forms of mutual data. Most lighting consoles provide various forms of merging, and almost anything is possible, from simple merging of data into a cue or palette/preset […] Read More...
  • Color Matters

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesMay 2019 | May 3, 2019Scientists generally believe that the average human can see millions of different colors, or at least different hues/shades of color. The ability for us to see colors is due to many aspects including our eye, nerves, and brain. Basically, we can perceive color because our retinas contain three different types of cones that act as […] Read More...
  • It’s All In My Head

    PLSN Staff | April 2019Feeding the Machines | April 6, 2019Typically, when programming automated lighting, you are looking at the lighting that is happening on stage or on a visualizer screen. Most of the time you are concerned with the reality of the results of your button pushes. However, there are some instances when you might need to get data into your desk without seeing […] Read More...
  • Becoming a Specialist

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesMarch 2019 | March 6, 2019Automated lighting programming can be a fun and lucrative career choice. There are many different job positions and genres of production that one can apply programming skills. However, there are also many lighting programmers vying for these positions, thus it can be helpful to have specialized skills. Once you have a good basis of knowledge […] Read More...
  • With Thanks to the DSKY (DiSplay & KeYboard)

    Brad Schiller | February 2019Feeding the Machines | February 11, 2019On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched from the earth and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low earth orbit. During its six-day mission, it orbited the moon and returned to earth through the help of an amazing new piece of technology. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was one of the first integrated circuit […] Read More...
  • “But My Console Said So…”

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesJanuary 2019 | January 14, 2019With consoles, the truth is out there — but unless you’ve checked fixture libraries thoroughly, trust no one. Read More...
  • A Sum of its Parts

    Brad Schiller | December 2018Feeding the Machines | December 7, 2018Automated lighting fixtures are changing with the introduction of LED technologies. One of the biggest changes is the control of multiple elements with similar control parameters. These multi-part fixtures can be anything from a tilting 12-cell strip light to a moving head with a segmented ring of LED, or even a grid of pixels attached […] Read More...
  • Troubleshooting: “Why Does it Do That?”

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesNovember 2018 | November 12, 2018I was watching one of those popular prime-time TV game shows recently and noticed a small problem with one of their moving lights. As the contestant answered the question, all the fixtures tilted up from the floor to the ceiling in a synchronized sweep. However, I noticed that the fixture on the stage-right end moved […] Read More...
  • An Interview with Louie Luminaire

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesOctober 2018 | October 13, 2018This month I am very pleased to present a spectacular interview. It is always a great to learn about lighting programming from different perspectives. Recently I sat down with an actual lighting fixture named Louie Luminaire to understand what it is like for lighting fixtures to be programmed and operated on shows. He provides great […] Read More...
  • The Joy and Pain of Macros

    Brad Schiller | Feeding the MachinesSeptember 2018 | September 14, 2018Automated lighting consoles and the software that drive them are truly amazing. They are taking in the commands of the programmer, associating parameter data with DMX protocols, and processing all the data to distribute among various methods. The developers do their best to create standard buttons and routines that are useful to the majority of […] Read More...
  • The Perfect Position

    Brad Schiller | August 2018Feeding the Machines | August 13, 2018One of an automated lighting programmer’s most important tasks is the creation of position palettes/presets. While some may see this as a mundane routine, I find it very exciting as I move the fixtures into positions. During this time, I get to see what can be created simply by focusing light into unique locations and […] Read More...
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