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Michael Figge, 2018 KOI-USA Award winner for his Set & Video Design at the MTV Awards, keeps his sword in their studio l...
07/12/2019

Michael Figge, 2018 KOI-USA Award winner for his Set & Video Design at the MTV Awards, keeps his sword in their studio lobby. "The display of mementos brings back happy memories of the projects for everyone who worked on these shows." Submit a design now! http://bit.ly/submitKOIUSA19

More than 1,000 sq. m. of ROE CB5 LED screens, 4 km of ROE LED strips, and 21 cameras helped amplify this gripping conce...
07/12/2019
Marco Borsato Brings Augmented Reality to the Stage at De Kuip

More than 1,000 sq. m. of ROE CB5 LED screens, 4 km of ROE LED strips, and 21 cameras helped amplify this gripping concert.

Dutch singer Marco Borsato performed at De Kuip backed by an imposing display of lights and augmented reality video images on an 85m x 15m canvas.

From award-winning designs to must-read books, here is this week's industry news.
07/11/2019
[email protected]: Rammstein Tour, HOW Installations, Spotlight Operator's Handbook & More

From award-winning designs to must-read books, here is this week's industry news.

This week's industry news includes Rammstein Tour scenic elements, house of worship sound systems, Sydney Opera House projection mapping, The Spotlight Operator's Handbook, and more.

The scenic designer provided a gridded neutral landscape or canvas for lighting designer Mary Tarantino to shape the man...
07/11/2019
The Curious Incident at The Ohio State University: Part Two, Lighting Design

The scenic designer provided a gridded neutral landscape or canvas for lighting designer Mary Tarantino to shape the many required locations for the script.

Lighting designer Mary Tarantino discusses how digital light and physical light were woven together for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

WIcreations delivered a total of 72 tons and 10 trailers full of custom equipment within 14 weeks for Rammstein.
07/10/2019
Rammstein Tour In Motion

WIcreations delivered a total of 72 tons and 10 trailers full of custom equipment within 14 weeks for Rammstein.

WIcreations supplied several custom staging and automation elements for Rammstein's current 2019 tour.

2018 KOI-USA Live for Broadcast winner, P. J. Dillon says he keeps his sword on the wall of his screening room! Where wo...
07/10/2019

2018 KOI-USA Live for Broadcast winner, P. J. Dillon says he keeps his sword on the wall of his screening room! Where would you keep your sword? Submit a design for the 2019 awards now! https://knightofilluminationawards.com

"It became an exercise of careful dramaturgy to ensure that each moment of media was saying what it needed to, sometimes...
07/09/2019
The Curious Incident at The Ohio State University: Part One, Media Design

"It became an exercise of careful dramaturgy to ensure that each moment of media was saying what it needed to, sometimes in incredibly immersive moments but always living within the frame of the show," says Alex Oliszewski of the media intensive The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Alex Oliszewski discusses the media design and video content creation for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The Ohio State University.

It's that time of year again! Or it will be, so be prepared with these beautiful cards. All proceeds benefit the Behind ...
07/09/2019
The 2019 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards On Sale Now

It's that time of year again! Or it will be, so be prepared with these beautiful cards. All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes Charity, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured.

The 2019 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards are now on sale to benefit those in need in the entertainment design and technology industry.

Founder of Oasis Stage Werks and a founding member of the Theatrical Dealers Association, later to become the Entertainm...
07/08/2019
In Memoriam: Gary "Frog" Justesen

Founder of Oasis Stage Werks and a founding member of the Theatrical Dealers Association, later to become the Entertainment Services and Technology Association,
Gary Justesen, better known as Frog, passed away unexpectedl.

A founding member of the Theatrical Dealers Association, Gary Justesen, better known as Frog, passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2019.

Ellen Lampert-Greaux, Creative & Conference Director, Live Design and LDI, explores the career of lighting designer Mars...
07/08/2019
Monday Musings: Marsha Stern

Ellen Lampert-Greaux, Creative & Conference Director, Live Design and LDI, explores the career of lighting designer Marsha Stern, from Studio 54 to Sirius XM.

Marsha Stern has been a lighting designer for many years and also works as the special projects support person for Acclaim Lighting.

Here's Part Two some of this year's most exciting new HOW sound systems!
07/08/2019
Sacred Spaces: 5 Church Sound Upgrades, Part Two

Here's Part Two some of this year's most exciting new HOW sound systems!

When it comes to sound systems, modern and traditional houses of worship tend to have very different acoustic and technical needs.

Critic and Performing Arts Editor for The Independent: Kansas City's Journal of Society, Paul Horsley joins the Knight o...
07/07/2019

Critic and Performing Arts Editor for The Independent: Kansas City's Journal of Society, Paul Horsley joins the Knight of Illumination Awards USA Theatre judging panel.

Submit designs in Theatre, Concerts, and Live for Broadcast now! https://www.knightofilluminationawards.com/

This time last year, we were transfixed by Steven Douglas' lighting design and Fireplay's Josh Zangen set design. Let's ...
07/06/2019
Wonderful Wonderful: The Killers Tour

This time last year, we were transfixed by Steven Douglas' lighting design and Fireplay's Josh Zangen set design. Let's revisit!

The latest incarnation of The Killers’ stage set of their current Wonderful Wonderful Tour owes much to the band’s Nevada heritage.

2018 KOI-USA winner Tom Sutherland keeps his sword in the window of his office to remind him and his team of their hard ...
07/06/2019

2018 KOI-USA winner Tom Sutherland keeps his sword in the window of his office to remind him and his team of their hard work! Submit Concert, Theatre, and Live for Broadcast designs for 2019 awards now! https://www.knightofilluminationawards.com/

Production designer Kelly Hanson chats about her work in television, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
07/05/2019
5Qs: Kelly Hanson, Production Designer

Production designer Kelly Hanson chats about her work in television, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Production designer Kelly Hanson chats about her work in television, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Live Design chats with King on his Tony award-winning lighting, for which he also won a Drama Desk Award this year.
07/05/2019
By Design: Bradley King Lights Hadestown

Live Design chats with King on his Tony award-winning lighting, for which he also won a Drama Desk Award this year.

The buzz of Broadway, the talk of the town, Hadestown won eight Tony Awards, including one for lighting designer Bradley King.

Winner of the 2018 ETC Award for Dance at the Knight of Illumination Awards USA, Al Crawford keeps his sword in his desi...
07/03/2019

Winner of the 2018 ETC Award for Dance at the Knight of Illumination Awards USA, Al Crawford keeps his sword in his design studio. Where would you keep your sword? Submit a design to the 2019 KOI-USA Awards today! https://www.knightofilluminationawards.com/

City Theatrical, Inc. chatted with June Abernathy, a 30-year spotlight veteran and front light supervisor for The Lion K...
07/03/2019
Spotlight Operator and Author June Abernathy Talks with City Theatrical

City Theatrical, Inc. chatted with June Abernathy, a 30-year spotlight veteran and front light supervisor for The Lion King US Tour, who transformed her experiences behind the spotlight into The Spotlight Operator's Handbook.

City Theatrical talks with June Abernathy, a spotlight operator who transformed her experiences into The Spotlight Operator's Handbook.

Sarah Landau's design for the 2018 Fever Ray tour won the KOI-USA Award for Club, sponsored by MA Lighting International...
07/02/2019

Sarah Landau's design for the 2018 Fever Ray tour won the KOI-USA Award for Club, sponsored by MA Lighting International. She looks "forward to the day the stars align and I can use [the sword] for a Game of Thrones costume party. I'd find a short blonde wig and go as Brienne, naturally."

Submit a design for the 2019 awards! https://www.knightofilluminationawards.com/

Sarah Landau's design for the 2018 Fever Ray tour won the KOI-USA Award for Club, sponsored by MA Lighting International. KOI recently spoke with Sarah to find out where the sword has been living since the ceremony in October.

Sarah sent us this picture, telling us "Here is the moment the sword had on the mantle at my parents' house over the holidays. My brothers have since reported that not long after, it was rehoused in the crawlspace." An avid globetrotter with no permanent base, Sarah explained via email from the Canary Islands: "The sword was an honour to win, a thrill to get in the mail while I was briefly visiting my legal mailing address, and to take the requisite selfie for Facebook. However, as I travel for fun when I'm not travelling for work I am limited to a 23kg bag. Once in a while, I wish I had a shelf, but alas. I look forward to the day the stars align and I can use it for a Game of Thrones costume party. I'd find a short blonde wig and go as Brienne, naturally."

These houses of worship engage and inspire their communities by delivering a clear message through the power of words, m...
07/02/2019
Sacred Spaces: 5 Church Sound Upgrades, Part One

These houses of worship engage and inspire their communities by delivering a clear message through the power of words, music, and new sound systems.

These houses of worship engage and inspire the community by delivering a clear message through the power of words, music, and new sound systems.

Nancy Wozny, Editor in chief of the Arts and Culture Texas, joins the KOI-USA Awards Theatre judging panel! Submit desig...
07/01/2019

Nancy Wozny, Editor in chief of the Arts and Culture Texas, joins the KOI-USA Awards Theatre judging panel! Submit designs for Theatre, Concert Touring & Events, and Live for Broadcast to the 2019 awards now! https://www.knightofilluminationawards.com/

Editor in chief of the Arts and Culture Texas, Nancy Wozny joins the Knight of Illumination USA Awards Theatre judging panel. Nancy is also a frequent contributor to to Pointe Magazine, Dance Teacher, and Dance Magazine. Since 2010 Nancy has also served as a scholar in residence at the dance school and performance centre, Jacob's Pillow.

Over 130 artists, designers, technicians, and engineers collaborated together to bring one of North America's last gravi...
07/01/2019
Boom! Immerses Guests in Chest-Rumbling Mining Experience

Over 130 artists, designers, technicians, and engineers collaborated together to bring one of North America's last gravity-fed concentrator mills back to life through elaborate lighting and visual effects, sound design, and special effects.

Britannia Mine Museum's BOOM!, a live-action, multi-sensory special effects show, transports visitors back to the 1920s when the Mill was booming.

A year ago, we shared this important video, and it is still just as relevant.
06/30/2019
Event Safety: Manchester Arena And Black Swans

A year ago, we shared this important video, and it is still just as relevant.

Event Safety Alliance vice president Steven A. Adelman challenges our assumptions about what the most widely recommended security measures would accomplish

On this day last year, we chatted with veteran sound designer Dan Moses Schreier—who earned his fifth Tony nomination ...
06/30/2019
The Iceman Cometh: A Historic Soundscape Sets The Tone For An American Tragedy

On this day last year, we chatted with veteran sound designer Dan Moses Schreier—who earned his fifth Tony nomination on this production—about crafting a palette of historic music recordings and vintage-inspired sound effects.

Veteran sound designer Dan Moses Schreier creates a Tony-nominated, historic soundscape for the Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.

This time last year, set and lighting designer Bruce Rodgers shared these stellar drawings for Romeo Santos' Golden Tour...
06/29/2019
Bruce Rodgers Renderings And Staging Drawings For Romeo Santos

This time last year, set and lighting designer Bruce Rodgers shared these stellar drawings for Romeo Santos' Golden Tour.

Bruce Rodgers shares his renderings and staging drawings of his set and first lighting design of a sunburst rig for Romeo Santos' Golden Tour.

The KOI-USA Awards ceremony and gala dinner will celebrate the creative talents of lighting and video designers from aro...
06/29/2019
Submissions Open For 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards USA

The KOI-USA Awards ceremony and gala dinner will celebrate the creative talents of lighting and video designers from around the world for their work across the sectors of Live for Broadcast, Theatre, and Concert Touring & Events in the United States. Submit designs for consideration now!

Submissions are now open for the 2019 edition of the highly-respected Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA).

Domed event spaces are becoming more popular for live events to fully immerse your audience in your experience. Learn mo...
06/28/2019
Live Event Domes: Presentations and Technology

Domed event spaces are becoming more popular for live events to fully immerse your audience in your experience. Learn more about this trend in this free LDI video session!

This session talks about the science of inflatable domes and semi-permanent dome structures but also in the display systems within that dome.

An unshakable work ethic, continual quest for new skills and experiences, and a lifelong commitment to hearing health. M...
06/28/2019
Q&A: Live Sound Engineer Jen Watman

An unshakable work ethic, continual quest for new skills and experiences, and a lifelong commitment to hearing health.

Meet Jen Watman.

Jen Watman spends half her time mixing FOH and monitors for up to several touring acts each year and half as a freelance engineer and sound tech in L.A.

From Las Vegas to Tel Aviv, here's this week's industry news.
06/27/2019
[email protected]: Eurovision Plots, Robbie Williams Renderings, Summer Tours & More

From Las Vegas to Tel Aviv, here's this week's industry news.

This week's industry news includes the Eurovision lighting plots, Robbie Williams stage renderings and lighting plots, project sharing methods, and more.

Dancing digital sculptures inspired by five of Australia's native flora were projected onto Sydney's iconic performing a...
06/27/2019
Austral Flora Ballet Dances Upon Sails of Sydney Opera House

Dancing digital sculptures inspired by five of Australia's native flora were projected onto Sydney's iconic performing arts venue during Vivid Sydney.

Los Angeles-based creative studio BEMO delivered 12 minutes of projection mapping content of Austral Flora Ballet for illumination of Sydney Opera House.

Watch this free webcast On Demand now! Lighting designer and technical director Diana Kesselschmidt discusses how to set...
06/27/2019
June 25 - Efficient Project Sharing Methods

Watch this free webcast On Demand now! Lighting designer and technical director Diana Kesselschmidt discusses how to set up project sharing files and best practices to improve your workflows in Vectorworks Spotlight.

Diana Kesselschmidt, lighting designer and technical director, discusses the Project Sharing feature in Vectorworks Spotlight to improve your workflows.

Visual designer and multimedia artist Tupac Martir created an interactive installation with the help of Notch VFX and Hy...
06/26/2019
Beyond the Road with Holographic Dancers

Visual designer and multimedia artist Tupac Martir created an interactive installation with the help of Notch VFX and Hypervsn 3D Holographic Displays.

Holographic dancers move around the viewer at Beyond the Road, a fully immersive and multi-sensory exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

The summer touring season is in full swing! Check out some of the state-of-the-art technology supporting blockbuster art...
06/25/2019
Summer Tour Notes

The summer touring season is in full swing! Check out some of the state-of-the-art technology supporting blockbuster artists.

Check out some of the state-of-the-art live sound technology supporting Billie Eilish, Michael Bublé, Kelsea Ballerini, A$AP Rocky, and Kelly Clarkson.

Join today's free webcast and learn how to determine when it is best to use the Project Sharing feature in Vectorworks S...
06/25/2019
June 25 - Efficient Project Sharing Methods

Join today's free webcast and learn how to determine when it is best to use the Project Sharing feature in Vectorworks Spotlight. Register for your spot now!

Diana Kesselschmidt, lighting designer and technical director, discusses the Project Sharing feature in Vectorworks Spotlight to improve your workflows.

2,100 lighting fixtures, 250 active DMX universes, 11 lighting desks. Check out the plots!
06/24/2019
Lighting Plots For The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

2,100 lighting fixtures, 250 active DMX universes, 11 lighting desks. Check out the plots!

Lighting designers Dakar Azulay and Ronen Najar share the lighting plots for the 64th edition of Eurovision Song Contest, hosted at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.

Set designer and assistant art director for the popular Netflix series, Glow, Morgan Price has discovered that Vectorwor...
06/24/2019
Morgan Lindsey Price Glows With Netflix

Set designer and assistant art director for the popular Netflix series, Glow, Morgan Price has discovered that Vectorworks is a requirement for many of the shows she has worked on.

Morgan Lindsey Price, the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship winner, is the set designer and assistant art director for the popular Netflix series, Glow.

On this day last year, we explored the Digital Graffiti Festival, which brought together artists from around the world t...
06/23/2019
Digital Graffiti Festival Lights Up Entire Town

On this day last year, we explored the Digital Graffiti Festival, which brought together artists from around the world to light up this small town with spectacular projection mapping. Relive the beauty!

Digital Graffiti Festival brought together artists from around the world to light up this small town with spectacular projection mapping.

Today is a good day for a lighting plot.
06/23/2019
Lighting Plots For In & Of Itself

Today is a good day for a lighting plot.

Adam Blumenthal shares lighting plots for In & Of Itself, where light acts as a mean towards discovery of identity.

"The most significant night for event and entertainment lighting design in the US," says Concert judging panel chair, Jo...
06/23/2019
Submissions Open For 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards USA

"The most significant night for event and entertainment lighting design in the US," says Concert judging panel chair, John Featherstone.

Submit designs to KOI-USA 2019 now!

Submissions are now open for the 2019 edition of the highly-respected Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA).

Sebastian Hammond, Dragone’s sound designer, discusses how he detaches the audience from their daily lives with an imm...
06/22/2019
The Immersive Sounds Of La Perle By Dragone

Sebastian Hammond, Dragone’s sound designer, discusses how he detaches the audience from their daily lives with an immersive sound system.

For La Perle by Dragone, Sebastien Hammond's immersive sound design relies on an L-Acoustics Kara sound system, supplied by Solotech.

Atelier des Lumières, created by Culturespaces, is an immersive digital experience with an impressive audiovisual set-u...
06/22/2019
Atelier des Lumières: The First Digital Art Centre In Paris

Atelier des Lumières, created by Culturespaces, is an immersive digital experience with an impressive audiovisual set-up, with more than 130 Barco video projectors, as well as 35 Modulo Pi media servers.

Atelier des Lumières, created by Culturespaces, is the very first Digital Art Centre in Paris. It relies on an impressive audiovisual set-up.

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