Ok folks, it's midweek and some of you may be itching to get out, get back to work, and get on with life. But if you can't, the internet is still providing myriad options to keep you amusing and enlightened. You can beat the covid blues by keeping busy, and this week won't let you down. Here are some of those options for Wednesday, July 15 and on towards the weekend.
Training and Webcasts:
• 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 15-16: USITT Costume Design & Technology Summit: Costumes in the Time of COVID: A Series of Conversations About Costume Education: Days two and three of this online conference. Free to USITT members/$20per day non-members (use code 3DAYCDT to get third day free). More info here. Register Here
• July 15 @ 1pm Central: Harman Professional Learning Sessions: fixintogetmixin - How to Build Your Best Mix! Part 2 with Brad Divens: There are many factors involved in creating a great live mix. In this two-part series, FOH engineer Brad Divens will deconstruct a real mix and discuss elements of his process. Part 2 will cover parallel compression, mix bus processing and more. Register Here.
• July 15 @ 8pm Eastern: Reflecting the Past, Designing the Future: Featuring a discussion with the creative team of Howard's End: Kimie Nishikawa - set designer, Sarita Fellows - costume designer, Masha Tsimring - lighting designer, Elisheba Ittoop - composer, Ben Scheff - sound designer, Marissa Wolf - director. (Portland Center Stage, Scheduled Opening: April 24, 2020, Status: Cancelled due to COVID-19 "We were about a month away from tech, a little less."). Join Here.
An Important Conversation:
• Live Design and USITT co-hosted "A Conversation On Diversity And Anti-Racism In Entertainment Design," on Friday, July 10, 2020. Moderated by David Stewart, production manager for Disney Parks Live Entertainment, and an important voice in the ongoing quest to increase diversity in our industry, the full panel for this important discussion includes lighting designers Rachael Blackwell, Porsche McGovern, and Xavier Pierce, lighting/projection designer Roma Flowers, lighting designer/event coordinator Ebony Madry, and production manager Lawrence Bennett. Watch Below.
Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:
• July 16 @ 10am Central: ETC Study Hall: Using Augment3d Session 5: The Bridge To Reality. 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.
• July 16 @ 12pm Central: ETC Study Hall: Fixture Selection And Why It's Important (HOG). Register Here.
• July 16 @ 11am Eastern: Coronet x Tech: Power over Ethernet - PoE: A primer on this emerging technology. PoE is a hot topic in our industry, and now your client is thinking about using it on their next project. You might be wondering what PoE is all about or looking to expand your current knowledge. Join Coronet for an overview of PoE systems and hear all about our extensive offering. Register Here.
• July 17 @ 7:30pm Eastern: Broadway Stage Management Symposium’s SM Tech Friday, in collaboration with The Stage Managers’ Association and the Year of the Stage Manager 2020/21 present a discussion about stage managers’ thoughts, ideas, and concerns regarding theatre in this COVID-19 era. Stage managers are involved in every department and have an important and unique perspective to share. Featuring: Robert Mills, stage manager, The Phantom of the Opera in Seoul, Korea, Ira Mont, PSM of Jagged Little Pill, Ross Jackson, stage manager at The Geffen Theatre in LA, Danielle Hernandez with the Event Safety Alliance, Rashaan James II, Broadway & tour actor, Wendy Blackburn Eastland, stage manager, Hamilton tour. Moderated by Amanda Spooner, SMA Vice Chair & YSM founder & Matthew Stern, SMA Director at Large & BSMS founder. Register Here.
• July 20 @ 9am-12pm: Strand NEO Console Training. All the basics of operating the NEO Console, geared towards new users who need to light theatre, music events, dance, meetings, assemblies, church services, TV studios and more.Register 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.
For Your Viewing Enjoyment:
• July 15 @ 4pm Eastern: The Blind Boys Of Alabama: If you are a fan of gospel and are looking to get you spirit lifted or if you just enjoy hearing great music then you absolutely cannot go wrong in seeing The Blind Boys of Alabama. They are phenomenal to hear live and a huge inspiration. Watch Here.
• MA Lighting grandMA3 onPC command wing XT: A new member of its grandMA3 onPC solutions range: the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT. With the grandMA3 onPC software pre-installed on a built-in MA motherboard, the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT offers MA3 power with onPC flexibility– just add up to four touchscreen monitors, and it's ready to go! Watch Here.
• 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.
• frame.work videos are now online, a conference for video professionals. Watch Here.
• 4Wall Entertainment: Archives for Sunday Roundtables and Thursday Tales From The Road. 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.
• 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.