The Senate sure is taking its time on the next economic relief package to help our industry as well as all those impacted by the pandemic... so keep up the pressure by calling your senators and letting them know how important it is to get the deal done. In the meantime, to take you mind off of things we've got another long list of things to do on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 and the next few days as we head toward the dog days of August.
Training & Webcasts:
• July 29 @ 6am Eastern: CAST Software: Design Technology Trends and Their Application in Live Performance: Lighting designer John Rayment —who used wysiwyg to previsualise the Sydney 2000 Olympic Ceremonies—talks about the experiences, the lessons, and the actual application of technologies in live performances. Register Here.
• July 29: KCRW Presents AMP Music Summit Summer 2020: Another day of incredible talks to celebrate heroic qualities of artists, executives and thought leaders from music, storytelling, technology, law, and culture. Register Here.
• July 29 @ 1pm Central: Harman Professional Training Sessions: System Engineer Skills for the Mix Engineer with Cookie Hoff and Pooch Van Druten: This webinar will provide front of house mixers with some of the skills and knowledge of a systems engineer, with the goal of improving your mixes and ensuring more consistent results from venue to venue. Register Here.
• July 29 @ 3:30pm Eastern (8:30pm UK): Theatre Complicité: In Conversation with Simon McBurney, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and Nitin Sawhney: Ways of Listening: The last of the free lockdown talks inspired by The Encounter, Simon McBurney is joined by legendary pioneers Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and Nitin Sawhney to explore the act of listening. We hear all the time. Our ears, even in sleep, unlike our eyes, are never closed. But listening is an act of conscious concentration which, in the words of John Berger, '...salvages meaning...' from the words and world around us. So how can we listen amidst the roar of these unceasingly cacophonous times, and could listening, ultimately, change the way we live? Register Here. Space is limited
Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:
• Thursday, July 30 @ 11am Central: Harman Professional Learning Sessions: Tips for Mixing for Houses of Worship with Jim Yakabuski: From checking the tonal balance of the sound system to building a solid foundation with drums and bass, this webinar will provide a time-tested fundamental approach to mixing in a house of worship environment. Register Here.
• Thursday, July 30 @ 1pm Eastern: Ahead Of The Curve: From video games to content creation, XR environments to VR experiences, live events to fixed installations. Unreal engine provides the tool sets you need to succeed and create worlds without limitations. Geoff Platt interviews Patrick Wambold from Epic Games to discuss the endless possibilities of what you can create and do within Unreal Engine. Now is the time to put your creative thinking caps on, and bring your questions to the table for one of the most advanced real time rendering solutions available. Watch Here.
• Thursday, July 30 @ 4pm Eastern: USITT: Returning to the University Rehearsal Room: The Stage Manager and the Production Process: Many universities are returning to in-person classes, and Theatre departments are moving back to in-person rehearsals. What is the stage manager's responsibility in the rehearsal room, and how does the SM team keep themselves safe while taking care of the production? How do the traditional job tasks of stage management translate to these nontraditional times? When, how and to whom should the student stage manager ask for help? Join a panel of Stage Management Faculty to discuss how the process can be productive and, more importantly, safe. Free for USITT members; $10 for non-members. Register Here.
• Thursday, July 30 @ 5pm Eastern: Wingspace Virtual Workshop: Leading with Values with Beehive Dramaturgy: As designers, how can we ensure that our core values inform the work we make and the kind of artist we would like to be?Join the co-founders of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio (Natasha Sinha, Jeremy Stoller, and Molly Marinik) for a two-hour session on articulating your personal values, integrating them into your professional website, and creating work that remains in line with our value systems. We will walk through examples of this, then brainstorm how best to articulate your own values and goals, and work through how to manifest that into how you talk about yourself as a designer. Register 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.
Special Events Coming Up:
• 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.
• August 1 @ 9:30pm Eastern: Broadway Bares: Zoom In, the first-ever streamed edition of the frisky striptease spectacular, with favorite moments and numbers from Broadway Bares, as well as all-new, socially distanced performances from some of NYC's hottest dancers. As Bares creator Jerry Mitchell says, "You've got to Zoom In because it's sure to make your laptop tingle and your cell phone vibrate!" Zoom In Here.
For Your Viewing Enjoyment:
• Disney's Tangled: A musical adaptation of the animated film, Tangled, cerated for Disney cruise ships that tells the story of Rapunzel. The creative team includes Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young, master puppet designer Michael Curry, set designer Bradley Kaye, lighting designer Japhy Weideman, projection designer Aaron Rhyne, and sound designer Cricket S. Myers. Watch Here
• Dance Theatre Of Harlem: Geoffery Holder's Dougla (1974 premiere, revived in 2018): In Trinidad, “Dougla” is the name given to people of African and South Asian descent. The late Geoffrey Holder – performer extraordinaire, visual artist, and choreographer – drew on his Trinidadian heritage to create his masterpiece ballet, Dougla, a marriage ceremony as pageant. A long-time company favorite, Dougla is performed with live music and all of its spectacle and glory. Original costume execution: Zelda Wynn; Costume reconstruction: Vernon Ross and Pamela Cummings; Original lighting design: Paul Sullivan; Revival lighting Design: Clifton Taylor. Watch Here.
• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Blues Suite: The ballet that launched the sensational Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. What is extraordinary is that Alvin Ailey was just 27 years old when Blues Suite premiered and it was only the sixth ballet that he had choreographed. Blues Suite is often documented as Alvin Ailey’s first masterpiece, where he had found his own miraculous voice as a creative artist presenting real people on the concert dance stage, defining his choreographic genius. Costumes redesigned by Normand Maxon; costumes for “Yancey Special” by Jose Coronado; sets and costumes: Ves Harper; lighting by Chenault Spence (original lighting by Nicola Cernovitch). Thru July 30. Watch Here
• Lighting designer Mike Woods: Online training videos. Watch Here.
• Ross Video: Ross Live | 2020: A weekly series of presentations, podcasts, and product launches designed to highlight best practices across a range of live production environments. 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 Tom Campbell: This is the extended 10 Out Of 10 interview featuring revolutionary LD Tom Campbell, who has extensive portfolio including The Hunna, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Zeds Dead, John Grant, and Bullet For My Valentine and many 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.
• Light Talk With The Lumen Brothers: Caribbean Dreaming: The Lumen Brothers welcome their good friend and LiveDesignOnline guru and LDI creative director, Ellen Lampert-Greaux. Join Brackley, David, Ellen, Stan, and Steve as they discuss: Cruising around Tierra del Fuego in the Light Talk Catamaran; Letter from Campbell (our youngest fan); A meal for Toffee; Ellen's octopus story; The history of LDI; Steve reveals the secret password for LDI; The Earthquake at the Infomart; The Donner Party on their way to LDI Reno; The Hall of Fog; Blowing up cars in Reno; BAM years; Living as an ExPat; Ellen's detour; Organizing how to run a film festival without a cinema; "Octopus on a Stick"; Ellen's views on the future of the Entertainment Industry; and Expanding revenue streams in a post Covid world. Listen Here.
• In 1 Podcast: Changing the Landscape – Episode 1: It’s Not That We Don’t Exist: 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.
• 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.