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A4I.tv releases new educational video series with Eric Porter

A4I.tv releases new educational video series with Eric Porter

A new video series with Eric Porter has just been released on A4I.tv. In this six-part video series, entitled “Basics of Truss Rigging”, Eric provides an entertaining and easy to understand view of truss rigging principles and methods that are beneficial for everyone to revisit.

Eric Porter can be described as a man who’s experienced almost everything concerning truss and rigging. With more than 40 years of international experience, he should know! And now he’s sharing his extensive knowledge and expertise through a new series of short educational videos on the A4I.tv internet TV channel.

Don’t miss out on this video series and get ready for more video series themes to be released soon on A4I.tv.

Click here to see the videos.

19th September 2018

Avolites Supports the Next Generation of Video Designers with Q3 Servers

Avolites Supports the Next Generation of Video Designers with Q3 Servers

UK – Students at Wakefield’s Backstage Academy are starting the new year armed with an array of powerful Avolites visual control kit, including the new Ai Q3 media server.

It’s the latest in a long line of deals between Avolites and education hubs that showcase the company’s support for the next generation of creative lighting and video designers.

Backstage Academy now offers hands-on education with Ai Q3 and RX8 servers, Quartz and Tiger Touch II consoles and a variety of networking and power equipment. The Academy, which is renowned for equipping its pupils with essential, real-world live entertainment skills, will be using the Avolites machines for the entire academic year.

“It’s vital that our students learn their craft using the latest media and lighting control equipment so that they are prepared for employment in this fast-moving industry,” says Sara Gleadhall, director of business development at Backstage Academy. “Having such hot-off-the-press media servers like the Q3 creates a buzz of excitement, allowing our students to manipulate visuals with total creative control.

“The fact that a highly-regarded company like Avolites supports our students goes a long way to validating their studies and recognises their commitment to learning and their future in the live entertainment industry.”

The Q3’s powerful 4K playback, in-built live effects engine and Notch integration will be used across the all of BA’s courses, including Live Visual Design and Production, and Live Event Production.

“Students have always pushed the boundaries when it comes to technology, and so has Avolites, making a great match,” says Avolites’ Koy Neminathan. “The Ai software has gone from strength to strength. With its new UI, the students will experience a clear workflow which will allow them to get creative when programming. The features of both Ai and Titan offer power and flexibility and having Ai and Titan under one roof will allow them to see the strengths and benefits to Synergy – the ability to connect and configure an Ai media server from the Titan interface.”

Avolites is also providing training for Backstage Academy tutors at their London HQ and student masterclasses at the Wakefield site.

“We will always be on hand for the students. It is important that they have the ability to not only to learn Ai and Titan but also understand how to create a network with our products, so they can take full advantage of features such as Multi-User,” Neminathan continues. “Ultimately, we want them to have the tools they need to be creative; for their heads to be looking up at the stage rather than down at the console all the time.

“We’re excited about this relationship and we are looking forward to a long-term partnership with Backstage Academy. I’m sure, whether the students are patching a light on an Art dimmer, programming a show with 64 universes with the Titan Net Processor or projecting onto a 3D surface using our Ai software, they will have fun while being inspired.”

Gleadhall concludes: “We’re extremely grateful for Avolites’ support. Without this relationship, we couldn’t achieve such high standards of training and visual control.”

www.avolites.com

17th September 2018

Avolites

ESTA posts two documents for public review

E1.33 - 201x, Entertainment Technology – (RDMnet) – Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) over IP Networks: This standard defines a method for carrying E1.20 (RDM) messages over IP networks. It also defines a scalable architecture for RDM message transmission that allows multi-controller environments with tens of thousands of RDM Responders. Additionally, a minimal protocol is defined for carrying non-RDM data over the same architecture.

BSR E1.37-7, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) - Gateway & Splitter Messages: This document provides additional Get/Set Parameter Messages for use with the ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol. This document contains messages relating to configuring managed splitters, proxy devices, and RDMnet Devices.

These standards will be in public review until 05 November 2018.

People who might be materially affected by any of these projects are invited to participate in the work, either by joining the appropriate working group or by commenting on the public review documents, which can be found by following this link to the TSP's public review documents web page: http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php

The Control Protocols Working Group seeks members in the designer, dealer/rental, general, and custom-market producer interest categories. The Electrical Power Working Group seeks members in the designer, and custom-market producer interest categories. The Followspot Position Working Group seeks members in the general interest, custom-market producer, and dealer/rental company interest categories.

Working group application forms can be downloaded here: http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/procedural_docs.html

11th September 2018

Prolyte Group Announces International Training Facility

Prolyte Group Announces International Training Facility
Prolyte Group Announces International Training Facility

Germany – Prolyte Group announced the opening of its new International Training Center (ITC) at Rheiner Strasse 125, D 48282 in Emsdetten, Germany during its partner immersion event (PIE) held on 10th September.

The new ITC state-of-art facility provides a venue for Prolyte events and Prolyte partners to introduce Prolyte Products to customers and prospective clients.

The training centre includes 500 metres (5,400 sq. ft.) of meeting space and is comprised of a main conference area that can host up to 100 guests and five additional breakout rooms. The building was originally constructed pre-war as a textile manufacturing warehouse.

ITC will include:
  • A lounge and bistro area
  • A range of high-end technical equipment including a digital projector and screen, video conferencing equipment, and a wide screen television
  • Smart whiteboards, flip charts, conference enabled phone systems are also available
  • Free unlimited complimentary WiFi
  • Hot and cold buffet available upon request with a selection of hot and cold drinks
  • Accessible location with complimentary parking
  • Transportation can be arranged from the nearest train station or airports as needed
  • Prolyte Group’s engineers, distribution managers, and product managers are also available as needed to help with the event

“It’s important that we provide the right tools and environment to help our partners experience the Prolyte brand. The new facility allows a hands-on training experience where they can build structures in the field in real-time,” says Lambert Bouwmeester, Prolyte’s chief executive officer. “Investing in our partners for a long-standing relationship is a priority.”

www.prolyte.com

11th September 2018

Prolyte

Explaining a Few Lighting Basics

Explaining a Few Lighting Basics

Eaton’s Zero 88 series continues its enthusiastic support for professional lighting, audio and AV distributors’ Leisuretec’s “Introduction to Lighting Basics" course, an innovative one-day fly-through of some of the fundamentals of stage, event and venue lighting, devised and presented by their lighting specialist, Andy Friedli.

This is the third of four “Lighting Basics” sessions being run by Leisuretec throughout 2018. Over 30 customers and interested parties attended over these latest three one-day courses, and Leisuretec has now trained over 170 people via this straightforward, hands-on process, with great results.

Andy devised and developed the course – initially for Leisuretec staff – three years ago, having joined the Leighton Buzzard based company five years ago. With a background in theatre and a 25-year career that includes working for leading production lighting companies, he’s seen a lot happen in that time and recognised that a little basic information goes a long way!

It can assist sale teams to better understand the precise needs of their customers, and for those working in other technical departments, it can provide insight into some of the theories behind, and reasons for, making light work.

The first courses proved so popular that Andy and his colleagues at Leisuretec decided to open the training to their customers, specifically systems integrators and venue or event production staff and crew who maybe involved in the peripheries of lighting, and who can benefit massively from a little bit of extra knowledge.

As the concept gained traction, Andy appealed to the leading lighting brands in Leisuretec’s portfolio and asked for their support, including Eaton, who were delighted to participate by providing a selection of consoles to illustrate the control side of lighting.

The current package of desks includes the new Zero 88 FLX S range which are perfect for learning.

“Training and technical support that empowers end-users is right at the top of our agenda,” confirms Zero 88’s international sales manager Tyler Holpin. “We have supported Andy’s initiative right from the start, and it’s great to see it become such a success.”

In fact, the Eaton Zero 88 team took it one step further when the chief UK technical sales manager Mandy Bullock-Williams joined Andy as the second presenter.

“We work extremely well together,” commented Andy, “being able to banter is good fun and livens up the atmosphere, and to have another knowledgeable person to bounce ideas off and recall and share their own experiences – and between us there’s many – is highly beneficial. So, it’s very much become a collaborative effort.”

Mandy’s career as a lighting professional began an impressive 46 years ago, when she became fascinated by lighting whilst still at school, and at that time, ‘training’ was virtually non-existent.

“That’s all changed now,” she observes, “but there is still a real need for concise, practically based courses like this which will give individuals already working in the industry more insight into a specific aspect. Anyone interested in taking their lighting knowledge further now has several options.”

Topics covered on the Lighting Basics course include looking at the different types of available fixtures, what they do and how and when to use them including profiles, Fresnels, washes, PARs, LEDs, tungsten, arc sources and moving lights, for which Eaton provided several generic fixtures from Italian theatrical specialist, LDR.

The control section introduces DMX and basic desk programming and operation and goes into how to achieve colour changing in LEDs or making a light move and how to work effectively with gobos.

Grass roots wiring and electrical theory are also part of the daily syllabus. Each course culminates in the two groups being asked to set up some lighting for a theoretical corporate event utilising between four and six of the luminaires – with which they are now familiar – and a wind-up stand, while Andy poses as the fussiest, most pedantic and hard-to-please event client / keynote speaker!

The daily class is split into two in Leisuretec’s purpose-built TecZone area, allowing both sub-groups to work on an identical set of fixtures and get properly hands-on with these, and the numbers are limited to 12 maximum per session.

It’s an intense amount of information to absorb in a single day, but the feedback received by Andy and Mandy, Leisuretec and Zero 88 has allowed them to optimise the content so it’s thorough and sufficient for everyone to digest comfortably, yet not so overwhelming that they forget everything as soon as they leave.

Zero 88 and Leisuretec also stage console-dedicated courses at other times in the year which currently focus on Zero’s award-winning new FLX and FLX S ranges and how easy they are to use. Zero 88 also run their own product training and awareness programmes.

Please check zero88.com/training for further details.

Andy also ran a Lighting Basics Juniors course for nine 13- and 14-year-olds as a one-off day event, which he describes as: “Probably the most rewarding course I have run. They had a genuine interest,” and followed the exact same course as the adults: “Fully embracing the technology even though none of them had ever handled lighting equipment before.” He hopes to have sparked at least some of them to consider an industry-related career.

In picture: Day 3 group with tutors Andy Friedli (far left) and Mandy Bullock-Williams (fourth from left). photo: Louise Stickland

30th August 2018

ESTA Posts Four Documents for Public Review

BSR E1.29 - 2009 (R2014), Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil

This standard is being considered for reaffirmation. It's intended to help guide product safety testing laboratories in evaluating fog-making equipment for design or construction defects that might create unacceptable hazards. It is based on UL 998 - 2006, Humidifiers, with modifications. Products covered are theatrical fog generators intended for use in professional theatrical entertainment, film and video production, theme parks, and fire safety training.

BSR E1.62, Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance events

The standard covers mass-produced portable platforms, stair units and ramps used with those platforms, and choral risers, designed to be used for the presentation of music concerts, dramatic plays, fashion shows, and other entertainment and special events.

BSR E1.5 - 2009 (R2014), Theatrical Fog Made with Aqueous Solutions of Di- and Trihydric Alcohols

This standard is being considered for reaffirmation. This standard describes the composition of theatrical fogs or artificial mists that are not likely to be harmful to healthy performers, technicians, or audience members of normal working age.

Those three standards are in public review until 24 September 2018

BSR E1.6-1 --201x, Powered Hoist Systems

This document establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. It's in public review until 22 October 2018

People who might be materially affected by any of these projects are invited to participate in the work, either by joining the appropriate working group or by commenting on the public review documents, which can be found by following this link to the TSP's public review documents web page: http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php

Technical Standards Program Call for members:

The Electrical Power Working Group seeks members in the designer, and custom-market producer interest categories. The Followspot Position Working Group seeks members in the general interest, custom-market producer, and dealer/rental company interest categories.

Working group application forms can be downloaded here: http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/procedural_docs.html

29th August 2018

ESTA Posts Three Standards for Review

Three documents have been posted for public review on the ESTA website at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to comment on them. Two of the documents are reaffirmations of existing standards; one is a proposed new standard. The reviews run through September 24; please comment before September 25 starts. The documents are:

ANSI E1.5, Theatrical Fog Made with Aqueous Solutions of Di- and Trihydric Alcohols
ANSI E1.5 – 2009, last reaffirmed in 2014, is being considered for reaffirmation. This standard describes the composition of theatrical fogs or artificial mists that are not likely to be harmful to healthy performers, technicians, or audience members of normal working age. It is limited to those fogs and mists made from a solution of water and one or more dihydric or trihydric alcohols, and is intended to be applied in theatres, arenas, and other places of entertainment or public assembly.

ANSI E1.29, Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil
ANSI E1.29 – 2009, previously reaffirmed in 2014, is being considered for reaffirmation. The standard is intended to help guide product safety testing laboratories in evaluating fog-making equipment for design or construction defects that might create unacceptable hazards. It is based on UL 998 - 2006, Humidifiers, with modifications. Products covered are theatrical fog generators intended for use in professional theatrical entertainment, film and video production, theme parks, and fire safety training.

BSR E1.62, Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance events
This proposed new standard covers mass-produced portable platforms, stair units and ramps used with those platforms, and choral risers, designed to be used for the presentation of music concerts, dramatic plays, fashion shows, and other entertainment and special events. The units covered by this standard are of a size and weight that allows them to be moved and erected by one or two people. Larger, heavier units are outside the scope of this standard. The scope also covers the railings provided as fall protection accessories, and the legging systems.

27th July 2018

Elation Sponsors Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Elation Sponsors Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Elation Sponsors Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

USA – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi holds a theatre summer camp each year, and this year Elation Professional was a sponsor by making available both LED and discharge-based moving heads that allowed students the hands-on opportunity to work with state-of-the-art lighting gear.

“Camp on the Coast: Creating Leaders in Life and on the Stage” is a theatre camp that teaches more than acting, lighting, props and costume design, according to Phil Johnson, lighting and technical director at the department of theatre and dance at Texas A&M. “It’s an immersive experience promoting creativity, comradery and healthy competition,” he says. More than 120 of the best high school theatre students from around Texas attended the camp, an intense two-week summer programme (17th June 1st July) for students whose skill sets range from novice to leading lady/gentleman.

The University has been holding the theatre summer camp for the last 14 years. Acting students take classes in movement, voice and acting while technical students immerse themselves in lighting equipment, sound equipment and a costume lab. Training in stage management and other areas are also on the agenda. The camp usually puts on six plays in both a proscenium and black box theatre, productions fully mounted with scenic elements, props, lighting and sound with direction often by the winning directors of the state UIL One Act Play Contest held across Texas.

The Elation sponsorship entailed the loaning of Platinum HFX hybrid moving head fixtures along with Fuze Wash Z350 LED moving heads. “The Elation sponsorship allowed us to set up a practical light lab as part of the students’ experience,” Johnson commented. “We engaged the students in planning and setting up the rig with all the fixtures. Included in this activity was running power and data and hooking up the consoles. It was very helpful for the students to get experience and have time figuring out the various options the fixtures had and how they worked. Later on, when they were working with the directors, they were able to create effective lighting for the productions and show off their new skills. The students could then take what they learned back to their own schools.”

Elation Regional sales manager for central US, Scott Kinnebrew, as well as Elation rental and production market manager, Jean Lariviere, visited the camp to talk to students and answer any questions. “It was a nice presence and made a definite impact upon the students,” Johnson said. “The sponsorship meant a lot to our department as it allowed us to use the equipment to generate interest in our camp and department. It allowed us to expand our experience and to try out new fixtures to see what they can do and hopefully help us decide which units we would like to purchase. Most of all, the sponsorship allowed us to make connections with Elation Lighting and to continue to use their equipment. Experiencing newer fixtures in our own theatres allowed us to see how these new lights can meet our needs and serve our theatres.”

Johnson concludes by saying the biggest opportunity for the students was the hands-on experience with the fixtures, adding that many of them had not been able to get their hands on these types of fixtures before. “It opened their eyes to what a lighting designer can do and how knowing more about equipment gives them more options in their productions.”

Elation Sponsors Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus ChristiElation Sponsors Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

26th July 2018

Rose Bruford College and Lighting Education Trust Announce New Lighting Design Degree Pathway in Space and Architecture

Rose Bruford College and Lighting Education Trust Announce New Lighting Design Degree Pathway in Space and Architecture

UK – Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Lighting Education Trust (LET) have announced a prestigious partnership to develop a new undergraduate lighting design degree pathway in Space and Architecture.

The proposed pathway is a development of the College’s existing and well-established BA (Hons) Lighting Design programme (Europe’s first degree in Lighting Design launched in 1993), which already has a track record in preparing graduates to work in lighting for architecture and the built environment as well as theatre and live performance.

The £30,000 three-year package of support from LET will not only include staff and teaching resources but will also create industry placement opportunities for students.

Nick Hunt, Rose Bruford College head of school for design, management and technical arts, believes the partnership provides fantastic employment opportunities for students selected onto the pathway: “We are delighted to be working with the Lighting Education Trust to develop this new undergraduate pathway. We have had an ambition to create this unique degree for some time, so we are extremely pleased that our partnership with the LET will enable it to become a reality. Working together we will be able to meet industry’s need for creative specialists in architectural lighting and provide great opportunities for students to go into a vibrant and expanding field.”

The new BA (Hons) pathway signifies the first comprehensive study route for those wishing to make architectural lighting design a career, bridging LET’s existing online Diploma course in Lighting Design and University College London’s MSc in Lighting Design.

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding and presentation of a cheque to Rose Bruford College principal and chief executive Clarie Middleton, Bob Venning chair of the LET management committee said: “The Lighting Education Trust is delighted to support the production of the new course and we look forward to many years of close collaboration with Rose Bruford College with the aim of promoting lighting education in the United Kingdom.”

Starting in September 2018, the pathway will be available for four BA (Hons) Lighting Design Students per year.

20th July 2018

Light Fantastic Production Services - supporting new talent

Light Fantastic Production Services - supporting new talent

UK – Delivering a strong academic curriculum for 14 to 19-year-olds, dove-tailed with specialist courses in creative arts and media production, EUTC is an industry recognised centre for excellence in the arts.

Working closely with tutors at the school, LFPS recently welcomed three Key Stage 5 students from the BTEC Production Technology Course to their Borehamwood base.

Always keen to nurture new talent, LFPS are delighted to partner EUTC, assisting in the provision of work experience throughout key departments at the company. During their spell with the company, students Luca DeLauri, Drew Topping and Ellis Montgomery were given a hands on introduction to the busy LFPS lighting, audio, video and scenic construction departments, along with the chance to be part of the crew servicing ‘real world’ productions.

Speaking about the placement, Ellis Montgomery said: “My time spent with Light Fantastic really has helped my studies as it has given me more experience in a real working environment along with a wider understanding of different equipment. It has helped provide me with the skills to enter the workplace with a higher level of knowledge.”

Drew Topping adds: “Having a passion for set design and construction I had the most fun in the workshop getting hands-on experience and learning a few tricks from the carpenters that I will surely use. The experience has created opportunities for me as I now have a relationship with a high-end production company that is always eager to embrace new talent.”

Along with providing work experience opportunities, LFPS assist the school with equipment and support throughout the year. As part of the curriculum EUTC stages a wide range of student productions for which LFPS offers access to their entire range of professional equipment.

Commenting on the company support for EUTC, LFPS managing director Rob Myer says: “Working with this recent intake of students has been an absolute pleasure. Ellis, Drew and Luca were welcome guests. We were impressed by their positive approach throughout their time with us, so much so that we have since offered them paid employment alongside their studies. We are always happy to offer support to our industry and remain particularly keen to assist in introducing new talent to the workplace. It is particularly rewarding to be able to do this within our local community.”

In picture: Ellis Montgomery, Drew Toppingand Luca DeLauri.

17th July 2018