Event News

ALIA Tour to Madonna, Brisbane

Posted on Sunday, March 13th, 2016

madonna3Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour is currently touring the country with an amazing lighting design by Al Gurdon.

The rig includes Clay Paky Mythos, Clay Paky Sharpy Wash, Clay Paky Stormy Strobes, GLP impression X4, GLP Impression X4 Bar 10, GLP Impression X4 Bar 20, PRG Best Boy HPs, PRG GroundControl remote followspot systems, PRG Bad Boy HP followspots, PRG Nocturne/Saco video processing system, PRG 676 Lighting consoles, Vari-Lite VL1000 AS, Ayrton MagicPanel-R, TMB Solaris Flares, DF-50 hazers, VR-7 7mm LED walls, Hippotizer V3 media server.

madonna5Lighting director Joshua Hutchings has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig this Thursday in Brisbane.

Meeting Place: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
When: Thursday March 17th
Time: Midday

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

ULA represents Robe on the Entech Roadshow

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016

0076450D63ULA Group represented Robe on the recent 2016 Entech Roadshow in Australia which visited five major cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth reaching out to a wide cross section of industry professionals from all sectors.

The one-day format of the show – with all exhibitors having the same stand space and freight allocation in the trucks – once again proved a great success. Every city’s event was packed with visitors from start to finish and a series of seminars and presentations ran alongside the show floor action.

Featured Robe products included the new BMFL WashBeam, the popular Pointe, the new LED ColorStrobe and the retro PATT 2013. Aimed at theatre applications the new DL7S Profile, the DL4 range of LED luminaires and PARFect LED PARs took centre stage.

The small size and light weight of all of these fixtures enabled ULA’s sales team to maximise their truck space and have more fixtures to show on the stand.

The BMFL WashBeam was also involved in a shootout at each location to determine the brightest moving light on the market right now. It completely easily blew everything else off with its incredible 300,000 Lux at 5 metres!

Bringing the technology to each city makes it a lot easier for people to attend, and the one-day format means they can focus their time and also utilise it efficiently and constructively.

ULA Group saw people from the worlds of theatre, concert touring, corporate and commercial, television and architectural; a lively assortment of visitors included production and rental companies, LDs and operators plus other end users, venue owners and managers, a host of technicians as well as students and aspiring young individuals.

ULA’s MD Con Biviano commented, “We enjoyed a fantastic show, it was great as always to catch up with our industry partners and meet new clients. All the products were well received and we expect to complete several deals as a result, as well as having plenty of new inquiries to follow up.”

In July, the Entech Roadshow will visit New Zealand for the first time, where it is hoping to repeat the buzz and excitement with events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

www.ulagroup.com

 

ALIA 2016 White Night Melbourne Preview Tour

Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016

flinders2This is a chance to have a preview of some of the 70 odd activations as part of White Night Melbourne. It will include discussions with some of the artists and a technical overview of the logistics of such an event. Andrew Walsh, the events Creative Director and Executive Producer has agreed to make himself available to talk to the group

Meeting Place: Museum Victoria Plaza (between Royal Exhibition Buildings and Museum)
When: Friday February 19th
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

 

Introduction to MA Lighting grandMA2

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016

https _img.evbuc.com_https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F18424082%2F150032767873%2F1%2Foriginal.jpg rect=29%2C0%2C476%2C238&s=5039d8738688606cedd2e33f3603ebbeThis 2 day hands on training course is perfect for technicians and programmers new to MA2 but with some experience on other moving light consoles.

Working with no more than 2 people per console we will cover topics like:

  • Console Set up
  • Fixture control
  • Using presets
  • Programming cues
  • Working with Effects
  • MA Network
  • Version 3.2 software revision

All equipment, lunch and refreshments are provided.

Sydney
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 at 9:00 AM – Wednesday, 23 March 2016 at 4:00 PM (AEDT)
Show Technology Headquarters, Silverwater, Sydney, NSW
Book here

Melbourne
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 at 9:00 AM – Thursday, 31 March 2016 at 4:00 PM (AEDT)
Show Technology, Port Melbourne, NSW.
Book here

 

Training for EOS family consoles

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016

ETC_Event_Header_v6_genericETC Eos has carved its niche as the benchmark theatrical console in Australia and there has never been a better time to improve your skills. Jands are offering a one day intermediate – advanced training course that will take you through the console from a programmers viewpoint providing a more in-depth look at operation and working with multi-parameter devices on an Eos family console. We will have Ion, Gio and Eos consoles in the room to accommodate all flavours of Eos.

Course Structure:

– Patch moving lights and multi parameter devices and edit attributes
– Work with non intensity parameters
– Record and recall palettes/presets
– Use Direct Selects
– Use discrete timing
– Use Mark/Auto-mark Functions
– Understand Update
– Networking your console
– Relative and Absolute effects – Effects Concepts
– Media Server Programming
– Magic Sheets

TRAINER
Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer

DATE & TIME
Thursday, 10th March 2016
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea is provided)

WHERE
Jands
Building C, Training Room (upstairs)
40 Kent Road
Mascot, NSW 2020

COST
Free of charge

PARKING
Free of charge

 

Jands Vista v2 Training

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Jands Vista v2 Training WebNo matter if you are new to the exciting Jands Vista lighting and media control range, or an existing user, the latest Vista v2 software will enable you to get the most from whatever mix of technology you have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LEDs or media.

Jands are running training for the Vista v2 software; the training session will cover a large spectrum of the new Vista v2 software and is geared to all levels and types of users – including designers, programmers, operators – no matter what your background or knowledge level, specifically focusing on the Vista visual interface, the timeline and media server integration. The course will be hands on, with every student having their own console surface and visualiser to see their creations unfold.

Course Structure:
The course is broken up into 8 modules:

  1. Patching
  2. Fixture Chooser
  3. Controlling Fixtures
  4. Presets
  5. Cuelist
  6. Timeline
  7. Media Server Integration
  8. SmartFx

TRAINER
Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer

DATE & TIME
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided)

LOCATION
Jands
Building C, Training Room (upstairs)
40 Kent Road
Mascot, NSW 2020

PARKING
Free parking is available onsite

CHARGE
Free of charge

REQUIREMENTS:
Laptop for each student, with the following:

  • Windows 7, Vista or XP Professional with Service Pack 3, either 32 or 64bit edition.
  • Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion *Hardware must support the 64-bit kernel
  • Intel® processor i3 (i5 or better recommended)
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard disk space

Spaces are limited, we recommend that you register now to ensure your place!

Register here

 

Showlight 2017 – Call for Papers

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

00F971BACFShowlight (Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017) is now inviting lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to submit their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme. Now is your chance to be part of this prestigious event!

The Showlight Quadrennial is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the performance, television, film, architectural and event worlds. Held every four years, Showlight 2017 takes place in Florence and celebrates the 10th presentation of this eagerly-awaited lighting colloquium.

Showlight has made a special name for itself by bringing together many of the most famous names in lighting. Delegates are given the opportunity to be part of the larger international lighting community, as those with established careers and reputations mingle with those just starting out in the industry. Thanks to a comprehensive papers programme, a rather unusual trade show and an informative and entertaining social programme – the highlight of which is a full Conference Dinner – Showlight is a unique opportunity to mix with others in the lighting industry.

Clay Paky will be the main sponsor for Showlight 2017 which takes place at the historic Palazzo dei Congressi in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, and promises to be another unique chapter in the history of the Quadrennial. The Palazzo has a large seated conference hall surrounded by an exhibition area where up to 40 exhibitors will be located. Delegates will have plenty of time to visit the stands, and exhibitors to attend the presentation of papers. A full programme of visits to major and unusual cultural places is offered on the Monday afternoon.

Call for Papers

A major part of the event is the conference programme and Showlight takes pride in attracting a wide range of speakers on a broad range of subjects: from major international lighting events to innovative use of lighting in the village hall; from state of the art research to borrowing ideas from other lighting genres; from Broadway award winners to student practitioners.

Showlight is now calling all lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to put forward their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme.

Sessions should be 20 minutes in length to leave time for discussion and to enable more topics to be covered.

Seven main topics have been chosen for broad interpretation, although other categories may be explored .

• Description of INNOVATIVE LIGHTING DESIGNS

• UNUSUAL AND SPECIAL RIGS you have used

• ‘I TRIED THIS AND IT DIDN’T WORK’ – this could prove the most useful paper presented!

• LIGHT SOURCES – new sources, unusual sources, sources of last resort

• IT’S MY DESIGN – and I’ll cry – or cheer – if I want to!

• SPECIAL EFFECTS – how special, how effective?

• THE FUTURE AND THE PAST – techniques forgotten that could help us in the future

Speakers at Showlight benefit from free registration which covers everything, including access to all the seminar presentations, the trade show, full participation in the visits programme, food and drink throughout the day and a place at the main Conference Dinner on Monday evening. Showlight is pleased to offer a contribution towards the Speakers’ travelling expenses.

To be considered as a speaker for Showlight 2017, please email the following details to the Papers Committee at papers@showlight.org – Your name, contact details, a very brief summary of your professional background and a short outline that gives the flavour of your proposed Paper. Alternatively complete the online form at: www.showlight.org/papers.

 

ALIA Tour to Cold Chisel Sydney

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015

ccCold Chisel are back on the road with their One Night Stand Tour with lighting designed by Jeff Pavey.

Jeff’s rig includes several rectangular pods all with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures down the middle surrounded by either Martin Professional MAC Auras or MAC101’s. Also in the rig are Sharpy Wash, VL3500, Studio Due CS4 and ShowPro EX36 outdoor LED floods. For control Jeff uses a High End Hog.

Jeff has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of his lighting …… the last tour at this classic venue.

Where: Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
When: Thursday December 17th
Time: 3pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

ALIA Tour to Ed Sheeran Melbourne

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The fa12314516_1202961466385243_392195087114245891_obulous Ed Sheeran is currently doing a stadium tour of the country with his amazing one man show. Lighting design is by Mark Cunniffe with the talented Matt Jones looking after the lighting on the road. Matt, along with head of video Phil Mead, has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig on Sunday December 6th at 4pm.

Main system provided by Neg Earth. Additional extras for the Australian and New Zealand leg provided by Chameleon.

Lighting Equipment
83 x Clay Paky Sharpy Washes
48 x Clay Paky Mythos
38 x Clay Paky Stormys
Grand MA2 F11059602_1029198677101552_6421929160056103044_oull Size and Light and NPU’s
Luminex Networking, data distribution and Artnet nodes
Lancelot 4K Follow Spots
d3 Media system

Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
When: Sunday December 6th
Time: 4pm

Numbers are strictly limited to 10.

If you would 12265967_1029198477101572_1815163425443535886_olike to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

Photos: Ralph Larmann

 

Update: Voting for the Next ALIA President

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015

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Update: 7pm Monday November 30th.

Rohan Thornton has been elected President of ALIA for 2015 – 2016

There are two candidates running for the office of ALIA President for 2015 -2016:

Rohan Thornton  Rohan Thornton

Rohan started his career as a Trainee Lighting Technician at Channel 9 and has and is still actively working in all facets of the Entertainment Industry both in Australia and Overseas. Throughout his career, he has had a lead involvement in some of the biggest events to take place in this country and is always pushing the boundaries of Technology in out Industry.
His vision for ALIA is to make it a true representative organisation for all, both professional and amateur who have the passion for Lighting and associated fields.

170dbba   Cat Strom

Cat Strom is the founder of ALIA and has worked in entertainment technology for over 30 years.

As President I wish to strengthen ALIA’s presence in the lighting industry, attract new and younger members and ensure we meet our members’ expectations.
I also wish to ensure the Committee stay on track with their commitments.

 

Voting is only open to ALIA members.

An ALIA member is someone who holds a current financial subscription to the Association, or who has been nominated in writing by a company or organisation that holds a current financial subscription to ALIA.

To cast your vote for the next ALIA president, please download the PDF Ballot Paper from the ALIA web site and return the completed form to the Returning Officer Tim Hall at ResolutionX before 16:30 Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, November 30th.

 

Joining in at ALIA’s first Virtual AGM

Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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The ALIA Annual General Meeting is your chance to get involved with the direction and the future activities of ALIA; and this time you don’t even have to leave your office, control room, lounge or underground bunker to attend. (A prize will be awarded to the ALIA member attending from the most exotic location.)

Anybody with a web-connected device can join in at ALIA’s first ever Virtual AGM on Google Hangouts by clicking on the link below at 18:00 Eastern Daylight time next Monday, November 30th.
[That’s 15:00 in WA, 17:30 in SA, 16:30 in NT and 17:00 in Qld]

Link to:  ALIA’s Virtual AGM

Full details of the AGM.

 

ALIA Annual General Meeting – November 30th

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

ALIA is holding its first ever on- line AGM on November 30th.
It’s long been an ALIA tradition to hold our AGM at the end of the first day of the Entech Show, however with Entech being cancelled this year we unfortunately missed out on that opportunity.

As there are unlikely to be any other national gatherings of lighting people this year, ALIA has decided to hold our AGM on-line, most likely using Google Hangouts (we’re still evaluating conferencing apps).

The AGM provides an opportunity for the lighting industry to find out more about what ALIA has been up to and also gives members a chance to become involved with the running of the association by nominating for positions on the ALIA committee, our governing body.

Full details of the meeting and how to nominate for membership of the ALIA committee can be found on the AGM Page.

www.alia.com.au/wordpress/?page_id=3845

 

ALIA Tour to Fleetwood Mac, Brisbane

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

fmThe On With The Show Tour marks Fleetwood Mac’s first series of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand since 2009’s sold-out Unleashed Tour. Designed by Paul ‘Arlo’ Guthrie, the lighting is taken care of by Chris Lose who has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig in Brisbane next week.

You can read more on the lighting of this show at http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/49-features/15198-fleetwood-mac-the-full-on-mac-is-back.html

Lighting Equipment
30 PRG Best Boy 4000 Spot
3 PRG Best Boy followspot conversion
17 VL 3500 Wash
36 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330
48 GLP Impression X4
18 GLP Volkslichts (SP?)
12 Clay Paky B-eye K-20
36 Generic 4- Lite Mole strip – 1 Vertical Mount
3 PRG Mbox Extreme
3 Tait Towers Set LED
2+VL-5’s
2 MA Lighting GrandMA 2 Console 3.0.0.5 SW
2 GrandMA 2 NPU’s
1 Apple Mac Mini, (Mbox remote)
7 Lycian 3k FOH followspots
6x Pathway Via 12 fiber ethernet switches
1 48-way Avolites ART 2000 dimmer rack

Where: Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
When: Thursday November 12th
Time: 3pm (note you MUST arrive by 2.30pm to clear security)

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au

Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

ALIA Tour to Robbie Williams, Melbourne

Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015

Robbie Williams is currently touring Australia armed with his biggest hits, a glittering collection of fan favourites and a handful of unique covers. The aptly-named Let Me Entertain You Tour 2015 boasts a set-list perfected over a career spanning two decades at the very pinnacle of pop and includes the likes of Angels, Rock DJ, Better Man and Bodies. Coupled with his characteristic showmanship, infectious charisma and the wicked wit for which he is renowned worldwide, Robbie Williams is a born entertainer and a consummate showman.

Overall design is by Willie Williams, set design by Ric Lipson and lighting design by Mark Cunniffe with the talented Jonathan Rouse looking after the lighting on the road. Jonathan has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig on Saturday October 24th at 2pm. And it’s quite possible that there will be a tour of the laser system too!

Lighting Equipment: 60x Clay Paky Mythos, 61x Clay Paky Sharpy Wash, 22x Martin Mac Quantum Wash, 4x VL3500 Spot, 43x Clay Paky Stormy CC, 282x Martin Tripix 300, 86x Martin Tripx  1200, Control: 2x grandMA Fullsize

Laser Equipment: 15x GLP RGB Burst 3w, 16x ER RGB Beam Burst 3w, 5x Excellent 21w RGBB, 4x Arc-Regus RGB 8w, Control: 1x RoadHog 4, 1and Pangolin Systems

Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
When: Saturday October 24th
Time: 2pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

Vivid Light 2016 Expressions of Interest close in one week

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Vivid Sydney invites you to join us in transforming Sydney into a colourful canvas of light in 2016. Expressions of Interest close on 23 September 2015, that’s only one week away.

There’s just one week to go! Vivid Sydney is inviting creative industry professionals and aspiring practitioners from Australia and around the world to put forward their best and brightest creative concepts for Vivid Light, a core component of Vivid Sydney which includes spectacular Light Walk installations and iconic building projections.

It’s your chance to be part of this annual spectacular, when lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world will illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces for the 18 nights during Vivid Sydney through their creative vision.
Industry leaders, creative companies, artists and students collaborate to provide ground-breaking, sustainable and interactive light creations around The Rocks, Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, the CBD and surrounds, giving clients, customers, artists, practitioners and the general public a unique opportunity to see your creation.

SUBMISSIONS WILL CLOSE IN ONE WEEK for the supply of design, lighting equipment, laser equipment and projection equipment for Sydney’s iconic landmarks, CBD buildings, heritage facades and the design and manufacture of lighting sculptures and installations.

To apply, please review the expression of information pack, and complete the application form.

 

MA2 Training Sydney and Melbourne

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Show Technology is excited to be offering a 2 day MA2 Training Course in Melbourne and Sydney. Training will be conducted in line with the MA University with no more than 2 operators per console. This course will be perfect for technicians and programmers new to MA2 but with some experience on other moving light consoles.

Melbourne: October 7th & 8th at the Show Technology Melbourne Office
Sydney: October 14th & 15th at the Show Technology Sydney Office

To register follow these links:
Melbourne https://MAMelbourne.eventbrite.com.au
Sydney https://MASydney.eventbrite.com.au

Places are limited and always sell fast so be quick to reserve your place.

For more information email training@showtech.com.au

 

ALIA Tour to Vivid Light Walk

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Join Sarah Robertson, Production Manager from AGB Events, and Anthony Bastic, Curator of the Light Walk, for a guided tour of some of the Vivid Light Walk. Why only some? Well the entire Light Walk takes about three hours!

AGB Events curates and produces the Vivid Light Walk and has been involved since the festivals inception in 2009. The principal of AGB Events, Anthony Bastic is the Festival Director of Vivid Light. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration AGB Events is proud to be involved with this innovative festival of light, music and ideas, now in it’s sixth year. Regularly shattering attendance records, Vivid Sydney is internationally recognized and brings the work of renowned and emerging artists together for 18 nights every year. Vivid Sydney is produced on behalf of Destination NSW.

We will walk from the Opera House to Campbells Cove and will take in the following installations:

•    Splendens
•    Heart of the City
•    Rhizome Prism
•    Exposed
•    Move Over Damien
•    Cloud
•    Water’s Edge
•    Wave Chandelier
•    Space Folding
•    Swing Glow
•    BeatDice
•    Affinity
•    Duck Duck Goose
•    Mechanised Colour Assemblage (MCA Projection)
•    Entitle
•    Our House
•    InterPLAY (Cadmans Cottage Projection)
•    Ayla
•    Geometric Eye
•    Dolly
•    Lux Forma

For further information on each project go to http://www.vividsydney.com/search/events/type/light

Date: Monday May 25th
Time: 7pm

Afterwards we may go for a drink or six.

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

SPARC 2015 announces further stellar speaker line up

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Tipped as Australia’s premier lighting event, the organisers of SPARC 2015 have just released information about additional speaker events in what is already a stellar line up of international and national talent.

Wednesday 27th May, 7.00pm, SPARC is presenting the Asia-Pacific Lighting Systems Workshop. This two hour event covering seven discussions, will bring the minds of many leading scientists in the Asia-Pacific region to present on Lighting Measurements, Standards and Regulations, Lighting Controls and Innovative Applications to reduce Energy Consumption.

Speakers such as Ian Cowling, Adrian Cupitt, Amir Moayedzadeh and Rod Hewins will discuss the question; ‘Can you believe your light-meter?’

Whilst Dorukalp Durmus and Wendy Davis will examine; ‘Colour Difference and Energy Consumption of Absorption-minimising Spectral Power Distributions’, just two out of the seven discussions proposed.

Thursday 28th May, 7.00pm, Based on the global sensation going viral, and back after popular demand at SPARC Design, SPARC International Lighting will host its first PechuKucha evening, a fast-flowing night of hand-picked lighting experts and architects presenting 20 slides in quick succession.

Each presenter will share their insights and designs on 20 slides over six minutes with each slide advancing after 20 seconds. Entry to this event is included in ‘Display ticket’.

Friday 29th May 1.00pm – 2.00pm
, Wrapping up the three-day event, a unique opportunity exists to listen and be involved at the Speaker Panel Session. The session will be hosted by inventor and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce who co-invented VRML – a 3D interface to the web, has written six books, was a judge on ABC’s The New Inventors for seven years and regularly comments on the intersection of technology and society for JJJ Hack, The Project and ABC Radio.

Mr Pesce will open the floor before turning the table to the featured SPARC speakers for an audience Q&A-style session.

SPARC speakers have been invited back on stage for this highly sought after Q&A session and will answer audience questions on all-topics lighting. It is the ideal opportunity for anyone who has questions for a speaker, or who missed any of the speakers throughout the event to hear from those specific speakers before SPARC concludes.

SPARC offers architects, designers and lighting specialists an opportunity to hear and learn the latest research, insights and product knowledge that the international lighting community has to offer.

Held at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, from 27-29 May 2015, SPARC promises to educate and inspire with its impressive line-up of internationally renowned lighting specialities.
For a full list of additional topics included in the workshop, please visit the SPARC site.

Tickets for SPARC 2015: exhibition, seminar or Gala dinner, are now on sale. Visit: www.sparcevent.com.au. For more information on SPARC 2015 contact organiser@sparcevent.org

 

ALIA Tour to The Eagles, Melbourne

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Renowned for their hit laden sell-out concerts, the Eagles are about to start their critically acclaimed ‘History of the Eagles’ World Tour in Australia.

Butch Allen, in collaboration with Patrick Woodroffe (Lighting Designer) and the band, designed the set and show.

Lighting Director is the infamous Dave Hill who has kindly agreed to conduct an ALIA tour of the show in Melbourne. The lighting rig consisting of VL3500 Washes, VL3000 Spots, Clay Paky Sharpy Washes, Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Clay Paky Alpha Wash 700 and Mac Auras – all controlled by a grandMA2.

Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
When: Tuesday February 24th
Time: 1pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

LIGHTFAIR International 2015 Keynotes and Impact Speakers Announced

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015

The unique combination of innovation, science, and design covered by the keynote and impact speakers at LIGHTFAIR International 2015 creates an unparalleled educational and inspirational experience. The speakers are a part of the world’s largest annual lighting-related conference which features 140 top presenters during its five-day program May 3 – 7 in New York’s Javits Center (pre-conference Lightfair Institute: May 3 – 4; trade show and conference: May 5 – 7).

Shuji Nakamura, PhD is a 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and will present “The History of LED Technology to the Nobel Prize to Today’s GaN” during the Pre-Conference Institute Keynote Luncheon on May 3. This address will cover the history of LED technology from his early work which led to the Nobel Prize to today’s GaN which will lead to the next wave of solid state lighting. Dr. Nakamura is a professor at University of California Santa Barbara and co-founder of SORAA Inc.

Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak as the Institute keynote on May 4 about his pioneering work in “Transformable Design” with projects that range from public art to kinetic facades to dynamic sets for live entertainment. His presentation will show how he realizes large-scale transformable structures, and takes his inventive concepts through the stages of engineering, manufacturing, and installation. Providing an overview of his methods to create objects that controllably change their size, shape, and surface, Hoberman will share his insights into the process of innovation itself. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting. Hoberman is the president and founder of Hoberman Associates in New York. This keynote luncheon is sponsored by Cooper Lighting by Eaton, booth 1157.

As part of the new series “Legends of Lighting,” lighting designer Howard Brandston will be featured as an impact speaker at LFI and interviewed by Chip Israel, founder of Lighting Design Alliance, for an engaging conversation on Brandston’s work and past projects on May 5. Brandston is the founding partner of the Brandston Partnership, a lighting design consulting firm based in New York. He is a past president of the IES and has received over 100 design awards, including the IES Medal, the Institute Honors from the AIA for his contributions to architecture, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IALD, and the United States Institute of Theater Technology Distinguished Achievement in Lighting Award. Brandston has also been an adjunct professor, guest lecturer or visiting professor for over 50 years.

Mark Rea, PhD will outline that great strides have been made to reduce the cost of lighting for general illumination; however, little progress has been made to increase the benefits that lighting provides to society in “Monetizing the Benefits of Lighting” as the Impact Speaker on May 6. Dr. Rea has served as director since the Lighting Research Center was established in 1988. Trained as a biophysicist and neuroscientist, with a PhD in biophysics, he is the author of more than 250 scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering and human factors, and was the editor-in-chief of the eighth and ninth editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook.

Keynote luncheon presentations are included for all attendees registered for courses during the two Institute days that make up the LFI Pre-Conference program and must be selected during the pre-registration process. The impact speaker presentations are open to all attendees and exhibitors and will be held in the LFI Spotlight Lounge on Level 1 of the LFI exhibit hall area.

More information on keynote and impact speaker presentations can be found at http://www.lightfair.com/lightfair/V40/index.cvn?id=10375.

For Lightfair International 2015, the Pre-Conference program will take place from Sunday, May 3 – Monday, May 4, 2015 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 7, 2015.

www.lightfair.com

 

ALIA Tour to Katy Perry, Brisbane

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, created and designed by Baz Halpin, has reached Australia. When it came to production, staging and costume design this is a show where more is most definitely more! It’s a candy-coloured visual extravaganza with a prism shaped stage, mechanical horse, neon clad dancers, fireworks ………

The lighting rig includes 2 x VL3015, 92 x VL3500 Wash FX, 20 x VL3515, 64 x Martin MAC Viper Air FX, 62 x Clay Paky Sharpy, 36 x Sharpy Wash, 39 x GLP X4, 26 x Solaris Strobes, 68 x Chroma-Q Colorblock DB-4, 15 x 20 watt RGB lasers, 9 x DF50s and 4 x F100s. Control is by a grandMA2.

Drew Gnagey is acting as lighting director and has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the rig in Brisbane.

Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
When: Monday Dec 1st
Time: 3pm

A full production report can be read in TPI Magazine http://www.tpimagazine.com/production-profiles/2445523/katy_perrys_prism_vision.html

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

Jands Vista V2 Training, Sydney

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Whether you are new to the exciting Jands Vista lighting and media control range, or an existing user, the latest Vista v2 software will enable you to get the most from whatever mix of technology you have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LEDs or media.

Jands are running training in Sydney for the Vista v2 software on Thursday 6th November 2014. The training session will cover a large spectrum of the new Vista v2 software and is geared to all levels and types of users – including designers, programmers, operators – no matter what your background or knowledge level, specifically focusing on the Vista visual interface, the timeline and media server integration.

The training session is led by Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer and covers:
•    Patching
•    Fixture Chooser
•    Controlling Fixtures
•    Presets
•    Cuelist
•    Timeline
•    Media Server Integration
•    SmartFx

The course will be hands on, with every student having their own console surface to see their creations unfold. Attendees also receive a comprehensive training package which they can refer to after the training session is finished.

When:
Thursday, 6th November

Location:
Jands, Building C Training Room
40 Kent Road Mascot 2020

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm (Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided)

Spaces are limited, we recommend that you register now to ensure your place at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/jands-vista-v2-training-sydney-registration-11676656193

 

Australian Launch of Clay Paky’s SuperSharpy, Mythos and Stormy

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Show Technology held the Australian launch of Clay Paky’s revolutionary SuperSharpy, Mythos and Stormy in Sydney and Melbourne in mid-October.

Special guests from Clay Paky were Alberico D’Amato, Head of International Sales, and Giulia Sabeva, Sales Support Engineer, whilst Glyn O’Donoghue also came from MA Lighting.

“It’s very humbling to see the who’s who of the entertainment lighting industry turn out to see our new products,” remarked Mark McInnes, National Sales & Marketing Manager for Show Technology. “We are grateful so many people came to the events especially during what is one of the busiest parts of the year. The support of our customers and our lighting colleagues means everything to us.

“Of course our suppliers are always there to help us. Many thanks to Alberico and Giulia from Clay Paky as well as Glyn from MA Lighting for coming such a long way to be part of these events.“

The Sydney event was held at Fox Studios whilst the Melbourne event was held at Dockland’s Alumbra venue. Of course, we could waffle on ourselves about how fabulous and ground-breaking these new fixtures are but you may say we are a little biased in our opinions! Consequently we are letting some of the attendees tell you, in no uncertain terms, their thoughts on the Mythos, SuperSharpy and Stormy.

Sydney

Neale Mace, Managing Director, Entertainment Installations:
“Although we’d seen all these fixtures at Clay Paky earlier in the year, they were very impressive in an actual “show” environment. The Mythos is a great looking, feature packed unit that delivers great output. Amazing zoom that creates beautiful in-air effects. The units wash capability is also a great bonus.
As for the SuperSharpy, I can’t believe they’ve been able to make something punchier than the original Sharpy – the beam in its smallest diameter looks like a solid shaft.
I’ve been wanting to see the Stormy on a proper stage and I wasn’t disappointed. Brilliant white flash and great strobe colours as well. I also really like that it looks like a “normal” linear strobe with reflector.
All in all, a great range of new products from Clay Paky.”

Mark Hammer, Lighting Designer, Hammer Lighting
“Clay Paky seem to have raised the bar to another level with all three fixtures. They seem to be able to get that little bit extra that makes each fixture a mouth-watering addition to any lighting design. And it’s not just the effects that the fixtures bring to the table, but that fact that each are quality luminaires as well.”

Paul Collison, Lighting Designer
“Wow….I had seen a prototype of the Mythos a few months ago and struggled to understand what it actually was. Now having seen a full production version, I’m flabbergasted. One of the first truly multi-functional lights. It’s a beam and spot in one, and not just a half-baked version of either. It’s brighter than a Sharpy but with the beam definition of a top end profile. I think the Mythos is really going to redefine the roles a lighting fixture has with in a lighting design.
“I am really impressed at the industrial design of the Mythos and SuperSharpy. Finally a manufacturer who realises their lights get used in the elements and have designed for water runoff to avoid integral electronics. Whilst far from IP65, these two lights are going to perform well outdoors, and stand a chance of surviving the elements…….and the Stormy, probably the first real LED strobe that might replace an actual strobe without anyone realising its an LED source.”

Paul Walton, Production Manager, Fusion Entertainment
“The Mythos would have to be hands down the best and most versatile moving head on the market. With its ability to be used as a profile, wash or beam that is 2.5x brighter than the Sharpy, it will defiantly have a great return on investment being able to adapt to most types of shows. Clay Paky really are miles ahead of every other manufacturer with all of these new products.”

Melbourne

Marcus Pugh, Hire and Business Development Manager, Resolution X Pty Ltd
“Emmanuel and the Show Tech crew always put on a good social gathering. It was good to have LDs from the worlds of rock, theatre, TV, events and exhibition all in the same room and all suitably impressed with Clay Paky’s latest offerings.
“Giulia from Clay Paky did some amazing programming especially on the B-Eyes, I don’t think I’ve seen someone really ‘go to town’ on programming the B-Eyes. It really showed off what they’re capable of doing.
“Everyone came along to see the much anticipated SuperSharpy but the Mythos was the surprise hit of the night for me. I saw a couple of designers stroking their chins and considering what else the Stormys could be used for. The Stormy isn’t just another LED strobe, Clay Paky have managed to keep the look and charm of a traditional strobe while throwing in a few new functions thanks to the super punchy LEDS.”

Daniel Gosling

“I thought the evening was wonderful. Great to see some old friends from the industry and make some new ones …. and the lights weren’t bad either!
“I loved the new Mythos. A beautiful fusion between aerialist and beam light. What more could you want and I can see a lot of applications for it. But the white Stormy was the true winner in my opinion – bright, clean, low power – perfect! And at the end of the night turn them on and voila you have a work light.”

Peter Darby, Technical Coordinator for Victorian Opera
“The Clay Paky Stormy brings the humble strobe into the 21st century and it is extremely bright and punchy with full colour mix.
The Clay Paky Mythos is a brilliant all-rounder, I imagine that I will be seeing this in many rental houses in the future. If you are not sure what light to spec on a gig the Mythos has you covered all packaged up in a water resistant housing.
“As if the Sharpy wasn’t bright enough, with the SuperSharpy Clay Paky now has quadrupled its brightness and now added in features such as CMY colour mixing, CTO filters, an extra gobo wheel and lots more.”

www.showtech.com.au

 

ALIA Tour to The Rolling Stones, Perth

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Rolling Stones are returning to Australia with their ’14 On Fire’ tour, with a spectacular lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe. Ethan Weber is on the road as lighting director and has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig in Perth.

Please note that no cameras are allowed on this tour.

The rig includes 70 x VL3500 Wash, 46 x Martin MAC Viper Profile, 38 x Robe Pointe, 26 x MAC Aura, 32 x 4 liteDWE, 59 x iWhite Blast, 8 x RJ Lancelot followspots and grandMA2 for control.

Where: Perth Arena
When: Saturday Nov 1st
Time: 11am

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

 

Clay Paky Australian Launch Event of SuperSharpy, Mythos and Stormy

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

You are invited to the exclusive Australian launch of Clay Paky’s Mythos, Stormy and SuperSharpy – the first time these revolutionary new products will be seen in the country.

Special guests from Clay Paky are Alberico D’Amato, Head of International Sales, and Giulia Sabeva, Sales Support Engineer. Special guest direct from MA Lighting is Glyn O’Donoghue.

Sydney
Tuesday October 14th
X Factor set, Fox Studios 3B, Driver Ave, Moore Park, NSW
Time: 4.30 – 7.30pm

Melbourne
Thursday October 16th
Alumbra, 9/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC
Time: 4.30 – 7.30pm

Light meal and refreshments served at both events.

RSVP this week to eblanch@showtech.com.au