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Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

Author: David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods

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LIGHT TALK is a show featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
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In this inaugural episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from LED to Lumesuck.  Join the guys as they pontificate about preparing yourself for the profession, the newest state of the art LED lighting fixtures, the sale of High End to ETC, and how to work with colorblind directors. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense. (NOTE:  We apologize for the poor sound... We are lighting guys, not sound experts. The sound gets a lot better by Episode 3. Thanks for listening!)
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from CRI to "Margaritas to Go".  Join the guys as they pontificate about the value of LDI and USITT, communicating with directors, using visualization software, recommended lighting textbooks, and accelerating from 0 to 60 MPH in 3 seconds on the 405! Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense. (NOTE:  We apologize for the poor sound... We are lighting guys, not sound experts. The sound gets a lot better by Episode 3. Thanks for listening!)
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from BFA's to "Butt Boards".  Join the guys as they pontificate about Data Networks, Working with Master Electricians, Haze, Chainsaws, Technology vs. Art, Small Towns vs. Big Cities, and Steve's Mom. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Light Shaping to Bumwad.  Join the guys as they pontificate about designing for rock shows, color mixing in the world of LED, the pressure of tech rehearsals, how to work with time limitations, and how sidelight increases the level of dopamine. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Lighting Modern Dance to Gel No More.  Join the guys as they pontificate about making the Stage Manager's job easier, visions of the future, color and mood, swarms of drones, Low Beginnings, and how we manipulate color temperature for our own evil purposes. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David welcome special guest Josh White from The Joshua Light Show. Josh discusses the early days of liquid light shows at The Fillmore East, working with The Who on Tommy, installing aircraft landing lights into overhead projectors, creating abstract lighting statements, armadillo icons, improvisational lighting and busking, accidentally inventing the lava lamp, staying out of the army, disaster at Woodstock, synesthesia, Max Headroom, using spot welders in your light show, and not losing track of your "analog side".  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Color Transmission to Golf Cart Accidents.  Join the guys as they pontificate about working in Europe, getting into the architectural lighting field, Fade Away, agents, Retina Destroyer Strobelights, odd vs. even numbers of fixtures, schmoozing, and developing social skills in the theaters and the bars. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Disclaimers to Juice Hose.  Join the guys as they pontificate about working in Europe (Part II), writing too many cues, cheap lighting control solutions, how to avoid getting sued, finding Creative Nirvana, and "Little Cindy" getting crushed by an elephant. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from the death of arts education in our country to "designers of a certain age".  Join the guys as they pontificate about the plight of UMKC, developing lighting budgets, Mac or PC for lighting designers, negotiating contracts,  "Lighting Sampler", lighting design fees, Jackson building computers and other things in his basement, and neural networks under construction. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from laser pointers to Marilyn celebrating Stan's birthday.  Join the guys as they pontificate about lighting software they forgot to tell you about last week, the musical and dynamic qualities of light, seeing and feeling the energy of nature, training undergraduate technicians, the four levels of competency, being a part of the team, and how to be a human being. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Anne's elbows to Backstage Franks.  Join the guys as they pontificate about specialization vs. holistic graduate training, buying the cheapest car, starting the creative process, what to show at URTA, the correct pronunciation of Arnhem, purchasing LED's, Alice Cooper, and rock concert lighting budgets. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Diplomas on Fire to Following Your Heart.  Join the guys as they pontificate about love for the SolaFrame Theatre, how to protect yourself with an LLC, the Hot Spot Club, how to tell LED's to "Cool It!!", inexpensive CAD software, is video set or lighting design?, and the changing role of theatre teachers. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from the advancement of women on stage crews to TECH FAB!  Join the guys as they pontificate about VL1’s being used as doorstops, preparing and excelling as an international student, why are 3D booms so difficult to create in Vectorworks?, Wonder Women on stage, dealing with failures, the Genesis of Varilite: Part II, and the “Oasis of Pleasure”. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from the Red/Green Color Theory to Bialys to Die For! Join the guys as they pontificate about Broad Band Receptors, CMY vs. RGB, John Gleason, Morpheus Color Faders, Battling With and Taking Advantage of Amber Shift, "Fat Bastard!", GMOOT's, Reference Colors, The Golden Glow of Incandescent Light, Our Tools of Choice, and Puffs. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David interview acclaimed lighting designer and artist Anne Militello. They cover everything from the perils of women working on rock n' roll crews to taking a tumble in Santorini.  Join Anne, Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the challenges of being a woman in the business, making it on Broadway, Tom Waits, Circadian Rhythm Lighting, being tough, the beauty of designing lighting installations, sexism and ageism, "Have a Cookie", light being stopped in space and floating in the air, Stan getting kicked out of Harlem, and Anne's secret lasagna recipe. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Spermaciti to Piss Pots.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about reaching 10,000 downloads, salt water dimmer safety, where to place light cues, personal relationships with gear rental companies, slow cooking at the tech table, popcorn in moving lights, choosing your Relative White color, Balcony Rail tricks, using UV to boost blues, data backup strategies, lighting your show blind, and making the theater smell like the back seat of a Checker Cab. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Developing Trust to Kharma Armour.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the genesis of LIGHT TALK, developing your social skills, how trust influences creativity, "Eureka Moments", hearing creative voices, are lighting designers becoming lazy?, shower ideas, authentic vibrations, keeping your self respect, flying the Entertainment Plane, and dealing with bullies in the theatre. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Drafting Time to Steve's Mom's face off with a rabid direwolf.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about how to find work, Stan being "The Smart One", what to bring to production meetings,  expressing your Point of View, being open to change, print resumes or save some trees?, is it time to go to graduate school?, Magic Solar Powered Garden Gnomes, how do we make a living?, Motor Vator, LIGHT TALK at LDI, the cup holder option on a John Deere riding mower, and where the best bathrooms are located in the theater. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Television Lighting Design to Plastic Lobsters.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the new theme song, Craft Services, one-way airplane tickets, pulling out a spanner, should designers be at load-ins?, designing outdoor shows, insects and light boards, In-Sight Shower, European Tools, Mindless Zombies, High End Hog Factor, Shop Orders, customizing your tech table monitors, moving light preset maps, and channel numbering strategies. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
In this 20th Anniversary episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview Steve Shelley. Steve discusses his amazing career and how he feels about lighting art and the industry.  Join Steve, and The Lumen Brothers as they pontificate about doing something "special" for the 20th Anniversary Episode, getting involved with dance lighting, Grecian Urns, Letraset, taking advantage of amazing opportunities, special prizes in your textbooks, staying awake on cross country trips, insane publishing stories, focusing techniques for impossible situations, moving monkey madness, Steve's advice on getting started in the business, Get A Grip, Jack Hammer focusing techniques, and Flyman Flatulence. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
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