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PLASA Show 2015 Announces Further Seminars

PLASA Show 2015 Announces Further Seminars

PLASA Show 2015 is just a few days away, but the organisers are working right up to the wire to bring in the best speakers for the PLASA Professional Development Programme. Four new sessions have just been announced, respectively addressing lighting, sound and video.

Emmy Award winning Lighting Designer Al Gurdon, of Incandescent Design, will discuss his design philosophy in State of the Art Today, Passé Tomorrow, covering what is lighting for, what should it do, why do we need it, as well as taking a look at whether your lighting is relevant and focused now, and if it will stand the test of time.

In Going Over To The Dark Side – From Lessons To Lighting, founder of DX7 Design Tom Sutherland will discuss how he dropped out of education to pursue a highly successful career in lighting, a decision taken neither lightly nor without opposition. This session sees Tom discussing his story and a little about how he works, offering both guidance and inspiration.

DX7 Design is a growing international business and Tom has designed the lighting for some of television’s biggest shows, including the Brit Awards, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. The three-times Knight of Illumination nominee hopes seminar attendees will follow their passion, love what they do and, like him, enjoy a career that doesn’t feel like work!

The mobile sector's unquenchable thirst for spectrum is the subject of What Future For Wireless Audio? Content Creation Under Threat? by RF spectrum specialist Alan March from Sennheiser UK.
This on-going desire for bandwidth continues to threaten the operating environment for Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) equipment such as multi-channel wireless microphones and in-ear monitors. This session will endeavour to bring attendees up to speed with the current spectrum situation and look at what some of the options might be for the future.

In a workshop titled Projection Mapping Workflow On 3D Objects, video professionals Shannon Harvey and Chris Simcock will take their audience through a demonstration of projection mapping and 3D content creation, from pre-visualisation to realisation, on a complex 3D projection surface using the d3 platform. 

Shannon is founding director of Aspect Unlimited entertainment technology consultants and course leader for the Backstage Academy Visual Production degree (BA Hons), while Chris is founding director of video consulting company Sensel Studio and a certified d3 Trainer. 

The Professional Development Programme at PLASA Show 2015 is packed with exceptional content for all production disciplines, with sessions presented by leading practitioners who are deeply involved in some of the highest profile events.

In From Pixels to Pictures: The Cinematography of Pixar's Films Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography at Pixar Animation Studios will discuss how cinematography – the art of lighting and photographing a movie - translates into animation. Danielle will shed light on the magic of cinematography in animated film and how the creative freedom computers allow must be harnessed for ultimate storytelling.

Planning the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is the subject of What Could Possibly Go Wrong? a discussion with Eurovision 2016 technical director Ola Melzig and lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson, hosted by LSi editor Lee Baldock. The session discusses the complex planning and production of the world’s biggest televised music event, viewed by 200 million people worldwide. It includes approaching how to design unique looks for more than 40 individual acts and how the technical and creative processes drive each other forward.

With the presence of Banksy’s Dismaland pop up theme park having reportedly generated millions of pounds for the town of Weston-super-Mare, the time couldn’t be better for Gideon Berger and Stephen Gallagher of Block9 to present Making Music Look Good. They will discuss their work creating radical stage sets, large-scale immersive artworks, installations and live events, using recent examples including the Dismaland Castle, Utopia at the Roundhouse, the Block9 area at Glastonbury festival and stage designs for Lana Del Rey and Skrillex.

The PLASA Professional Development Programme is putting on many more sessions throughout the show’s three days, with a broad range of content for those of all experience levels. All are presented by leading industry figures and are free for show visitors to attend.

PLASA Show takes place from 4th - 6th October at ExCeL, in London’s Docklands. Until 3rd October visitors to PLASA Show 2015 can pre-register for £10. On site entry will cost £25. 

2nd October 2015

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