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Schedule for Stage Lighting Super Saturday 2020*.

8:00 AM Registration, Coffee & Donuts Preview Manufacturers Showcase Expo
9:00 AM Welcome and Overview               Scott C. Parker
9:05 AM History of lighting with Jennifer, Natasha and Ken B'way Designers
10:05 AM Stage Lighting 101 ML Geiger
10:30 AM Coffee Break and Manufacturers Showcase Expo
11:30 AM Color pt 1: Gel, how to use it                    Jennifer Tipton
12:10 PM Color pt 2: Mixing with LED & Movers Ken Billington
12:35 PM Moving Lights, how designers are using them Ken Billington
1:00 PM Lunch and Manufacturers Showcase Expo
2:15 PM Moving Lights, what are all these different types? Chip Scott
2:40 PM Gobos, templates, EFX from conventionals Chad Tiller
2:55 PM Control Boards Vickie Claiborne
3:20 PM Controlling Media Servers Vickie Claiborne
3:30 PM DMX Gary Fails
3:45 PM Networking John Huntington
4:00 PM Lighting Futures Richard Pilbrow
4:15 PM Cookie Break, Manufacturers Showcase & Book Signings Expo
4:45 PM Constant Power for LEDs Steve Short
5:05 PM Computer Aided Design &  Paperwork     Stephen Jones
5:35 PM Corporate Event Lighting Scott C. Parker
5:55 PM Last minute Q&A.  
6:00 PM Safe Travels Home Thanks!

*As our faculty are working in live theater with hectic design/technical schedules, our program is subject to change

Jennifer Tipton says "we're going to discuss some of the history lighting during our opening group session." Oh the stories we may hear as we gather with Jennifer and her two special guests Natasha Katz and Ken Billington. Natasha Ken Jennifer

Jennifer Tipton Color SessionJennifer Tipton will present her wonderfully lush color mixing session using traditional gel in conventional lighting units. Concepts discussed will include basic color temperature of incandescent lamps at full intensity and when dimmed. Why does everything turn slightly amber when dimming incandescent lamps? How do we mix color to trick the eye into seeing colors that are not there?

Lisa Howard in “It Shoulda Been You”Ken Billington will explore his methods of mixing color as we transition to and expand our use of LED lighting units in theater. Mixing color can vary drastically between brands or models of lighting units. Color pickers from one console to another can also vary as computer screens may have their own video calibration.

“It Shoulda Been You” from Ken's website.

KBKen Billington will discuss his use of automated fixtures, (aka moving lights) from his designer point of view. The use of moving lights run the gamut from simple refocused specials cued so the audience doesn’t know they exist to full blown dazzle-dazzle eye candy spectacle production numbers.

Moving Lights, what do they do?Lighting Designer Chip Scott (USA829) will offer us insight into what the various types of moving lights have to offer. Spot, Profile, Performance, Wash, Hybrid, LED, Discharge, Additive, subtractive, flags, wheels, rotating, etc... what do all these terms mean and why do you need to know them before you call your local rental shop for gear.

MLGeigerML Geiger presents a fantastic overview of the goals of lighting design. How lighting effects the overall look and feel of the show.

Three goals for the lighting designer: ML will start with a basic discussion of the fundamental objectives for the lighting designer and take us through a journey using wonderful images from her extensive portfolio.

  1. To create an environment in which the event will take place.
  2. To make the actors, who are delivering the author's words, visible to the audience.
  3. To assist the audience in understanding the story.

gobosGobos, aka templates or patterns, have been around for a very long time. You don't need the latest moving light to give your show textured light on stage. Gobo patterns can help you tell the story via projecting images of trees, windows, clocks, clouds and so many more. Lighting designers can make their own patterns from pie tins and an xacto blade when they want to put their own spin on things. Speaking of spinning, gobo rotators are one of the easiest ways to add some special effects to a production.

Continuing on from our lighting console session, we will explore the basics of controlling a media server. Vickie ClaiborneMediaServer

DMX with Gary FailsWhat is DMX and what's all the fuss about not being allowed to use audio cables?  This session covers communicating between your control board and your devices using DMX (DMX Is an acronym that stands for Digital Multiplex) using either a wire or the magic of wireless transmitters and receivers. 

What do you ask for a when seeking an automated fixture from a shop? We will explore units using the terms profile, spot, beam washes, hybrid, zoom pars, moving strips, etc.

Networks John Huntington

Computer networks are becoming essential systems backstage. Other sessions are discussing console control, DMX, moving lights, etc. This session serves as a primer on how they all communicate when the number of devices start to multiply into the hundreds.

Here's a link to John's book on Amazon: Show Networks and Control Systems

Cad with Stephen JonesWhile we thing it's very important for every designer and technician to be able to draw with a pencil on paper, the current practice is to create light plots using the computer. This session will introduce you to Computer Aided Design, aka CAD and how we use it, the computer, to draft light plots.

Tom showing lighting UnitsSession covering the optics and functions of lighting units. Regardless of light source, either an incandescent or an LED, lighting units of many flavors deliver light to the stage in various ways. We will look at ERS, Fresnels, CYC wash units and more.

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