Forecast For Wednesday, July 1, 2020

(The Metropolitan Opera, The Nose (2013))

July? Already? A new month which hopefully will bring some good news for the live events industry. In the meantime, being stuck at home does not mean stuck in the doldrums, thanks to all the things available online. Every day brings a selection of new options, so brush the crumbs off the couch and settle in for your pick of the lineup for Wednesday, July 1, and beyond.

Training & Webcasts:

10am Pacific: Elation Hour: Virtual Product Launch - Fuze Wash FR: Watch Here.

4pm Eastern: USITT Forum @ Four: Props for the Non-prop Person: Props master Jay Duckworth offers insight of what props artisans do and the scope of what goes into all that they cover, whether it be for film, video, or stage. This is great info for new props or those who are props-curious. Free for USITT members; $10 for non-members. Register Here.

2pm Pacific: OK, Who and What is a Compliance Officer and How Will They Impact Set?: As Hollywood production is reopening, people are looking for guidance around this new position, about the training, cost and impact on set is paramount information everyone needs. Join Produzen as we navigate these new waters. Panelists: Naomi Dabby, MD - CEO, ModMD; Joseph Uliano - founder / EP, Black Label Content; Julien Lemaitre - founder / CEO,; Robert Cymbal - health and safety coordinator; Eric Small - 1st AD, DGA; Ross Grogan - co-founder, Produzen (moderator). Register Here.

Special Discussion:

Friday, July 10 @ 3pm Eastern: Live Design & USITT: Diversity And Anti-Racism In Entertainment Design. Moderated by David Stewart, USITT Board member and production manager for Disney Parks Live Entertainment, with lighting designer Xavier Pierce, lighting/projection designer Roma Flowers, lighting designer Porsche McGovern, lighting designer/event coordinator Ebony Madry, lighting designer Rachael Blackwell, and production manager Lawrence Bennett. Register Here

Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:

July 2 @ 11am Eastern: Using Augment3d Session 4: XYZ Palettes, Staging Mode, and Scenic Object Channels, an event for ETC Eos Family Console Programmers. Hosted by Nick Gonsman. Dive into some of the features of Augment3d that could change the way you think about programming. First, Rob Crane will show us how to implement XYZ focus palettes when programming shows with moving lights. We’ll also explore the brand new Staging Mode—this is a versatile new feature in Eos 3.0 that will help users, whether or not you have moving lights in your rig. Lastly, scenic object channels combine the existing tools for programming channels with the need to have different scenery in our model at different times. Register Here. (If you are asked for a password to join, enter: eosfamily).

July 2 @ 10am Central: Martin Learning Sessions: Basic Introduction to Martin P3 with Wouter Verlinden: In this high-level introduction to the Martin P3 ecosystem, attendees will learn the basics of what the system can achieve and receive a demonstration of some of the new features and workflows coming in version 5.2.0. Register Here.

July 2 [email protected] Eastern: d&b audiotechnik Goes Live on Instagram with Tony Award-Winning Sound Designer Jessica Paz: d&b will be chatting with sound designer Jessica Paz, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Sound Design. Jessica will talk about the Delacorte Theater’s free summer sessions in Central Park, NYC, and how they used the d&b V-Series, and E-Series with standard Weather Resistance to deliver exceptional sound to the audience. Watch Here.

For Your Viewing Enjoyment:

• 7:30pm: Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams: Shostakovich's The Nose: Directed and designed by William Kentridge, projection design by Catherine Meyburgh,  set design by Sabine Theunissen, costume design by Greta Goiris, lighting design by Urs Schönebaum A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Salzburg Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, and Opera Australia. Watch Here.

Special Events On The Horizon:

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.

Watch Anytime:

4Wall Entertainment Friday Roundtable, hosted by Drew Quinines and Jeff Croiter, with lighting director Zak Al-Alami, lighting designer/programmer Sean Beach, lighting/production designer Cory FitzGerald, lighting designer/programmer Kelly Shih. Watch Here.

• Designing My Fair Lady: Listen to set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Catherine Zuber, sound designer Marc Salzberg, and lighting designer Don Holder, talk about designing My Fair Lady for Lincoln Center Theatre. Watch Here. videos are now online, a conference for video professionals. Watch Here.

Grey Room Sessions. Watch 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.


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.

Theatrewolf Podcast: Episode 05: David Kane. Meet David Kane, a freelance lighting director and programmer specializing in live performance television and high end commercials. Member IATSE Local 728; ETC Level 3 EOS console trainer We talk about the life of the film set and what defines you. Do you let people put a box around you and call you just a programmer? We also dive into is it the console that makes the job or the person behind it?  Listen Here

• Artistic Finance: An interview with Broadway scenic designer Wilson Chin on how he sustains his career financially, and his journey from Redwood City, California to becoming a scenic designer on Broadway. Listen Here or 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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