Forecast For Monday, July 13, 2020

(The Metropolitan Opera, Manon Lescaut)

The start of another week and no real answers on the horizon. We are still treading the waters of Covid-19 and the events industry is still suffering although there are some signs of life, but with a risk attached. So if you are staying at home these days, here's a list of online options to help illuminate your days, from Monday, July 13, 2020 and beyond. Sign up now for all that piques your interest.

Training and Webcasts:

July 13 @ 2pm Eastern:  Tour Management 101: Concert Touring Alternatives: Tour managing goes way beyond music concerts. There are many types of shows that need a crew and someone to lead the way. Zoom.  Register Here.

July 13 @ 5:30-8pm Eastern: NYC Vectorworks Entertainment User Group: Creating Scene Design Drawing: Stephen Jones discusses his process of creating a 3D scenic model for artistic collaboration using Vectorworks. He will also discuss how he uses the same model to create technical drawings for production shops. Register Here.

Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:

• July 14 @ 2pm Eastern: BlackTrax: How To Enhance The Festival Experience With Real-Time Tracking: The nature of festival sets makes for a very short amount of time for changeover between acts. In this webinar, the team at Lucid Technologies will demonstrate how BlackTrax can be used for lighting tracking and to provide positional data for on-stage generative graphics. Register Here

• July 14 @ 1pm Central: Intro to Ableton: Composition, Production & Performance: Producer, songwriter, educator, and live show designer Danielle Thwaites (daiza) will lead an introductory workshop on Ableton Live. Register Here.

July [email protected] 5:30pm Eastern: Touring In A Post-Covid World: Join Dance/NYC in a discussion with arts workers and presenters as they think about the future of touring engagements, with Anna Glass, executive director, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Lane Czaplinski, director, performing arts, Wexner Center for the Arts; Laura Colby, president, Elsie Management; and Marjani Forté-Saunders, choreographer, performer, organizer. On Facebook Live. Watch Here.

• July 15 @ 9am Eastern: USITT and Wenger Corporation Host A Global Conversation on Restarting Performing Arts: Join colleagues from Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America to learn how each are beginning to plan for performing arts in the pandemic. Panelists include: Juan Pablo Rozo, Arquitorium, Bogota, Colombia; Wanjung Wei, executive director, OISTAT, Taipei, Taiwan; Bolanle Austen-Peters, Nigerian Committee on Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic on Creative Industries; Duro Oni, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria; Gabi Hoegg, HOAC Corporation, Duisberg, Germany. Hosted by Toby Smith of Wenger and David Grindle of USITT. Register Here.

• July 16 @ 11am Central: Martin Professional Learning Sessions: The Quality Of Light: A good understanding of lighting quality measurements such as color rendering, color spectrum and color temperature is important when choosing a lighting fixture. Learn the pros and cons of various metrics and how to properly evaluate products.Presented by Brad Schiller, Harman lighting expert. Register Here.

Special Events On The Horizon:

July 14-16: USITT Costume Design & Technology Summit: Costumes in the Time of COVID: A Series of Conversations About Costume Education: A three-day conference. Free to USITT members/$20per day non-members (use code 3DAYCDT to get third day free). More info here. Register Here.

July 20-25: ALD Academy. A.LD Boot Camp: Learn To Be An Assistant Lighting Designer: A week-long workshop on zoom with a great roster of lighting designers and speakers Hosted by Tim Deiling and Rob Casey. Details Here.

Themed Entertainment Creative Workshop Series: Sponsored by The Bezark Company. This is an unprecedented, multi-disciplinary, accelerated workshop series developed and led by some of the best minds in Themed Entertainment. Details Here.

For Your Viewing Enjoyment:

The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Stream: Manon Lescaut. Kick off week 18 of The Met's incredible series of free HD operas with a touch of Puccini, recorded in 2016. Directed by Richard Eyre. Sets by Rob Howell.  Costumes by Fotini Dimou. Lighting by Peter Mumford. Watch Here.

Watch Anytime:

• Special Events Services: The Gray Room Sessions: Rig includes Elation DTW Bar 1000 variable white LED battens, Elation Cuepix Blinder WW2 lights with warm white 3,200K COB LED, and ADJ Z100 3K LED PAR. Watch Here.

 GLP 10 Out Of 10 With Jason Baeri: This episode of GLP's 10 Out Of 10 features lighting designer Jason Baeri! Jason has worked with some incredible artists throughout his career as lighting designer, assoc. LD, and lighting programmer; including The Weeknd, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Lady GaGa, Kelly Clarkson and more. Watch Here.

Elation Virtual At Home Demos: Overview of the key features and unique benefits of some of Elation’s newest lighting products, a demonstration that gives lighting pros an opportunity to assess if a luminaire is right for their needs. Products showcased include the Fuze Spot™, Fuze Pendant™, Fuze Profile™, Fuze SFX™, Smarty Max™, Artiste Van Gogh™, Artiste Monet™, Dartz 360™, CW Profile HP™ and WW Profile HP™ ellipsoidals, along with the Magma Prime™ hazer from Magmatic atmospheric effects. Watch Here.

• Strand Lighting: Theatre Systems Design Basics. Presented by Bobby Harrell. Watch Here. videos are now online, a conference for video professionals. Watch Here.

• ETC Story Q&A  with Tom Littrell:  thoughts from Outreach and Training Specialist Tom Littrell on LEDs. Read Here.

• Unreal Interactive Demo. Watch Here.

• Opera America – live streams.

• ETC On Headset: The Billington Files

TDF Stages, list of streaming performances updated daily.

Scott Parker: A lot of training videos to choose from. Watch Here.


• In 1 Podcast: Changing the Landscape – Episode 1: It’s Not That We Don’t Exist: Cory Pattak's podcast is about to hit 100 episodes, but before that milestone, he is pleased to present a brand new mini-series entitled ‘Changing the Landscape: Examining Race in Theatrical Design.’ Guest hosted by lighting designer Alan Edwards, this multi-part series will ask the questions where are the theatrical designers of color in history? Why has the roster appeared to grow only recently? What are the challenges of going from grade school to professional? And is there anything that can be done? In this first episode, ‘It’s Not That We Don’t Exist’, Alan sits down with Cory to discuss the impetus of the mini-series and then talks with lighting designer Kathy Perkins who tells us about her path from Mobile, Alabama to the world of professional design, why she decided to document and write about Black theatre-makers, how she thinks schools can do better at recruiting and seeking out young Black students, and whether she believes there is a shortage of Black designers or just a perception problem. She is a great and knowledgable voice to kick off the series and we hope you’ll join us over the coming weeks as Alan speaks with educators and designers such as Toni-Leslie James, Steve Jones, Luqman Brown and more. (photo lighting designer Alan Edwards). Listen Here.

Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast: Leadership Under Covid: Kevin Poyck just had his legs under him as CEO and president of Signify’s Americas Market Group when the outbreak threw his business into chaos. He shares his thoughts on virtual offices, managing at a distance, and the shape of post-pandemic normalcy. What really brought him to our show today was a recent study at Boston University that confirmed how effective a new Signify UVC lamp really is, which leads to a vintage Philips UV disinfection manual and the modern rush for germicidal lamps. It’s time for us all to turn a page as we proceed out of our current crisis. Listen Here.

Technically Speaking, USITT Podcast:  Featuring 2020 Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Lighting Award winner, Jasmine Lesane, a lighting designer & director dedicated to realizing visions through innovative design solutions, and a recent grad of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama. Listen Here.

Light Talk With The Lumen Brothers: A podcast and a place where lighting designers can feel free to express what really annoys them about the industry, lighting education, and the art of stage lighting design. Listen Here.

LD At Large With Chris Lose: Recent episodes include Michael Berger, Seth Robinson, and Rob Koenig. Listen Here.

The Evolution of Special Effects With John Canning of Digital Domain: Tyler Gates and Sophia Moshasha catch up with John Canning, executive producer at Digital Domain, to talk about how animation and special effects in media production have evolved to become higher quality, less costly, and easier to achieve with immersive technology. Listen Here.

Industry Resources:

Live Events Coalition  

Event Safety Alliance

 • USITT Women In Theatre Network

 LDI on demand videos and webcasts

 Magnum’s complete list of free training and resources

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