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ALD Lumiere Scheme exceeds all expectations

ALD Lumiere Scheme exceeds all expectations

UK - The ALD – for people in performance lighting – has announced the participants of a hugely expanded Lumiere 20:20 mentorship scheme, which has tripled in size after an unexpected turn of events. In total, the ALD will now help 68 emerging lighting designers through the Lumière 20:20 scheme.

The original format planned to match 20 emerging lighting designers with experienced mentors. However, due to the generosity ALD members waiving their micro-bursary, 38 Lumiéres will now benefit from the one-on-one scheme.

Katharine Williams, project manager for ALD Lumière, explains: “It started with one person waiving their micro-bursary and then the whole thing snowballed as many others decided to pay theirs forward too.”

In addition, the standard of applications was so high that a separate, newly created programme, dubbed Team Lumière, has been initiated. A further 22 applicants will receive a place in the group where they will work as a collective through an expanded version of the Lumière course programme which focuses on creativity, craft and building community at a time when emerging lighting practitioners most need it.

Rory Beaton, leader of Team Lumière, said: “I’m extremely excited to be leading Team Lumière! Alongside copious interviews and discussions with lighting designers, we hope to create a real sense of community amongst the group. Imagine a world where 22 of your peers came to support you at your next press night! We’d all love that support and that’s part of what we hope to create.”

The scheme expansion means the ALD will help 68 emerging lighting designers in total. Participants from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Australia and the US have been chosen. Many of them identify as being under-represented in lighting design.

Charlotte Burton, chair of the Lumiere Scheme working group, adds: “We have been taken aback by the wonderful response to Lumiere 20:20. The quality of the applicants has made the matching process joyous and we are thrilled to be able offer additional places and the community of Team Lumiere.

“Lumiere 20:20 has become everything we wanted it to be and more. I believe this shows the talent that is out there and that our freelance designers want to support and encourage them especially at this unique time for the industry.”

Lighting designers taking part as mentors in Lumiere 20:20 are: Adam Silverman, Aideen Malone, Ben Cracknell, Bruno Poet, Charles Balfour, Charlie Morgan Jones, Daniella Beattie, David Howe, Declan Randall, Eleanor Higgins, Howard Hudson, Jason Addison, Jessica Hung Han Yun, Jon Clark, Kathy Perkins (USA), Ken Billington (USA), Lee Curran, Lizzie Powell, Lucy Carter, Malcolm Rippeth, Mark Jonathan, Matt Haskins, Mike Le Fevre, Mike Robertson, Natasha Chivers, Nic Farman, Nick Schliper (Australia), Paul Lim (Australia), Ric Mountjoy, Rick Fisher, Rob Sinclair, Sherry Coenen, Simon Wilkinson and Zoe Spurr. Rory Beaton will lead Team Lumiere.

Lumiere 20:20 will start on 14th September 2020.

photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

4th September 2020

ROE Visual and Backstage Academy Prolong Partnership

ROE Visual and Backstage Academy Prolong Partnership

UK – ROE Visual will prolong its support for the Backstage Academy, enabling a new generation of students to acquire relevant technical skills, working with the industry-standard ROE Visual LED panels.

ROE Visual firmly believes in the power of knowledge transfer. Next to the widely followed ROE Academy classes, supporting other training events and learning initiatives is self-evident in order to guarantee an influx of the next generation of young professional video technicians. The co-operation is an example of how industry-leading manufacturers can play a role in educating and inspiring the future generation of technicians.

ROE Visual has been supporting the Backstage Academy since 2019, enabling the students to work with a range of LED panels that are the standard choice for tours, events, film and broadcast productions. Backstage Academy Students has enjoyed access to BP3, CB5 and the Black Marble LED floor panels. These products have been deployed in numerous projects, assessments, workshops and showcases. With the continuation of the partnership, access to these products is secured for the Backstage Academy students.

“We are looking forward to enjoying another year of amazing support from ROE Visual,” states Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director at Backstage Academy. “2019 saw ROE products in numerous Backstage Academy practical lessons and special projects. Some of our students become noticeably animated and excited at the mention of ROE Visual products. With new developments for virtual production, we envisage this partnership will be even more mutually beneficial for the year ahead.”

“With this partnership Backstage Academy continues its strategy to link with the best manufacturers and brands. It means our students can work with the latest equipment available on the market, acquiring relevant and up-to-date skills, which is paramount for their future career. Moreover, it’s a great product to work with, the quality of the product and ease of deployment are clearly second to none,” Marsden continues.

"Being at Backstage Academy we have access to market leading technology such as ROE CB5 and the BP3 Panels. These are my favourite brand as they’re easy to put together and are very versatile in many different situations. One of my favourite things to do at uni is to book out the ROE panels, quickly construct a design and splash my content over it. The panels have bright LEDs and produce rich colours which is perfect for any live environment." adds Jack Dartford, third-year BA (Hons) Live Events Production student.

“Supporting starting AV technicians is important for our industry,” states Auke Meijer, operations and sales director at ROE Visual Europe. “Being able to add well-trained young professionals to your team allows you to stay sharp. New insights, technologies and profound knowledge are the basis for continuous development. We’re pleased to continue our cooperation with Backstage Academy.”

photos: Backstage Academy

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25th August 2020

With a week to go, apply for The ALD's Lumière 20:20 Scheme

With a week to go, apply for The ALD\'s Lumière 20:20 Scheme

UK – The ALD’s successful Lumiere Scheme, which has for the last five years created pathways for lighting practitioners to work as an assistant to established designers on a diverse range of new productions, has been reformatted in response to the current pandemic situation.

This year, a modified scheme entitled ALD Lumière 20:20, will pair 20 emerging lighting practitioners with 20 lighting designers, representing a wide spectrum of work, for a series one-hour online conversations across the ten weeks from mid-September.

ALD Lumiere 20:20 is an exciting opportunity to gain direct access to a designer and to inspire creative conversations about the art, the craft, the life of live entertainment lighting.

Lumiere 20:20 will involve weekly mentor sessions between Lumière and lighting designer, each having different topics to consider as a starting point. Although this is a ‘virtual’ project, it is hoped that there will be some real professional relationships established through the scheme that may come to fruition when we all get back to work.

Chair of The ALD’s Lumière working group Charlotte Burton (pictured) says: “Back in 2015 the Lumière Scheme changed my life and career pathway. With Lumiere 20:20 being a virtual scheme it allows us to open it up to more participants, and so we are actively encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in UK theatre or wish to return to the industry.”

One of the core values of the scheme is that The ALD do not just invest time in someone, but also invest money. Therefore, everyone involved, both lighting designers and participants, will receive a micro-bursary to acknowledge the belief bestowed in person and practice at this time.

This funding has been possible by the generous legacy of ALD Fellow, Mick Hughes (1939-2018).

Mick’s pared-back and beautiful work had “a subtle, almost stealthy artistry that drew attention to the play and players, not to itself.” (The Guardian). His designs have had a huge influence on the UK’s stages that still resonates today. He also loved nothing better than to sit at the production desk or in the pub and talk about light and life in theatre. He was always generous in sharing his knowledge.

Burton adds: “The exciting element of Lumiere 20:20 is the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations about the working practice of being a lighting designer as well as the realities of developing a career. It is wonderful for us to be able to do this in Mick’s memory and we believe that he would be delighted that he is supporting his fellow designers at this time.”

Applications for the scheme are open now with the closing date of Thursday 20th August 2020. Full details of the scheme, eligibility and how to apply can be found on The ALD website at www.ald.org.uk/lumiere

17th August 2020

Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel on 19th August 19 Elation Innovation Hour

Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel on 19th August 19 Elation Innovation Hour

Elation Professional resumes its Innovation Hour virtual product launches 19 August 19 with a look at a new automated LED Fresnel in the company’s high-value Fuze series, the Fuze Wash FR.

Join national sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs live on Wednesday, 19 August at 10:00am PST in the US as they introduce some of the leading technologies implemented in the Fuze Wash FR. The live demo also includes a Q&A session.

RSVP here.

The Fuze Wash FR is designed for any application where an automated Fresnel fixture with outstanding colours, a wide zoom range and framing beam control where a soft field is required.

Suitable for a wide array of precision lighting applications, it is ideal for the refined performance requirements of theatrical venues.

The Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour are virtual presentations that delve into the more personal side of product development. They includes discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting, as well as virtual product launches.

www.elationlighting.com

17th August 2020

Elation

Chauvet Takes a Holistic Approach to Online Demos

Chauvet Takes a Holistic Approach to Online Demos

UK – Chris Hale is working out of his garage in Ashford, Kent. Ritchie Reed is 180 miles away. Yet, both are coming together (virtually) every day to offer a valuable service to designers, programmers, event specialists, and integrators with their 30-minute Chauvet Online Demo Sessions.

Working in tandem, the two lighting professionals take a holistic approach to their educational sessions, which air daily at 10am BST, demonstrating fixtures in a way that reflects how they are actually used in real world applications. For example, rather than showcase one fixture in isolation, they will look at paired fixtures, such as the Maverick MK3 Profile and Maverick MK3 Wash; or Rogue Outcast Hybrid IP65 and Rogue Outcast Beam IP65.

“For us, it makes more sense to look at fixtures from the perspective of how they are going to work together in real life,” said Hale. “We want our session to be meaningful, not just abstract product presentations.”

The daily demos also offer a thorough 360-degree look at products. While Hale takes care of the actual product demos, Reed complements this material by providing photometrics, images and weblinks.

“Our goal is to do a full product demonstration,” said Reed. “We share everything that we can get our hands on, whether it’s acoustic reports or DMX layouts etc. We also like to show families of products. This has been a great way for us to stay engaged with our friends in the industry and hopefully provide them with information that will enhance their work in the future.”

Viewers can watch the demos at 10 am BST weekdays by using the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/92927740196?pwd=TVM5c1gwQ2Q4ZnZXUjcwWE1DQzVmUT09

12th August 2020

THE ALD Lumière 20:20 Scheme

THE ALD Lumière 20:20 Scheme

The ALD’s successful Lumiere Scheme, which has for the last five years created pathways for lighting practitioners to work as an assistant to established designers on a diverse range of new productions, has been reformatted in response to the current pandemic situation.

This year, a modified scheme entitled ALD Lumiere 20:20, will pair 20 emerging lighting practitioners with 20 lighting designers, representing a wide spectrum of work, for a series one-hour online conversations across the ten weeks from mid-September.

ALD Lumiere 20:20 is an exciting opportunity to gain direct access to a designer and to inspire creative conversations about the art, the craft, the life of live entertainment lighting.

Lumiere 20:20 will involve weekly mentor sessions between Lumière and lighting designer, each having different topics to consider as a starting point. Although this is a ‘virtual’ project, it is hoped that there will be some real professional relationships established through the scheme that may come to fruition when we all get back to work.

Chair of The ALD’s Lumière working group Charlotte Burton (pictured) says: “Back in 2015 the Lumière Scheme changed my life and career pathway. With Lumiere 20:20 being a virtual scheme it allows us to open it up to more participants, and so we are actively encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in UK theatre or wish to return to the industry.”

One of the core values of the scheme is that The ALD do not just invest time in someone, but also invest money. Therefore, everyone involved, both lighting designers and participants, will receive a micro-bursary to acknowledge the belief bestowed in person and practice at this time.

This funding has been possible by the generous legacy of ALD Fellow, Mick Hughes (1939-2018).

Mick’s pared-back and beautiful work had “a subtle, almost stealthy artistry that drew attention to the play and players, not to itself.” (The Guardian). His designs have had a huge influence on the UK’s stages that still resonates today. He also loved nothing better than to sit at the production desk or in the pub and talk about light and life in theatre. He was always generous in sharing his knowledge.

Burton adds: “The exciting element of Lumiere 20:20 is the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations about the working practice of being a lighting designer as well as the realities of developing a career. It is wonderful for us to be able to do this in Mick’s memory and we believe that he would be delighted that he is supporting his fellow designers at this time.”

Applications for the scheme are open now with the closing date of Thursday 20th August 2020. Full details of the scheme, eligibility and how to apply can be found on The ALD website at www.ald.org.uk/lumiere

11th August 2020

Elation Professional launches new online Learning Centre

Elation Professional launches new online Learning Centre

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on our lives and industry, lighting professionals are taking the downtime as an opportunity to educate themselves and prepare for the eventual reopening. Elation Professional is offering just such an opportunity with launch of a new online Learning Centre available on the www.elationlighting.com website. Designed to provide lighting professionals with easy-to-access learning options, the new resource site is full of free educational and training material.

View training videos from Obsidian Control Systems covering the Onyx platform, Dylos pixel composer, Capture visualisation software and more, or access Elation Educational Experience (E3) training videos, many presented by one of the industry’s top technical educationists, ETCP recognised trainer Richard Cadena. Other resources like white papers and how-to articles covering a host of topics relevant to lighting professionals are also available.

The entire Elation Hour and Innovation Hour webinar series is available to view. Elation’s popular virtual presentation series addresses the technology and process behind the company’s most popular product series and includes discussions with some of our industry’s most noted designers. Check out Elation’s virtual at home demos, a video series that sees Elation’s sales team and product specialists demoing some of Elation’s newest lighting products from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Another feature of the Learning Centre includes videos of product, trade show and showroom light shows. Visitors can also view and register for upcoming E3 events, as well as schedule a demo room appointment at Elation facilities in the US, Europe or Mexico.

The Elation Learning Centere will be continually updated with new material so lighting pros can return to it again and again. For access, follow the Learning Centre link at the top of the www.elationlighting.com webpage.

 

7th August 2020

Elation

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing

With over 35 years of experience in live production between them, both lighting director David Bishop and media server programmer Matt Lee play an integral role in the look of BBC Studio’s flagship show, “Strictly Come Dancing”. David and Matt will be having an open discussion about the challenges of producing live television on the scale and to the high standard seen on the show and will also guide us through the process of producing a show from concept to transmission.

They’ll be focusing on Hippotizer’s role in their creative process and the features they could not live without, whilst giving an insight into the dynamics of working closely under significant time pressure.

Hosted by David Bishop lighting director, Matt Lee media server programmer and Suzy Stenning Green Hippo training manager.

To register, click here.

28th July 2020

Unusual launches new rigging course

Unusual launches new rigging course

UK – Unusual Rigging has launched a new ‘General Event Rigging Course’ which is set to take place on a monthly basis at its Bugbrooke HQ. The training has been designed to aid riggers of all levels of experience with the course comprising a series of lectures, demonstrations and the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities.

Speaking about the company’s new offering, director Steve Porter commented: “As an industry we are poised to deal with new COVID-19 regulations and safety guidelines, and no rigger can afford to be complacent. The past few months have been an unsettling time for the live production sector and riggers – whether employed by a company full time or freelance – have seen their work drop off a cliff. That’s hours of hand-on experience lost and lots of time spent with very little to do. The aim of the course is to act as a refresher for those in the industry with decades of experience under their belts as well as relative newcomers who want to expand their knowledge and skillset.”

Courses will start in August and will take place in a safe and socially distanced environment. Over the course of the event, candidates can expect to cover

  • Current legislation and regulations, including HASAWA, PUWER and LOLER

  • Work at height regulations

  • Risk assessments

  • Working at height including work restraint, work positioning and fall arrest

  • Pre use checks to lifting equipment and PPE

  • Principles of lifting and safe systems of work

  • Marking out

  • Rigging with equipment including steels, round slings and shackles

  • Calculating simple bridles and weight distribution relating to bridling

  • Correct use of trusses, slinging and load distribution

  • Operating chain hoists using direct control and low voltage hoist controllers

  • Steel wire rope terminations

Steve continued: “We want to use this quieter period to help equip riggers with a thorough knowledge – both theoretical and practical – of the skills they need to work effectively in the industry. The UK rigging industry has always been the envy of the world, you can never have too many strings to your bow. All candidates will come away with a certificate of course completion and hopefully an enjoyable, albeit socially distanced experience and the chance to catch up with their industry peers.”

Dates for the August course will be confirmed shortly. Those interested in receiving more information should register their name and contact details by emailing sales@unusual.co.uk

24th July 2020

Unusual

Laughing with Loctambule

Laughing with Loctambule
Laughing with Loctambule

France - Having a sense of humour has proved a vital survival tool in some of the worst possible scenarios! Whilst absolutely not downplaying the seriousness of a global pandemic, Jacky Fregonese of French lighting and visual rental and production company Loctambule, based near Strasbourg, has put smiles on faces with a series of very amusing product and business tutorials that have gained a large fan following on social media.

With all events and shows cancelled and the industry closing down with the French Covid-19 lockdown, Jacky, who heads the company with his wife Catherine Saint-Georges, wanted to do something creative to boost morale while so many usually busy companies and talented technicians, designers, production managers, event organisers, etc., all push through until events can re-start.

Jacky is well known amongst his friends – and now his growing fanbase – for his wacky sense of humour and intellectual wit!

He was originally inspired to start the funny tutorials into products Loctambule has in rental stock, which includes Robe MegaPointes, ESPRITES, BMFL Blades and PixelPATTs, all of which have featured and generated interest amongst technicians and others.

In addition to lighting, the company provides LED screens and related infrastructure and works across several sectors, from corporate presentations and experientials to music events and festivals.

“I really just wanted to make people laugh during this difficult time,” commented Jacky, “that was the initial motivation for the tutorials, then it all started getting really popular, much to my surprise!”

Each tutorial lasts around two or three minutes and Jacky keeps it snappy, interspersing each one with user-tips about the products, with heaps of humour and some ridiculous things that you would never actually do in reality but to keep the amusement factor high!

In addition to all the Robe tutorials, he has covered other moving light products, consoles, and other useful business topics like administrative tips and even how to properly clean an office or the warehouse in line with additional Covid-19 regulations coming on stream.

After recording the tutorials, Jacky shares them with his IT manager via WhatsApp, who edits if necessary and then shares on the Robe France Facebook channel.

https://fr-fr.facebook.com/robelighting.france/

Jacky adds with a large grin: “From the feedback, some people clearly think the more silly things that I might be doing during the tutorials are actually true, but either way, they seem to like the crazy side of me!”

He intends to keep going as long as he is still enjoying it and can find meaningful subjects and topics to talk about! In the meantime, he, like everyone, is hoping that business will start to re-energise in the coming months so they can start getting cash flow going.

Loctambule started investing in Robe products five years ago as they started becoming an industry-standard on so many riders and specifications, but his first association with the brand pre-dates that and, in fact, it goes back to when Robe was an OEM manufacturer.

He likes Robe for the robust construction, excellent engineering, and reliability. “We can have the products out on the most demanding projects for many days and they keep working and working!”

He enjoys a strong and close working relationship with Bruno Garros and the team at Robe France and comments: “I love the family atmosphere of the operation Team in Paris and this is also the same at the HQ in the Czech Republic from what I can see. People matter which I respect and it’s also the way I like to work.”

photos: Loctambule

www.robe.cz

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21st July 2020

Robe Lighting